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If you’re a regular Soundfly visitor, you probably already know how much we love chiptune music. Richard Lewis is the founder of the British music blog Chip! Bit! Sid! as well as the annual 8-bit music festival Chip Bit Day held in Manchester. + Learn more on Soundfly: Create more powerful emotional experiences in your music with a simple understanding of harmonic theory. Our 6-week course, Unlocking the Emotional Power of Chords, can help you get there quicker through one-on-one mentorship! And because you’re a supporting member of the Flypaper community, take $100 off your next course on us with code: FLYPAPERSENTME (more…)

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There is so much to digest here on XXL Mag; including interviews, news, and various spotlight features and specialty pieces. One of their latest is the best hip-hop projects of 2019. Not a bad place to start your discovery search! For metal music, I recommend getting a solid state amp because, while tubes can certainly achieve a heavy sound, at high levels of distortion for long periods of time, solid state amps are much more reliable. You don’t have to rely on the amp’s own effects so much, since in metal you’re likely to have more than a few pedals in your chain, but its electronics need to handle the load. Here are some of my favorite choices for playing metal music: (more…)

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