Author Topic: Good Tracker Tunes  (Read 35497 times)

Rich Nagel

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Good Tracker Tunes
« on: 7 Jan '06 - 00:27 »
I've been a fan of Tracker format music since, well, I don't remember how long... well over a decade and a half <G>. Note that I'm not particularly fond of Techno/Electro type of stuff (to say the least <LOL>!), but I've always liked the driving Techno beat which is the usual fare of most Tracker format music -:)

Throughout the years I stumbled upon two Tracker format pieces that were outstanding <IMHO>: "Dead Lock" by Jussi 'Elwood' Salmela (circa 1997?), and "Guitar Slinger" by Jogeir Liljedahl (circa 1992)... both of these Tracker tunes are simply amazing. Anyhow, I was Googleing/Yahooing/surfing the other day and stumbled upon their web sites (maybe stale news to the Tracker scene oldtimers, but nevertheless):

Jussi 'Elwood' Salmela
http://www.inetware.it/elwood/xm_htm.htm

Jogeir Liljedahl
http://www.liljedahl-music.com

Download all of their tunes from the afore mentioned sites -:)
« Last Edit: 7 Jan '06 - 00:28 by Rich Nagel »

Tsorovan

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Re: Good Tracker Tunes
« Reply #1 on: 7 Jan '06 - 01:52 »
I was never a big fan of Elwood, actually. I was/am more into Necros, Skaven, Purple Motion, Jeroen Tel/WAVE and those guys... I forget their names... I haven't really listened to a lot of tracker music for a while. Bad-sounding samples haven't really aged well, if you know what I mean. Of course, that hasn't stopped me from tracking demo skeletons of songs for the past 10 years or something (no, they're not fit for consumption).
« Last Edit: 7 Jan '06 - 02:03 by Tsorovan »

Rich Nagel

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Re: Good Tracker Tunes
« Reply #2 on: 7 Jan '06 - 07:23 »
Yeah, I've always liked Skaven's and Purple Motion's tunes as well -:)

BTW (something that most folks probably know already), Skaven's web site is here -> http://www.futurecrew.com/skaven

Ian @ un4seen

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Re: Good Tracker Tunes
« Reply #3 on: 7 Jan '06 - 17:11 »
Other artists that I particularly liked included Falcon, Hunz, Awesome, Workbench, Velvet, Scorpik, Drax, Big Bear, Nightbeat, Xerxes, and probably a bunch of others that I don't remember right now. For your enjoyment (or otherwise ;)), here are a few tracks that I remember thinking "wow!" when I first heard them back in the day...

http://www.modarchive.com/cgi-bin/download.cgi?S/stories2.xm
http://www.modarchive.com/cgi-bin/download.cgi?L/lip.xm
http://www.modarchive.com/cgi-bin/download.cgi?V/volume.xm
http://www.modarchive.com/cgi-bin/download.cgi?X/xr-marie.xm

Rich Nagel

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Re: Good Tracker Tunes
« Reply #4 on: 7 Jan '06 - 19:30 »
Nice songs, Ian :thumbsup: -:)

BTW, almost forgot to mention, "C. C. Catch"... always loved the driving beat of the main-menu music of One Must Fall 2097 -:)

Dotpitch

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Re: Good Tracker Tunes
« Reply #5 on: 7 Jan '06 - 21:01 »
...Xerxes...
Xerxes from http://www.xerxesmusic.com/?
I've never really got into tracked music, guess I was to young at that moment (not to mention we didn't have internet back then, nor a pc :P), but I do know this music :). Check out the "Xerxes for Dummies"-ep here:
http://www.kahvi.org/98.php.

Tsorovan

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Re: Good Tracker Tunes
« Reply #6 on: 8 Jan '06 - 00:43 »
Ah, yes, Awesome! I like(d) him too. And Basehead of course. Leviathan, I seem to recall having made some great stuff as well.

Ian @ un4seen

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Re: Good Tracker Tunes
« Reply #7 on: 8 Jan '06 - 19:16 »
Xerxes from http://www.xerxesmusic.com/?

Yep, that's the fella :)

That reminds me, here's a remix of the track I posted above, which I liked even more...

http://www.modarchive.com/cgi-bin/download.cgi/X/xr-msoft.xm

Fraggie

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Re: Good Tracker Tunes
« Reply #8 on: 9 Jan '06 - 15:54 »
Listen to XTD or Dreamer... That's real tracking!

