We should definitely have at least another one of these. Here are two ideas that have come up so far (and there's nothing to stop us running both at the same time, as I expect each project would probably have some different participants).
1. 'Chiptune' album project
CBlockDis's idea, so I presume if it runs he'd be co-ordinating it. The basic idea would be like the previous album, but with everyone composing music to a chiptune aesthetic. I suggested that if we do this, we should aim for a degree of authenticity (ie. not throwing midis into GXSCC, and learning to use software to write music in emulated formats instead). This is obviously not the easiest of things, and could make the popularity of this project pretty low. Another concern I have about it is if we're using lots of different formats, it could lack cohesion and sound a bit thrown together/random, especially when there's lots of different people working on it too. Maybe we could just stick to NES/NSF? There's already quite a few NSF makers on the forums, and FamiTracker is a doddle if you have a midi keyboard (plus there's plenty of people around who could help people with any problems they have). But, those are just some things to consider.
2. 'XG' album project
An idea that sprung to me earlier today when replying in BlueWarrior's thread, which time permitting I can run myself. I figured since there's quite a few SYXG users around, we could do an XG album, where we all compose full length pieces, really going wild with what's possible using Yamaha XG - with the help of XGEdit or whatever other XG editors you like to use. Then, I can record them all using my sound module, but instead of just straight recording them like I have in the MU100 thread, I'll work with each of them and try and get the best results I can, with co-operation and input from each of you on a case-by-case basis
though the likelihood is that unless they are real polyphony busters or otherwise have heavily saturated controller data, they should play roughly as you would expect. Genres can be left open, though XG is naturally better for electronic-styled stuff as we all know, so techno, ambient, fusion, dnb and other things of that ilk would work well, while retaining the video-game theme we're all good at!
Some other ideas would be welcome too.
The previous album project had consistency issues as mentioned - where all the tracks sounded thrown together under a generic title. Even though these albums are more themed by their very nature, it could again be an issue. It'd be nice to get some sort of themes for both of them, rather than a generic "Album Project" title. They could be literal themes, or they could be more abstract (which allows more creative freedom, which I would personally prefer), or whatever. I'm not sure what route to go down with this quite yet, but here are some cool omnibus albums each with a unique concept, that may germinate some ideas.2197
, a cyberpunk themed album.Great Wall
, seems themed around outer-spaceGame Over
, fairly self explanatoryG.T.R
, about high performance carsT.O.U.R.S
, each track is inspired by an image in the bookletFM Sound Module Maniax
, all music composed with FM sound tools (obvious)Be filled with feeling
, about love I guess?
There's others too, but you get the idea.
Anyway this probably all sounds a bit "SRS BUSINESS" but I think it'd be nice to aim high! Just putting this out to gauge interest. Nothing at all set in stone yet.