Insert Credit Art Jam 2.0 | October 2022 | Mysteerie

[size=100]WELCOME BACK TO THE INSERT CREDIT ART JAM 2.0!!![/size]
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[size=30][color=Mediumpurple]_NEW MONTH, NEW PROMPT!, NEW JAM!!!!!_[/color][/size] -

_**To those new to the concept:**_
A monthly event in where the ever-growing Insert Credit community can come together and create art based on a rotating topic! First created and hosted by @"SuperEffective"#337, now taken over by me. Everyone is welcome to participate and create whatever they consider art. Every possible medium and art discipline is welcomed here. Go wild! Show us your hidden or not so hidden talents!

Here’s the original premise @"SuperEffective"#337 wrote:

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This is not necessarily a contest, but more like a weekly monthly art challenge/show-and-tell. The plan is to introduce a new prompt every Sunday the first day of each month to make a piece of art to. To participate, you can simply post anything from a drawing, sculpture, crochet, animation, writing, a sick beat, heck, why not even a cake! You can post whenever you’re finished, and I’m sure none will mind if you’re a bit late as this thread is all in good fun. Heck, if you’re loving the prompt, post more than one! Send any suggestions you think would be fun to do in the next week, if you have any fun ideas!

**_HERE'S TONIGHT'S (TO-MONTH'S???) PROMPT:_**

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[size=20] Mysterious + Eerie =[/size]
[size=1000][color=hotpink] **"Mysteerie"**[/color][/size]

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It's October so I had to do something kinda spooky. Shout out to @"antillese"#59 who helped me workshop this prompt. Show your spooky skeletons with your submissions!

As always thanks so much to the people that submitted their amazing work last month and also to those of you who just hang out here and enjoy everyone's art. y'all are so cool<3

You can read a more detailed introduction of the Art Jams 2.0 and see the amazing stuff y’all came up based on the previous prompt on the thread(s) linked below:

_**[March 2022 | Support and Cooperation](https://forums.insertcredit.com/d/1421-insert-credit-art-jam-20-april-2022-delicious)**_ -

_**[April 2022 | Delicious](https://forums.insertcredit.com/d/1367-insert-credit-art-jam-20-march-2022-support-and-cooperation)**_ -

_**[May 2022 | Zones ](https://forums.insertcredit.com/d/1477-insert-credit-art-jam-20-may-2022-zones)**_ -

_**[June 2022 | Slow ](https://forums.insertcredit.com/d/1477-insert-credit-art-jam-20-may-2022-zones)**_ -

_**[August 2022 | purple (part II) ](https://forums.insertcredit.com/d/1694-insert-credit-art-jam-20-august-2022-purple-part-ii)**_ -

_**[September 2022 | LOUD!!!!!! ](https://forums.insertcredit.com/d/1846-insert-credit-art-jam-20-september-2022)**_ -

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# Artist’s Statement

It’s a rainy afternoon at 3 PM and you are playing an NES action/adventure game. You’re in the marsh outside the castle. What are you even looking for out here?

DJ Tent Mode’s Mysterious and Eerie new track drops now!

[You can download an mp3 of “Three is Spooky” here.](https://1drv.ms/u/s!ArDX_50WQOZHrgF_C0f-R5SQ_NUU?e=bFWMJ8)

[You can download an NSF of “Three is Spooky” here.](https://1drv.ms/u/s!ArDX_50WQOZHrgCsKi7uOa9HNAmH?e=eBcWmm)

The NSF is a ROM that will execute on NES hardware, in an NES emulator, or in an NES music player. I like to use [GaMBi on my phone](https://apps.apple.com/us/app/gambi-chiptune-player/id840190547).

# The Mysteerious Prompt

If you force yourself to write a song in ¾ time, you’re 75% less likely to plagiarize yourself from last month inadvertently. I also wanted to use long slow attacking notes that rise and fall in volume. Feel pretty good about how the mood matched the prompt this month. Bonus points are being awarded to DJ Tentmode for setting the color scheme of DefleMask to October orange.

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# This Month’s Mystery Song Process

For the rhythm section I reused the drum samples from last month’s song which were intentionally versatile. The noise channel is used exclusively for the brushed snare hits. I also wanted something that was a bit more minimal to match the mood with more silence. No drum fills or solos. They are there to quietly keep time.
The measures are sub-divided by the walking bass lines which help with melodic motion through the piece and also helps keep time when the melody has long notes.

# The Eerie Instrumentation

I ended up using more instrument definitions than I usually do in my compositions. The instrument voices are mostly for texture and timbre. The piece is a bit repetitive with only a few different melodic ideas. They are varied by changing out the instrumentation.

The “pluck” notes are octave jumps that are defined in the instrument. I noticed that you frequently hear this in GameBoy music specifically as a way to provide some percussive texture. When the note is struck, it plays the first note for a few clock ticks and then jumps up an octave. I used the same kind of note macros back in March in “Together on the Next Screen”, but used them as arpeggios to build chords rather than to make the melodic voice distinctive.

The big bassoon lines at the end of the song are just long held notes at 25% duty cycle which sound nice and fat and buzzy in the low registers.

# I’m in my learning to write chord progressions story arc

My biggest challenge as a composer is having harmonies and chords that lead somewhere over multiple measures and land somewhere other than back at the root of the key. This was pretty noticeable for me when I was trying to resolve the bridge back to what I think is E-minor (not really good at music theory everyone!) for the loop.

Melodies and rhythms and an overall song structure comes much more naturally to me than chord progressions and anything that harmonizes on anything more complex than a major chord or one of its inversions.

See you all next month. Make sure you have your waterproof boots equipped.

Oh goodness is it the end of the month already?!

@“TracyDMcGrath”#p90458 You’re a much faster songwriter than I am. I believe in you!!

Here are some drawings/paintings I have on display at my part-time gallery space. I think they fit the bill. [upl-image-preview url=https://i.imgur.com/3QITtbh.jpeg]

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I’ve been so busy this month that the furthest I got was messing about with my theremin for ten minutes three weeks ago. Boooo.

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@"billy "#p90701 Boooo.

I assume this is a direct quote and the sound that your theremin makes?

I‘m throwing in the on time towel but may have a late entry later. Tried doing a remix of Sinatra’s verion of Where or When and it ended up real real bad and now it‘s crowding other better ideas out of my brain. I’ll sleep on it