(1,618 replies, posted in General Discussion)

Dark_Bit_ wrote:

nice keys rack! What are those?

Oberheim Matrix 6, Yamaha DX7 II FD, Novation SL MkII (MIDI controller), Korg Minilogue



(1,618 replies, posted in General Discussion)

definitely my favorite iteration so far

i have created a fun game for you to play to help learn the chips

to play the game match the chip with the computer

please print this worksheet out and return the completed copy to your homeroom by first period tomorrow, don't forget name and date :)


(114 replies, posted in General Discussion)

Jellica wrote:

the scene is alive and well

this is indescribably bad

Duck wrote:

And as a matter of preference, I would go for a DMG rather than a GBC

100% this.

back when i wrote gameboy music, i recall always preferring actually writing on an MGB (gameboy pocket) for the sake of portability/feel, and then bouncing the finished track to my computer from a DMG since it obviously sounds much better.


(42 replies, posted in General Discussion)

you can use that one album i made in prehistoric times


sounds like a fun little script to write to generate them wink

maybe croquel adventure by phlogiston

tough call


(114 replies, posted in General Discussion)

chipmusic will categorically never see mainstream success. mainstream music consumers will never have the stomach for the sound of chipmusic in the first place, let alone the image. i think when it comes to mainstream acceptance, the music itself is just as important as image and brand. ariana grande? cool, hip, neat -- oh, and her music is okay. 4mat? coda? c-jeff? not gonna fly. even chipmusicians with more outspoken personalities will have a hard time getting mainstream popularity. i think people generally think of chipmusic as a weird, geeky subculture, and are taken aback when someone who makes chipmusic takes themselves too seriously, or is too committed to the technicalities of it. look at anamanaguchi -- they've kind of become an exercise in self-parody since they've become more popular: ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vc3JWo2iiGc ). people think of chipmusic as kind of a joke, so if you want to become popular, either brand yourself as a joke, or don't predicate yourself and your music on the fact that it's chipmusic.

on that note, one of my personal biggest gripes with chipmusic is how so many people present themselves as if their music being "chipmusic" proper is the coolest(!) and sickest(!) thing ever, and pigeonhole themselves into being accepted/listened to by the tiniest subculture imaginable, before they ever had a chance to present themselves to a broader audience. don't get me wrong, i love chipmusic, and i love it for a whole lot of different reasons, but when i go to listen to music (generally), i don't care how it's made. i happen to have an aesthetic preference for music that incorporates chip-like sounds, and a technical appreciation for how chipmusic is created, but my enjoyment of music and my technical appreciation exist entirely separately. if you make a very technically impressive song, but the song sucks, the song just sucks -- i don't care if it's chipmusic or not. i've never (or extremely rarely) seen an artist outside of this scene predicate their entire musical existence on the kinds of instruments or process they use in creating their music. look at artists like venetian snares or autechre or any of the early IDM guys. their music is super super process intensive, but they don't make a fuss of it.

as far as keeping the scene itself alive, there are a bunch of things to do. i'm definitely guilty of falling out of touch with a lot of friends and subcommunities in the scene over the years. there are so many little things you can do to help the scene grow though. hang out in irc more. post on the forums more. do that project you've been wanting to do for a super long time. get involved in botb (seriously, if you haven't heard of it!). meetup in real life, organize events. keeping the scene itself alive really depends on the individuals in the scene -- scene growth doesn't really just "happen", it takes a concerted effort on behalf of those already a part of it.

okay sorry about my rambling, i'm on a long bus ride so i've got nothing better to do.

"Fictional characters in the Southern Victory Series"



(26 replies, posted in Trading Post)

am i the only one who misses 8bc


(95 replies, posted in Nintendo Handhelds)

Having not written chipmusic with a DMG in literally years, (wow) I see no problem with mastering - and honestly I usually prefer it to unmastered material (or "mixed", what have you). I mean, if you don't know what you're doing, don't do it - shoddy mastering can more easily screw up a mix than good mastering can make it better.

That said, when I was starting out writing with LSDJ, I wrote an EP, and on one track, I wanted the "drop" to be heavier, so I loaded it into Audacity, selected everything after the "drop", and literally just gained it by +10 dB or something stupid. I sent the EP to 8bitpeoples. I am so so so so glad I never released it. Don't do that.

Renoise hands down.

What the fuck's a Hexadecimal Genome?


(16 replies, posted in General Discussion)

arlen wrote:

I released a few things under the pseudonym "haunty." (http://haunty.bandcamp.com/) It was just a fun, short thing to do. Anymore I'm just releasing everything I do under arlen. I'm also working with a few friends to start a noise-rock/shoegaze band. Hopefully we'll get something recorded by fall or next winter.

aaaah! I loved your Haunty project, it was straight up awsome. Sad to hear there'll be no more of it. Stoked for your new things though.


(45 replies, posted in General Discussion)

Just made a thread about this without realizing there already was one.

http://chipmusic.org/forums/topic/11080 … -projects/


That said, I write electronic/chill/glitch music under the name 'Mornings'.