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A Square Meal: The SOUNDSHOCK Series

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Beyond all the glamour and pageantry of the blips & blops, a misunderstood way of making chip music has grown and bloomed away from the spotlight of the scene – yes I’m talking about FM Synthesis. Of course, this is not a complaint, as we say in Spanish: “para gustos los colores”. The point is that, most of the time, a lot of cool things happen under the surface, things that are worth talking about and, from time to time, seem to be buried in the huge mass of crunchy sounds. The album series I’m covering today is not that. I can even say that it’s well known by everyone nowadays, precisely because the intention was –and still is– to direct your attention to the music and techniques used by those incredible musicians. Today I want to go back to one of the greatest compilation series centered on the FM side of the Micro Music, Demoscene, and Chiptune. Apt for newcomers and veterans, it will make you move and ignite the fires of love and interest in this particular approach to chip music in your soul – hoping the inferno grows so big that it encourages you to search for new music or even make your own. So let’s take a look over the ‘SOUNDSHOCK’ Series by Ubiktune.

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Intense tech con Defense Mech – kicks parte dos: ¡El paraíso de los kicks en la versión siete!

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Artículo original de DEFENSE MECHANISM. Traducción al español por Pixel Guy.

¡Bienvenidos de vuelta a Intense Tech con Defense Mech! Esta semana continuaremos con la parte dos del tutorial sobre cómo hacer kicks utilizando LSDj, ¡incluyendo una importante actualización! Al finalizar esta lección tendrás un amplio arsenal de técnicas para hacer kicks del cual podrás elegir. ¡Continúa leyendo para saber más!

Imagen hecha por @dethrood
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Intense tech con Defense Mech – Consigue hacer kicks con la versión 6: parte uno

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Artículo original de DEFENSE MECHANISM. Traducción al español por Pixel Guy.

¡Hola y bienvenidos a otra edición de Intense tech! En esta ocasión veremos algunas técnicas para los kicks, las cuales ya he cubierto previamente en un videotutorial. Aunque en este artículo hablaré sobre ellas más a detalle. Después de leer esta lección deberías de tener un buen manejo de la configuración DRUM o FAST incluida en el parámetro P/L/V de la pantalla Instrument en la versión seis, lo que te permitirá crear un kick que se adapte a tus necesidades. También incluiré el archivo de guardado al final de esta lección, de manera que podrás explorarlo por tu cuenta en la versión 6.9.0. ¡Manos a la obra!

Art by @dethrood.
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A Square Meal: ‘Mirage Diary’ by scythe

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Just lovely, that’s how anyone who has listened to scythe’s music would describe his style if you asked them. His charming melodies and upbeat rhythms enter the ears but go straight to the heart. This quality made his second album ‘Nighty Night Stories’ win the VGMOnline AGMA 2018 for Best Chiptune Album. This time scythe is back with two LSDj and a whole new batch of tunes that will warm our souls and take our minds to explore the wonders and limits of an incredible fantasy. So let’s take a look over ‘Mirage Diary’ by scythe and released via CheapBeats.

Art by Narume
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A Square Meal: ‘愛を喜ぶ街’ by 黒魔 / Chroma

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The first half of this year was full of extraordinary music releases, and the name that signs this one is a synonym of quality. For those of you that may not be familiar with Chroma’s work, the huge range of styles and emotions he’s capable to express through music have not only been translated into an astonishing combination of techniques, but also into a distinctive fusion of sounds and an incomparable ability to tell stories. Of course, all of this in the form a huge catalog of compositions. All the tracks contained in this album are charged with a strong sense of consistency and are sharpened enough to work along with each other or on its own. So let’s take a look over Chroma’s first full-length album: ‘愛を喜ぶ街’ (Ai wo Yorokobu no Machi – ‘The Town that Enjoys Love’), released through not records.

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Chiptunes = WIN: Volume 8 [Tracks 31 – 40]

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Everyone has a high-pitched scream reserved for something, and I have to confess I had one especially loud waiting for this moment. That’s right; the time has come for me to write about some quality tunes. So let’s put the long introduction aside and let’s take a look over ‘Chiptunes = WIN: Volume 8’, tracks 31 to 40.

Tobikomi‘s fabulantastic entry for the Art Contest.
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