Posts Tagged ‘analysis’

Clover’s Comp Corral: pprincess records – ‘Lavender’

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Last month I talked about chiptunes4autism, a group founded by Gustuf ‘Asperkraken’ Young, which holds events and puts together music compilation albums for charity causes. These aren’t the only charity compilations I’ve discovered through Gustuf’s work, however. ‘Lavender’ by pprincess records is an absolute treasure I discovered through browsing his Bandcamp fan collection. Not only does this release feature a stellar 7-and-a-half minute Asperkraken synth odyssey, but as a whole it’s one of the most unique compilation listening experiences I’ve heard – transporting you to a world where lengthy electronica mood pieces are followed by short and serendipitous acoustic guitar. One track is a mellow lo-fi hypnosis (‘Miss You’), another is an energetic and sudden pop punk jam (‘Hate Triangle’). The latter refers to god as a “landlord”, and the way it does so is quite funny. Also, all of the proceeds from this album go towards clean water in Flint, Michigan. It’s enlightening hearing all of these tunes in the same space. There are a lot of gems in there, so, well, um, please check it out.

I’ll be getting a little personal now. This is my last article for The ChipWIN Blog, and I do want to make it count, but it’s… hard to write about. A lot of things are difficult to explain, even for a writer. Music helps me do that.

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Clover Chain Reacts To: Purely Grey – ’27’

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On January 11th, 1992, Alex Soborov was born. Since then, he has made dozens and dozens of chiptune tracks and other music as Purely Grey and, previously, Twistboy. He has contributed to Chiptunes = WIN as both a musician and a judge, and he’s run a family-owned (aren’t they too cute?!) netlabel called Tracked for chiptune releases and cassette tapes for nearly three years now. In 2018, Alex released a track every single week, and on January 11th, 2019, many of them were put together to form ’27’, a celebration of Soborov’s 27th year on this earth. Supposedly. Based on this music, he may have been studying the arts somewhere else, learning another plane’s stellar wisdom.

Bursting with clarity, consistency, and an endearing freshness to it, ’27’ is shaping up to be my favorite album released this year, and I’m saying that in February. It’s full of enthusiastic decisions, delicious instrumentation, fun harmonies, interesting melodies, gutsy and smart rhythm, and an integral originality in how each track is structured and how they bounce off one another.

Let’s start at the ending.

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THE CLOVER AWARDS: 2018

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The new year is in full swing – MAGFest has come and gone, Chipwrecked is preparing for another great lineup, and we’ve already got a few fun 2019 chiptune releases! But such an active community also makes for a lot you may have missed, and I’d like to give the last year a final sendoff before moving onto this one. I’m proud of the work I did in 2018, but there was a lot I didn’t get to talk about as well. This scene is bursting with music to enjoy and appreciate, so while I can only cover a small portion of it, I’d like to try and spotlight some tunes that deserve the attention.

Naturally, I will be doing this in the silliest way possible.

(Collage by Hoodie)
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Clover Chain Reacts to: Impulses – ‘L | \/ E’

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Impulses’ Bandcamp description is simply “Emotional Underground Chiptune.” Started by Trevor Stafford at least a few years ago, their music is consistently calming, pretty, melodic, natural, and always makes me feel things. I haven’t stopped listening since I discovered them last month through the ChipWIN discord. Impulses’ sound is filled with the sincerity of 8-bit synths, and the occasional boppy modernity of edm, and I’ve enjoyed going through their full discography quite a bit. That being said, the latest release ‘L | \/ E EP’ easily stands out, with a polished cohesion, tightness, and clarity.

Album Artwork by Manuchi.
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Progression: teoría musical 115 – Un ejemplo de proceso [Parte dos]

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Artículo Original de Tuberz Mcgee. Traducción al español por Pixel_Guy.

Hola, Amigos y Amigas:

El mes pasado cubrimos el ejemplo de un tipo de proceso que podemos utilizar para escribir material musical trabajando con un conjunto de acordes y utilizando sus propiedades. Ahora podemos empezar a ver la otra alternativa: donde comenzamos con la melodía para después afianzar la armonía. Nos encontramos en un punto donde estos conceptos son algo complicados, así que recomendaría que regresen y revisen mis artículos pasados, los cuales les pueden ayudar  a contextualizar lo que hemos aprendido hasta ahora. Lo recomiendo firmemente.  Este es el último artículo que escribiré sobre este tema antes de tomar un descanso de escribir para el Blog de Chiptunes = WIN.  Es con mucho pesar que tengo que admitir que mi tiempo es mucho más escaso desde que soy maestro en lugar de estudiante.

Así que, por última vez en un futuro previsible, vamos a ello.

En la imagen se puede apreciar cómo un hombre brisbanense se convierte en una partitura durante el interminable proceso de registrarse como maestro de música.

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Progression: teoría musical 114 – Un ejemplo de proceso

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Artículo Original de Tuberz Mcgee. Traducción al español por Pixel_Guy.

Hola, Amigos y Amigas:

El mes pasado cubrimos el concepto de mantener las cosas simples por una innumerable cantidad de razones. Estas razones incluyen restringir nuestras potenciales posibilidades musicales y resaltar secciones con variaciones al material junto con algunas otras ideas. Estamos en un punto donde estos conceptos son algo difíciles; es por eso que te recomiendo que regreses y revises mis artículos pasados, los cuales te ayudarán a contextualizar lo que hemos visto hasta ahora. En serio. Estamos desarrollando nuestro entendimiento actual sobre la teoría musical para construir un ejemplo de cómo utilizar estas herramientas para escribir una sección musical.

Vamos a ello.

No lo sé… ¿Es algún tipo de instructivo? ¿Alguna receta de cocina? Las metáforas son raras.

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