The Unicorn Princess Royally Reviews ‘Decent Company’ by Catthew O., AKA Bubblegum Octopus.

- Posted May 19th, 2017 by

Happy May, folks!

This month, I chose to shed some light on an album hosting home to 26 tracks called ‘Decent Company’, created by a New Jersey based artist, releasing under the moniker of ‘Catthew O.’. Also known as ‘Bubblegum Octopus‘, Catthew O. prepared a wonderfully eclectic final product containing music created specifically for Weekly Beats.

Weakly Beats, which was recently held in 2016, is an online site that previously allowed composers to upload original music once a week, every week, for the entirety of the year. While I did not personally participate in WB, I found it to be a great forum for creativity and I do hope it opens up again in the next year to come; it’s a fantastic place for musicians to congregate, and outcomes like ‘Decent Company’ are always fantastic to come by.

Artwork for ‘Decent Company’.


Advice from the Volume 6 Judging Panel

- Posted May 17th, 2017 by

Sup y’all? =) Brandon here taking a month off from interviewing folk to provide an interim article regarding ‘Chiptunes = WIN: Volume 6‘! For any of y’all living under a rock, this year’s annual Volume competition opened up a couple months back and has a submission deadline of July 2nd this year. To possibly assist, I’ve once again collected thoughts from the year’s judging panel to share with y’all in hopes that maybe they’ll come in handy. And hey, this year I actually did it far enough ahead of time to potentially be useful. Not bad, huh? ;)

For those curious, read on below the hella nifty judges’ profile pic collage!


Progression: Music Theory 101 – Scale Degrees and Intervals

- Posted May 15th, 2017 by

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


Chip Bit Day 2017 – Free cake, alien balloons and Europe’s finest Chipmusic!

- Posted May 12th, 2017 by

May 6th saw the return of Chip Bit Day; a celebration of Chiptune organised by Richard Lewis who you might know as blogger ‘Chip! Bit! Sid!‘ or by his musical pseudonym ‘Jellyatrix.’ Primarily funded by fans using sites like Indiegogo, Chip Bit Day’s second year was just as popular as the debut! With a lineup including festival favourites such as HarleyLikesMusic, and plenty of free goodies from Game Boy cartridge stickers of the performing artists to delicious cake, crowdfunders definitely got plenty for their money. I arrived good and early on the Saturday afternoon, ready for the hard slog of an 8-hour Chiptune marathon to find a few others eager for the show to start.


Stokin’ the Forge: DEEP MAGIC by Tri Angles

- Posted May 10th, 2017 by

Given his extensive career and the breadth of his library, I’d be surprised if most of our community hadn’t experienced some aspect of the work of Tri Angles (or his previous identity, SMILETRON).  If you’re such a reader, it should come as no surprise that ‘Deep Magic’ is a solid addition to the library of any fan of this particular variety of ambient drum and bass. For the uninitiated, I can wholeheartedly recommend this album as a great diving in spot to an extremely mentally engaging artist. Thematically drifting along the spectrum of driven to meditative, ‘Deep Magic’s composition will instill focus and energy into its listeners.  Join me past the fold where we’ll take an in depth listen to just a few of the new pieces.