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Day 1: Other times, other places.

This is inspired by the first drawing I made for in October. Every day, I'll make a new track after each drawing in chronological order (archived here:

My goal is to get a draft of the soundtrack for the cyberpunk-themed game I'm working on.

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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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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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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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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.

Me: Wow, I have a lot of free time when I don’t play video games.
Also me: It means I have a lot of free time to play video games!

My mum convinced me to get a small terrarium. I’m historically rather bad with house plants, but since it requires very low maintenance, I thought I could give it a try.

Turns out it’s so cute I can’t stop looking at it. After a bit of research I’m now thinking about the various glass jars laying around the house that I could reuse to make my own tiny landscapes. This is a gateway drug to full-blown house plants, isn’t it?

I am working on my laptop next to a window and the sun is hitting me straight in the face since a few minutes. I can’t see shit and I should move somewhere else, but I love it. So instead I’m imitating the cat.

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Current status: stuck in a thick fog on the highway in the middle of nowhere. There’s been an accident involving a truck, hopefully nothing too bad as far as I can tell, but all traffic is stopped. I have the perfect soundtrack, oddly synchronized with the various warning lights.

I've been playing for a couple of hours with Artbreeder, and I'm totally making actual music for these AI-generated post-human alien apocalyptic doom drone something metal album covers.

Sorry, no image description, as they could all likely be sum up as "surreal misty landscapes with nightmarish ruins and undecipherable asemic titles."

Me: feeling depressed for no particular reason, looking in the distance.
4-year-old: Hey! You need to create beautiful things!
Me: simultaneously dying inside and collapsing in fits of laughter.

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Ornette Hawkins: *Stream Raw Sun Live Sessions* (2018)

Live jazz and jungle from an artist with a killer name.

Yesterday's failures can be today's victories: I have no idea how I fixed it, but I managed to fix my shitty washing machine. Again.

I followed a tutorial for the thermal sensor issue I had. It started great, but after a few steps it appeared I had a slightly different model and I gave up, having no idea what to do next.

But I had messed with various wires in the process, and apparently I accidentally put back in place a loose wire... not sure which one. Problem solved, at least for now.

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Every time I use the bookmark feature on Mastodon, I instantly forget about it. It's usually stuff I find very interesting but that I don't have time to check out.

Every few months, I remember I have a bookmarks list. I browse it, and I drool in awe at all these precious bits of art and knowledge. I still don't have time to check them out, but I know they exist, and it makes me happy.

Today in technology sucks, my washing machine not only refused to start, but the door is jammed. My clothes are stuck inside, even after unplugging the machine. I tried various things, including using a credit card to unlock the door, but it broke. Haha.

I'm now about to try another technique involving a nylon string. Or maybe I'll run into the woods, never to be seen again.

Yesterday, I played Gloomhaven (the video game version) with a couple of friends. It took us three hours to make it through two small rooms and getting totally wiped out when entering the third one, at the very first level of the campaign, at "normal" difficulty.

I can't say it was a bad experience, the game's mechanics are excellent. But it felt unnecessarily brutal and beginner-hostile. Why struggle in a game when you already struggle in your daily life? I don't get it.

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Me at the end of 2021: I've been lifting weights all year long, I'm so badass!

Me at the beginning of 2022 : I've hurt my back while doing the exercise I thought I mastered the most, I'm such a failure!

I've heard music can be therapeutic.

Making techno and blasting it at a rather high volume sometimes makes me burst in tears.

It's an overwhelming feeling, quite ecstatic. A raw wave of pure emotion that surges when I'm in the zone, when everything clicks. Something "unlocks". It starts with shivers, then goes way stronger, without words, images or thoughts attached.

I know my emotional circuitry isn't exactly standard, but has anyone experienced this while making music?

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The concept of talent as a god-given blessing is inherently wrong. It actively hinders people to try new stuff and suck at it at first.

Because that is what you'll do when you try new things: you will suck. For some time. Yes, some will learn faster than others, experiences differ! But if you want to learn something new, please don't think you need any kind of talent for that.

What you need is passion. And time.

And the courage to fail.

After one year, I've reached that point in weight lifting where I'm using blood flow restriction techniques to build muscles, and considering a home gym with a full power cage. Getting fit with year long thrice-a-week physical activity is probably the one thing I can be proud of in 2021.

That, and learning how to play the RAV Vast, and finally diving into sound synthesis, I guess.

For some reason, I still feel like a failure of a human being. My brain is stupid.

My resolution for 2022 is to stop playing Skyrim. I’m not sure one whole year will be enough to get tired of it.

COVID test, venting 

On the plus side, my results are negative. I still suffer from a bad cold and higher levels of misanthropy than usual, but it’s time to celebrate nonetheless.

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