In today’s Music We Love, our musical discovery takes us back in time to the 8-bit glory days that have since been refurbished into the Chiptune genre; here’s a look at P.SUS – Draw the Line soundtrack.
Regardless of the way that you choose to pronounce his name (Pea-zeus? P-seuss?), I was introduced to this new collection of ambient 8-bit music via a tweet posted by my younger sister. I was enthralled by the wide variety of sounds on the 3-Flavors of Bit album in 2011 through the collective efforts of P.SUS, Dainumo, and Jeesh, so when I heard the opening track — the Draw the Line Theme — I was immediately caught in the same world I found myself caught in many a late night back in the day…(because you know how mothers are about letting you play your video games when you should be sleeping for school).
“this soundtrack serves as an example of what you can do with an idea and a little creativity, turning a core motif into the groundwork for a much larger journey”
Draw the line is an iPhone app that allows you draw lines to get you through a set stage of traps in order give a ball to a snail-friend named Milton (think Super Meat Boy obstacles vs. Angry Birds general audience appeal). P.SUS nicely sets up the motif of the game by enticing your artistic imagination with subtle scribbling sounds, accompanied by beautifully rendered melodic strings leading to that open air feel in the track ‘Enrichment’. As is common in gaming soundtracks, the melody recurs in tracks like ‘Let There Be Paint’ and ‘Everybody Be Cool’, but each with their own special mix of atmospheric ambience peppered with 8-bit oldies-but-goodies. At OD we think it’s really important to develop your own sound – this soundtrack serves as an example of what you can do with an idea and a little creativity, turning a core motif into the groundwork for a much larger journey…
(P.SUS has some great non-game music on his Bandcamp page too, recommended! – Chris)
For those of you who do not know who I am yet, my name is James and I’ll be helping out around Oh Drat as a ‘hype man’ of sorts. If you are a frequent of the Forums (as all of you already are I assume), then you will see me under the name Rhapz. I look forward to working with Chris to make Oh Drat the go-to spot for making music at home. Cheers on the music making and check the Forums for when I release my chip tune attempt using the tools OD found for us (for the more serious pursuers of 8-bit sounds you can check out the Plogue review). Oh, and if you are inspired to make music like this, why not try your hand at it?