"Old Game Score"

"Old Game Score" [5.1 MB .mp3]

This isn't old or from a game but it is an imaginary music score. The synth sounds converted to 8-bit by the Doepfer A-112 sampler have a vintage character but this autopastiche includes much 24-bit engineering behind the scenes: compressors, EQ, reverb, multitracking of audio. Some of the pitch and sample rate changes are done with knobs and some with software after the fact. Soapbox sentiment: our ears have to somehow learn to distinguish between the use of old techniques for backward-looking or nostalgic reasons and the conscious mining and manipulation of textures and ideas that were dropped all too quickly in the forced march of modernization.