Creating Music—Part 2

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Switching it Up

Unlike last week, for the second capstone journal entry, I did not use Sonic Pi, but instead I spent some time trying out Schism Tracker. According to its website, Schism Tracker is “is a free and open-source reimplementation of Impulse Tracker, a program used to create high quality music without the requirements of specialized, expensive equipment, and with a unique ‘finger feel’ that is difficult to replicate in part.”

Trackers are primarily used in making Chiptune music, but I didn't seek it out solely for that purpose. Unlike programming music with Sonic Pi, in Schism, patterns of samples arranged into channels, which are combined to create a whole song. I found some samples on the web to make my song out of.

Just a note about the interface: Schism uses the keyboard exclusively, there is no mousing around here! (Just the way I like it.)

Let’s Hear it

You can click here to download the mp3. For a screen recording of the playthrough, watch this: