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Title: An intimate slumber
Filename: an_intimate_slumber.xm
Posted Fri 7th May 2021
Rated 10 / 10
Although simplistic in its execution, Intimate Slumber is a tune that has always connected with me. It manages to be simple and formulaic, yet somehow still non-trivial.

One of those tunes that you can make a cover of and get wonderful results - because the source material is so melodically strong.

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Title: A Prayer to the Air.
Filename: a_prayer_to_the_air_.xm
Posted Fri 7th May 2021
Rated 7 / 10
Michal's signature melodies. Sounds more like a soundtrack piece than a standalone composition and one that would benefit from a more proper mix. Michal's attempts at emulating reverb with long volume envelope tails muddy the waters quite a bit here, especially when the strings are allowed to play on their own.

The theme is lovely. But I could see this piece being much more. I definitely hope that Michal continues writing music, since I would be very curious to find an unpublished catalogue of his music made with a modern DAW.

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Title: funky lesbians
Filename: ida_funkylesbians.xm
Posted Wed 5th May 2021
Rated 9 / 10
An excellent upbeat tune. Love the clarity of samples. The mid part is wholly unpredictable - lovely!

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Title: amigahub
Filename: virgill_-_amigahub.mod
Posted Wed 5th May 2021
Rated 8 / 10
A funky energetic tune with stellar sample quality. And one that you would never guess is done as a 4 channel mod.

The only thing that actually doesn't work for me here is the panning. I tried fixing it myself, but none of the options I tried truly worked, which probably means that Virgill simply ran into the limitation of the format and there is nothing you could do.

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Title: low carb koefte
Filename: dascon_and_virgill_-_low_carb_koefte.mod
Posted Tue 4th May 2021
Rated 8 / 10
A really high quality ballad made in chiptune style.

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Title: Silius - stage 1
Filename: silius_-_stage_1.xm
Posted Tue 4th May 2021
Rated 2 / 10
The difficulty with remaking Silius is that it is a very good chiptune soundtrack to begin with. Therefore, adding something to new to it is very difficult, while any mistake will be really jarring.

If you would've remade it in a different genre, then yes, it would make sense. But this?

I would specifically single out two problems:
1. The backing "guitar" instrument is very poorly chosen. For one, it's overly loud and makes the bass virtually inaudible. In the original it is a soft sound which plays completely in the background. This removes any sense of a groove. Also, the sound has a very poorly sounding volume envelope tail which is just painful to listen to.
2. The lead has too many slides, which are completely uncalled for. The original has a couple of them, which make sense, because they connect notes between the end and the beginning of the melody. In your case it's just showing off your ability to do it. Very distracting.

All in all, this shows what you say in the description - very little work put into this.

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Title: insider
Filename: insider.mod
Posted Mon 3rd May 2021
Rated 9 / 10
Actually really liking this. A lot is achieved with just 7 samples and a great use of sample offset in this one to deliver a really cool sequence. The sample in question, sample 5 in the mod, doesn't sound like a lot, but is expertly utilized by roz. And this 4 channel mod sounds like any trance composition you would hear in the 90s on those amazing compilations.

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Title: esko likes mutantoe
Filename: esko_likes_mutantoe.mod
Posted Mon 3rd May 2021
Rated 8 / 10
Such a lovely tune! Weird and endearing!

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Title: Abstract Tracking
Filename: abstract_tracking.xm
Posted Sun 2nd May 2021
Rated 10 / 10
This tune has been with me for years. A lovely little creation that is great on repeat!

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Title: say no 4 jazz-step
Filename: say_no_4_jazz-step.mod
Posted Sun 2nd May 2021
Rated 10 / 10
An excellent piece, although I am not reviewing it, because there's almost nothing to review: the piece is constructed of samples. If muffler made the samples himself, excellent. But for this tune the tracker was simply used as a way to sequence everything. Some volume slides and panning, but other than that technically nothing remarkable: the whole tune really rests on the excellent samples.

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Title: devil day
Filename: devil_day.mod
Posted Sat 1st May 2021
Rated 6 / 10
A very energetic synthpop mod with a lot of variation. I am not at all sure that I would listen to music like that normally, but this could work like music for a jolly parade!

