Posts Tagged ‘computer music’

Pixel Syndrome Digs into ‘ひきこもり・Hikikomori’ by Pterodactyl Squad

Posted by

In Japan, where the term of ‘Hikikomori’ originated, it refers to either adults or teens who withdraw from society, and whose only purpose is to be alone by their own volition and live as post-modern hermits who are nevertheless still connected to their virtual lives. In this post COVID world, a chill chiptune compilation centered around isolation is just one of the ways in which our scene, which has been called “the most pandemic proof”, shows its resilience and its way to thrive within this new normal.

This brand new compilation, released on the month of April by Pterodactyl Squad, aptly named “ひきこもり・Hikikomori” has a total of 32 tracks. They are diverse sounding and super fun to listen to within the confines of your home, maybe even dance frantically to, all while basking in this brand new collective hikikomori pact we’ve established in the western civilization.

And I’m super happy to be here to review some of these amazing tracks, so let’s get started!

Album artwork by Bryony Hopkins.

(more…)

La mesa de trabajo de Mage – Episodio 2: Sincronización DAW-Tracker en postproducción

Posted by

Artículo original de Dan from Techno Mage. Traducción al español por Pixel Guy.

Bienvenido de vuelta a La mesa de trabajo de Mage, una miniserie dedicada a explorar diversas técnicas de producción relacionadas con el chiptune y con procesos de trabajo derivados del mismo. Este mes, el tema a tratar es la postproducción en un contexto de chiptune hibrido. Para nuestros fines, «hibrido» se refiere a la combinación de un medio de trabajo moderno, como una estación de trabajo de audio digital —o DAW por sus siglas en inglés—, con métodos más tradicionales, como los secuenciadores convencionales usados por  muchos artistas de chiptune. Como ocurre con la mayoría de las cosas, hay muchas «respuestas correctas», pero, quizá, este episodio dé un poco de luz a la incógnita que esta técnica supone y que podrías estar enfrentando en el estudio. Si alguna vez te has preguntado como fijar el tempo de un archivo de audio exportado de un secuenciador para sincronizarlo con otros archivos de audio, ¡este artículo es para ti!

Episodio 2: Sincronización DAW-Tracker en postproducción.

(more…)

The Mage’s Workbench – Episode 2: Syncing Tracker + DAW in Post-Production

Posted by

Welcome back to The Mage’s Workbench, a mini-series dedicated to exploring various production techniques as they relate to chiptune and chip-adjacent workflows. This month, the topic at hand is post-production in a hybrid chiptune workflow. In this context, ‘hybrid’ refers to the combination of a modern production environment like a digital audio workstation (or DAW) with more traditional trackers used by many chiptune artists. As with most things, there are lots of ‘right answers,’ but perhaps this episode will shed light on a conundrum you’re facing in the studio. If you’ve ever wondered how to lock in the tempo of audio exported from a tracker and sync it up with something else, then this article is for you!

Episode 2: Syncing Tracker + DAW in Post-Production

(more…)

Aydan Appreciates & Interviews: nanobii/Linus from the Stars

Posted by

I ‘ve been keeping my eye on nanobii for quite some time ever since I was introduced to the artist on his ‘Love Songs EP‘, which ended up being one of my favorite works from 2017. At times playful and at times heartfelt, the EP was a showcase of a diverse musical style that nanobii continued to develop and refine over the past few years on releases such as ‘Sunshine Express‘ and ‘Children of the Sky‘. His musical aptitude was even further showcased on the announcement of his newer synthpop project, Linus from the Stars, through three phenomenal releases. Most recently, nanobii played a thirty-minute live set for electronic music legend Porter Robinson’s ‘secret sky’ online music festival to much applause from his audience. I received the opportunity to sit down and speak with Linus about his experience playing ‘secret sky’, his music, himself, and even his preferred literature in the most comprehensive interview I’ve ever had the pleasure of conducting. Read on, and enjoy these insights into Linus’ world!

nanobii meets Hiroshima!
(more…)

A Square Meal: ‘B (Albert comes over to me)’ by tobokegao

Posted by

During my short time listening to chiptune, I’ve found a handful of iconic artists. However, today I’d like to call attention to an artist who is of particular importance to my personal chiptune journey. Responsible for one of the most iconic albums of the past decade, an avid enthusiast of chipmusic and accessories, tireless supporter of chipmusicians from all around the globe, advocate for chipmusic education, and notable Meme Master tobokegao has released a new album! Without any further ado, let’s take a look at ‘B (Albert comes over to me)’!

Art by tobokegao.
(more…)