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Chip Bit Sid Takes on: TRUTHR – ‘Self titled’

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Hey guys, it’s been a while but I’m back and I’m reviewing Henry Homesweet’s latest inclination, ‘TRUTHR‘ and his self titled EP. I’ve been a huge fan of Henry Homesweet and his music, ever since he released his album, ‘Luke’s Atari’, and have since been following any music released under both his primary pseudonym and the various other names he’s released material under (e.g: 2a0xCYMBA, Essential Chip, Yeon).

Instead of the usual Nanoloop escapades we generally see with Henry Homesweet, he’s opted to use the soundchip from the classic ‘Commodore 64’ as the machine for TRUTHR’s music. This is something I’ve liked with Henry, as I too like to push myself and experiment with hardware (I’m always trying to further refine my style). Through his different pseudonyms, he’s experimented with various equipment, from using a NES with ‘2a0x‘, to using an Amiga with ‘Yeon‘. Both are different in style but very high in quality.

Getting in meat of the review, TRUTHR’s first opening track’s called, ‘Astro Ivory’ and feels almost ‘vaporwave-like‘, both in its wispy notes and keys, as well as it’s distorted sampling and slow tempo. All are closely linked to the genre. Focussing on instruments, there are certain sounds that really jump out at you, most notably the bass, with its pulsating vibes moving from left to right. It’s also the glue that holds track together, as it’s the most used hook through the track. Another fantastic pick is the melodic hook through the chorus, It’s staccato rhythm almost giving the vibes that we’re in ‘ancient china’. ‘Astro Ivory’ is a great track, however for me it’s one of the weeker songs. Not because it’s not powerful, but the last two tracks are probably my favourites (I’ll get to them later).

As we move towards TRUTHR’s second track, ‘Chem Moon’, the vibes of ‘Astro Ivory’ are quickly forgotten. Instead replaced with more a sinister style, relating to likes of ‘Hip hop’ and ‘track’, mainly down the focus on the beat and rhythm and rather the melodic, which is pretty much absent. I feel ‘Chem Moon’ calls back to a lot of Henry’s housey music, primarily under his title, ‘2a0x‘ and the EP ‘Ambush’. Certain tracks like, ‘$4020’ and pAPU, really mirror what Henry has done on ‘Chem Moon’. That said, I don’t think this song hit a chord with me like the rest, I feel it was slightly monotonous at times (and yes I know house is like that).

‘Paradise 500’ is the third track off, ‘TRUTHR’ and I would say this is one of my favourites off the EP; mainly because it sounds like nothing Henry has ever done before. However it also has me raise a very big question…how does one create such a track on just a C64 soundchip? Well, from what we’ve seen from the likes of ‘Harleylikesmusic‘, it probably look a lot of creativity and initiative! This track was definitely inspired from trips on the beaches and sunny towns abroad, as the thumping melody and key-changes scream ‘palm trees and searing sun whilst driving down a long road’. The song is also well paced, with certain parts turning the energy down. This allows for a delicate ensemble of clavs and snares to sound out, whilst the keys hum underneath. ‘Paradise 500’ is definitely one of those tracks to add to your summer playlist.

The last track, and probably one that everyone will recite as their favourite, is ‘Earth II’. Again, I would say this is another of my favourite picks; I just keep thinking how does one make this kind of music on the soundchip of a c64? As soon as you listen to ‘Earth II’, it immediately sounds like that of a laptop track. Each melody and sound is like a warm and satisfying wave that hits you in such a way. Like ‘Paradise 500’, Henry has gone for a different take in making songs, using a more rather progressive angle, building upon its layers as it goes forward. Listening to the whole track, ‘Earth II’ feels as if Henry has taken a lot of inspiration from the soundscape genre, as well as various scfi soundtrack scores, such as Blade Runner or Gravity.

Although only a 4 track EP, each song, feels as if it is its own certain style, with entire album feeling as if it was huge experimentation to see what Henry could do. First we have ‘Astro Ivory’ with, ‘Vaporwave‘; Second, is Chem Moon which takes on Hip Hop and Trap; Third is ‘Paradise 500’, that takes on, Dance and EDM; and finally we the forth track, ‘Earth II’ which takes on soundscapes and soundtracks. Although these genres are completely different to each other, they do have a couple of things in common; namely the soundchip used as well as Henry’s standout musical style (more so in his melodies and solos which, tend to be slow). Both speak volumes throughout the EP, and allow it to become one rather than a collection of tracks. For me TRUTHR has become another mesmerising standpoint in Henry Homesweet’s musical journey since the 00s.

If you wish to check out below Henry’s other artist names and his releases, I’ve left links below to them below.