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Title: FUMIX 123 HOUSE
Filename: mpxvm_fumix123_ft2a.xm
Posted Sat 1st May 2021
Rated 5 / 10
I like the vibe and the overall energy of the mix, but something is definitely wrong: some bass notes don't match the chords and play out of tune.

I would also add some sort of sonic variations to the guitar/piano sounds, maybe offset variations, otherwise they a bit robotic. A bit of movement is what is required here, I think.

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Title: .ashen.impulse.
Filename: ashen_impulse.mod
Posted Sat 1st May 2021
Rated 7 / 10
Commendable beat. Definitely a banger

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Title: Green Train*BeatSqTr
Filename: bst_gren.xm
Posted Sat 1st May 2021
Rated 7 / 10
A DJ Quicksilver vibe to this one. Not bad for its time.

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Title: what the actual fuck
Filename: wvl_wtaf.mod
Posted Sat 1st May 2021
Rated 9 / 10
A really well put together chiptune, which you can easily imagine coming from Capcom or Konami in the 90s.

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Title: farao's curse
Filename: faraos_curse.mod
Posted Sat 1st May 2021
Rated 5 / 10
It is very possible I am the only person who has listened to this tune for over 3 times in a loop. In fact, I am sure that even the author never gave it more than a couple of listens.

And I am giving it a 5 on purpose, so that folks reading this are tempted to check out the song for themselves.

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Title: vincenzo_-_threespace.xm
Filename: vincenzo_-_threespace.xm
Posted Thu 18th Feb 2021
Rated 7 / 10
Actually a very nice tune. It's chill and low key, but has it's charm. The chiptune bit manages to create a very thoughtful atmosphere, to the point that I think the tune might have been positioned as a more chill piece, with maybe a different percussion style.

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Title: Little Midnight Song
Filename: lms.xm
Posted Wed 30th Oct 2019
Rated 9 / 10
This is a beautiful composition, which approaches a single sample situation from a strictly melodic point of view and instead of using tricks to make something out of it, presents us with a very contained and meaningful musical piece.

I am not competent enough to judge the tune from a music theory perspective, but to give several general stokes: the piece is variable and is not stuck in a loop, instead we have an intro and a great build up into a dynamic, fast paced part. Cooth's use of volume and tempo changes strictly serve melodic purposes, and he is able to weave an enchanting texture with just several notes.

I also like the fact that the tune is not predictable and is always more original than your expectations. Excellent work from an unconventional composer.

I would be interested to see if more could be done with the premise if other instruments are added and a decision to further develop the theme is taken.

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Title: Forward Backbards
Filename: forward_backbards.xm
Posted Sat 26th Oct 2019
Rated 8 / 10
Struggled between chiptune and demostyle. Kind of a chiptune in demostyle.

Very enjoyable. A dynamic and mature composition, from a master of tracking.

In a couple of places there is very audible dissonance. I can only assume that this was the composer's intent, but found it to be strange.

And, of course, the tune's title is not Forward Backbards, but actually "Forward Backwards II".

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Title: jenny's bordel
Filename: jennys_bordel.xm
Posted Wed 2nd Oct 2019
Rated 10 / 10
I can imagine this being a totally awesome song. Stay with the tune to the end to see how interesting it actually is melodically.

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Title: my dirty old kamel
Filename: my_dirty_old_kamel.xm
Posted Wed 2nd Oct 2019
Rated 10 / 10
When I am going to ride off into the sunset on my old camel, this is exactly what I am going to whistle to myself.

At the end of the day a chiptune is simply a piece of music performed using simple 8 bit waves. "My dirty old kamel" is not only a chiptune classic, it's just a great melody worthy of remixes, covers and live performances.

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Title: dune?
Filename: dune_.mod
Posted Fri 27th Sep 2019
Rated 9 / 10
Excellent, excellent ambient. Whoever says otherwise is simply not the target audience.

Awesome 8 channel mod with an absolutely skillful development that grabs you and doesn't let go till the end. Immersive experience and an impressive display of skill given the limited capabilities of the mod format.

The only reason this is not a 10/10 is because I felt some transitions could use improvement, as well as the ending: patterns 11 and 12 are decidedly weird. The ending could have been a pad similar to the one in pattern 8, which would make the tune loopable.

