Posts Tagged ‘production’

The More You Know: The Famicom/NES/2A03 Triangle Channel

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Despite being nostalgic for me, the Famicom has some very distinct sounds that are instantly recognizable. To me, the one that seems to stick out the most, is the triangle wave. To anyone not familiar, a triangle wave is the shape of a sound wave, and you can guess what shape that it makes.  Yup; a triangle.

But… what causes the Famicom’s triangle wave to be so different compared to when you produce it in a digital audio workstation, or even other programs such as LSDJ? Why does it have a unique sound that’s more audible than the others? Who is the muffin man? We’re about to dig into that after the jump. (more…)

Bit by Bit: Balancing Musical Intuition with Education

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Hello, friends!  It’s been a while, hasn’t it?  I wanted to start of by thanking all of you that have specifically brought your interest and appreciation of this article series to my attention.  It certainly helps motivate me to continue making these, and coincidentally I have the outlines on an article based off of motivation and goals, but that’s for another time.  This article is based on the necessity to balance your musical intuition with education.  Both, from my perspective, are crucial.  Your application of both of them, of course, is all up to you.

When you're paying the Hoodie image tax, but remembered you have to keep it relevant

When you’re paying the Hoodie image tax, but remembered you have to keep it relevant


The Unicorn Princess Royally Reviews ‘Trainwreck’ by bignic & tiasu

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Happy May, folks! I hope everyone is well.  This month’s review is one of the coolest ideas I’ve come across so far within this community. While it does contain some pretty catchy elements to listen to, what really drew me to this particular release was the idea of two artists remixing each other’s work. Projects like this can be inspiring and educational and, if done right, can open a lot of doors for the listener, and maybe even potentially get someone out of writer’s block!

That said, I present to you: ‘Trainwreck’ by tiasu & bignic.



The Unicorn Princess Royally Reviews ‘Divergence’ by DjjD

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This time of year is special; everyone affected by winter’s chill thaws out with the earth once warmer weather hits. Every year at this time, I always try to listen to a new playlist to compliment being able to spend more time outside and enjoying nature. This month’s review is a special new release by DjjD (who was previously part of the ChipWIN staff!) called ‘Divergence’.

This album makes you think, it fills the silence in car rides spent driving through repetitive scenes, and it expands roots by using chip elements complimented with more atmospheric textures. DjjD not only demonstrates his compositional technique, but also showcases solid production chops, the gorgeous voice of Parvarthi Gopinath and live violin played by Jeff Ball. Taking these elements and creating it into one solid project, this album flows cohesively and reminds me of the perfect score for an advertisement.


Artwork by Alex Kelly



The Unicorn Princess Royally Reviews ‘Portalion’ & Interviews Aliceffekt

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I am a born procrastinator who works very efficiently with an impending deadline, and maybe even subconsciously use this natural weapon as a way to complete tasks. This tool came in handy today; the past few weeks have been busy and I haven’t had a chance to really listen to a lot of the recent releases that have been coming out, until about 1:00PM on March 23rd.

I came across an artist who I have heard of only in passing, named Aliceffekt, who released an album called ‘Portalion’ on March 15th. After giving it a listen, I made sure none of my peer writers have this album on cue to review this month, and quickly claimed the review as my own.



The Unicorn Princess Royally Interviews ‘FLIES’ and Crew

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Happy February, everyone!

This month will feature a couple of articles by yours truly! This first one is an album very special to me that I only recently came across.  FLIES is an experimental artist without limitations from Massachusetts. His newest EP, ‘Exi(s)t,’ exhibits interesting mixtures of memorable chord progressions, voices, beats, combinations of clear and lo-fi samples, and textures. While not in the chip realm, I wanted to expose those who love that genre with others that integrates otherworldly elements to hopefully inspire, and continue to expand the beautiful world of music and sound design.


Photo by Frank Price