Knurek

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Re: Good Tracker Tunes
« Reply #9 on: 9 Jan '06 - 16:37 »
Well, I'm more into VGM lately (especially if they are from obscure, old, japanese PCs), but still I like to tune in to a module from time to time - as my evergrowing 8GB module collection can tell you.
Excellent choices, guys, I recall that there was a time that I've listened to Falcon and Falcon only tunes for at least a month. :)

Anyways, some other guys I find nice to listen to:

Virt (Jacob Kaufman) - get his chiptunes (released as two musicdiscs by www.mono211.com). Great NES renditions.
He also made some great game tunes - you can listen to most of them on his website: http://virt.vgmix.com/

Leśnik (Piotr Leśnikowski), Singer (Krzysztof Nowak), Graff (Paweł Daudzward), Core-Nick (Dominik Piekarczyk), Bigyo (Marcin Dąbrowski), Jazzcat (Piotr Pacyna), Jazzman (Przemysław Tumidajewicz) - some lesser known PC Polish composers.

Leśnik has some great chiptunes (bomberwoman, crack_me series, oko_plasy) - his knowledge of weird FT2 quirks is second to none (props to Ian for supporting all of his tunes ;) ). The normal tracks are also great - outskirts_of_warsaw, summer_time_99

Singer is... well, one of *the* underappreciated tracker composers. He didn't make many songs, but every single one of them is great.

Graff has some nice chippies again, but you should definitly get lighthouse_keepers_kite. IMO it's on par if not better than Guitar Slinger.

Core-Nick... I do recall his first tunes which were included in a 'Reader's Creations' corner in one Polish game mag. They sucked, to say the least. After a while he was winning music compos (or at leat being in the top 3) at scene parties. Well, with songs like androids_dream or exit_cyber_spaces it's not that strange. :)

Bigyo - just try alien_projects_theme or daybreak_in_stereo. His songs remind me a bit Nutcase's modules. And given that Nutcase is one of the better mod composers, it means a lot.

Jazzcat - well, he's an Amiga guy, so most of his recent work is in DBM format. Would be nice if XMPlay finally supported them (it's been a while since a new MOD format was added). He's the guy that recently won Nectarine's mchn compo.

Jazzman was a guy that took part in Music Compos (the only Polish composer I believe). 2nd place at MC5rookie, 1st at MC6intermediate. Too bad there was no MC7, he would probably win the veteran compo there.

You can find music by these guys at ftp.modland.com
Probably some other places as well.
« Last Edit: 9 Jan '06 - 16:39 by Knurek »

Keltic Danor

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Re: Good Tracker Tunes
« Reply #10 on: 16 Jan '06 - 09:46 »
Just thought I'd chime in ;) some of my all time fave mods would have to be...

Jogeir Liljedahl & Scorpik - Ambrozia
Cellblock Records - Firestorm
Necros - Point Of Departure
Necros - Ice Frontier (Remix)
Glitch - Psychosis
Jeroen Tel - In My Life, My Mind
Jeroen Tel - Mountain Breeze
Purple Motion - Unreal ][
Shiftless - Deeper Into The Sun
TMX - SoundScape

Rich Nagel

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Re: Good Tracker Tunes
« Reply #11 on: 12 Aug '06 - 10:41 »
Well whaddya know, ya learn something new every day... Jonne Valtonen (a.k.a. Purple Motion -> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonne_Valtonen ) wrote most of the music for Popcap's "Insaniquarium Deluxe" game -> http://www.popcap.com/launchpage.php?theGame=insaniquarium&src=leftnav -:)

I especially like the tune for the first tank -:)

Sam_Zen

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Re: Good Tracker Tunes
« Reply #12 on: 15 Nov '06 - 07:00 »
Tracking is alive and kicking.
http://download.modplug.com/index.php

m0d

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Re: Good Tracker Tunes
« Reply #13 on: 26 Nov '06 - 00:50 »
Yes it's very much alive.

Recent additions to modarchive.com (shown on the modarchive.org beta)

Bet nobody else noticed the new modarchive beta development. Yesterday marked 1 full year of work on it (with about 5 months hiatus between). Enjoy :)

I'd recommend a listen to some of warders stuff too.

« Last Edit: 26 Nov '06 - 00:53 by m0d »

Rich Nagel

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Re: Good Tracker Tunes
« Reply #14 on: 6 Jan '11 - 07:19 »
Sorry to dig up this old topic, but it's right up it's alley :)

I just downloaded the new Bejeweled 3, and gotta say that the music is GREAT! Composed by Peter Hajba (Skaven of Future Crew) and Alexander Brandon in IT (converted to MO3) format, the music really fits the game.

I really like Skaven's orchestral type stuff (amazing that you can do that with Tracker format), and the tune that is played in "Butterfly" mode is extremely pretty sounding :)

Anyhoo, unlike the other PopCap games, the MO3 music file ("Bejeweled3_Suite.mo3") is embedded wihin the game's "Main.pak" resource archive file.

What to do?...