Having said that, again - lovely, lovely experience. Downloaded and will definitely be playing it again and again in the future!

p.s.: I modified the tune on my machine by removing patterns 11 and 12, so that I can listen to this loopable version.

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Title: ratman is alive 104
Filename: ratman_is_alive_104.mod
Posted Fri 27th Sep 2019
Rated 2 / 10
If you were ever under the impression that the ratman is dead, this tune promptly corrects your flawed perceptions: the ratman is very much alive and kicking.

But not too energetically: the tune has this interesting chill feel while using distorted leads and hard drums. One of those mod files which sounds more like midi: very little tracking technique demonstrated here.

Melodically it is as unremarkable as ratman's enemies: just like they weren't able to live a dent on him, this tune will leave you indifferent.

But if someone asks you: what about ratman? Just tell them: ratman is alive!

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Title: Digital Dreams
Filename: robot2037_-_digital_dreams.xm
Posted Fri 27th Sep 2019
Rated 5 / 10
A pretty standard hard trance tune, very old school in its approach. Good production quality, 3 distinct parts to the tune, the final bit is really nice.

Could have been really enjoyable in 1993 when this kind of thing was new. Today, however, it will probably be perceived as unremarkable.

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Title: metro 09
Filename: robric54.mod
Posted Fri 27th Sep 2019
Rated 4 / 10
Good attempt. I would make these suggestions:

1. Try not to take the samples at face values. ProTracker gives you many ways to make the sound more interesting, versatile. Tone portamento, vibrato, volume slides. Use them!

2. When writing melodies, try to make sure every note is necessary. It's good if the melodies don't sound random and the listener can recognize a theme.

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Title: turtle race !!!
Filename: some1-turtle_race.mod
Posted Thu 26th Sep 2019
Rated 9 / 10
I find it fair to rate tunes which I like very high, even if my analytical brain says that the tune is nothing special.

In this case I think a rating 6/10 would be fair, but I am rating it much higher, because this is objectively the effect that this tune has on me personally. So, why not rate it from this POV?

This is a classic 4 track chiptune, played at the standard 125/6 bpm/ticks. The samples are standard, the melody is dead simple, not too many tricks, but boy does this simplicity work!

Somehow for me this is one of the tunes that I keep going back to. When my modalgia kicks back in, this little wonder ends up on my playlist every time!

Thank you, some1

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Title: me, luscious superst
Filename: naif_-_me_luscious_superstar.xm
Posted Wed 25th Sep 2019
Rated 5 / 10
This is one of those times where you generally enjoy the overall setting, but the tune becomes more about what it could have been.

The whole composition seems to be a setup for patterns 8 and 14. And then the tune goes back into being about nothing.

And don't get me wrong, I appreciate house music without melodies, but good non-melodic house music is much more than just a drum loop and a Rhodes piano backdrop.

So, this is a clean tune that sounds like a quick sketch that was never finished, but I feel it just doesn't work as a standalone piece of music.

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Title: mo yama
Filename: moyama.xm
Posted Wed 25th Sep 2019
Rated 7 / 10
Enjoying this tune. The production is tight, and the melody is very nice. I would have appreciated some panning work here and a tighter structure (less patterns like 1,2,3,4 where almost nothing is happening), but this is definitely a good find.

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Title: HumanOS
Filename: djfl_-_humanos.xm
Posted Wed 25th Sep 2019
Rated 7 / 10
It's illogical, but I am enjoying this.

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Title: To Live Is To Love 5:30
Filename: to_live_is_to_love.s3m
Posted Wed 25th Sep 2019
Rated 6 / 10
An old school instrumental, pretty well made for its time. It will sound strange to the modern generation, with strings having a fixed volume envelope for example, which makes samples start out strange in places, as if different parts are glued together. Piano is treated as a lead instrument, similar to the dream house tradition, but also probably because piano was one of those recognizable instruments that would sound good and grand and not overly digital.

But I like the ambition of this epic ballad, and it's definitely enjoyable. Some arrangement decisions remind me of the trance music of the 90s, specifically of Young American Primitive, which can't be a bad thing.

