All posts by H. Albert

I am a grad student at Savannah College of Art and Design who enjoys music, audio recording, and compositions.

Chiptune: 8-Bit Music Revived

Limitations can often spark creativity. When an artist is given a blank canvas, the endless possibilities can be overwhelming. Only when the artist decides the paint, image, and brushes to use does creativity really kick in.

8-bitThis is the same for 8-bit music.

8-bit or Chiptune music is a genre consisting of and deriving from the video game soundtracks for retro gaming systems. While it’s easy to dismiss this genre as an out-dated and obsolete form of music, the composers and musicians that keep this style alive show notable ingenuity even. Continue reading Chiptune: 8-Bit Music Revived

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Nintendo Switch: Re-think Gaming

Nintendo-Switch-Shot-02.jpg I’ve been a lot about the Nintendo Switch lately. Of course that relative to the constant hype around the console since it’s release in early March. The recent resurgence of popularity is probably due to the latest shipment of systems that have sold out as fast as they hit the selves. While I haven’t get able to buy my own Switch, but I got the chance to try it. Following Nintendo’s tradition of establishing gaming styles with new technologies and implications, the Switch’s use of sound it’s most innovative feature.

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Battlefield 1: A Game for Sound

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Critically acclaimed and beloved by fans, Battlefield 1 is a beautifully crafted game. With it’s stunning graphics, addictive gameplay, rewarding multiple player experience, a moving and diverse campaign, and animation so realistic it can be downright gruesome in the best ways, it’s no wonder why over 100,000 players connect to their serves. Continue reading Battlefield 1: A Game for Sound

Listen While You Play: Video Game Music

We praise video games for being visually stunting or deeply immersive, but often neglect the music aspects of games. Music sets the tone for the events happening on the screen. It has the ability to accent dramatic events, give musical themes for characters or locations, cause a ton of tension, or energize players to victory. It’s effects goes unnoticed at times, but music in video games are vital to the overall experience. Continue reading Listen While You Play: Video Game Music

Musician Embraces Bitcoin Technology

For years, the music industry has been playing catch-up to the internet. Like most new technological advancements, the web disrupted the way the industry operated down to its fundamental goals. Although it brought a host of pirating issues and made traditional revenue streams obsolete,  it was a new way to sell, distribute, and market music that opened up countless ways of making money with new ones being discovered or improved on daily. Continue reading Musician Embraces Bitcoin Technology

Low-fi. High-fi. True-fi?

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Since its beginnings, the record industry has been push technology to reach one goal: to make recordings sound exactly like the studio session. All the software, hardware, microphones, cables, equipment, pre-production, post-production, editing, mixing, and mastering that a recording goes through are meticulously done to shape the sound and tone of a song exactly how the artists want. However, that’s not often the sound you hear that the end of your headphones. Studios have A-list equipment and speakers to get a clear, crisp sound that are not in standard headphones or even some of the high-end headphones because of practically and price. The hard work of countless studio engineers and producers unheard because headphones cannot pick up on the finer details of the edit. Continue reading Low-fi. High-fi. True-fi?