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Progression: Music Theory 111 – Where Melody Ends and Harmony Begins

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Hey dudes and dudettes,

I’m gearing up to drop my new album this month, so look out for a post on that in the future (probably next month) but for the meantime we can look at some hyper-cool music theory stuff.

Last month we covered the idea of Developing Musical Material. You’ll know by this point I’m going to rant about how I strongly advise you to go back and read through my previous articles which will will help contextualise what we know by this point. This month is where these separate puzzle pieces seem to start connecting, and creating a whole cohesive entity that is ‘Music Theory.’ We’ll be covering the idea of establishing harmony, mood, and feeling through the use of melody.

Let’s jam.

okay now these are just getting ridiculous, far too abstract, and honestly quite hard to follow

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On House Shows, Part One: Curating Shows At Non-Venues

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This month, as opposed to highlighting an album or a show, I’d like to talk to you about something many of you have either considered throwing or have performed at when given the chance – house shows! This is to be the first of a few articles I’ll be throwing down about community building and scene management, as I feel that this particular topic is one that doesn’t get a whole lot of analysis and as a result there are mistakes that plague the scene at large that could be avoided. But enough preamble – let’s talk about house shows.

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Paul’s Tech Talk – Exploring Arpeggios part 1: The Power of Illusion

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Hello beautiful people and thank you for reading Paul’s Tech Talk on The ChipWIN Blog! It’s been a while since I’d last whipped out a good ol’ techy article so I decided to make this one extra special. Today we’re going to delve into one of my all-time favourite aspects of chiptune production: Arpeggios!

Most of you probably know quite well what an arpeggio is, and why it’s widely used in Chiptune music. So in this article, I will try to dig a little deeper, examine closely how they work and what they can do, and experiment with some more advanced techniques to unleash their amazing potential.

Let’s dive in!

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Progression: Music Theory 110 – Development, Motifs, and Repetition

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Hey dudes and dudettes,

I’m back in the writing room organising music theory tutelage for you folks, and it just dawned on me that I’ve been writing for this website for more than a year now. Life is good.

Last month we covered the idea of pivoting into seemingly unrelated key areas. As I’m sure you are all aware I will strongly advise you to go back and read through my previous articles as they will help contextualise what we know by this point. This month is an interesting one. This isn’t a music theory topic per se, but rather a skill for musical architecture. We’ll be covering the idea of motific development and creating music that cohesively builds on its musical material.

Let’s jam.

I’ve got a weird feeling that I’m clutching at straws with this whole “weird photos of sheet music” thing.

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The Unicorn Princess Royally Reviews ‘Escape Return’ by STU and Talks About Sound Chips

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Happy February, folks!

This month, I wanted to shed some light on a really cool and inspiring Atari ST creation I came across this week. Set free to the world on January 24, 2018, ‘Escape Return’ is both a digital and vinyl release by Swiss artist, STU. I listen to a lot of music and, friends, this one really captivated me.

Album art created by DAN from Bleepstreet for ‘Escape Return’.

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Progression: Music Theory 109 – New Harmonic Territory

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Hey dudes and dudettes,

Tuberz here with an awesome helping of music theory for you. I’ve spent the last few weeks detoxing from the release of The Great Australian Barbecue Bash (which was covered on this blog by a very hip and happening Chip Bit Sid). Last month we covered the idea of pivoting into closely related key areas, as well as harmonic planing. The usual disclaimer applies. Music theory is a vast topic, and if you don’t follow where we’re at with the content this month I would strongly recommend that you go back and revisit my previous articles. This month I’m covering the concept of pivoting into seemingly unrelated key areas. This is a deep topic, so it will be a bit denser than previous articles, but just as rewarding to read through.

Let’s jam.

Seriously, do you like… pay a guy to make weird photos of music theory or like what?

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