I had an idea to make a game where you start a band and try to get a hit single before the money runs out. I wanted to use PICO-8 and thus the music will be beeps n' bops.
I absolutely overscoped the project and ran out of time, so I threw away everything except the part where you compose your song with the different instrument parts you've found.
The song is represented by 4 channels (rows) and 12 bars (columns). Navigate these cells with the arrow keys and change the instrument part with Z or X. Once you are ready to play your masterpiece, navigate down to "play song" and hit Z or X. There are D(rum) parts, B(ass) parts, L(ead) parts and M(isc) parts, but there's nothing stopping you from creating a song consisting entirely of drum parts.
There's no scoring system or anything, but have fun anyway! I might continue this idea and make it into a proper topdown adventure game where you find/buy/trade instrument parts and/or level up your composition skills in order to be the winner of the Chip Challenge!
I really would love to play the overscoped project - it sounds like it could be an awful lot of fun; let me know if you finish that B-). Well done for reigning it in and publishing something complete (and actually very cool & polished) too!
There's quite a lot of nice variety in the different settings; it's impressive that you got so much out of the sounds available. I also dig the animation: it's very cute.