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Retro City Rampage Remix Contest - Remix virt's Theme Song


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I'm one of the three composers on the indie game Retro City Rampage which has recently been nominated for excellence in audio by the Independent Games Festival. We've decided to share some of our good fortune by running a remix competition for the theme song and even give out virt's source file in .it format.

All the source files and the details of the competition are here: :arrow:http://bit.ly/hPEDXi

Entries must be submitted by 11:59pm PST March 15th, 2011. ****** DEADLINE :: March 28, 2011 ******

The winners will be announced by March 21st, 2011. ***** UPDATED :: March 31st, 2011. ******

All styles and genres are welcome and we look forward to hearing some high quality and inventive mixes from the OCR community !

Cheers,

Leonard J. Paul / Freaky DNA

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With some help from the gracious folks at Soundcloud, we've been able to sweeten the pot for everyone remixing the Retro City Rampage title song.

The first place winner will now receive a Soundcloud Pro account (€250/$340 USD) and the 2nd and 3rd place remixers will win a Lite account (€29/$40 USD). This is in addition to the signed cartridge case for the first place winner and signed cartridge stickers for the 2nd and 3rd place contestants already offered in the contest.

For those of you that need a bit more time, we've also extended the contest deadline by two weeks to March 28, 2011 so there's no reason not to submit your prize winning mix !

Of course people remixing the .it will still be able to win any (and possibly all) the prizes.

Remix details : http://bit.ly/hPEDXi

Soundcloud : http://bit.ly/gPzPOz

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I guess you've never entered a contest, before have you Brandon? Generally the prize isn't negotiable lol

I'm a little disapointed that the remix contest is only for one song and not the whole soundtrack. I like virt's music, he's awesome, but I'd have to say that THIS is the weaker track of the soundtrack of this game.

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@sggod89:

We've actually done better than post the MIDI file for the remix competition for Retro City Rampage - we've posted the .IT file here:

:arrow:http://bit.ly/hPEDXi

This means you get not only all the notes but all the effects and instruments as well from Virt which is a pretty sweet deal..!

The direct link is here:

http://www.retrocityrampage.com/downloads/Retro_City_Rampage-Soundtrack_Remix-TitleSong-ImpulseTrackerSource.IT

Cheers,

fDNA

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So, this is a remix site right? Why are we asking for "MIDI"s to remix? You SHOULD be able to do it by ear.

Anyway, .IT is much better than a .MID, not only do you get all the notes, you get all the samples. More importantly, Its HOW HE WROTE IT. That and it will sound exactly like its supposed to.

One would hope a professional musician and/or member of OCR would know how to use an IT file, i mean, 2 mins of googling and you can find information, including at the simplest, downloading ModPlug or some other tracker and opening the file.

Sheesh

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If you're not familiar with .IT files, using ReViSiT is a good option:

http://www.nashnet.co.uk/english/revisit/default.asp

You could also try to "Export as MIDI..." from within ModPlugTracker but I'm not sure how accurate it is.

As Crowbar Man says, it's good to also listen to the song and figure it out by ear, but the .IT file is nice to have as a reference. The .IT is a great learning tool as it's getting more rare these days to have the source available for pro composers like Virt !

-fDNA

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So, this is a remix site right? Why are we asking for "MIDI"s to remix? You SHOULD be able to do it by ear.

I don't want to derail the thread but I don't see how this is a reasonable requirement to make of a community of hobbyists. A community of classically trained, experienced musicians maybe :tomatoface:, but its a lot harder to do for some than others.

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I don't want to derail the thread but I don't see how this is a reasonable requirement to make of a community of hobbyists. A community of classically trained' date=' experienced musicians maybe :tomatoface:, but its a lot harder to do for some than others.[/quote']

Sorry, but I'm going to have to disagree here. While it would definitely be nice to have a MIDI as a starting point for any contest, I haven't ever had one available in the contests I've personally entered. Now, frequently source stems for specific samples/instruments are provided, but that's not necessarily a given.

