Songs of the Week (February 7th, 2014)
At the risk of sounding dictatorial, I would very much appreciate it if you could go and take a look out of whatever window is the closest to wherever you might be situated at this present moment in time. Don’t worry about the reasons underlying my request right now, for if history has taught us anything it’s that thinking things through is very rarely a wise idea. Right now, your job is to simply gaze out of a window. The make, the model, and the location are all irrelevant. Think long and hard about what you see, committing all that you possibly can to memory before reporting back to me. So, please go and do that right……now.
Did you do it? I doubt it, but if for some reason you did then I want you to know that during the brief amount of time that you were distracted, us kindhearted folks over at FFR took advantage and hacked into your computer’s mainframe using the classic QRZVW Firewall Override trick so that we could install a Super Advanced Obedience Program (SAOP) on your motherboard. What this means is that regardless of the breaks that you inevitably will one day decide take or the long-winded “I’m leaving for real this time!” forum posts that you make, you will come to find it exceedingly difficult, if not wholly impossible to depart from FFR permanently. We apologize for the inconvenience as well as the inexcusable disregard of your privacy, but we’re certain that you’ll find the effects of this program to be quite beneficiary to you and your community as the years go on. Take me as an example: if it wasn’t for the SAOP, you wouldn’t be reading this right now. Therefore the program is good.
Now, before we continue on to the meat of this update, I’d like you to think back to whatever you saw out the window a few moments ago. Don’t worry, this isn’t a trick like last time, as we’ve already gotten what we’re after. All I want you to do is to picture in your mind’s eye what you saw and to keep it there as you play through the four new files that we have on offer this week so that you may come to realize that the outside world pales in comparison to the vibrant, multicolored yet mostly black-backgrounded world of FFR.
[February 7th Released Songs]
No Money Down, Low Monthly Payments by Nero’s Day At Disneyland (DossarLX ODI) – Difficulty: 11 / 1:16 / Misc / IDM
Still Blastin [Light] by Nemesis Theory (SKG_Scintill) – Difficulty: 16 / 1:52 / Arcade
T&J “complete ver.” by Cranky (ilikexd) – Difficulty: 82 / 7:42 / Rock / Progressive Rock
Twirling Star by Maxo (Wayward Vagabond) – Difficulty: 85 / 5:59 / Misc / Celestial Chiptune
Our first release of the week, which also doubles as our easiest, brings together the familiar duo of Dossar and Nero’s Day At Disneyland in a way that is atypical from previous releases. Many of the Nero’s Day At Disneyland files that are presently available to play are relatively difficult, ranging anywhere from Arrogant Cobbler’s 66 difficulty rating to Dossar’s earlier Hero Reconsidering, which is at a now-stable 85. No Money Down, Low Monthly Payments breaks this mold as its difficulty comes in at a much more manageable 11. The song, which is only a little bit over a minute in length, will test players in their abilities to chain together pitch relevant jumps during a steady 12th note groove. It’s quick, it’s easy, it’s fun, and it will only cost you about the same price as about a cup of coffee a day*†‡§?¶, so go and give it a try.
Next on the agenda for today is Still Blastin [Light]. Some of you might remember that the original Still Blastin file from TC_Halogen was part of the stepfiling contest held a year and a bit ago which also gave us Blackout [Breathe Carolina] and Within Life. SKG_Scintill’s version of Nemesis Theory’s chiptune heavy song brings the difficulty of the original file down by fifty-three points so that it can be enjoyed by those who might not be ready to tackle the trickier patterns in the original. The [Light] version of the song tends to follow the main melody with single notes and uses an incredibly light layering scheme to factor in the occasional percussion note. The file also ignores anything higher than an eighth steam; in fact, the only two 16th notes in the entire file are isolated, and anything 24th or higher never appears once. If you’ve ever wanted to enjoy this high energy song without the same high energy output on your fingers then now is your chance.
If I can offer you one piece of advice regarding the penultimate file in this week’s set of releases, it’s that you should go to the bathroom before you play it. T&J “complete ver.” is, at the time of this update, the fifth longest song in all of FFR, promising to take up seven minutes and forty-six seconds of your life if you agree to play it. Even if random face itches and creepy shadows appearing in your peripheral vision will be sure to sap your score at some point, passing up on this file would be a huge mistake. Similarly, it would also be an error to assume that this song is typical of cranky’s usual sound. Don’t think Party 4u or R176; rather, think more along the lines of Tenimuhou or Twister. Make sure to stay on your toes at all times as award-winning stepartist ilikexd is going to be challenging you with pretty much every pattern in the book, yet he does so in a way that’s so smooth and consistent that you could spread it over a piece of toasted marble rye. Once your bladder is empty and your fingers are all stretched and warmed up, head over to the Rock section and prepare to embark on your marathon.
The fourth and final release of this week is similar to T&J in that it is lengthy, difficult, and incredibly diverse in terms of both the song and the chart structure. Although the various components of the song are bounded together by an overarching “celestial chiptune” motif, very rarely does Maxo’s Twirling Star linger in one style, BPM, or soundscape for an extended period of time. If you’re familiar with files such as 12 Bar Bloops or Phi-dentity Crisis then you should have some idea of what I’m referring to. Veteran stepartist Wayward Vagabond has lovingly charted Maxo’s debut release on FFR as a particular difficult piece, featuring a cavalcade of tricky patterns such as jackhammers, jumpstreams, trills, and fast 32nds, the likes of which appearing both chained together as streams and appearing sporadically as quick bursts. Make sure not to expend all of your energy too early as the last leg of the song features more than enough spots that are as ready as they are eager to ruin your AAA, full combo, or ability to pass the file. However, with great struggle comes great reward, and rewarded you will be.
And so we reach our conclusion once again. Since there were no veteran songs included in the last set of releases non-veterans should now be fully caught up with their blue-named peers. In addition, the results of the 2013 FFR Forum Awards were released two days ago, so make sure to check those out over in the forums if you haven’t already (and you’re interested, of course). Other than that, I’m afraid that you’ll have to wait until next time. That shouldn’t be too much of a problem though, right? After all, you aren’t going to be venturing off anywhere soon thanks to the SAOP that we definitely, 100% really, truly did install on your computer.
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