@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
For your interest, in case you haven’t seen it on Twitter, Trasevol_Dog and I just finished a major collaboration on JS Bach’s Two-Part Inventions.
I arranged all 15 of these compositions in Pico-8 (Each required 2-3 carts worth of SFX). And Trasevol_Dog created animated portraits for each.
Write-ups on the how he did the portraits can be found on Trasevol_Dog’s Patreon Page
And all of the music and portraits can be seen/heard in this YouTube playlist
Hope you enjoy!
Introducing Pico-8 Tunes Volume 1!
A collaboration between myself (@gruber_music) and @krajzeg, who did all the coding and animations.
The idea was to create a cart with music that others can use in their games, so please feel free to do so!
About the music: I wanted to challenge myself and see how much music I could pack into one cart. There are 12 tunes here. Each use only 2 channels, and take up 4-6 SFX slots.
Hope you enjoy!
The music editor in Pico-8 only works in groups of 32 counts. This makes using triplets, or writing in triple time (3/4) very inefficient. If you loop a 3-count pattern, the music editor will loop it up to 32-counts, then restart. The only workaround is to not use loops when composing in multiples of three, but this takes up way to much space. For a future update, maybe the ability to edit the number of counts in the music editor? If I could have changed the counts from 32 to say, 24 or 36, it would have saved lots of work and memory. Does that make sense?
Another quick observation, though I don't think it has an easy fix: Gradual, linear tempo changes are also memory hogs. The title music from ALttP required 2/3 of the music allotment, even though it's only 20 seconds long (https://soundcloud.com/gruber99/sets/the-legend-of-zelda-alttp-pico)
Hope this is helpful!
This is my Pico-8 remake of Hyrule Castle from Zelda ALttP (I recreated the entire soundtrack in Pico-8. https://soundcloud.com/gruber99/sets/the-legend-of-zelda-alttp-pico)
I'm happy to upload any other of the cartridges, just let me know!
Having a blast writing tunes in Pico-8. I have a few more carts I'd like to share, but I don't want to overwhelm the forum with music-only carts. I'll wait a few weeks, or wait for a music only section.
Thanks for listening!