This track takes place in the landscape of the first incarnations of Internet, of dial-up BBSes in the early 90s, going back to my childhood and my fascination with computers at an early age. If you’re a fan of ANSI/ASCII art, or any other kind of art medium inspired or connected somehow by a love of the old school BBS scene, read on!!!!!!
In the early 90s I was a nerdy kid who got referred to my local elementary school’s BBS system for other nerdy kids with no friends.. I met some people who ran some BBSes of their own and I was hooked. Mostly rolling with PsychoNet, I even ended up a co-sysop of The Revolution.I met one of my longtime online-to-IRL friends, Cthulu, through a BBS I frequented called the Screaming Tomato. Also founder of the legendary MiSTiGRiS ANSI art collective, he’s an extraordinary musician and fun fellow! I was thrilled to be asked by him recently to contribute to one of their artpacks, and it sparked the genesis of this little project.
This artpack is an amazing collaboration made up of 50 artists in all kinds of mediums – from sculpture to paint, 8-bit tracker music, old Amiga floppy disk files… even typewriter art and a knitting pattern.
Check out the artpack overview: www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlC1B9jCjOU
Download the entire artpack here: bit.ly/mist1015
or see the sights and hear the sounds directly through your web browser here: pc.textmod.es/pack/mist1015
The track I contributed, “Line by Line”, is made almost entirely of old Mac and Windows sounds, particularly startup and death ones. You may also be able to pick out dot matrix printers, modems, system noises, old keyboards and such. Some have been resynthesized, others just sampled. See how many of the sounds below you can find, and enjoy the lyrics below!
released October 31, 2015