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New T7ES mini-album: DTMF Jam for Dummies for Dummies (30 Apr 2016 at 20:13)
Good day! Since moving (I think I have mentioned here that I bought a house last year?) I have not actually hooked up much of my music gear, probably because I'm wary of the outcome where they get shittily fixtured because it seems like too much work to organize them into some modestly better arrangement, and so they stay embarrassingly messy (i.e. XLR cable across the middle of the floor) for years. So I'm trying to only take stuff out of the boxes when I have a good place to put them. This includes my Roland SC-880, which is a fancy MIDI machine that I pretty much only use to generate sawtooth waves and square waves for my Tom 7 Entertainment System "band." So for a while I've been without the sawtooth waves, and this is weird because a very common habit of mine is to sit down for an hour and write a little idea of a jam and then not finish it and leave it on my hard drive. So since this thing is not hooked up, I've been screwing around with software synthesizers, which are of course completely capable of making sawtooth waves and so much more, but also have way too many knobs for my liking and often generate stupid and annoying sounds. So I made a bunch of songs and left them on my hard drive, and then today I gave myself a monster headache by finishing some of them up and dodging the clipped bits and putting together a mini-album, since it's been a few years!

DTMF Jam for Dummies for Dummies
DTMF Jam for Dummies for Dummies


All these songs use ridiculous synthesizer sounds, which I feel is sort of cheating, but maybe you like. Heart emoji indicates favorite, with Facebook Phone being like on the rainbow dolphin sex end of the spectrum and Wires comin' out being on the alien death disco side.

1. Theme from Facebook Phone (favorite)
2. Permanent signal
3. Superior olive
4. Theme from Bosch proportional servo valve
5. Wires comin' out everythin' ev'where (favorite)

You can of course download the whole album in a zip file. I also just updated the T7ES site which it turned out was missing my second-most-recent album. I believe it's comprehensive now.
Categories:  t7es  mp3 (5 comments — almost a year ago)   [ comment ]
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New! Tom 7 Entertainment System: In-nor-out burger (04 Sep 2013 at 00:19)
Behold! A new Tom 7 Entertainment System EP!

T7ES — In-nor-out burger
T7ES — In-nor-out burger


We have very minimal standards for EP-ness both in terms of number of songs and number of seconds—but—the highest regard for quality. This here is four new musictunes of the thick and stereo variety, namely,

1. Beverage voucher good for one alcoholic beverage redeemable only onboard

2. Theme from asp in wall

3. An negotiation

4. Iced coffee 5

The first and last tracks are my favorites. When recording this one I've become pickier and pickier about sound quality and finally tended to an annoying noise problem I've been having with my sound card for years. I was thinking RF interference from the computer's bus, because it happened in tandem with on-screen computer-activity, but it turned out to be a ground loop. Now the recordings should be super clean for connoisseurs. (Something tells me no "connoisseurs" listen to my music, but if so, they should get the music zip file.)
Categories:  mp3  t7es (4 comments — almost 4 years ago)   [ comment ]
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Ludum Dare #27: Point One Hurts (31 Aug 2013 at 12:26)
Last weekend I made another Ludum Dare game in 48 hours, because it's one of my favorite things to do. The theme was "10 Seconds" so my game is "Point One Hurts". As usual this one can be played in the browser:

Point One Hurts
Point One Hurts


The game is more challenging than usual, due to my own bad planning. There's something to figure out there and it definitely can be won (and some people have enjoyed figuring that out!) but I didn't save enough time to work on the way the game presents its ideas to you. That's actually my favorite thing about game design: Interactively leading the player to figure out what's going on. Here, I just need to give the hints that you need to use the arrow keys and Z and X, to pay attention, and that your gaming instincts may betray you.

The part that came out best is the music, so play with headphones or download the themetrack MP3s.
Categories:  t7es  video games  mp3 (3 comments — almost 3 years ago)   [ comment ]
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New T7ES: If you antietam, join 'em (06 Jan 2013 at 15:13)
Tom 7 Entertainment System - If you antietam, join 'em
Tom 7 Entertainment System - If you antietam, join 'em


One fresh spanking new Tom 7 Entertainment System chipdude: If you antietam, join 'em. I set off to create something atmospheric but I definitely have a problem with restraint, so eventually it becomes a staccato arpeggio jam as usual. I hope you enjoy it.
Categories:  mp3  t7es (10 comments — almost 5 years ago)   [ comment ]
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Ludum Dare 25: Age of Umpires (29 Dec 2012 at 13:53)
Hello! As you know I like to make video games, especially in a 48-hour binge called Ludum Dare. I did the 25th edition a few weeks ago. The theme was You are the Villain, and my game is called Age of Umpires:

Age of Umpires
Age of Umpires


I don't want to spoil the surprises in the game since they are fairly shallow. I think it came out fairly well, so if you have a soft spot in your heart for Nintendo's Ice Hockey, go ahead and play it online. The two-song 8-bit soundtrack is available.

