Posts Tagged ‘chipmusicians’

Progression: Music Theory 113 – Simplicity, Restraint, and when Less is More

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Hey dudes and dudettes,

Last month we covered the idea of structure, form, and creating holistic musical statements. We’re at a point now where these concepts are quite difficult, so I highly recommend that you go back and read through my previous articles which will help contextualise what we know by this point. We’re building on what we talked about last month with all of the elements of music theory intermingling to create a single refined musical statement. We’ve learned all about how to make very exciting and high-brow musical material, but should it always be full of these difficult concepts? Is it sometimes okay to just use three chords and a simple melody? I guess it’s time to find out.

Let’s jam.

I’m so glad that this month’s post is about simplicity. This took me a grand total of 2 minutes to edit.

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The Unicorn Princess Royally Reviews ‘Novum’ by Gesceap

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Happy May, everyone!

This month, we were graced by a new Cheapbeats release written and produced by UK electronic artist, Gesceap. Released on May 4th, the seven track album is full of glitchy percussion and hypnotic melodies composed with Nanoloop. With a variety of digital elements comes a strong song structure created from from samples and soft synths. Interestingly enough, this was the first Nanoloop iOS album ever released on Cheapbeats, so on top of the sound being sublime, listeners can hear history unfolding right before their ears.

When I listen to a record, just like how when I make one, I tend to listen and check my mixes on both my studio speakers and headphones. I’m currently on the road and, as I write this, I’m limited to my iPhone speakers. Just from hearing it from this extremely limited audio source, I can say the album’s mixes are done very well. The percussion cuts through perfectly, and the bass holds its own space without creating a centimeter of mud. While an album isn’t just about a great mix, I can honestly say that each track was wonderful to listen to and the album itself was easy to listen to at one time. As a whole, it was unique and beautiful, and I can see why Cheapbeats proudly released it.

Album art for ‘Novum’, created by Gesceap.

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Progression: Music Theory 112 – Structure, Sequence, and Creating Cohesive Musical Statements

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Hey dudes and dudettes,

I just dropped my album ‘Progression‘ over at Cheapbeats, and thought all of you might appreciate that you can get the .savs and .ftms when you buy the album. Learning! Woo~!

Last month we covered the idea of harmony and melody intertwining to create a holistic entity. Now, it’s pretty fair to say that we’re in deep and in order to understand some of the elements of what I’m writing about you should go back and read through my previous articles which will will help contextualise what we know by this point. We’re building on what we talked about last month with all of the elements of music theory intermingling to create a single refined musical statement. We will do this through the lens of structure and form.

Let’s jam.

This one time at band-camp I tried to summon Satan. I accidentally summoned a clarinet. Same thing really.

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The Unicorn Princess Royally Reviews ‘The Mountain Is Hollow’ and Interviews little-scale

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Happy April, everyone!

This month on the Blog, I wanted to review a beautiful album written by Australia-based artist and technologist, little-scale. Created by using modular synthesizers, this album works with a niche form of sound design well known to those into various forms of synthesis. I had the opportunity to talk to little-scale this month and it was my mission to get their take on why moving from Gameboys to modular is so appealing, while sharing the specific modules used during the performance of this album.

The world of modular is super in depth, hectic, and beautifully chaotic. Pictured here is a Buchla 200e I grew to get to know and love a few years ago.

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Clover Chain Reacts To: Kubbi – ‘Taiga’

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My introduction is going to be a bit of a gushy personal disclaimer. Sometime in mid-February of 2015, I was chilling out at home browsing Bandcamp, skimming ‘videogame’ tags and fan accountsmy primary way of finding new music back then. I stumbled across Kubbi’s album ‘Ember’, a breathtaking experience that I fall in love with every time I hear it. It’s stuck with me all this time, and while I’m sure it’s influenced me as an artist, Ember has done much more to help shape me as a listener. Looking back, some things have stayed the same (I still spend an occasional evening all to myself on bandcamp), but there’s just so much that has changed since 2015. I discovered Chiptunes = WIN, learned new things. I made new friends, left high school, grew up… and now I find myself here. I know I wouldn’t want to be judged for who I was three years ago, and I certainly wouldn’t want my music to be judged by what I made back then either.

So, as honored as I am to be talking about one of my favorite artists, on one of my favorite blogs – I’m going to try and set that aside, and refrain from any comparisons in regards to Kubbi’s past work too. I’m honestly more excited for right now, and the memories that haven’t happened yet. I used to have one definitive favorite album. With ‘Taiga’, I now have two.


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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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