So it’s been a month since our latest Volume compilation released. Y’all all know what that means by now, right? ಠ‿↼
The last thirty or so days have been enormous for fans of chipmusic. Between a new boaconstructor EP, ChipWIN: Volume 7, a new Chunderfins LP, and various other new albums, we’ve been gifted with a simply staggering amount of high-quality material to soothe our ears. On September 10th, the legendary Bit Shifter has graced our community with a brand new release titled ‘Closed System Blues’. At times blissfully peaceful and pensive, and at others pugnacious and adrenalized, ‘Closed System Blues’ showcases a difficult to match diversity in composition. I’m honored to have been presented with the opportunity to review an album by this master of his craft, so without further ado, let’s dig in!
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.
Hey dudes and dudettes,
Last month we covered an example of a process that we could use for writing musical material, working from a set of chords and branching outwards. We can start to look at the alternative now, where we’ll start with the melody and then entrench it in harmony. 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. I seriously recommend it. This is my last article that I’m writing on this topic before taking a bit of a hiatus from the Chipwin Blog. It’s with a heavy heart that I admit my time is much less abundant as a teacher than it was as a student.
For the final time for the foreseeable future, let’s jam.
pictured: brisbane man becomes sheet music during the long winded process of registering as a music teacher
THIS IS IT. We’ve come up to the last ten tracks of Volume 7, and I can’t begin to express the rollercoaster of emotion that was experiencing this album without being able to share the hype with everyone in our Discord channel during the release party.
Fortunately, I have a platform where I can have opinions regardless of how right or wrong I can be (thanks, Internet! <3), so without further ado, it’s time to jump into the first track on my list to cover!
Hey there, familia. How’ve you been? Myself, I’ve been digging these here tracks on this compilation.
I, too, am going to go ahead and skip what could be a wordy introduction, and delve into tracks 31 through 40 of this simply amazing volume.