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When I make demostyle music, I just set one simple goal to myself: Create something that sound as awesome as it can be. Be a demo of what is possible. This mindset alone helps a great deal in starting, because you ask yourself: what is awesome?

And by answering this question, one would say suspense creates awesomeness. So what I tend to do is combine sounds together to create suspense. This can be an ambient feel, or a drone or even a great acid bass loop. But it must be something simple in the background that carries that moment in the tune.

When it comes to the lead, the first question is: is one really needed at that moment? If you have a great slow drum with an ambient feel, that alone can be good enough on its own. If you still want to add melody to that, ask yourself: how can I write a solo that goes with this? Like how a lead guitarist can play a solo.

Next thing I often try to do is keep my sections short and use transitions to go to something completely new.

Also, as we're creating a song to showcase what is possible, use effects to spice things up. This can be an arpeggio, but also delay, chorus, distortion, etc.. As long as it fits with your song and taht moment in time.

That said, keep in mind that demostyle is a very broad range because it has different interpretations to everyone. For example, some people think with demostyle: music used in demos, but more modern demos typically use pop/dance/electronic music mixed with demostyle elements which evolved into just pop/dance/electronic music being used in demos. Technically speaking they are not demostyle tracks.
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Help and Questions / Re: How to fix oversized font problem with 1.29?
« Last post by Saga Musix on March 01, 2021, 21:53:04 »
That's definitely a start. :) I'll finetune it a bit more soon.
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Help and Questions / Re: How to fix oversized font problem with 1.29?
« Last post by Relabsoluness on February 28, 2021, 22:37:23 »
Looks like this with rev 14230:
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Help and Questions / Re: How to fix oversized font problem with 1.29?
« Last post by Saga Musix on February 28, 2021, 22:21:34 »
Can you maybe check if the changes in r14230 improve the font spacing in the main toolbar for you? I'd be interested in how they look now with the bigger font size.
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Free Music Downloads / Re: [Break]unreleased
« Last post by dracodrago1330 on February 25, 2021, 14:39:17 »
I know this is resurrecting a dead thread, but...

Does anyone still have these?? The link died :(
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Help and Questions / Re: How to fix oversized font problem with 1.29?
« Last post by Relabsoluness on February 22, 2021, 22:17:22 »
Hi Johannes, maybe it's not too bad of a disturbance to pop in to forums once every few years :) Though this time after little tracking there's already a bunch of ideas and question written down, so might bring those up at some point.
I tried reverting related MainFrm.cpp changes from commit 11571 and fonts look good after that, so that would do for now, thanks for the hint. Apparently this doesn't affect too many given that couldn't find e.g. a bug report about this, and while I might have done some OS font tweaks way back that I don't anymore remember, generally I don't see anything particularly strange in the OS appearance. And comparing 1.29.07.00 and trunk with the MainFrm-change, the effects are limited: e.g. unlike in the linked post, here menu texts are identical between the builds.

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Help and Questions / Re: How to fix oversized font problem with 1.29?
« Last post by Saga Musix on February 22, 2021, 20:37:34 »
Hi Ahti, long time no see. :)
OpenMPT was previously using a deprecated API call for determining the system font that is used by CMainFrame::GetGUIFont(). I'm not sure why that call would have returned a smaller font, maybe it was to support legacy applications better. With the new call, the font used in various places (such as the order list and pattern editor) is now consistent with all the other dialog fonts. I wasn't aware that this font could still be configured separately from the general GUI scaling factor, so I'll see what can be done to better scale some UI elements. I suspect it will be simple for the main toolbar, but for the patterns it's difficult: The assumption here is (and always has been) that if you use a larger system font (including using a higher scaling factor for the UI in general), then you would also use a larger pattern font. This sort of UI scaling never played well together with the bitmap-based pattern view.
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Free Music Downloads / (SyntPop-Demoscene) Falling Star (2021 Edit) (MP3)
« Last post by MellowNoiseKiev on February 22, 2021, 18:28:30 »
This track was written simply out of nothing to do, so please do not judge rudely)))

Falling Star (2021 Edit) - https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OlJ9k61C0cLaeTvhLZ0jxR4tXXk3UY6r/view?usp=sharing (MP3)
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Help and Questions / How to fix oversized font problem with 1.29?
« Last post by Relabsoluness on February 21, 2021, 22:29:20 »
After upgrading from 1.28.xx to 1.29.07.00, text in many UI controls no longer fit in their reserved space (example as attachment) and couldn't figure out any setting to affect this; any ideas to try? Running on Win 8.1 with 1920x1080. The same happens with Win32 build from trunk. Looks similar to https://forum.openmpt.org/index.php?topic=6467, HighResUI is 0.

Edit: changing size of "Message boxes"-font from 11 -> 9 from Control Panel\Appearance and Personalisation\Display fixed the issue - interesting that such font affects OpenMPT's pattern editor row fonts among others. But since this has system-wide effects, a OpenMPT-specific solution would be nice.
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Free Music Downloads / (SyntWave) Space Disco (MP3)
« Last post by MellowNoiseKiev on February 21, 2021, 08:21:46 »
It's hard to imagine how many hours of retrowave we've heard ... especially when there was the old Amiga Scene ...
Jester, XTD, Scorpic, Cerror ... and many more ...
It was with this love that this track was made)))
Thank you Amiga !!!


Space Disco - https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tlle_fTn5f-54zwkkW294yp4O0UERBYK/view?usp=sharing (MP3)
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