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Question about submitting a module that repeats...
« on: May 14, 2014, 09:20:14 »

Hello, I was wondering about whether I should submit this module or not, because...well, here's the story.

I'm making an EP where all the songs use only one sample, and this will kind of be what makes the EP "special" and cool, if indeed it does (I'm working to see so, and that it doesn't fall flat on it's face!). It's not even a break-beat I'm using, with tones you could manipulate out of the mix and use as instruments between the beats or anything, I'm using a plain-old, unadorned chip pulse tone, for the whole EP which will be 6 or 7 songs probably about 2 to 3 minutes each.

I don't think there would be anything wrong with this, according to the rules for submission, to release the source Impulse Tracker files on Mod Archive, but one track, which I think sounds cool, even if it's probably been done before (if it has, give me a link please, I'd love to hear) is basically an arpeggiated chord progression which starts out slow, and repeats, with an increase tempo command at the beginning of the pattern (it only uses one channel too...), so the whole song is this one channel playing in this one pattern, repeating ever faster, faster, faster...until it's as fast as a really fast chip arp at the end. I know stuff that repeats over and over without changing is rejected, but on this the tempo changes and builds and at least some semblance of development to the song, even if it's really just some cool notes repeating slow at first and then fast. I may not actually use it if it's been done to death before and is therefore tacky, but I thought it might make a cool out-tro to the EP, and if I made it that way, I'd want all the tracks to be up on Modarchive too.

So if I go ahead and use this track should I submit it, or keep it to myself?

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Re: Question about submitting a module that repeats...
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2014, 11:27:25 »

I know stuff that repeats over and over without changing is rejected
I'm not sure where you picked this up, but it isn't.
Things that are likely to be rejected:
1) Song shorter than 30 seconds
2) Bad beginner stuff or really bad modules in general.

There is nothing wrong with looping modules but if all your module consists of is an arpeggio that gets faster and faster, it sounds like there is not much musical value in it - I know that's highly subjective, but just go and show it to a dozen people and see if they think it's fun to listen to or just plain boring.

There is no harm in submitting it, in the end it will get added or not. :D
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Re: Question about submitting a module that repeats...
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2014, 19:52:21 »

What Saga said, plus, chiptunes tend to get easier acceptance due to their small storage foot print, unlike huge, shitty, mega-sample based "newbie crap" (often song rips too) which we got lots and lots of. Those get binned. Oh gosh. So many.

 Another thing is, since we now have accounts with people being able to rate modules compared to pre-2004, we have the ability for members to tell a user their module is good/shit by rating and comment. So eventually all the cream rises to the top, but we still like to give that a head start, hence the screening :-)

I think your EP idea is nice, but if anyone make a module which is irritating and with very little musical value (as Saga mentioned), yeah it might fall foul.

Since you've contacted us though I don't foresee an issue, unless Saga hates it so bad he mashes his keyboard and deletes the universe.  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
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Re: Question about submitting a module that repeats...
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2014, 07:14:17 »

Thanks for your replies. I guess Saga Musix sort of made me think about it, and how it's "questionable" and I thought to myself: do I really want to include something that's "questionable" as to whether it has musical value (as in, maybe it just plain sucks?), and the answer is "no". And I thought about it, and it definitely is questionable, and is therefore definitely not in my EP. I made a better track which has much more effort put into it to replace it. So, yeah...thanks for the answers, and I think I'll just keep this track to myself. Sorry if I wasted your time :P
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