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.
You know that feeling when you start diving into Wikipedia and keep going from an interesting article to another, forgetting why you came here in the first place?
I'm suffering from a similar effect when adding notes to my personal wiki. I wanted to simply update an entry before putting it online. I've written three more articles already, and each one is calling for new entries...
I've updated my website, the main addition being a "works" section with a list of my most recent projects and links to their individual pages.
It's still pretty basic, but it provides a bit of context, and it's the first step towards an upcoming "notes" section that will likely behave like a personal wiki.
I'm working on project A. It's a tool meant to make project B easier.
B is a nice but not mandatory companion to project C.
I started C instead of finishing project D, which I started instead of finishing project E.
I'll log all of this with project F, which I'm updating for the occasion.
A might resurrect project G, since it's based on it, and delay D and E further.
But project E will benefit from G, B, C and D in the long term.
... yes, my workflow is *complicated*.
I barely wrote two Gemini pages and I’m already thinking about hacking something to generate a blog-like structure with basic pagination. One more project added to my evergrowing list of new and unfinished projects shouldn’t make a big difference.
Finally making a big update to my website. It may take a while, since I'm browsing through loads of old projects I want to share and organize, not to mention I'd like to add some kind of wiki section.
I think I'll start with the bare minimum and add more content gradually.
I'm thinking about recording a short RAV Vast loop every day to track my progress and spread joy, but I'm not sure if I can handle such a commitment yet.
Though when I remember that in 2017, I designed and posted a new level for my walking simulator / journal every single day, including music, I guess I can do anything slightly less crazy.
Not sure how to call the mental space you're into when you're drawing while listening to your own in-progress music in the background.
Two different projects, two different goals, yet both are deeply interwoven, not only because you're creating both, but because they speak to each other and feed on each other through you.
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.
I've spent most of the day blissfully headbanging on my own beats. But more than the beats, it's the chords and the melody I'm happy with. Not because they're good (they're pretty basic), but because for once, I understand how everything fits together. It's hugely satisfying.
To the surprise of no one but me, learning how to play the keyboard seems to enhance my understanding of music theory.
Here's the quick and dirty kalimba track I started to work on yesterday. It's just me playing live, a bit of reverb, a basic OP-Z beat with random variations, and a few EQ/compression tweaks.
Both the kalimba and the beat were recorded straight with an iPad mic, so it's noisy. Perhaps I'll do a proper recording for the next versions, but I like the ultra fast workflow and the low-fi + reverb vibe (or maybe I'm just lazy.)
I did absolutely nothing of interest this week and felt bad about it. I didn't work on any of my projects, and my mind wandered in dark places.
Two hours ago, I recorded a live kalimba loop, added a hint of reverb, then a slow evolving beat I did in five minutes on the OP-Z. I'm listening to the two loops, synced but with slightly different lengths, since one hour or so.
All of a sudden, the universe is infinitely beautiful, and I'm happy to be part of it.
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 :)
Turns out all I had to do to come up with some #TokiPona lyrics was to keep listening to my own music until something started to emerge. Who would have guessed, heh?
I'm still far from something satisfying and most of it feels like garbage, but it's a start. Tiny drafts, tiny words that try to say something, with a rhythm.
I case you're wondering, drawing #TokiPona glyphs and writing songs in Toki Pona feel like two entirely different things, even when using the same words.
You'd think a language with only 120 words would convert nicely from any medium to any other, but no. Context and form matter so much it feels like two different languages. Music changes the meaning of words.
Computers ate my soul.
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