Posts Tagged ‘VST’

ChipWIN-tern Spotlight: The Yamaha YM2612 & You!

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If we’re really honest with ourselves, there are certain kinds of chiptune that are more visible than others. If I walked up to a random Joe at MAGFest and asked who their favorite chiptune musician was, I’ll bet dollars to donuts that they’d bring up an artist known for either Game Boy or NES music, or if they’re over the age of 30 they might mention some demoscene artists and their love of the Commodore 64.  But unless you really go looking for it, it seems like it’s hard to find anyone making music on the venerable Sega Genesis, or at the very least made with the YM2612 soundchip. It seems that way – but nothing could be farther from the truth. I’d like to take a few minutes and bring to light some real gems out there of an under appreciated console and, if you’re inspired by the end of it, give you the tools you’ll need to make your own original content to take to the club.

[3/18/16 Edit: Thank you to the community for reaching out to help with a few missing points/bad links in the article – these have been amended/added.]

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Aydan Appreciates & Interviews: ‘Fragmentation’ & Professor Shyguy

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Longtime chipmusic veteran Brandt Cooley, aka Professor Shyguy, is a highly revered, R&B influenced artist whose music typically features soulful vocals, powerful guitar solos, and memorable melodies. His golden voice is immediately recognizable by any fan familiar with his work, in addition to his phenomenal shredding on the axe. Shyguy is also an extremely prolific artist, with several singles and numerous album releases since his first ‘official’ album, ‘Geekotica’, released in mid-2012. ‘Fragmentation’, his chip-pop-rock opera amalgam, is a tale of growing up which was soft-released to the public on December 5th and it’s his most powerful and emotional work to date. Let’s delve into this incredible album!

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Glenntai Got: ‘+Add Me’ by Blood Code + Graz

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Whenever I think of the late 90’s and early 2000’s, I think, “MistakesWereMade.jpg should’ve been my coat of arms,” just like many other young nerds who didn’t fit in anywhere.  However, to others, it was a magical time where people were pioneering the new ways to access music, communicate, and pretend you weren’t ugly with the help of tilting a camera.  The album in which I came across happens to be an album remembering nicer times of the early 2000’s, and after the jump, you can compare this to your current Top 8 and see who you’re bumping off to make room.

Blood Code + Graz - +Add Me - Add Me Wallpaper By Maru303

Artwork and design by Maru303 (maru303.bandcamp.com).

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Aydan Appreciates & Interviews: ‘Family Dancing’ & Yokemura Takeshi of YMCK

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YMCK has come to be a name associated with some of the highest quality chipmusic ever produced. Their ‘Family’ albums are by and far a series of the most influential music within the chipscene, and several songs off of their releases have gone viral. Known for their incredible live performances that utilize pixelated visuals, detailed and impressive music videos, as well as lighthearted and impressively composed, jazz-influenced music all combined with Kurihara’s stylistically unique vocals, YMCK has broken the mold with every single release. Now, two years after the release of their last smash hit ‘Family Days’, ‘Family Dancing’ has been released through iTunes for the world to hear. Let’s take a look at some of the tracks from this phenomenal album!

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Chiptunes = WIN: Volume 4 [Tracks 11-15]

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Hello again, everyone!  Another year has past, meaning it’s time for us to celebrate another Chiptunes = WIN volume!  Volume 4 has continued to pull no stops and provide nonstop awesome content, and what better way for us to thank our friends and contributors than by reviewing their tracks?

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