Posts Tagged ‘tune’

Chip Bit Sid’s Chiptune Sans Special: Utsuro Spark – Static Electricity

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It’s last review of the year for me and I thought I’d continue the trend by reviewing absolutely no chiptune. Last year was no contest for me and I reviewed one of my favourite ‘Futurefunk’ albums of the year, ‘Watashi No Yume Diary’ by ‘Bigwave Mikazuki’. It was a wonderful release that I continue to listen to this day. This year however has been harder to choose. Originally I was going to review ‘Moe Moe’ by ‘Moeshop’, an awesome release with a variety of singers. Featuring a worldwide collection of artists from Manchester’s own ‘MYLK’ to Kyoto’s ‘Toriena’, ‘Moe Moe’ was full to brim with character.

However, as the year started to draw to a close, I came across another album; ‘Static Electricity’ by ‘Utsuro Spark’ (released by New Japanese Net Label, ‘Local Visions’). Whilst ‘Moe Moe’ was bubbly and colourful, ‘Static Electricity’ managed to instantly hook me, both through its mystical music and passionate vocals. Ultimately it was the heart of ‘Static Electricity’ that won me over, even when I compared both albums vigorously against one another.

Album artwork by Futureflavor.

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Glenntai Got: ‘Magenta’ by Seajeff

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There comes a time in everyone’s adventure in music where one asks, “Is there such thing as ‘too much of a good thing’?” It’s easy to summarize your viewpoint on life in this question. This question, however, gets immediately muddled by the existence of Magenta by Seajeff (fka C-Jeff); founder of the gateway to a ton of excellent progressive jams known as Ubiktune. There’s literally so much content and so much quality that the answer is either “no, there’s no such thing as ‘too much of a good thing,’” or I’m now a self-declared hedonistic opportunist. Maybe the answer’s both at this point, but let’s save that quandary for another time. This album is a badass journey through time and demands a listen, and after the jump I’ll give some examples (and a music video) for you to understand why.

Album art by Taylor Crisdale (alt. cover by Diana Jakobsson).

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Chip Bit Sid Takes On: Boaconstructor – ‘Winds Of Null’

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This year has been an excellent year for chipmusic using nanoloop. We’ve had a huge amount of releases ranging from the astounding ‘Geothermal’ by Classic Mistake, to the chilled as hell ‘Vanilla Dome’ by Glooms. This time we have Boaconstructor’s ‘Winds Of Null’. For context into ‘Boaconstructor’, he is a Seattle based musician who also runs ‘The Base bit’, one of the go-to net labels of chiptune. ‘The Base Bit’ have released a variety of accomplished albums such as ‘Refresh’ from Trey Frey, to ‘Steel City Zone’ by ‘HarleyLikesMusic’. It has been three years since ‘Boaconstructor’ has produced an album, with ‘Loop Dreams’ being released in 2015.

Whilst ‘Loop Dreams’ and ‘Winds Of Null’ were produced using Nanoloop, they are vastly different albums. ‘Loop Dreams’ focuses on using modulation to create weird and wonderful noises on a high BPM. ‘Winds Of Null’ on the other hand, focuses more on the bass, as well as detuning the melody and slowing down the music. For me I prefer Boaconstructor’s latest album, as I found it more accessible to listen to. The recording and mastering are also, in my opinion, much higher quality. Everything seems to pop better, with the levels balanced much better than ‘Loop Dreams’.

Album artwork by Dr!p.

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Chip Bit Sid Takes On: Paladin Shield – ‘Many Blessings’

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It is funny how plans can be altered within a second. Originally, I was going to review something else. However, just as I was about to put fingers to keyboard, I got an email: ‘Paladin Shield’ had just released a new album; ‘Many Blessings’! ‘Hot damn’, I said as I spent more money on yet another album. Below are three tracks that I loved off ‘Many Blessings’ and why I think it’s top notch.

Photo by jmswts.

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Charla Tecnológica de Paul – Introducción: Dando la vuelta a una página en la historia de LSDJ

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Artículo Original de PainPerdu. Traducción al Español de Pixel_Guy.

¡Hola a todos! Aquí Paul del dúo francés de Chiptune Pain Perdu.

Algunos de ustedes tal vez conozcan nuestro canal de Youtube, donde he hecho varios video-tutoriales acerca de algunos aspectos técnicos del LSDJ que, en mi opinión, a veces son mal entendidos, ignorados o poco utilizados. En términos de ergonomía, potencial para hacer música en bruto y qué tan fácil es que la gente pueda acceder a parámetros que garanticen un control extremadamente minucioso sobre el sonido; LSDJ es un programa fantástico. De hecho, a mi parecer destaca como el secuenciador que alcanza un equilibrio casi perfecto entre complejidad y accesibilidad. El que sea presentado en el Museo Sueco de Música y Artes Escénicas es un logro bien merecido.

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Charla Tecnológica de Paul – LSDJ 5.0.0 – Nuevos Comandos ¡[F]tW! (Parte Uno)

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Artículo Original de PainPerdu. Traducción al Español por Pixel Guy.

Hola, gente. Aquí Paul con una nueva entrega de charla tecnológica sobre LSDJ. Hoy daremos un vistazo a la versión 5.0.0 de LSDJ y a todas las cosas buenas que puso sobre la mesa. ¡Abróchense los cinturones!

Con la versión 5.0.0, un importante número cerrado, se comenzó a ganar el interés de la comunidad y la gran ola de actualizaciones comenzó a tener más y más retroalimentación. Lo divertido del asunto es que, dejando de lado el que es un número cerrado ­–5.0–  y aún cuando fue en esta versión que se introdujeron algunas buenas mejoras, no fue lo suficientemente significativa para la transformación que aún se estaba llevando a cabo. Johan K. solo añade un 0.0.1 a cada nueva versión, sin importar que tan significativos sean los cambios. ¡Hemos sido ENGAÑADOS!

No me malentiendan, estas mejoras también fueron importantes, muy útiles y adelantadas a su tiempo. ¡No todos los días el LSDJ tiene dos nuevos comandos para jugar con ellos!

En el artículo de hoy hablaré, principalmente, acerca de las mejoras en el comando F.

Para información más precisa en cuanto a cómo funcionan los comandos en LSDJ, pueden tener una buena cucharada del viejo RTFM dando clic aquí para tener acceso a todos los manuales de las versiones relevantes.

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