Our first Latin American tour stars next week. Tickets and info (and a little promo vid) can be found at:

September 11th: San José, COSTA RICA @ El Sótano
September 12th: Panama City, PANAMÁ @ El Sótano
September 13th: Bogotá, COLOMBIA @ Ozzy Bar
September 17th: Lima, PERÚ @ Noise
September 18th: Santiago, CHILE @ Patio San Diego
September 19th: Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA @ Asbury Music Club
September 20th: São Paulo, BRASIL @ Clash Club

AP_10 (Unknown Title)
  • AP_10 (Unknown Title)
  • MUSE

Ballade For Maria (PC-98), 1995

Oh, oh, oh! ♥ What a great lead patch! It is not actually all that complicated, but often great synthesis is just fine tuning something until it is perfect. That wonderful formant-y sound is the result of getting the attack and decay just so, and also the fake delay imparting an almost chorus-like effect. It is further enhanced by the melody itself: the patch just sounds good with glissando because it is so dynamic!

I love, too, how bold the composer was to use up one of the precious three FM channels in the YM2203 for fake delay, an even bigger deal than on the Famicom because of how much more limited the SSG is compared to FM. The song still sounds really BIG because of that expertly programmed bass. Most people are familiar with the ubiquitous fake delay technique where an instrument is doubled at a lower volume and shifted forward, usually on a second channel. What the programmer has done here, however, is create single-channel fake reverb on the staccato sections by repeating and sustaining the last note in a phrase, but at a much lower volume. It’s subtle, but it really fills out the mix. You can simulate almost any basic outboard effect with FM if you know how. Delay, reverb, chorus, phasers, compressors, even high-pass filters. And yet, contemporary musicians seem to limit themselves to fake delay only. Chip artists: keep an open mind and study, study, study!

This compositional style reminds me a lot of Naoki Kodaka’s work on Journey To Silius, where it almost seems like he is showing off. “Huh? Three channels? Nah. Bass and lead are all I need. That other thing can just be fake delay. *blows ur mind*”

I would really like to know if this song has a name, but Japanese computer games from this era are often poorly documented and never had their soundtracks released. If there isn’t a sound test with song names, you’re kinda SOL.

>> bandra has moved to marine drive in a historic mumbai plate shift

for walking my cat down the street in 1988 with a perm and leather jacket and missing the curfew my nosy, conservative landlady has for single working girls renting a room in her duplex but im too sick, lonely, and lovelorn to care! (synth-y, post-disco pakistani pop & 80s/90s bollywood tracks)

  1. vital signs - “tum mil gaye”
  2. bappi lahiri & mandakini - “baaton baaton mein”
  3. strings - “pyar se phir”
  4. ali haider - “abhi nahin jana”
  5. disco rock band - “jaane jaan”
  6. vital signs - “chehra”
  7. ajit singh - “woh beete din”
  8. mohammad iqbal - “janoo jaisa”
  9. kumar sanu & anuradha paudwal - “dheere dheere”
  10. runa laila & dcs - “jab pyar chala”
  11. udit narayan & alka yagnik - “aye mere humsafar”
  12. zoheb hassan - “dheere dheere”
  13. bhupinder singh - “tu batah zara”
  14. vital sings - “musafir”
  15. jagit singh - “koi kareeb se”
  16. kumar sanu & sapna mukherji - “ho jaata hai kaise pyar”
  17. alamgir - “aao kahin duur”
  18. kumar sanu - “dil to dil hai”