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Sladerfluous Reviews: ‘Monochrome’ by tiasu

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Hit play on ‘Macro’ below and prepare to dance. Welcome to ‘Monochrome’ by tiasu.

‘Monochrome’ by tiasu is an eight track chip-dance album that knows itself inside and out, expressing high-powered, strikingly danceable beats with a confidence that demands the attention it deserves. Labyrinthine amalgamations of familiar chip sounds and welcoming dance rhythms work in tandem to ensnare your attention immediately, with the above track ‘Macro’ being a remarkable example of tiasu’s artistic execution of electronic music.

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‘Monochrome’ is a solid chip-dance album of eight tightly cohesive tracks ordered to deliver a satisfying night on the dance floor, which this album provides in spades.

Savvy employment of familiar chip sounds fused together with welcoming dance beats blur the lines between traditional electronica and classic chiptune, allowing fans of each genre a dynamic album everyone can embrace, exposing listeners to the highlights of both music categories. Breakdowns within ‘Spectrum’, for example, delve into a dub-step vibe that benefits greatly from the particular chip sounds tiasu has chosen, creating a unique “lighter” dub-step riff that melds fantastically with the album’s established tone.

The final ‘Monochrome’ track ‘Focus’ takes the furthest departure from the album’s dancebeat themes with the integration of a grunge bass through line, experimenting with a dark and gripping electronica sound moulded around a melody more akin to the rest of the album.

With a presentation as strong as ‘Monochrome’, insight into tiasu’s creative process is invaluable. Fortunately, tiasu was kind enough to spend some time sharing his experience constructing ‘Monochrome’, and that interview continues below:

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Pixel Recall: How close is Monochrome to your initial conception for the album in terms of composition, theme and tone?

tiasu: Monochrome developed very organically – I didn’t start out with any specific preconceived ideas of what I wanted the album to sound like, but after I debuted two tracks at a gig and saw the reaction they got, I knew I had a direction & sound I wanted to keep!

Pixel Recall: What’s your live set-up like? Do you have a favourite piece of hardware?

tiasu: My live setup is very minimal – I use a gameboy for one or two tracks, and the rest is all in Ableton, controlled with a launchpad and korg nanokontrol. Oh and there’s also a – quite frankly, ridiculous – bat onesie, which is critical to the whole setup!

Pixel Recall: It’s been less than a year since your release of “mission control”. What do you personally feel has been your largest growth piece artistically between last December’s “mission control”, and this year’s “Monochrome”?

tiasu: With every release (Monochrome is number 7!) I’m getting better at creating something more cohesive, for lack of a better word. Mission control is 9 cobbled together tracks, and the album’s track order is the same order that I wrote them. With Monochrome, there were a whole bunch of rejected tracks (some of which I’ve released elsewhere), that I didn’t include because they simply didn’t fit with the sound of the album. Technically, the mixing, mastering & overall production is getting better too – which is always nice, it can sometimes be hard to listen to the old tracks, the production value… Some of it is shocking!

Pixel Recall: Do you have a specific plan of attack when it comes to composing a new track, or do you find each track comes to you in its own way?

tiasu: Each track comes about very differently – sometimes you can sit there banging your head against the wall hoping to get some workable idea, other times you might start humming a tune and suddenly there’s a 5 minute track sitting there!

Pixel Recall: Do you have any tips or tricks for aspiring artists looking to perform live electronic music like yourself?

tiasu: Tips and tricks? Honestly, just keep doing it – have fun, enjoy the process of writing it, enjoy performing it. One of the best things I’ve ever done has to be a challenge called ‘Weekly Beats’, writing a track every week for a year. Not every track is good, in fact the majority of mine are done in a very short space of time and complete rubbish, but that’s half of the fun!