2a0x –  Ambush, Data3000 | Yeon – In The Flow | Henry Homesweet – Tape Tone, Lukes Atari, Box Model, Flex out, Archaic Revival, Tombland, Palm Trance, Enter 5D | Essential Chip – TRUTHR, Essential Mixes 2016 etc

Henry Homesweet
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This has been a blog post from Chip Bit Sid, a UK based Chiptune Blogger. Along with monthly features here on The ChipWIN Blog, I post once a week on my own blog. To get in touch, please message via the social media links below! I also do my own music under the banner as ‘Kojin’.

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Paul’s Tech Talk – LSDJ 5.0.0, New Commands Ft[W]! Part 2

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Hello people and thank you for once again reading Paul’s Tech Talk on the ChipWIN Blog!

Today we’re going to finish the two-part article about LSDJ version 5.0.0 and the wonderful new Commands it came with. Last time, we delved into the new possibilities offered by the Pulse [F]inetune Command, so don’t hesistate to read that one first if you haven’t already!

Today, we will focus on the upgraded W command, which can now control WAV channel instruments. Buckle up!

Just like the pre-5.0.0 F command, W already existed in LSDJ before. It was a very handy command that used to work only in the Pulse channel and controlled Pulse [W]idth Modulation (or PWM for uppity initiates, pronounce “Pwuhmmm”). Even though the Pulse channel Width parameter was only limited to 4 values, (12.5%, 25%, and 50%, with 75% being the inverse phase twin of 25%), being able to control it thanks to the W command opened up a lot of bleepy sound design possibilities. Using and abusing this command has always been, as far as I can remember, a staple of the LSDJ workflow.

Cycling through the 4 Pulse Width settings

But we’re not here today to talk about Pulse channels. These have been thoroughly accounted for last time already. Time for the Wave channel to shine! As true as it may be for the distinctive squarewave sound of the Game Boy Pulse channels, LSDJ probably wouldn’t have been nearly as popular if it didn’t allow us to tap into the nigh-infinite power of the Wave channel.

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Glenntai Got… ‘Bare Knuckle, a Streets of Rage Megamix’ by Auxcide

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For those of you from the west coast of the US and those of you familiar with the Philadelphia chiptune scene and/or MAGFest, the name Auxcide is likely a very familiar to you. Armed with several Gameboy Advance SPs, synthesizers and drum machines, his unique blend of electronic music genres within the media of chipmusic have struck deep emotions as much as it has made people dance. During this summer of excellent releases coming from talented composers, Cheapbeats has given us a treat by releasing Bare Knuckle: a 15-minute live-recorded medley full of music from the Streets of Rage/Bare Knuckle/ベア・ナックル series. Yuzo Koshiro has been known for his bouncy, syncopated dance rhythms that combined elements from house, jazz, hip-hop and a variety of EDM genres.  Continue after the jump for some good jams.

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Paul’s Tech Talk – LSDJ 5.0.0, New commands [F]tW! Part 1

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Hello people, Paul here for a new issue of LSDJ Tech Talk. Today we’re going to look back on LSDJ version 5.0.0 and all the good things it’s brought to the table. Buckle up!

With 5.0.0, the big round number started garnering interest in the community and the wave of updates got more and more feedback. Funnily enough, despite being a big round 5.0 and even though this version introduced some pretty nice upgrades, it wasn’t yet significative of the complete overhaul that was still in the making. Johan K just happens to add +0.0.1 to every new version, regardless of how big the changes are. BAMBOOZLED!

Don’t get me wrong, those upgrades were big too, very useful and very anticipated. It’s not everyday that LSDJ gains 2 new Commands to play with!

In today’s article, we’ll mainly talk about the upgraded F command.

For more accurate info on how LSDJ commands work, have yourself a big ol’ cup of RTFM and click HERE, for all relevant version manuals.

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Progression: Music Theory 103 – Extended Chords and Voicings

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Hey dudes and dudettes,

Tuberz here with my third installment in the series of articles centered around the understanding and application of music theory. Last month (and not too long ago either!) we covered harmonic progressions and chord functions and how we can use these to create tension and movement in our music. This month we’ll be looking at building on that a bit further with extended chords. Use these to spice up your chord progressions and make them sound a bit more lush and full, and potentially with more movement!

Let’s jam.

I’m all ready to do a music theory. I have my manuscript, my pen, and my Game Boy

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The Download on… x Critical Strike x’s ‘Never let go of your dreams’

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I feel like x Critical Strike x has been criminally underrated for far too long. His 2016 release ‘Never let go of your dreams’ is one of the most quintessentially “Chiptune” albums you’ll find, from the overall message of doing what you love with a smile to the combination of chirpy, harmonic melodies and happy hardcore bass. In the 5-year gap between this and his last release ‘Starfighter’ in 2011, x Critical Strike x must have been busy as this is a 19-track monster!  I’ve been lucky enough to see him perform live, as well as an absolutely stellar ChipBattles showing, and I want everyone else to check him out.

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