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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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Progression: An Argument Towards The Engagement of Research Practices

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Hey guys! Tuberz here with a little bit of something different. Follow along at home, and prepare to read something you don’t often see associated with Chipmusic.

Those of us who create content understand the difficult nature of progression. I don’t mean story progression. I don’t mean a jazz standard progression like a ii-V-I. I mean the progression of our craft. When we create something we want it to succeed more than our last venture. We want to get better. The real question that people arrive at is ‘how?’ What if I said I had a possible answer for all of you brilliant readers out there? Does that sound good? Good. Let’s jam.

This word may strike fear into the heart of many (and with good reason), but you will soon learn to love it.

Research

Whoah right? We just make music on a Game Boy, a NES, maybe a Megadrive/Genesis if we’re super highbrow. Research is reserved for academics right? I gotta get a Ph.D for that right? Wrong. Let’s take a look at the word research.

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Fives and Nines: Tuberz McGee reviews ‘The Life and Times of Whiskers Mahone’ by Hoffy

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Editor’s Note: looks like we’ve got our first new blood of 2017! Everyone, welcome Callum Kennedy aka Tuberz McGee to the blog!

Hoffy is by no means a newcomer to the Chiptune scene and it is my pleasure to review his seminal work ‘The Life and Times of Whiskers Mahone’ released through our good friends at Cheapbeats. Hoffy hails from Edmonton, Alberta, wielding a mighty laptop running 0CC-Famitracker in one hand and a calculator generating random time signatures in the other [citation needed]. Most of you may know me as Tuberz McGee and after spending the last year writing an Honours Thesis on Chiptune I’m really itching to get into this. Let’s roll.

I think the album is about a cat. A cat who probably listens to Rush and Genesis a lot.

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