Sonix – The originals VI (Amiga)

Commodore Amiga platform

Take a trip back in time, and listen to some of the work of Thomas Canell.

Aegis Sonix article, part VI

The fruits of this summer holiday is almost at an end, for the files exported in the first round. This next original Sonix track, is both Aegis Sonix but also SoundTracker.

The Sound Tracker influence

At some point I decided to convert some of the instruments from SoundTracker so they could be used in Sonix. At this point we were still doing all of your music in Aegis Sonix but the sound coming from SoundTracker was still interesting but we wasn’t “converted” or convinced yet.

After converting some of the SoundTracker samples from ST-01, I created this tune. The tune also uses the build-in synth module for some of the sounds.

Canell - When time dies

The two type of programs

In Aegis Sonix, the music is created by arranging musical symbols – to indicate pitch and length of a note together with symbols for pauses – on to sheet music. This is done, one channel at a time, to create bars of music in one full score. Aegis Sonix was a low end version of the Deluxe Music Construction Set by Electronic Arts, but was way easier to use.

In SoundTracker, you create the music du placing notes on “pages” of 64 notes (4 bars of 16 notes), showing all four channels at the same time, with easy instrument rearranging. Once two or more pages (tracks) is done, you’d “sequence” them in the order you wanted them to play. The note length was often “handled” in the instrument but some trackers had the ability to set a “RST” (Rest) to initiate the release part of the instrument.

My SoundTracker

During this summer vacation, I went through all my boxes in the shed, containing all of my old computer stuff and I was only able to find less than half of my old floppy disks – meaning that all my SoundTracker music was lost while moving around in my younger years.

One of those SoundTracker disks did contain the score from our only Amiga demo – Generator – and another floppy had the demo itself …

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