Posts Tagged ‘Chip’

Progression: Music Theory 102 – Chords and Harmony

Posted by

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.

(more…)

ChipWIN-tern Presents: YM2017

Posted by

Howdy-ho friends! Newcomers to the blog might not know about the soft spot I have for FM synthesis, but rest assured that any time I get a chance to talk about someone doing cool chiptunes on the Genesis (or any of the other myriad ways someone might achieve that around these parts), I jump at the chance!  If you add in someone doing something for the good of the community, well, let me tell you, there aren’t many better ways to brighten my day. A few weeks ago, David DeGraw, an enterprising purveyor of fine Game Boy audio accessories, announced that he was putting together a compilation for tunes to play on the Sega Genesis and Nomad.  I took some time to interview him, and without further ado, I’d like to tell you all about the YM2017 compilation project hitting your vintage Sega consoles this August!

(more…)

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

Posted by

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”.

(more…)

Aydan Appreciates: ‘Random Smash Hits’ by Yoann Turpin

Posted by

Keyboardist, composer, and chipmusician Yoann Turpin has seen a number of his works featured in the ChipWIN community, be it his submission to the ChipWINter compilation, 2014’s ‘FriendChip’, or 2015’s ‘Chip Songbook Vol. 6’. His music is known throughout our niche for its funky vibes, his phenomenal work on the keys, and jazzy, improvisational solos that’re all ingredients for truly gorgeous music. His latest release, ‘Random Smash Hits’, is a collection of three short weeks’ worth of Turpin’s aural artwork. As if the sheer quantity of music he’s released in the last two years wasn’t enough to turn heads, the speed with which this album was composed and mastered is astounding.

So let’s see what chiptune chart-topping pieces lie in wait!

(more…)

Guérin’s Dissections: ‘discredit denial destroy’ by Starving GOGO

Posted by

Italian musician Starving GOGO has been producing experimental chip for the past few years, and hell is it good. He’s not very well known over here in the States, and that’s a shame. Though a bit rough around the edges, he uses his clear mastery of Famitracker and LSDJ in incredibly unique compositions. Complexity and chaos abound in his latest release, ‘discredit denial destroy’.

/̸͍̏’̴̰̚*̵̝̓’̷̼̾\̷̜̕,̸̰͝.̵͚̊,̴͉̈́/̷͐ͅ’̶̻̍*̶͎̿’̷͓̅\̷̘̿,̵̗͋.̵̪͝,̶͗ͅ/̶̞͝’̵̳͌*̴͓̄’̵̫̔\̵̠̀,̸͉̑.̸̩̿,̴̲͊/̸̬̉’̴̹̔*̶̀͜’̶̡̈\̷̙̒,̶̭́.̴͙͊,̶̼̓/̶̹͛’̴̭̓*̷̲̌’̵̜̂\̶̻̓,̶̯͂.̵͈͝,̶̩͗/̵̟͆’̷͚́*̶͍͒’̴̥̕\̸͖̀,̵̠͝.̷̘́,̵͖̓/̷̯͐’̴͍͐*̵͔̃’̵̗̊\̷̜̈́,̴̤͘.̸̹̒,̸̟̇/̷̡͘’̵̪̔*̵̼̀’̴̹̊\̴̫͝,̷̝̎.̸͙́,̸͉̔/̷̯̑’̵̼̇*̴͖̈’̸̗̓\̵̼̀,̵̛̻.̶̫̔,̶̞͝/̶͖̀’̴͙̾*̴̮̊’̷̢́\̷͇̂,̶͚͝.̸͎͌,̸͎̏/̴̳̈́’̷̱̀*̷̦̑’̸̖̿\̵̙̈́,̴̙̄.̸̣̑,̵̠̐/̷̻̉’̸͓̌*̷͎́’̸̯̒\̷̠͂,̸͓̃.̴͖͗,̶̲̿/̸̘̍’̸̲̋*̵̜̈’̷̧̓\̷̻̑,̷̼̑.̷̤̃,̴̘͒/̸̪̅’̶̎ͅ*̵̛͔’̵̙̄\̶͔̌,̸͓͌.̴̟̎,̶͕̈/̵̹͆’̸̮́*̴̭̌’̸̫̓\̵̲͒,̵͚̿.̸̖̾,̶͓́/̷̝̒’̶̨͊*̴̙̕’̷̠̋\̴̤͌,̵͍͑.̴̯͐,̴̫̀/̵̞̕’̶̖̌*̶̳̆’̶̥̈\̵͈̒/̸͍̏’̴̰̚*̵̝̓’̷̼̾\̷̜̕,̸̰͝.̵͚̊,̴͉̈́/̷͐ͅ’̶̻̍*̶͎̿’̷͓̅\̷̘̿,̵̗͋.̵̪͝,̶͗ͅ/̶̞͝’̵̳͌*̴͓̄’̵̫̔\̵̠̀,̸͉̑.̸̩̿,̴̲͊/̸̬̉’̴̹̔*̶̀͜’̶̡̈\̷̙̒,̶̭́.̴͙͊,̶̼̓/̶̹͛’̴̭̓*̷̲̌’̵̜̂\̶̻̓

(more…)

What’s On Tap – Roboctopus

Posted by

Hello and welcome to the first sun-filled summer edition of What’s on Tap. This month I am pleased to be able to review the brand spankin’ new album ‘Your Heart is a Pie Chart’ by the one and only Roboctopus, released on the Cheapbeats netlabel. Not only do I get to talk about new music from one of my favorite artists, but we get to publish the review on the exact album release date of June 5th! Normally these reviews publish a few weeks to a month after a release, and this is an exciting opportunity for me to give a guided tour through an album that most everyone will not have heard yet. Grab a cold beverage and load up your Bluetooth speaker on the deck – we’re kicking off summer right… now!

(more…)