New Music – Flashback Now

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I just made a little recording for fun. Don’t take this music, called Flashback Now, too seriously. Don’t expect anything like the symphony, orchestrated art song or the piano sonata I’ve posted. Don’t even expect the twisted pop song I put up a while ago. This might remind you more of background music to a science TV show from the 1970s.

This little ditty is actually just a quick test of some “Old School” technology. All of the sounds were created using monophonic (one note at a time) analog synthesizers that were put through an analog delay. The continuously running line was made with an old fashioned step sequencer. What all of this means is this music was created using technology that could be found 40 years ago, perhaps even 45 years ago.

I was also testing a recorder. All of this was recorded on a 12 year old digital recorder. The recorder was cheap even in its day and could lay tracks down on a compact flash card, even one of the newfangled 128 MB cards! It could also interface with Windows 98 PC! One of the things this means is the sound is highly compressed. In less technical jargon, a big sound file is made small. The problem with making files small is you lose data. With sound that means the recorded sound isn’t as good as the live sound.  It’s not awful, I just had to experiment to make it less noticeable, or not noticeable at all on typical computer speakers.

So this is just a quick test yet I like it. I hope you do too. Oh, one thing to note – there is a 6 second pause at the beginning. Enjoy!

Note – music doesn’t show up if read from the Reader – you must view original.  Unfortunately if you use a mobile app you can only see the Reader view so no music : (

14 thoughts on “New Music – Flashback Now

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I just reread my comment and when I said, “Hmm, I hadn’t thought of it being like an 8-bit game theme” I meant, “Oh, OK, that’s not what I was thinking, but I can see (hear) what you mean.” I think it’s the step sequencer (that’s the running line from beginning to end) – although they were very popular in 70s electronica they were still being used in the mid/late 80s and would be something people would use to get the most out of the very limit resources of 8-bit audio.

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