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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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Paul’s Tech Talk – LSDJ 4.9.5, Transposition and Optimization

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Hello everyone and welcome to the 1st article in the all-new ChipWIN Blog column: Paul’s Tech Talk! I’m Paul from the French Gameboy duo Pain Perdu. This column aims to follow-up and complement our Youtube tutorial video series on LSDJ. With LDSJ ver 4.9.5, Superhero Dev Johan K kickstarted a wave of very significant updates, which would later constitute a pretty comprehensive overhaul of the program.

Mimicking a feature that was present in other trackers such as Famitracker; 4.9.5 introduced a new instrument setting: TRANSP ON/OFF. Why is this important, you might ask? The answer to this question can be summarized into one word that in my opinion is a staple of Demoscene, Chiptune, and Tracker culture: “OPTIMIZATION”, or as Max and I like to call it, “cramming as much stuff into as little space as possible”.

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Paul’s Tech Talk – Introduction: ‘Turning a page of LSDJ History’

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Hello everyone! Paul here from the French Chip Duo Pain Perdu.

Some of you may know of our Youtube channel, where I’ve done a few tutorial videos about technical aspects of LSDJ that I thought were often misunderstood, overlooked or underused. In terms of ergonomy, raw music-making potential and how easily people can access parameters that grant extremely minute control over the sound, LSDJ is a fantastic program; in fact it stands out for me as the tracker that strikes the most perfect balance between complexity and accessibility. The fact that it is displayed in the Sweden Museum of Music and Performing Arts is well-deserved.

 

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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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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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