In this case, if you're willing to get over a relatively small technical hurdle, you have the entire arranged source track with all the samples included. Seems like a good deal to me :)

From a community so averse to MIDI rips, I'm a bit surprised at the backlash on this particular contest.

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From a community so averse to MIDI rips, I'm a bit surprised at the backlash on this particular contest.

There's no "backlash." Some people are noobs and can't work with IT files, so they'd rather have MIDIs. Guys, you get what you get. And you better enter if you can!

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There's no "backlash." Some people are noobs and can't work with IT files, so they'd rather have MIDIs. Guys, you get what you get. And you better enter if you can!

True, that may have been too strong, but a lot of the feedback on this thread has taken a negative slant. I hate to see that happen in what looks like a pretty cool opportunity.

Personally, if I can scrounge the time, I'm going to try and enter this one.

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For anyone that's at GDC, make sure to check out a demo of the game (March 2-4, 2011). Brian will also be giving a talk as well (Tuesday 1:45- 2:45, March 1st, 2011):

http://retrocityrampage.com/blog/2011/02/long-awaited-grand-theftendo-to-finally-be-revealed-gdc/

We've been receiving some strong remix entries via SoundCloud and looking forward to hearing some more .it remixes as well!

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Ooh... me likes the IT personally (as I still use trackers).

And, let's see if I can convert this to a MIDI quick-like... it'll probably be pretty messy given the chops and volume effects necessary to make chips cool, and won't have the pitch bends and stuff... but will it help people decipher the notes? I hope so.

http://mazedudemusic.com/Retro_City_Rampage_-_Title.mid

And yes, this track is quite insane... may have to try my hand at this with some equal insanity.

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Less than two weeks left to win the RetroCR Remix Compo

$400+ in prizes !

Details : http://www.retrocityrampage.com/remix.php

Entries already streaming in & looking forward to hearing your entry soon !

Join the Retro City Rampage Group and listen to some of the entries to beat :

http://soundcloud.com/groups/retro-city-rampage-remix-competition

We'd be more than happy if you submit the .it to us on our page and we can upload it to the SoundCloud if you don't have an account.

- fDNA

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Just one week left for the Retro City Rampage Remix Competition.

DUE: Monday March 28th.:shock:

I've attached a MIDI file that is an approximation of virt's original score in .it format. It attempts to preserve the volume modulation, note cuts and the many pitch bends. It does not try to capture the pulse width modulations, slight variations in plucked and normal instrumentation and a few other finer details.

There's likely some errors as I needed to (painstakingly/carefully) transcribe it bend-by-bend by hand in an effort to get even more people to try to remix the song.

The MIDI format has difficulties with pitch bend values in general, so you'll need to match the pitch bend range of the MIDI file to one octave of bend in your DAW of choice. There is a calibration bend at the start of the third channel (triangle wave) that goes up to +1 octave and holds it for a bit so you should hear a similar shift when using it in your remix.

The channels are: 1- Pulse1, 2-Pulse2, 3-Triangle, 4-Noise(hi hats), 5-Kick, 6-Tom, 7-Snare

I've also included a complete zipped FL Studio version for those of you that use FL.

MIDI:

http://FreakyDNA.com/Retro_City_Rampage-Soundtrack_Remix-Title_Song-Approximation.mid

FL Studio:

http://FreakyDNA.com/Retro_City_Rampage-Soundtrack_Remix-Title_Song-Approximation-FLStudio.zip

Cheers!

- Freaky DNA

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You guys went way beyond the call of duty here providing even a .MID

Whoever was too lazy to learn what an IT file is should be thanking the Retro City Rampage Remix crew as much as they can

And if not, I will:

Thank you, brave knights of Retro Rampage Remix

Edit: Also should thank Mazedude for his earlier .MID post.

it is not reasonable to assume that every member of this community, even those that are posted remixers, can transcribe music by ear

... how would one remix videogame music in the first place than? Games generally don't come with sheet music.

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