Once I got 2004's frustration out of my system, I started reaching out to some of the people
I'd clashed with in the past and made some apologies. Then I started to run a tracking blog, but it didn't last long,
as it quickly became clear just how far behind the times I was. Over the previous year, the tracking scene had become a
shell of its former self, which got me frustrated all over again for a whole new set of reasons. I shut down the blog, and
this site was mostly quiet again for over 2 years.
MODPlug forum thread: "Novus blows his fuse"
A month after blowing off the scene, I got curious and found a MODPlug forum thread responding to my rant. Surprisingly, I actually learned a few things from the critism there, and finally wrote this response.
Okay, now that THAT's out of my system...
A much-condensed version of my response to the "Novus blows his fuse" MODplug forum thread.
Curiosity killed the cat
Just a short site news update, but one that raised an interesting point: if I was as "irrelevant" as so many people said I was, then why were they all still talking about me?
"Hey man, nice shot."
My long-standing public feud with Vizion finally comes to an end.
Links to forum threads reacting to my apology to Vizion, and a link to an article by Fingersoup about controversial departures from the tracking scene.
Be with you in a minute...
A link to another Fingersoup article, this time about why tracking is still a powerful alternative to more modern methods of composing music on a computer.
Day by day
The beginning of my short-lived experiment at running a blog on the tracking scene.
The entry that established the format for my blog: a Song of the Day, a Link of the Day, and The Best of TraxWeekly, one useful article each day pulled from the archives of the tracking scene's most-famous e-zine. The first was Leviathan's famous article on chord theory.
Taking the lead
A mailbag response to a reader's question about lead-lines and bass-lines, plus an article from Necros on writing better leads.
Why should you care about music theory? Future Assassin explains why.
Glutton for punishment
My misgivings about planning to see the midnight showing of Star Wars 3, plus Necros's tip on using offset commands to simulate surround sound in a track.
Impressive, young Skywalker.
The Pope weighs in on playing around with triplets and swing-beats in a tracker. But who cares? I also review Star Wars 3! :)
Missing day? What missing day?
Necros educates you on how to get the most out of stereo panning in your tracks.
That's more like it
Basehead spices up your boring percussion lines.
The beat of a different drummer
Because two heads are better than one, Zinc adds his two cents on percussion. Plus you get to watch me go pun-crazy.
Swing, batter batter!
Necros shows how to set up a swing-beat in your tracker.
The native is restless
At this point, I got bored and decided to start taking potshots at the MP3 format again. Also included is Pinion's handy guide to New Note Actions.
Gee, I think he wants me to post it
Hawkeye eggs me on, and Basehead shows you why his leadlines are so much better than yours.
Delaying the inevitable
Pinion shows off a nifty little reverb trick for your drum samples.
Just a placefiller from when I overslept and missed an update.
Believe me, I'm a liar
Necros discusses melodic structure in an article that is mercifully chart-less.
192kbps ought to be enough for anybody
Sorry, but I'm still proud of that headline. ;) My response to Nifflas's spirited defense of the MP3 format.
Necros waxes poetic about chord progressions.
Fingersoup steps up to defend the MP3 format from my vicious, hateful words.
Yep, she's still reading it.
Necros smacks you around for always picking out such lousy samples for your tracks.
Rain, rain, go away...
Just another placefiller for another missed update.
The blog experiment comes to an end, as I come to grips with how hopelessly behind-the-times I've become.