August 19, 2011
So I thought it would be cool to convert some of my favorite songs into 8-bit. Unfortunately to do this, the songs have to be midi files, which means no mp3s! (O.o)
Anyway, I found some of my favorite Zelda songs (and some others) and was excited to yield the results. Here they are!
Cool right? If you’re interested in trying it and your computer runs a Windows OS, download the program GXSCC here.
All you have to do is click and drag any midi file into the program. It will automatically convert it into 8-bit for you. To save the file click, “Authoring” at the top. That’s it. Have fun!
If you’re a Mac user, you can create something similar called Chiptunes using garage band. Find out more here.
June 6, 2011
Check out this awesome duo from Japan.
Yanawaraba is made up of two artists, Ishigaki Yuu and Aizatou Rio, who incorporate the ocarina, guitar, shamisen, and two-part harmonies into their delightful music.
Check them out here.
January 8, 2011
I wrote this short little song for the marimba today. Hope you like it!
Play MP3: Running
PDF Download: Running
December 10, 2010
With Christmas rapidly approaching, I’ve been making an ocarina wishlist.
Focalink Double Alto C
For some reason, I’ve recently fallen in love with Focalink ocarinas. They require low breath pressure, have great tone, and have a simple design.
My favorite thing about the Double Alto C is its thin mouth piece, which makes switching chambers much easier.
For those of you with double or triple ocarinas, you know what a pain it is sometimes and how frustrating it can get.
Trust me, this ocarina will make you want to run out your front door and jump for joy!! …At least that’s what it made me want to do.
Focalink Soprano C Blue Chrome
The next ocarina that makes very excited is the new, Focalink Soprano G Blue Chrome.
It’s a beautiful ocarina and I just fell in love with it immediately after watching this video:
September 17, 2010
While on Ocarina Club looking for some resources, I stumbled upon a post about the different parts of the ocarina.
It was an interesting find because you tend to wonder what the different parts are called or if they even have names. Apparently they do.
Warning: Some of the names might be a bit different from the originals because it’s an English translation.
1 – Mouthpiece
2 – Necklace Ring
3 – Body
4 – Pitch Hole
5 – Tail
6 – Edge
July 24, 2010
Here is a list of websites that provide tabs and sheet music for the ocarina. Enjoy!
March 7, 2010
I was making pancakes this morning and I always try to make different shapes using the batter. I thought it would be fun this time to make an ocarina instead of the usual Micky Mouse or Link.
Anyway, here are the pictures I took of them. The ocarina pancake may look a little deformed. Trust me, it’s not that easy to get an inanimate substance to obey your commands! XD
Here are the pics and the recipe I used if you feel like making your own. Enjoy!
The shape of the ocarina reminds me of the Sweet Potato Ocarina by Daryn Songbird.
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon white sugar
- 1 1/4 cups milk
- 1 egg
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk, egg and melted butter; mix until smooth.
Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.
I would recommend putting blueberries, bananas, or chocolate chips in the pancakes. I added blueberries to mine.
February 28, 2010
Looking for ocarina CDs? You’ve come to the right place.