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Short Circuits

by Brevyn

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Beginning menu theme
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More early options / beginning of the story: the robot is setting off to follow skittish animals into the heart of the forest...
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Dodge 00:54
interlude / energetic scene
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Temple 01:55
The animals lead the robot into a large temple full of mischief and mystery.
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Cleanup 01:55
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The robot runs into conflict amid a horde of elephants.
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Robot treks the mountain, getting a wide view of the path ahead.
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Temple II 02:11
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First big boss sequence.
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Birds 01:22
Robot runs into the local bird village, an eccentric group for sure with their bit-crushed tweeting sounds.
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Up a Tree 02:13
Robot goes further up the trees...
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Frozen Lake 02:28
Back to the surface, sort of, the robot explores the surrounding mass of water and icicles.
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Robot winds up in another forest, before noticing an unusual rocky land closer than before.
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The robot makes it's way up the unusual rocky area that begins to feel more and more familiar...
16.
Other robots greet The robot as it's busy new surroundings leave it both confused and welcome.
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Retreat 01:21
Some of these bots grew mischievous since.. whatever happened. They lure our hero into a trap.
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River 01:38
Escaping the commotion, the robot begins crossing a more aquatic part of the citadel.
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Riverboat 01:45
A mysterious owl paddles the robot out of the frozen lake with it's boat. The robot's identification system glitches on this owl..
20.
The Tower 01:16
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The robot needs to find it's way through a wall of fog. The familiar feeling keeps kicking in.
22.
Raindrop 01:22
Suddenly it begins to rain as the robot remembers the shortcut from a cave.
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The robot finally remembers it's initial purpose as a gardening assistant while navigating the planning room of it's gardener / scientist creator. It becomes apparent that an experiment went wrong and caused the commotion.
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Finale 02:14
'Boss theme'. The robot finds the gardener scientist, in danger thanks to the rogue experiment. The robot has to outwit the experiment to stop this.

about

Vulpiano Records free DL: vulpianorecords.bandcamp.com/album/short-circuits
Download on either page gives you 5 bonus songs.

Now on Itch.io! brevynmusic.itch.io/short-circuits-energetic-8-bit

'A gardening robot awakens among hills, rivers and mountains, not remembering an inkling of its functions and original purpose. Something draws it to follow some unusually fussy glowflies and amphibians to the rocky mass of the Chrome Citadel, where it will rediscover just what it forgot..!'
[Check out the 'lyrics' tabs for more on the loose narrative I came up with for this.]

An ALBUM? From ME? That's right! After months and months of absurd delay, whether it was figuring out what to do about the cover (initially I dreamt of paying the amazing Mossworm to do it) or trying to get the quality right, I finally have my third album and first with all-new material.

ONTO THE MUSIC: I got my first 8-bit plugin in Spring 2018; Short Circuits is the result. I was curious about 8-bit music for many years before, being a video game person long before a musician, so this was a great way to merge my interests.

It was fun to explore chiptune hence a more melodic sound. In spirit, I'd compare it to a late 80s or early 90s platform game; stuff with mascots and goofy creatures like Mario or Kirby. Like most of my more uptempo projects, most songs follow a pseudo-synthpop style. I mix the 8-bit voices with effects and external sounds too, often with bitcrushing. Even a piano here and there, including one ("Mountain View") that I think Celeste fans will enjoy.

My love for upbeat and kitschy synth tunes is unironic and goes back years and years. Sometimes I feel that synthpop is my 'DNA genre', so I like to emphasize this side to my music. Funny enough, I didn't listen to so much pure chiptune at this time, although I'd hope my love for YMO is audible here. This guy's 8-bit YMO arrangements on YT played a part for sure: www.youtube.com/watch?v=0laEwhW2vqw

Some songs wound up working more as ‘beats’ or simply too repetitive, so I include a handful as download-only and trimmed some filler. Still, I kept the songs short themselves, so they should hold up otherwise. To spice things up I created a few new songs (1, 20, 25, 26, 27) and remixed 14 and 16 from previous releases; so it isn’t a 100% archive release in the end. When it came to bonus song "Toppling Floors" I liked it but didn’t fix some iffy clicking on it before it got stuck on a freezy drive (like the other original files for the album, hence tons of other WIP material; part of why my flow with new music went out-of-whack this past year).

Despite taking most of June to get the song volumes to work as a group, I don't despise these songs upon releasing them! So that's a relief and it gives me hope that some of you will enjoy it.

I want to tackle more VGM vibes in the future. To hear more of this in my music check out my first album Turquoise Trilogy, where "West Forest Field" and "Entering The Citadel" originate: brev.bandcamp.com/album/turquoise-trilogy/

credits

released June 30, 2020

Most songs composed April - June 2018
"West Forest" remixed November 2019
"Entering The Citadel" remixed from "East Forest" May 2020
Others composed May - June 2020 (1, 24, 25, 26, 32)

Many many thanks to Marilyn Roxie for both mixing feedback and the cover collage. Assets used:
Aamatniekss - Free Pixelart Platformer Tileset: aamatniekss.itch.io/free-pixelart-platformer-tileset
Crugger - 2d platformer resources c11: crug63r.itch.io/c11
GrafxKid - Gum Bot sprites: opengameart.org/content/gum-bot-sprites
MamaNeZakon - Forest Tileset: mamanezakon.itch.io/forest-tileset
Jaks - Pixel Nature: jaks.itch.io/pixelnature
La Red Games - Gems Coins Free: laredgames.itch.io/gems-coins-free

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Brevyn Oregon

Computer based electronic musician. All music posted here so far is instrumental. I have particular fondness for synth pads, bells, ~lushness~ and a sense of mystery.

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