Many more projects in the works. Even worse than usual about finishing them. :(
Categories:  t7es  video games (7 comments — 2 years ago)   [ comment ]
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New T7ES EP: Rolling on floor laughing monoamine oxidase inhibitor (04 Jun 2012 at 01:34)
T7ES - Rolling on floor laughing monoamine oxidase inhibitor
Tom 7 Entertainment System - roflmaoi.zip


What we have here is a new 4-song Tom 7 Entertainment System EP! You should download the zip file for maximum collectibility, but you can also click direct-style to the MP3s:

1. New four song T7ES EP

2. OUT OF RANGE HIGH

3. Apple ]|[ GS

4. This is the title of the EP

I have an impacted colon-load of more music turds, including a bunch of the two-track short form old-days style stuff, but I decided to keep this one self-similar. So if you are feeling like this one is off the rails, then well first of all just like chill out, man, cuz like artistic freedom creative license commons GPL squaretooth, but also second, well I already told you about the saved-up old-style. Anyway get zip.
Categories:  mp3  t7es (15 comments — almost 5 years ago)   [ comment ]
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T7ES - Theme from large dark (29 Feb 2012 at 23:51)
Today I wrote a new short music for February. It's pretty 16-bit.

Theme from large dark
Tom 7 Entertainment System - Theme from large dark
Categories:  t7es  mp3 (8 comments — 5 years ago)   [ comment ]
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T7ES - Polypoidipsia (20 Sep 2011 at 20:35)
Here is a new short instrumental tune.

polypoidipsia
Tom 7 Entertainment System - polypoidipsia
Categories:  t7es  mp3 (4 comments — almost 4 years ago)   [ comment ]
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Escape Cod - Ludum Dare #21 (26 Aug 2011 at 08:49)
Last weekend I did another installment of the 48-hour solo video game programming competition Ludum Dare. They announce the theme on Friday night and then we draw and sing and program all weekend to try to put together a game. This time the theme was Escape, which was a weird theme for me because I've been working on a game just called Escape for like 13 years. The game I made last weekend is called Escape Cod and it's kinda like recursive fish pinball:

Escape Cod

The game's best understood by playing. The basic idea came from Ryan. Thanks Ryan. Initially there was going to be more pinball stuff to do inside the fish, but I knew that the transitions and animations were going to be tricky, so I did most of that first. By the time it got to mid-sunday, I was burned out on implementing physics and I had come to actually like playing the game in its current form, so I just kept doing polish. As usual, when the weekend ended I felt kind of down on the finished product (because of all the things I knew were wrong or wished I could do), but after seeing a few people play and the feedback on the entry, I'm pretty happy with it now. Escape Cod for yourself.

Do you recognize the Cape Cod scene illustrated? I had this canonical image in my mind that I thought was from a postcard or t-shirt that we had around the house growing up. I wanted to get it right so I searched around for image. Turns out I was imagining the bag of potato chips! The title screen is a tribute.

I recorded screenshots from my computer every 15 seconds as well as webcam shots of me touching my face a lot. It's stalkertastic.

I've now entered this a few times. Only Disco? Very! placed in the top 20 overall, but I have done well in the audio category several times. Priority Cats was #2, for example. Since all I care about is winning (winky-wink) I spent a bunch of time on the music for this game too, which you can get in a separate soundtrack.zip. Or make it like an interactive music video by listening while playing the game.
Categories:  t7es  mp3  drawings  tom 7 music  video games  escape (8 comments — almost 4 years ago)   [ comment ]
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T7ES - Dil Pe Mat Le Yaars' Revenge (03 Jul 2011 at 00:25)
Toldja! This is a cover of Graham Smith (of Kleenex Girl Wonder)'s song Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar, ostensibly for his upcoming covers collection disc. Graphic to illustrate:
Dil Pe Mat Le Yaars' Revenge
Dil Pe Mat Le Yaars' Revenge


The original song is one of the best off of Yes Boss, which is my second favorite G. Smith invention. If you've got time, listen to the original first. My version is an instrumental chiptune thingy. Unlike Graham's pithy piece, mine goes jarringly all over the place, but does at least visit all of the melodies in the original. "Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar" is Hindi for (I think) "Don't take it to heart", which is how I justify the excursion to "HEARTLE$$" in the middle. "Yars' Revenge" is an (I think well known?) old arcade game from the Atari era, "cleverly" reillustrated with authentic piano roll above. To proceed, Get MP3.
Categories:  t7es  mp3 (4 comments — almost 6 years ago)   [ comment ]
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