As I kept increasing the map's size to cram more stuff and design more intricate levels, I started to feel the need to come back to the dreamlike simplicity of the beginning.
Paradoxically, the world feels endless when it's tiny but floating in a misty void. As soon as it grows bigger than the screen, its physicality turns the poetics of contemplation and mystery into the usual video game exploration trope.
I've finally updated my #TokiPona English/French dictionary. It now supports sitelen sitelen glyphs in addition to sitelen pona.
It started as an ambient experiment, and it ended up as some kind of techno. I had a lot of fun with the tape mode of the OP-Z, but I've reached that point where I hate the result enough to release it in order to move on.
Maybe I'll put it on Bandcamp with a couple more tracks in this style. But I have to make them first, heh.
It took me way longer than expected to make that webring button, so I feel the compulsive need to post it here. I feel like I'm in an alternate timeline now. cc @neauoire
This forest is growing out of control. There are now different height levels and both characters can walk on specific terrain, so you have to swap between them to reach some otherwise inaccessible places.
The lagomorph can hop on logs and the batracian can swim. It's not pictured here because the GIF would be huge, but it works!
Seems like I'm making a custom pixel font for this game. The good thing is #TokiPona uses only 14 letters and capitalizes only names, so it's way faster and easier compared to regular fonts.
I'm trying to give it some kind of natural, script vibe. A bit cryptic, maybe somewhat Elvish. I could have used sitelen pona glyphs, but it would be way too much work for now. I want to have fun making this.
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 #TokiPona, 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.
handpans and politics
My first personal wiki entries will deal with steel tongue drums and handpans. I'm updating old notes, and diving into... the festering shitfest of PANArt vs the world.
PANArt are the people who invented the Hang, which started the handpan craze 20 years ago. Recently, they've decided to sue makers with designs similar to the Hang. Basically... everyone.
In case you're wondering, PANArt are not socialists. Their statement is... wow, just wow.
Happy to see the latest additions to my website now show up in @cblgh's Lieu :) I still need to figure out a way to make my lists readable for a better experience, but it's already pretty cool. It brings a nice sense of community.
If you haven't already, give it a try, it's a great tool for exploring everyone's creations: https://lieu.cblgh.org
However, it seems l'm kind of monopolizing the #TokiPona scene, haha.
I've received my RAV Vast, and I'm in awe with it. It looks, feels and sounds absolutely massive. It's like having the universe on my lap.
This is quite the upgrade compared to my 9" Rammerdrum. It's much bigger and heavier, but it has 10 notes instead of 6, jaw-dropping sustain and harmonics, and allows many subtle techniques to drastically alter the sound.
Time to learn how to actually play (and to tighten one’s belt for the rest of the year.)
Apparently, I'm now making some kind of trip hop. Quick and dirty render as usual. I'm having a blast, as I'm starting to understand the vision behind the OP-Z. While it has tons of automation features, it's designed in a way that puts live manipulations first. Traditional "song building" is limited, the focus is on doing crazy stuff within patterns and taming randomness. And it's pure fun.
Discussing #TokiPona grammar in sitelen pona (a linear glyph script) about a drawing made using sitelen sitelen (a non-linear writing system.)
This is absolutely weird and delightful to be able to do this, I never thought learning a conlang could lead to such a surreal exchange (but I realize my grammar is basic at best, I need more practice.)
Computers ate my soul.
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