Posts Tagged ‘gameboy’

Progression: Music Theory 102 – Chords and Harmony

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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.

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

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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”.

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

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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’.

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

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What’s On Tap – Roboctopus

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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!

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Chip Bit Sid Takes on: Mega Ran & Guests “Live at the Castle Hotel”

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Last month I was given exclusive tickets to go and see ‘Mega Ran live’ in Manchester at the ‘Castle Hotel’, courtesy of my chiptune buddy, ‘Auracle’. Auracle would also be opening for the Arizona-based rapper. I’d seen’ Mega Ran’ a few times already; twice at Superbyte and then again when he opened for ‘MC Lars’. However, I couldn’t pass this up as the ‘Castle Hotel’  is one of the smallest venues in townwhich gives its concerts a real, personal vibe. Getting up close and personal with Ran and his impeccable openers was definitely a sell straight away for me.

For those who don’t know Mega Ran, he is one of the big rappers of Chiptune and Nerdcore, starting off by spewing videogame inspired lyrics over a wide range of retro VGM songs. The majority of his tracks were inspired by Capcom games like ‘Mega Man’ (shock) however ‘Final Fantasy’ is also heavily referenced too.

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Paul’s Tech Talk – Introduction: ‘Turning a page of LSDJ History’

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Hello everyone! Paul here from the French Chip Duo Pain Perdu.

Some of you may know of our Youtube channel, where I’ve done a few tutorial videos about technical aspects of LSDJ that I thought were often misunderstood, overlooked or underused. In terms of ergonomy, raw music-making potential and how easily people can access parameters that grant extremely minute control over the sound, LSDJ is a fantastic program; in fact it stands out for me as the tracker that strikes the most perfect balance between complexity and accessibility. The fact that it is displayed in the Sweden Museum of Music and Performing Arts is well-deserved.

 

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