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Searching For The Silver Lining by Fulcrum [web]
screenshot added by Seven on 2019-08-03 19:14:57
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release date : august 2019
release party : Assembly 2019
compo : pc 1k
ranked : 1st
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popularity : 59%
  • 0.81
alltime top: #6517
added on the 2019-08-03 19:14:57 by Seven Seven

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Not a fan of generic midi music (this one is not bad tho) but coooool graphics are there.
rulez added on the 2019-08-03 19:29:39 by 100bit 100bit
looks great (2080ti), sounds eh, random, is it supposed to be 40 seconds long?
rulez added on the 2019-08-03 19:52:26 by Weyland Yutani Weyland Yutani
Weyland: Is V-sync enabled, and do you have a 60 FPS screen? It should take about 1 minute 8 seconds, and the music is synced to the framerate (1K hack ahoy)
added on the 2019-08-03 19:57:12 by Seven Seven
Great visuals for 1k!
rulez added on the 2019-08-03 20:06:21 by Optimus Optimus
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Liy9ZyFJ5mw
added on the 2019-08-03 20:09:00 by Seven Seven
Very nice!
rulez added on the 2019-08-03 20:29:21 by Buckethead Buckethead
Mmm, cloudy. I guess I can excuse the sparse midi notes. Not too bad on my gtx970, just a couple hiccups. Looking forward to a final.
rulez added on the 2019-08-03 20:46:25 by phoenix phoenix
Easy winner in my opinion.
rulez added on the 2019-08-03 20:51:03 by fizzer fizzer
Visually beautiful.
rulez added on the 2019-08-03 21:30:22 by Mystra Mystra
ah, about 1 minute long felt like 40 I guess, yeah this is what I saw, 60hz vsync on, delicious noise stepping in 1k
Nice 4k! ...wait
rulez added on the 2019-08-03 22:42:59 by slerpy slerpy
rulez added on the 2019-08-04 08:27:50 by Triace Triace
Incredible 1k. Visuals wouldn’t feel out of place in the main demo compo. Great work
rulez added on the 2019-08-04 10:21:37 by evilpaul evilpaul
rulez added on the 2019-08-04 13:40:56 by SiR SiR
very cool!
rulez added on the 2019-08-04 14:10:23 by algorias algorias
Great visuals but awful random ”music”. Voters didn’t seem to care though.
rulez added on the 2019-08-04 16:34:12 by yzi yzi
Great visuals indeed. For sound even constant humming would be better.
rulez added on the 2019-08-04 17:01:36 by Serpent Serpent
the audio spoils a bit the atmosphere but holly shit this is great
rulez added on the 2019-08-05 00:01:27 by wullon wullon
rulez added on the 2019-08-05 06:15:46 by provod provod
i am sorry but the clown misi tune turns it into a parody of itself and i can't get myself to like it at all :(
sucks added on the 2019-08-05 10:27:39 by nagz nagz
also, *midi
added on the 2019-08-05 10:27:46 by nagz nagz
Can you publish the source code, I want to replace the crap sound with something tolerable. What it has now is embarrassing to the whole scene.
added on the 2019-08-05 13:16:58 by yzi yzi
i would have gone for an ambient soundtrack - should be possible with very low pitched gm.dls abuse midi. otherwise, very impressive
rulez added on the 2019-08-05 18:38:52 by jco jco
Weak thumb. Music could have been better
rulez added on the 2019-08-06 16:44:07 by Frequent Frequent
Great visuals but i would have preferred filtered white noise for the whole intro instead of that tune.
rulez added on the 2019-08-06 21:53:21 by gopher gopher
Really jawbreaking for 1k.
rulez added on the 2019-08-06 22:17:07 by Virgill Virgill
The music is indeed very cheesy but overall incredible from a tech stand point!
rulez added on the 2019-08-07 13:48:10 by maeln maeln
Comments about the midi tune are true, but don't care. This just looks ballers.
Seconding yzi's request for source, albeit for different reasons.
rulez added on the 2019-08-07 16:18:57 by Trilkk Trilkk
great visuals, music sounds like a cat walked over your midi keyboard
rulez added on the 2019-08-09 18:59:09 by post malone post malone
Nice cloud effects and piano music
rulez added on the 2019-08-09 23:25:05 by Queen_Luna Queen_Luna
What jco said.
rulez added on the 2019-08-10 21:18:12 by Blueberry Blueberry
Through the clouds of some alien planet. Not sure if that music fits.
Very good for 1K though.
rulez added on the 2019-08-10 21:26:34 by ham ham
added on the 2019-08-10 22:32:02 by baah baah
The commented shader source code is now available at
https://ftp.fulcrum-demo.org/code/public/SearchingForTheSilverLining1K_Commented.txt . Open with an editor that has 4 spaces for tabs. Sorry for the delay, I got sidetracked while adding comments when I noticed a -1 that should have been removed by the optimizer (turned out the constant folder folded the unary minus into the constant value, while the rest of the optimizer expects to see a unary minus plus positive constant). The commented code has whitespace for readability, but the variable names etc are identical to the release version. The readme also contains a bit more info about the making of this intro. I hope this is useful for somebody!
added on the 2019-08-15 18:19:45 by Seven Seven
Seven: is it OK to publish videos of mashups of the (awesome) shader with alternative soundtracks on Youtube? The first one I made is 942 bytes and has this four-instruction random "music" routine:

Code: lea eax, [FRAMECOUNT_REGISTER + 0x007f3199] push eax push dword [midiout_handle] call [__imp__midiOutShortMsg@8]
added on the 2019-08-15 23:05:54 by yzi yzi
So so.
added on the 2019-08-16 23:29:37 by AntDude AntDude
yzi: no problem with that, as long as it's properly credited, maybe with a link back to this Pouet page? I'm curious to hear what music you get out of that tiny routine. Does that offset points to the decompressed shader? That's the only source of structured data I can think of.
added on the 2019-08-17 00:41:22 by Seven Seven
In C it's just this:
Code:midiOutShortMsg(midiout_handle, framecount+0x007f3199);

I got it down to 934 bytes by leaving out the call/ret subroutine and inlining the instructions in the main loop instead. I used the structure from Attack of the Mutant Boxes as a base. Some things in there might be unnecessary, so 934 probably isn't the smallest it can get, but it's a starting point. And I'm not sure if the shader is as small as it can get, I made it from your commented source with ShaderMinifier --no-renaming. Maybe I should have stolen the actual shader with some sort of a tool.

Here's the Youtube video: 934 bytes baseline version
The point was to get a small baseline version, to be able to do a reality-check like, "does my so-and-so big music routine make a substantially bigger impact than a nonsensical one-liner". And then make something better. I'm hoping to make something that could help or inspire other Windows 1k makers to try different music routines.

I should learn to just watch the things more as visuals and audio, without technical speculation... Yeah it's a one-liner routine, but what does it sound like? A large part of the audience still seem to assume that a 1k intro contains a synthesizer engine that's capable of producing realistic acoustic piano sounds.
added on the 2019-08-17 11:44:39 by yzi yzi
unneccessary + horrible music almost ruins it no matter the nice visuals.
pretty great
rulez added on the 2020-05-05 19:21:42 by noby noby

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