"QuickBMS Generic Files Extractor v0.4.7"
http://aluigi.org/papers.htm#quickbms
http://aluigi.org/papers/quickbms.zip

"77M Archives Script"
http://aluigi.org/papers/bms/7x7m.bms

Run "QuickBMS.exe", choose the "7x7m.bms" file, and then select the "Main.pak" file from Bejeweled 3 (or even another PopCap game of your choice). That will extract the "Bejeweled3_Suite.mo3" music file, which, of course <grin> can be played by XMPlay :)

saga

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Re: Good Tracker Tunes
« Reply #15 on: 6 Jan '11 - 19:06 »
in IT (converted to MO3) format
To be precise, in the MPTM format. But that's not much of a difference. :P

Rich Nagel

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Re: Good Tracker Tunes
« Reply #16 on: 6 Jan '11 - 23:36 »
To be precise, in the MPTM format. But that's not much of a difference. :P

I know I'm prolly gonna sound dumb here <grin>, but what is MPTM format? I'm assuming the "MO3", as the "IT" is Impulse Tracker, correct?

saga

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Re: Good Tracker Tunes
« Reply #17 on: 7 Jan '11 - 07:57 »
MPTM is the "extended" version of the IT format that OpenMPT uses, which makes writing f.e. game soundtracks easier, as you can have multiple "subsongs" (separate order lists) and custom time signatures for every pattern - this is both not supported by MO3 of course (since MO3 doesn't even save time signature information), so the MO3 is the result of an MPTM->IT conversion, actually.

Rich Nagel

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Re: Good Tracker Tunes
« Reply #18 on: 7 Jan '11 - 11:06 »
Thanks for the info :)

Rich Nagel

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Re: Good Tracker Tunes
« Reply #19 on: 15 Jan '11 - 00:33 »
P.S. Fired off an email to Peter Hajba about the music telling him how much I enjoyed it. I also asked specifically which of the songs he contributed (the others are by Alexander Brandon), and here was his reply:

Quote from: Peter Hajba
Heya Richard,

Thanks for writing, and nice to hear you've enjoyed the music in
Bejeweled 3! ^_^

To be exact on who's made what, Alexander Brandon made:
- Poker Mode music and win/lose fanfares
- Buried Treasure / Diamond Mine Mode music and win/lose fanfares
- Classic Mode music track part 3
- Zen Mode music track parts 3 and 4

The rest were made by me. Including the Butterflies song. Glad ya like
it. :)

The soundtrack is going to be released for sale on BandCamp in the near
future, I hope, just like the Plants Versus Zombies soundtrack. PopCap
still needs to sort out some legal matters before it can happen.


Cheers,

/Peter

saga

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Re: Good Tracker Tunes
« Reply #20 on: 15 Jan '11 - 12:21 »
BTW, if you want to enjoy the soundtrack in full quality, you should open the MO3 in OpenMPT and add a DirectX "Echo" effect in plugin slot 8, with the following parameters: WetDryMix 170, Feedback 130, LeftDelay 450, RightDelay 300, PanDelay 1000 (I believe), since the MO3 format doesn't keep this information (so the Echo effect is added somewhere in the game's code instead). Then save as .IT.

Rich Nagel

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Re: Good Tracker Tunes
« Reply #21 on: 15 Jan '11 - 12:50 »
BTW, if you want to enjoy the soundtrack in full quality, you should open the MO3 in OpenMPT and add a DirectX "Echo" effect in plugin slot 8, with the following parameters: WetDryMix 170, Feedback 130, LeftDelay 450, RightDelay 300, PanDelay 1000 (I believe), since the MO3 format doesn't keep this information (so the Echo effect is added somewhere in the game's code instead). Then save as .IT.

Thanks for the info, will do :) BTW, I usually use some of my SBLive's EAX reverb effects when playing most music (including from within XMPlay, as the EAX reverb sounds nicer).

Rich Nagel

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Re: Good Tracker Tunes
« Reply #22 on: 16 Jan '11 - 05:33 »
BTW, I opend the "Bejeweled3_suite.mo3" music file in OpenMPT, and it already had the DirectX "Echo" effect in Plugin slot 8 with the parameters as you described.

Maybe in actuality the data is indeed saved within the MO3 files?

saga

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Re: Good Tracker Tunes
« Reply #23 on: 16 Jan '11 - 11:18 »
That's weird. I got the original file from the game and the effect was definitely missing.

Rich Nagel

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Re: Good Tracker Tunes
« Reply #24 on: 17 Jan '11 - 07:37 »
That's weird. I got the original file from the game and the effect was definitely missing.

Strange. Did you extract the "Bejeweled3_suite.mo3" file from the game's "Main.pak" resource file?

I used the utility I mentioned previously (QuickBMS). FWIW, the filesize of the extracted "Bejeweled3_suite.mo3" file is 780,396 bytes (the filesize of the "Main.pak" file is 88,727,867 bytes, filedate is October 25, 2010 4:42:18pm).
« Last Edit: 17 Jan '11 - 07:46 by Rich Nagel »