4000AD

by PROTODOME

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IanO
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IanO This is simply epic
Glenn Magus Harvey
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Glenn Magus Harvey I like both Baroque Paper Scissors and Goose Communications, but this slightly more. Favorite track: Goose Communications.
Meru
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Meru He wrote some fine music. He wrote the compiler for AVR chips and Gameboy CPU. He published a paper about the techniques. What more should I say? The guy's a genious. Favorite track: Baroque Paper Scissors.
Jim Nomad
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Jim Nomad This album is more than 2000 years ahead. Killer tunes through and through, and I have endless respect for that purpose-built beeper MML compiler
Favorite track: 4000AD.
Rich 'Tufty' Hollins
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Rich 'Tufty' Hollins Brilliant sound & compositions, love it. Favorite track: Baroque Paper Scissors.
battle_on
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battle_on This is chiptune done right! This is legitimate music written using simple sound waves. It's like listening to old prog rock/metal but with a chipboard processing the sound. It's awesome! Favorite track: 4000AD.
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Want to play this on a Game Boy? Download the ROM of the Game Boy port here: protodome.com/files/4000ad-gb-v1.gb

THERE WILL BE MORE, PHYSICAL VERSIONS OF THIS ALBUM-ON-A-CHIP AVAILABLE!
Manufacturing may not happen for a while, but if you're interested in purchasing a physical synthesizer, you can sign up for updates here: eepurl.com/gpyUe5

Read about the theory behind the techniques employed here:
online.ucpress.edu/jsmg/article/1/1/44/2337/The-1-Bit-InstrumentThe-Fundamentals-of-1-Bit

Hello! So, I've been working on a PhD for 4 years, hence the lack of releases. Here's some of the stuff I've created during that time. 4000AD is a tiny, 4-track, 1-bit, progressive jazz album. Each track is synthesised using a C script (which converts a custom MML dialect to WAV by running microcontroller code and recording the output) and is a fun exercise in both low-memory programming and 1-bit music.

The sound routine is 1-bit, with three pulse channels and a simple sampler for drums, designed for AVR microcontrollers. The sequencing is based around MML. If you're interested in seeing how it all works, check out the source code here:
github.com/protodomemusic/mmml

I've also included the MML for all the songs here as a demo.

Please be aware that the code for all the tools are hot garbage at the moment and needs some serious cleaning up. Additionally, you can find the source files available for each song there.

Email me @:
hello [at] protodome [dot] com

Follow me @:
twitter.com/PROTODOME
soundcloud.com/protodome
open.spotify.com/artist/0xbnQH3Gco32dcsMT0yqCZ

and why not visit my website @:
protodome.com

~-~-~- NOTES -~-~-~

"Wait a minute..." you ask, "...I've looked at the waveform in an oscilloscope and it's definitely not 1-bit. Are you lying?" No! Simply, I'm using a technique called the pulse interleaving method (randomflux.info/1bit/viewtopic.php?id=21), which basically rapidly arpeggiates at speeds faster than than human hearing. When this is downsampled (to sensible sample rates), it becomes a true change in voltage. If there's interest, I'll include some clean, true, 1-bit WAVs in the download.

credits

released March 25, 2020

A *Huge* thanks to Dr. Ben Oliver, Dr. Richard Polfreman, Dr. Jeff Vass and Dr. Lambros Fatsis. Additional shoutouts to: Bradley Jordan, Guy Michelmore, Hugh Floyd, Jake Few, Liam Charalambous, Tim Johnson, Tom Janes, Will Harby and last, and definitely least, Marianne Thompson.

Composition & Programming: Blake 'PROTODOME' Troise
Illustration: Marianne Thompson
Lazy (but effective) GIF compression of said illustration: Blake 'PROTODOME' Troise

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PROTODOME UK

PROTODOME is a UK based jazz artist heavily influenced by the chiptune genre.

His styles range from funk and big-band through to bit-pop and acid jazz.

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