Posts Tagged ‘production’

Chip Bit Sid Takes On: CDIY

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Originally I had a different idea for this weeks’ article, however after a discussion about how I created the CD for the latest chiptune compilation, I decided I thought I’d write about my own method. When I created the last compilation for Superbyte all those years ago, other than the artwork, I had no idea about the logistics required. It’s because of this, it set me back £40 ($52.81) for 100 inkjet CDs with cardboard sleeves. This time around for the Square Sounds compilation I had more knowledge in the area and in doing so I managed to create 25 b&w thermal heated CDs with a pearlescent cover and plastic case for just £20.

Shortly after seeing how successful this was, it made me realise that independent artists could easily produce their own merch on the cheap; it just requires time & the knowledge.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Artwork by Alex Kelly


 

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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.

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