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No context sudden need to make a tiny game with jumping voxels and desaturated colors. I've no idea what it's about, except I named all assets in , and my mood was involving some kind of lazy melancholia.

I guess it could become a random walk in a quiet forest, with occasional dialogues and chill beats in the background.

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So, I've decided to release the mini mix I recorded for VEMOM 10 on Bandcamp. It's been nearly 7 years since the last time I released something there, it was about time I guess...

This is a couple of tracks I'm still working on, made with the OP-Z, full of clunky live effects because I'm still quite new at this workflow. But it's been fun to make :)

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The more I play non-violent games with no combat system, the more abhorrent I find games with combat systems. Don't get me wrong, both as a player and a designer, I love combat systems.

But the insane proportion of gameplay tied to violence, conflict and exploitation, and the fact it's seen as normal or even desirable in video games culture, make me feel increasingly bad. Is capitalism fun?

What about complex systems to explore empathy, ecological awareness, philosophy, utopia?

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I've felt the sudden urge to set up a small forum for the Merveilles folks (or anyone interested in it) who'd like a more organized place than Mastodon to discuss and learn the language together. Disclaimer: I'm a total beginner.

Feel free to join and suggest anything (and to boost if you like the idea)

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Hi, I’m a French game designer/writer working mainly in the serious game/edutainment industry.

On my free time, I develop my own video games and tools, compose electronic music, make pixel/voxel art, build keyboards, grow hops and brew beer.

Computers ate my soul.

New hobby: do 30 minutes of stationary bike every day while analyzing the beats structure of a J Dilla’s five-hour long instrumental mix.

I have no idea why, but I felt the sudden urge to order some stone pearls and elastic cords to make necklaces and bracelets. I have zero experience in craft jewelry and I find the lithotherapy trend kind of ridiculous, but, I don’t know, making my own aesthetically pleasing low-tech wearable things just sounds like something I have to try.

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I do not know where this comes from, someone shared it at work.
But pretty funny and informative at the same time

On Monday, some coworkers started a daily workout challenge with an app where you click a link to join, then press a button every day if you did the thing. Which was 2 minutes of doing the plank through the day.

So far, on 13 people, I’m the only one who (effortlessly) checked every day. This makes me think I’m really a creature of habit. Dedicating small but regular amounts of time every day for learning, practice or workout is second nature. It feels weird that many people find this unusual.

A classic weight lifting exercise is the farmer walk, or farmer carry. It's pretty good for balance and also simultaneously activates more muscles than you can count. You basically hold weights and just walk, usually for forty steps or so.

Does it sound too easy? Here's an alternative for real athletes. Carry a 3-year-old for half an hour until they fall asleep, walking in circles in a small room, without tripping in the dark over one of their many toys.

Apparently it's Friday, so here comes the result of my latest musical adventures.

It's a nearly 11-minute long live steel tongue drum session with unquantized beats and lo-fi textures. It's a bit broken, a bit moody, a bit groovy... And I hope you'll enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed making it.

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I have no idea how I ended up reading the whole CNN investigation on the many mysteries surrounding James Brown's death. (looking for funk beats structure maybe?)

It's surreal and fascinating, like a complete season of True Detective:

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I'm realizing the reason I'm currently drawn towards lofi aesthetics isn't nostalgia (I've never been fond of whatever nostalgia is.) It's because dust, stains, old machines and their noises, quirks and rotating gears, feel more human than the corporate-cold devices we're using nowadays.

I used to think about "analogue warmth" as a sound, but it's more like actual human warmth compared to the arcane perfection and glacial hollowness of modern devices. My smartphone sometimes feels alien.

I don’t expect nor really want to sell anything on Bandcamp this Friday, but at least it motivates me to finish and release that, err, "lofi steel tongue drum ambient hip hop" track of mine. I hate deadlines as much as I need them.

I'm looking into Godot's audio features, not only it does handle MIDI, but it can capture and export sound, manage an unlimited number of audio buses, and it has plenty of effects. Apparently there's no synthesis options, but you can basically make your own sampler, sequencer, or whatever. That's crazy. What's even more crazy is I might even give it a try.

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Seems like I'm currently obsessed with beats anatomy, so I'm taking some notes on the most basic structures. Maybe someone will find this useful:

What's even more funny is I've worked on developing my rhythmic skills on physical instruments for quite a while, yet I'm now slapping unquantized beats all over the place. I guess they're an accurate representation of my still mediocre coordination, but I'm surprised I ended up literally humanizing my digital workspace, while I was supposed to get more accurate in the physical world. I guess I've learned how to free myself from the tyranny of computerized accuracy.

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I've basically spent the whole weekend making music. I haven't been this inspired in a while. Maybe the many hours spent learning various instruments and techniques with no specific goal over the last few months (years?) are finally bearing fruit... But it's a strange feeling, since I'm now using that good old DAW I wanted to stay away from in the first place. It's funny how knowledge can be transposed from one tool to another once you've learned something worthwhile.

Am I still a coffee addict if I realize I might be one because of the throbbing headache I get when I forget to have my giant morning coffee mug?

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Merveilles is a community project aimed at the establishment of new ways of speaking, seeing and organizing information — A culture that seeks augmentation through the arts of engineering and design. A warm welcome to any like-minded people who feel these ideals resonate with them.