I am rating it a 6/10 and not a 7/10 simply because it is 2019. Was it the 90s or even early 2000s, it would definitely be a solid 7/10.

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Title: sensual seduction
Filename: sensual.mod
Posted Mon 23rd Sep 2019
Rated 8 / 10
A surprisingly faithful cover. The details, lovingly placed here and there... Fantastic job!

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Title: animals and candy
Filename: animals.xm
Posted Mon 23rd Sep 2019
Rated 7 / 10
A very cute tune which I hope started immediately with the second more interesting half.

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Title: snortloop
Filename: snortloop.xm
Posted Mon 23rd Sep 2019
Rated 4 / 10
Promising start, but ultimately goes astray, in my opinion. Second half is all over the place, and while production quality, samples handling and all that are exemplary, musically the piece feels like wasted potential.

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Title: fantomens grotta
Filename: fantomens_grotta.xm
Posted Mon 23rd Sep 2019
Rated 4 / 10
I had to put headphones for this one, thinking that maybe I am missing something. Nope.

Take my opinion with a grain of salt: maybe this was done as a soundtrack for a boss fight in a game and it works well there or something. But as a standalone piece it displays neither melodic nor tracking mastery. So, this rating is to indicate the potential usefulness for someone who is searching for tunes to learn from or to marvel at: this one is not it.

p.s.: when looped, the tune is a nice soundtrack for an eating contest :D

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Title: Blink
Filename: blink.mod
Posted Sun 22nd Sep 2019
Rated 3 / 10
A kind of a classic demostyle trance MOD, albeit lacking in originality, variety and technical prowess.

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Title: Hang On
Filename: great_vazelinus_-_hang_on.mo3
Posted Sun 22nd Sep 2019
Rated 4 / 10
Neither the quality of tracking nor the melodic content left me impressed. Everything is played around the same note progression and all the instruments that are added just repeat or slightly variate around the note sequence. The guitar sample feels artificial and is handled with little precision: all notes are just played as they are, with no sliding or vibration.

The tune is barely over a minute long, but while listening I had to tell myself to hang on...

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Title: 15_years_of_crying_neighbours.xm
Filename: 15_years_of_crying_neighbours.xm
Posted Sun 22nd Sep 2019
Rated 6 / 10
No neighbors were harmed in the production of this tune, I hope! ^_^

Constructive feedback: I am enjoying it, but it could use some panning work (everything is in the dead center of the panorama), as well as variety. Half into the tune, it becomes tiresome. But then again, maybe that's the point :)

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Title: funkydunky2
Filename: funkydunky2.mod
Posted Sun 22nd Sep 2019
Rated 2 / 10
Maybe this could have worked performed live a little better. As a mod it doesn't work: the implementation is quite boring and uninspiring, inaccuracies here and there, like samples not being stopped in correct places and bleeding into the next pattern.

Melodically this is very simplistic. None of the notes seem to be important, everything in between the refrain feels as if it was randomly generated. The refrain itself is lazy and unoriginal.

Definitely a thumbs down, don't waste your time on this, I already did it for you.

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Title: Get Ready For This
Filename: get_ready_for_this-697.mod
Posted Sun 22nd Sep 2019
Rated 1 / 10
A cover of a song by 2Unlimited, Get Ready For This. Very poorly executed, unfortunately. They couldn't even match the drum loop to the music.

Lazy, nasty and awful. This shouldn't exist.

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Title: methaqualone v1.2
Filename: methaqualone_v1_2.xm
Posted Sun 22nd Sep 2019
Rated 6 / 10
Would could potentially be a very interesting atmospheric routine is spoiled by a bad sample. Sample 8, a hihat, contains a nasty click at the end. The retrigger of the hihats on channel 9 is particularly damaging, creating a flood of debilitating clicks that kills any and all enjoyment from the tune.

I also don't like the structure and arrangement decisions made. The tune has no center and wanders around different styles too much. I understand that this was done for the demo, and perhaps the visuals asked for this variety, but musically it just doesn't work.

I am rating it as 6, Above Average, basically because of an incredibly well written texture which sits in channels 11-14 starting pattern 5. This is a very-very promising line of thought. I just wish it was accompanied by something equally endearing.

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