To celebrate the 50th installment of Chip Mom’s Kitchen, I’m taking things back to my roots. See, I am a Midwesty type person. I didn’t transplant myself to Arkansas until some handsome charmer stole me away from all I’d known so that we could raise fuzzy children, get engaged on stage at MAGFest, build a chiptune label, get married, and then (eventually) run away into the woods never to be seen or heard from again. BUT I DIGRESS.
Today I am making one of my family’s classic dishes…
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Happy November, folks!
This month, Spaceman Fantastiques is back with yet another gorgeously articulated record, scoring his life from the previous month, entitled ‘October (2018)’. Combining a mixture of well mixed sound textures with smartly composed arrangements, this record took me on an adventure that was left waiting to be continued from his last release.
One thing I deeply admire about Spaceman Fantastiques, and a couple reasons I review his work so much, is because I not only love it, but there is also a never ending stream of real creativity that spews out of every variety of instruments used for each album. A multi-instrumentalist, Spaceman Fantastiques uses each acoustic texture or synthesizer to new brinks of limitations, combining that art with both storytelling and beautiful, listenable music. This record, and his previous, have been so easy for me to write about because they’ve been so relatable.
Impulses’ Bandcamp description is simply “Emotional Underground Chiptune.” Started by Trevor Stafford at least a few years ago, their music is consistently calming, pretty, melodic, natural, and always makes me feel things. I haven’t stopped listening sinceI discovered them last month through the ChipWIN discord. Impulses’ sound is filled with the sincerity of 8-bit synths, and the occasional boppy modernity of edm, and I’ve enjoyed going through their full discography quite a bit. That being said, the latest release ‘L | \/ E EP’ easily stands out, with a polished cohesion, tightness, and clarity.
A lot of people make the bassline (huehue) assumption that multiple musicians working together is automatically a band. While the vast majority of multi-man musical acts do come in the tried-and-true form of live-performance groups, the picture is much blurrier in the realm of electronic music characterized by digital production and playback. Due to the relative ease of collaborating piecewise with an individual thousands of miles away via the internet, you see things like features, remixes, and group handles all over the place. While this article is mostly aimed at getting into the “collab” side of things, most of what’s covered can be applied to anything similar enough.
So let’s dive into what a collab actually is, how it can help you grow, and how to manage the development of one!
My friend was on TV recently. He was shopping at a bookstore, and the local news was doing a segment on reading, interviewing customers there. When asked to “talk about your favorite book”, he panicked, grabbing the first book that came to his mind: ‘The Crying of Lot 49’, a mere 160 page novella. Now, the interview went fine; he talked about its good writing and such. Upon relaying this story to me, however, my friend expressed regret. He told me it really is one of his favorites, and it’s surprising to find so much value in a pretty short book, and he wishes he could have pointed that out. He’d say something like, “It’s a really small book that says a lot of big ideas.”
meganeko’s ‘Nascens’ is one of my favorite music releases. It’s full of originality. It surprises me. Yes it’s short, but it’s a small EP that shows a lot of big ideas.
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 andreadthrough mypreviousarticleswhich willhelpcontextualisewhat weknow bythis point. I seriouslyrecommend 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