Posts Tagged ‘chip musics’

Progression: Music Theory 106 – Secondary Dominants, Modulation, and Temporary Tonicization

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Hey dudes and dudettes,

Tuberz here with my sixth article in the realm of music theory, and the underpinnings of musical witchcraft (knowing lots of cool chords and stuff). Last month we covered the idea of chord substitution from the natural chords found in our modes in an attempt to jazz up our chord progressions to provide a more lush harmonic landscape. By this point my articles may be very hard to follow if you don’t have prior theory knowledge, so it is my strong recommendation for you to you go back and read my previous articles. This article is going to cover the use of secondary dominants in an attempt to solidify chord structures, modulate to other keys and harmonic areas, and temporarily set our tonic to a different chord.

Let’s jam.

Surely you must be running out of images of notation by now. It’s definitely a bit of a niche.

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Sladerfluous Reviews: ‘Diafon’ by Vian

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October goes out in a glorious cascade of Norwegian flare with ‘Diafon’ by Vian.

‘Diafon’ by Vian is absolutely, positively guddommelig.

If you, like me, don’t have the pleasure of the ability to understand Norwegian, that’s okay. ‘Diafon’ offers depth beyond understanding the lyrics, part of the charm lies in letting go and allowing Vian to sweep you into their euphoric sound. I almost don’t want to google translate the entire lyric set. ‘Diafon’ is prolific with an expansive compositional structure that forks and turns with deliberate precision, creating pockets of wonder between instantly gripping hooks as transitions tease your expectations. ‘Diafon’ holds so much power in its delivery, yet manages to employ that power in concentrated, intentional doses for maximum impact. Production values are crisp and professional, making ‘Diafon’ a stellar release destined for album of the year status.

Soft swirls of piano, tight drum work, dreamy acoustic guitar, ringing electric guitar, hypnotizing vocals, and fleeting electronica find common ground on Vian’s alternative indie journey of expressive, progressive sound that gels so well together you’d think the band had been together for decades. Tracks range from ethereal alt-folk-electronica to prog-rock power ballads as Vian traverses ‘Diafon’ with confidence and a defiantly strong sense of self.

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Chip Bit Sid Takes On: CDIY

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Originally I had a different idea for this weeks’ article, however after a discussion about how I created the CD for the latest chiptune compilation, I decided I thought I’d write about my own method. When I created the last compilation for Superbyte all those years ago, other than the artwork, I had no idea about the logistics required. It’s because of this, it set me back £40 ($52.81) for 100 inkjet CDs with cardboard sleeves. This time around for the Square Sounds compilation I had more knowledge in the area and in doing so I managed to create 25 b&w thermal heated CDs with a pearlescent cover and plastic case for just £20.

Shortly after seeing how successful this was, it made me realise that independent artists could easily produce their own merch on the cheap; it just requires time & the knowledge.

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Progression: Music Theory 105 – Modes, Modality, and Chord Substitutions

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Hey dudes and dudettes,

Tuberz here with my fifth (can you believe it’s already been that long?) installment in my series of articles centered around the understanding and application of music theory. Last month we covered chord voicings and counterpoint in an attempt to make our progressions sound smoother. As I stated last time, this stuff is starting to get pretty bonkers difficult if you don’t have prior theory knowledge, so I strongly recommend you go back and read my previous articles. This article is going to cover the use of the seven traditional modes in a harmonic context, along with the idea of modal mixture and chord substitutions which will help you add some spice to your chord progressions.

Let’s jam.

ah yes spicy music i love me some coriander on my music

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Chip Bit Sid Takes On: ‘Chip To Be Square’ Charity Album

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Disclosure: This charity album is my own project. However, after discussing it with Brandon we decided it would be fine to promote, as all of the proceeds are going to charity.

Back in 2014 when Chip Bit Sid had just started, Superbyte was well into it’s 4th event and was popular as ever. I had been getting sucked into the chiptune community, had made a lot of friends, and was building a lot of traction with the blog. It was at this point that I decided that I wanted to sell a compilation, but with all the proceeds going to Barnardos, a charity that helped abandoned children. I immediately got a lot of artists who wanted to give a track to the cause and I got into making a physical CD to sell at Superbyte. Sales were better than expected, making over £220, with some of the money being given by the Superbyte group themselves! It was a great project which made me feel proud of the chiptune community as well as what I’d managed to achieve!

Fast forward to this year and Square Sounds Toyko is happening. I’ve managed to scrape the money for a holiday in Japan and, with some cash left over I decided it was time for another charity album called, ‘Chip To Be Square’. This time however I decided to team up with people from all over, with the money going towards Special Effect, a UK based charity which helps the less-abled play video games, by modifying controllers as well as utilising eye control.

Since the release of ‘Chip To Be Square’ on Bandcamp (02/09/2017) we’ve  raised a bit of money (as now £60), which has shown what the chiptune community capable of as well as how big its heart is. As the album is still fresh, below are a few choice tracks off the album to entice your ears; to people who are waiting to buy the CD at Squaresounds…I’ll see you there! ;)

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Progression: Music Theory 104 – Voicings, Voice Leading, and Counterpoint

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Hey dudes and dudettes,

Tuberz here with another installment in the series of articles centered around the understanding and application of music theory. I took last month off to look over the brand new Fearofdark album (and *SPOILERS* it’s a banger */SPOILERS*) but it’s given me a fair amount of time to get together an idea of what I’m going to cover today. Last article I covered extended chords like sevenths and the multiple ways you can build these chords using intervals and simple counting schemes. It is highly recommended that you read through my previous articles before venturing into this one, as it’s gonna get heckers (Adjective: frantic af). This article is going to be all about taking our chords that we’ve set and making them flow smoothly, or not depending on circumstance, as well as notes in our melody and counter-melody flowing smoothly.

Let’s jam.

Ah yes. More of that prehistoric paper for me to write my hexadecimal microsoft excel tunes on

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