Didn’t I just write about the Neo-Geo? Yes, and I realized that this year (or next year, depending on your interpretation of things) Pochinyaa celebrates its 10th anniversary.
In case you don’t know the game: Pochi to Nyaa is a puzzle-game like Sega’s Puyo Puyo; you align coloured “cat blocks” and send them away with a boom – much like Puyo or Tetris. The twist is that you can control how long you want hold off firing the chains. Want a 20 block chain? Do it… or at least try. Big chains send “concrete cat blocks” to your opponent’s field (again, much like Puyo or Tetris).
The game starts off calm und cute but quickly starts biting you in the bottom after the third or fourth round with a vicious AI that retaliates mercilessly.
What makes Pochinyaa great – apart from the gameplay – are the quirky visuals and the incredible soundtrack. In honor of its 10th anniversary I looked for my Playstation 2 version of the game, extracted, converted, tagged and uploaded the music for you.
Nyaa and Pochi, the two mascots of the game
Whoever has the rights for the game now: You really should re-release it on newer platforms, Pochi to Nyaa is awesome and exactly the way a puzzle-game should be: cute as buttons and hard as nails.
Anyway, here is the soundtrack. Thank you ~nya!
Fossel wanted me to demonstrate my dormant, probably nonexistent abilities. So here we go…
It actually isn’t that bad… well… if you know what I mean by bad… like… me playing… like yesterday… like… aww…
…hardware-wise is probably the M-Audio KeyRig 49 MIDI Controller. What, you might ask, Tsukasa and music?
Yeah, that’s quite a shock. But I really enjoy venturing into new stuff and doing application development all the time is wearing me out a little. So I thought… what the hell, time for something totally new.
I guess I should read into stuff like what a melody is and how to work the keys on a keyboard effectively… at this point I’m barely able to play Meister Jakob — but a kickass Meister Jakob, I swear 😉 .
Of course I’m using the Keyrig from within FLStudio, thankfully the device comes with a USB port attached so I can easily plug it into my notebook and start hammering out terrible noises (I’m really good at that, too!).
So if you should ever be in need of a terrible annoyance to piss off your neighbours — just give me a shout 😉 .
Composing music can be a very fruitless and hard thing to do.
Especially so when all your music talent lies in being able to play the pianica a bit, but that’s about it then. Thankfully there are several programs out there that will cheerfully make up for one’s own misses and provide easy and intuitive tools.
In the past I’ve been using Myriad’s Melody Assistant. It’s a very capable program for writing and rendering music. You can import Midis, change their notation, the instruments and render your stuff out to an MP3 if you want to.
Recently I started tinkering with music creation again after a long recess, I’ve been using FLStudio and it’s absolutely great. It has all the features of Melody Assistant plus a some real stuff for quickly producing and editing songs. There’s a waveform editor that allows you to do slicing, looping and sampling from within the program, a bunch of drumkits, VSTi support and support for soundfonts. It’s a real treat to be able to do work so swiftly, especially when you’ve got a basic knowledge only. There are several versions of the program out there starting from about 50$ up to 300$. Still, that’s pretty cheap if you consider the costs of applications like Reason.
And things get better from here on: FLStudio works fine with Wine on Unix. It does have the expected amount of visual glitches and minimizing is a no-no but apart from that the application works flawlessly. That’s not only cool for FLStudio and Wine but also for Linux 🙂 .