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Something You Didn't Ever Have

from Pretty Eight Machine SE by Inverse Phase

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    Just in time to order for Kwanzukkamasivus Eve, this is a dual splatter LP (4 sides) of the entirety of Pretty Eight Machine SE. We fundraised for this last year. If you previously ordered P8M from me on vinyl this is the same one, don't order a second one or anything or you'll be disappointed (or hey maybe you won't because you want a second one or a gift? I dunno). No record stores have contacted me so I assume I'm done sending these to stores and honestly it was a pain getting in touch with stores anyhow. Some of them graciously accepted it and others decided to reneg or hem and haw on the deal, MY LOSS IS YOUR GAIN because I'm oh so tired and just want to ship these things out and catch up on my bills and repair my house and support Bloop Museum if there's anything left over.

    If you are an idiot scalper on discogs please let me know in the comments when you order so I can cancel your order with no refund. If you are not, please go to the people selling this record for an obvious ripoff price on discogs and report them. If you are discogs, WHY HAVEN'T YOU TAKEN IT DOWN YET COME ON GUYS

    Anyway as for an actual description that is TOTALLY not recycled from the last time I put this up for sale, all art on this record is (re)done by yours truly, so it's a gorgeous gatefold if I do say so myself. A lovely insert tells the story of each track, the album itself, and even the vinyl. The pocket contains an EXTRA download code because I'm too lazy to take them out, so give it to your friend or mom if you want, use it as rolling paper, I dunno. Nice black inners. Poly bag. Records shipped WITH INSURANCE in sturdy mailers that protect against corner damage.

    I am nearly out of P8M shirts but hey maybe check if I carry oh who am I kidding I ordered too many small shirts so find a NIN fan who wears a small T-shirt and buy them one of these for the holidays THANK YOU FOR READING MY NIGHTTIME RAMBLING inversephase.bandcamp.com/merch/pretty-eight-machine-t-shirt-3rd-run

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The Sega Master System's sound is, much like the AY, extremely simple. You get three plain square waves and for whitenoise, you can choose one of three different frequencies or tell the whitenoise to follow the frequency of the third square. Arguably, Something I Can Never Have is the simplest song on the album, so for better or worse, I decided to match the two up.

I ran into a few limitations; one of them is that the TI SN76489 (SMS sound chip) doesn't go very low, so you can't get very good bass. Another hurdle is that Trent and the piano hit the same note more than a couple times, and since there is no timbral control in the SMS, it just sounds like one loud note. To solve this problem, both the bass and the "vocals" were pitched up an octave. The result is something that actually sounds a lot like an old Sega game, so I guess I can't complain. The thing that really makes this track, though, in my opinion, is the way the Master System's whitenoise (which I think I defined as beating an empty trash can) matches up with the percussion in the chorus. That was when I knew I had made the right choice for this track.

Since basically no one ever had a Sega Master System, that pretty much determined the name of the track.


from Pretty Eight Machine SE, released June 14, 2012


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Inverse Phase Baltimore, Maryland

Chiptune/8-bit music and indie game composer. I also run an electronic entertainment museum called Bloop.

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