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Cart #picotunes2-0 | 2019-03-20 | Code ▽ | Embed ▽ | License: CC4-BY-NC-SA

@krajzeg and I released Vol. 1 EXACTLY TWO years ago! Vol. 2 has been in the works for a while, so we're excited to finally have this finished.

If you're not familiar with Pico-8 Tunes, the idea was to fill a Pico-8 cart with music that devs can use in their games. Jakub coded some amazing doodles and animations to accompany the music and create a demoscene-like experience. We're also very happy that @castpixel contributed her amazing artwork to Vol. 2. Thanks Christina!

If you're making a Pico-8 game, please feel free to download this cart, use the music in your own games, and check out some of Jakub's wizardry. You can also download all the music from BandCamp (it's all free/pwyc!!)

(Note that if you ARE going to use this music in your games, some of the tracks use the instrument editor. For example, Autumn Wind uses seven SFX. 42, 43, 44, 45, 00, 01 and 02. Be sure to grab all seven, and paste SFX 00, 01 and 02 into those same slots).

Play Vol. 1 HERE


Compositions - Gruber ( @Gruber)
Animations, Coding - Jakub Wasilewski ( @krajzeg)
Album Artwork - Christina-Antoinette Neofotistou ( @castpixel)

P#62911 2019-03-20 14:00 ( Edited 2019-03-20 15:36)


Amazing work Gruber, Krajzeg and Castpixel!

P#62913 2019-03-20 14:18

Bloody wonderful work @Gruber, @krajzeg and @castpixel.

I'm especially in love with Jakub's "Eyes in the Dark" and "Dimensional Gate" - that starfield is my new favourite parallax effect! :D

P#62914 2019-03-20 14:44

By the way, the cart had to be minified - so if you're interested in the code, here is the readable .p8 version.

Some of the stuff in there is heavily commented, since it was originally published on my now defunct Patreon. The other stuff, not so much - but it's still better than minified, right? :)

P#62938 2019-03-21 18:11

Great work - I'm astounded how much you've squeezed in to the effects & music, and without any compression either :O

P#62944 2019-03-22 00:17

Nice tunes and fresh visuals! Also, I like that fire sound effect in Fickle Flame :)

P#62949 2019-03-22 08:10

Thanks for the feedback everyone! We're VERY happy with how this volume turned out.

@jobe - Thank you! So many cool effects are possible with the instrument editor. Including more open, ambient-like music/effects. Glad you like it :)

P#62962 2019-03-22 18:40

it rocks! (ahah)

P#62976 2019-03-23 15:49

Autumn Wind is the best. Nothing else even comes close.

P#63253 2019-04-05 05:31

Me and two of my friends made a tierlist for this and the first version, unfortunately because of my friends I couldn't get Autumn Wind to first.

P#63264 2019-04-05 17:52

@GodFlowey - ahh that's awesome! Thank you!

P#63286 2019-04-06 12:59

@Gruber - the cart does't seem to work with the current version of pico8 :(

P#79965 2020-07-26 22:03

@spellcaster - ohno! Thanks for the heads up. Maybe @krajzeg knows what's happening?

In the meantime, I'm sure you can still download the cart and listen to the music in the music pattern editor.

P#79999 2020-07-27 19:55

Looks like some recent changes made to the add() function broke some utility code I often use - every bigger cart I made in the last two years is now broken on 0.2.1b :.

"add(sth, fn())" is no longer legal if "fn()" can return an empty value (eg. just by ending with no return). This used to just push a nil, but now it errors out. Probably related to some of the extended functionality add() now has.

I can fix it cart by cart, but I'm not sure if this is an intended change - so maybe it's really a backward compatibility bug to be fixed? @zep, what do you think? :)

P#80018 2020-07-28 06:12

I downloaded it, and the cart runs in Pico v0.2.0h. Not here in the web app, though.

P#80025 2020-07-28 08:38

0.2.0 is okay. The regression was introduced in 0.2.1 :)

EDIT: Talked to zep and the bug is now fixed in the web player - 0.2.1c (the next bugfix version) will fix this for the standalone PICO-8 :)

P#80031 2020-07-28 11:38 ( Edited 2020-07-28 17:08)

I'm afriad its still broken. :(

P#86322 2021-01-10 15:54

@SquidLight works for me in the browser!

P#86353 2021-01-11 14:43

@Gruber great work btw. Yes it works fine in the browser. It looks like 0.2.1c was never released as far as I can tell. If I go to downloads its still 0.2.1b.

The reason this came up is @thattomhall was using for the ToyBoxJam.

Anyway as you've pointed out it works in the browser and when using the tunes you can use the SFX tab in the editor.

P#86390 2021-01-12 11:46

Yeah, once the "bug fix" next release happens, it'll all be good. Not on you folks to fix it.

Thanks again for sharing the music and sfx!

P#86399 2021-01-12 16:21

Love the Music, and some of the visuals are really hypnotic. Thank you all so much for creating and sharing this!
Also, any chance that there is going to be another on this one's two year anniversary? :p

P#88786 2021-03-10 13:41 ( Edited 2021-03-10 13:45)

@Four_Of_Clubs Thank you! There will likely be a vol. 3. We're both busy with Slipways at the moment though, so it might not be for a while.

P#88839 2021-03-11 14:23

Thanks for making this and sharing it, fantastic work!

Sorry for the newbie question, probably it has been asked many times, but if I want to copy just one of the tracks and use the music in my game, how can I do it? I downloaded the readable p8 version, but I'm not sure how to identify the lines to copy and paste for a specific track.

P#91018 2021-04-24 08:21

@emabolo You're very welcome! It's a common question, and there are a few ways to copy music tracks between carts. If you're just copying ONE song, the easiest way is to use the cart Renoiser. It might take a bit to figure it out, but I use it all the time, and it works. Let me know if you have any other questions!


P#91114 2021-04-26 13:26

Thanks! It took a while to understand how to use Renoiser, but in the end, I made it. I copied Eyes in the Dark to my dungeon crawler. Still a lot to do, but at least I have music now :)

P#91176 2021-04-27 10:20

What if there's gruber lore? Just an idea from all those robot things, such as the clockwork song spelling intructions and just the robot dance.

P#132681 2023-08-03 07:43

My favorite one was Flight of Icarus.

P#141188 2024-02-06 00:03

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