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Progression: Music Theory 104 – Voicings, Voice Leading, and Counterpoint

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Hey dudes and dudettes,

Tuberz here with another installment in the series of articles centered around the understanding and application of music theory. I took last month off to look over the brand new Fearofdark album (and *SPOILERS* it’s a banger */SPOILERS*) but it’s given me a fair amount of time to get together an idea of what I’m going to cover today. Last article I covered extended chords like sevenths and the multiple ways you can build these chords using intervals and simple counting schemes. It is highly recommended that you read through my previous articles before venturing into this one, as it’s gonna get heckers (Adjective: frantic af). This article is going to be all about taking our chords that we’ve set and making them flow smoothly, or not depending on circumstance, as well as notes in our melody and counter-melody flowing smoothly.

Let’s jam.

Ah yes. More of that prehistoric paper for me to write my hexadecimal microsoft excel tunes on

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Fives and Nines: Tuberz McGee reviews ‘Exit Plan’ by Fearofdark

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Fearofdark is not a newcomer on the scene, but rather a miracle of modern science, a beacon of Chiptune wisdom, and a coffee enthusiast. As a revered Famitracker Wizard and ModPlug Master coming off the back of several successful albums, Mr. ofdark has released a brand new chippy toure de force titled ‘Exit Plan’. The album combines his love of jazz harmonies, four to the floor head bobbing, and pseudo avant garde whole tone weirdness. ‘Exit Plan’ is released through Ubiktune, a label known for their ridiculously complex, progressive music that combines super catchy melodies and riffs with weird time signatures and absurd harmonic progressions. This album is no outlier. It exemplifies everything that I just listed, as this album is masterfully crafted.

Alright team. Let’s go on a journey. Let’s jam!

Fearofdark + Dragons = I should have studied maths rather than music at university

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Progression: Music Theory 103 – Extended Chords and Voicings

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Hey dudes and dudettes,

Tuberz here with my third installment in the series of articles centered around the understanding and application of music theory. Last month (and not too long ago either!) we covered harmonic progressions and chord functions and how we can use these to create tension and movement in our music. This month we’ll be looking at building on that a bit further with extended chords. Use these to spice up your chord progressions and make them sound a bit more lush and full, and potentially with more movement!

Let’s jam.

I’m all ready to do a music theory. I have my manuscript, my pen, and my Game Boy

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Progression: Music Theory 102 – Chords and Harmony

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Hey dudes and dudettes,

Tuberz here with my second installment in the series of articles centered around the understanding and application of music theory. Last month we covered melodic scale degrees and pitch sets, and how these can influence your music. This week we’ll be looking at chord scale theory, and the application of harmonic progressions. This will hopefully give you budding musicians a toolbox full of chord progressions to use/abuse to your hearts content!

Let’s jam.

Be thankful that we have computers for this now. Imagining writing out hexadecimal by hand. Ouch.

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Progression: Music Theory 101 – Scale Degrees and Intervals

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Hey dudes and dudettes,

Tuberz here with the beginning of a new series centered around the understanding and application of music theory. What is music theory you ask? Music theory is the underpinning of most western tonal music allowing us to analyse music we appreciate and enjoy. It is the understanding of relationships between notes, chords, rhythms, and sections of music. By understanding what’s going on with songs we enjoy, we can use these techniques and processes in our own music, much like what I wrote about in my article about music research. Funny how these things work right? Shall we get into it?

Let’s jam.

One day, you too can write spreadsheet music like a completely different form of sheet music

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Square Sounds Melbourne 2017! A Romantic Weekend Away With Tuberz McGee

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Square Sounds is my favourite time of the year every year. A gathering of all my favourite people, and people who will become my favourite people. Great. Filled with the buzz of gameboys, NES consoles, Megadrives and various other chip-paraphernalia. Organized by the incredible Kristy, Eugene, and Alex, this festival is perhaps the most thrilling thing the southern hemisphere has to offer and most likely the only thing in Australia that will not try to kill you. I had the absolute pleasure of attending this year’s event and would love to do nothing more than report on how bone-crushingly good these jams were.

As I missed the pre-party on Thursday (compulsory attendance for university, really I should have just un-enrolled lmao) I’ll just dive into the main event, spread over Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I’m really sad I missed the pre-party too because stellar chip musicians like Classic Mistake, cTrix, and Aquellex were on the stage bangin’ out some jams [with live arps on a keytar!!!]. I like to think that we have created a piece of chiptune mythology/folklore here.

Let’s jam.

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