Archive for January, 2020

This month in The Overworld: Vault Kid

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This month’s featured artist was born and raised in East Fresia, Germany. Which is a small coastal region, very close to the border with the Netherlands, and famous for its tea culture. Keno, a.k.a. Vault Kid has a long record of creating EDM jams that goes back all the way to 2012, and through his college years this habit remained strong. Suddenly, in 2016, the event of finding out about Chiptune changed his creative path forever. Let’s hear what this producer of catchy tunes has to say about our beloved music style.

Vault Kid holding his sonic weapon of choice.

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Rhyphte Reviews: ‘Lachrymose Dreams of the Alchemist’ by Joe Swensen

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Hi everyone — I hope you’re all enjoying 2020, because we’re actually about to take a little trip back to December 2019, a time when everyone decided to drop their albums in a bizarre, chaotic rush to beat the clock on the new decade. Or was that just me? Projection aside, there’s a lot of great tunes to unpack from the climactic finale of the 2010s, so we’re gonna linger here a bit for me to shine the spotlight on a lovely, experimental EP from the equally lovely Joe Swensen!

Album art by the blog’s very own Giselle Llamas!

Formerly known as Turtle Beats, Joe’s been a formidable presence in the scene for a while, but they have recently launched into the forefront by their flawless execution of the “ChipWIN roster debut to new album to Chipspace showcase” true-combo we’ve seen play out plenty of times over the years! ‘Lachrymose Dreams of the Alchemist’ is a compact concept album packed to the brim with novel techniques in Joe’s lively, minimalist style. It’s certainly a must-listen for anyone brainstorming new directions for their next LSDJ project.

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A Square Meal: ‘Insect_Byte’ by 4 For Fake

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Mexico is a land of contrasts and, of course, chipmusic is no exception to that. Maybe mostly known because of its raw sound and its so-called ‘iconoclastic nature’, the Mexican chipscene has overcome quite a few setbacks to become what it is now, and it’s given us a couple names to put it on the map. While chipmusic production – at a national level – has been slow in recent years, 2019 left us with an interesting work by one of the most prominent names around here. You may have listened to something by him before – I’m talking about 4 For Fake. Responsible for a vast amount of DMG mods and with a notable musical background, this technological laudator brings to us his first album made entirely in HoustonTracker 2. So let’s take a look at ‘Insect_Byte’ by 4 For Fake.

Album Art by 4 For Fake

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La mesa de trabajo de Mage – Episodio 1: Mezcla dinámica

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Artículo original de Dan from Techno Mage. Traducción al español por Pixel Guy.

Bienvenidos a La mesa de trabajo de Mage, una mini serie en la que hablaré de varios temas relacionados con la producción de audio; desde los secuenciadores (o trackers), hasta las DAW —y todo lo que haya en medio—. Mientras que puede ser que el material no siempre pueda ser aplicado directamente por ti, la meta de cada episodio es presentar técnicas de producción en una manera amplia y universalmente aplicable. En resumen: deberá de haber algo para casi cualquiera que trabaje con audio. Para la entrega inaugural, daremos un vistazo a cómo puedes utilizar la automatización para crear una mezcla refinada que evolucione a través del curso de tu canción.

Episodio 1: Mezcla dinámica

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The Mage’s Workbench – Episode 1: Dynamic Mixing

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Welcome to The Mage’s Workbench, a mini-series which tackles various audio production topics spanning from trackers to DAWs (and everything in between). While the material may not always apply directly to you, the goal of each episode is to present production techniques in a broad, universally applicable fashion. In short, there should be something here for nearly everyone that works with audio. For the inaugural installation, we’re going to take a look at how you can use automation to craft a polished mix that evolves throughout the course of your song.

Episode 1: Dynamic Mixing

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