Pixel Recall: Open mic: Any last thoughts, shout-outs, advice, or tour dates you’d like to make sure to share with your fans?

tiasu: I’ve gotta thank Derris ‘Nine-finger’ Kharlan, GZom, Biko, Loubanging & Sean ‘Birdball’ O’Dowd for putting up with me, Cody Hargreaves, Chris De Cinque, cTrix, aday, Pselodux & Claire Plunkett for being awesome, Belinda Haas for all the good times, the amazing SoundBytes/SquareSounds crew for putting on awesome shows (and being such rad people), and of course Chiptunes=WIN! I’m 100% sure I’ve forgotten about a million people I should thank, sorry!

I’m playing at the SquareSounds ExpansionPAX gig on the 2nd November at Forgotten Worlds in Melbourne, and I may or may not have a sneaky new track to play too…

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‘Monochrome’ is cheerful, industrious, self-assured, and frankly music to groove to.

‘Monochrome’ by tiasu is available for download right now on Bandcamp, with pay-what-you-want pricing. ‘Monochrome is a must-listen, and if you can afford it, remember to support the artists you love so they can keep creating more of the music you love.

Pixel Recall (R. Morgan Slade) ~ Support the artists you love ~

tiasu:
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Hoodie Highlights… Pixie Maddie!

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Sup y’all? =) Hoodie’s back with another fun interview for everyone to enjoy! w00t!! =D
While I’ve finished up with the V.3 judges interviews, & had a blast talking to
Rekcahdam
 as well, I’m going to take this chance to chat with a regular ChipWINner who’s been involved in the project since Volume 1! Of course I’m talking about everyone’s favorite merch fairy (& one of my favorite people, period), Pixie Maddie, who is currently happily buried in the midst of a pile of Vol. 3 merch prep! Enjoy!

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Merch-i-fy ALL THE THINGS.

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VOLUME 3: FULL DETAILS

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Sup y’all? =) President Hoodie here. Looks like we’re at that lovely point once again:

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Chiptunes = WIN: Volume 2 ~THREE DAYS REMAINING~

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With but a few days left before the July 15th release of Chiptunes = WIN: Volume 2, the final touches are being put in place; Dj CUTMAN is preparing the final masters for upload, Kubbi is locking in the track order, & I’m triple checking everything there is to check thrice over & THEN AGAIN. 

In the meantime, HAVE A PROMO VIDEO (full roster listed within):

And how about some KICKASS ALBUM ARTWORK while you’re at it:

Strikingly beautiful album art by Nate Horsfall of lightningarts.com.

Strikingly beautiful album art by Nate Horsfall of lightningarts.com.

Regarding Volume 2 merch by Maddie of Pixel Pixie Apparel & Promotions, YES.
(sorry, that’s all you’re getting on that until Monday ;).

And, of course, don’t miss the crazy Vol.2 listening party on 8 Bit Power Hour + Nerd Rock Radio starting at 8pm EST Monday on 8bitx.com (click HERE to go to the Fb event). I expect it to be JUST as ridiculously awesome, awesomely ridiculous as the first one (i.e. VERY much so 8).

3 MORE DAYS, Y’ALL. ^_^ ^_^ ^_^

Much \m||m/,
President Hoodie

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Cross-posted to Video Game DJ.com for extra awesome! =D

EDIT: Volume 2 is RELEASED!!! Check it out below! =D

ChipWIN Exp Pack MERCH!!! =D

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New ChipWIN compilation = new LIMITED EDITION ChipWIN merch bundle as well!! =D

This Pixel Pixie provided bundle of chippy joy comes with:

  • 1 GLOW-IN-THE-DARK T-Shirt (Gildan Softstyle)
  • 4 ChipButtons
  • A CRAPTON of ChipStickers (way more reg sized vs. tiny this time ;)
  • ????

Same as last time, once these 50 bundles sell out THEY’RE GONE FOREVER!!!!
In other words, *ACT FAST* if you want one! ;D

And to kick it off, be sure to use the discount code “BOOYAH” to get 10% off your order for the first week! (expires 10/16/12). BECAUSE \m|♥|m/ THAT’S WHY!!! 8)

So what are you waiting for?? GO SNAG SOME SWAG AT THE LINK BELOW!! =D

~SOLD OUT!!~

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