Posts Tagged ‘ChipWIN’

The Unicorn Princess Royally Reviews ‘Stratocracy’ by CZOFT

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Happy November, everyone!

This month, I wanted to review the recent release by Michigan native, CZOFT. ‘Stratocracy’ was released on October 25, 2017, and features carefully crafted compositions created with lsdj. Featuring 15 tracks fully constructing within one Gameboy DMG-01, the album was released by Utah record label, Catskill Records (the same folks who host Catskill Electronics, a site where Gameboy composers can find their fair share of arduino boys, flash carts, sync components, etc.). This article with contain a review of a new record that I really love, and also share sound design tips straight from the artist for those who want to learn more about lsdj, as well.

Cover artwork by CZOFT, layout and design by Catskull Records.

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Aydan Appreciates: ‘Chip Songbook Vol. 7’ by Yoann Turpin

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You like jazz? I sure do. Jazz music is the foundation for numerous music genres nowadays, including progressive, funk, swing, world fusion, and… chipjazz. Of course, the one that’s likely the most relevant to our community is chipjazz, and what would the genre be without one of its greatest contributors, Yoann Turpin? An extremely prolific and talented artist, Yoann has been featured several times on the blog, and for good reason; his music is beautifully composed, catchy, and impressive in every sense of the word. Just last month he released ‘Chip Songbook Vol. 7’; the name alone is a great example of just how much music this artist has put out, and this is just as wonderful an album as the many others that he’s put forth. What aural fables lie in wait for us? There’s only one way to find out!

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Guérin’s Dissections: ‘Nouvelle Lune’ by Pain Perdu

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Pain Perdu showed up out of nowhere last year on Chiptunes = WIN Volume 5, surprising everyone with their expert knowledge of LSDJ and their capability to pull amazing, seemingly impossible sounds out of a single Gameboy. Comprised of two Frenchmen—Maxime Roulleaux and ChipWIN’s own Paul Aupetitgendre—this duo lives in Paris and is pushing the French chipscene forward, giving it a fresh face. They have been instrumental in the recent spat of updates that LSDJ has undergone, helping to shape the instrument they’re taking the time to dissect and master. In their debut EP, ‘Nouvelle Lune’, released on Cheapbeats, Pain Perdu demonstrates just what they’re capable of. After a month off, I’m excited to get back to showing you all the best that chiptune has to offer.

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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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