Speaking of Steven Universe and music events, the show’s creator Rebecca Sugar and supervising director Ian Jones-Quartey will be at MAGFest this weekend for Q&As, signings, and more. I am jealous of everyone who will be at MAGFest this weekend. :o(
Hi! I LOVE your music. I noticed how beautiful the music on Steven Universe was, then I found out it was called chiptune, and I've been listening to it a lot, especially you guys'! What kind of program would you recommend for a piano player who would like to try to compose/play chiptune music for the first time?
Thank you so much!
I’m not the most qualified person to answer this, but I’ll try my best. For chiptune specifically, there are 2 ways you can go about creating songs: “sequencing” and “tracking”. Sequencing is when you use a sequencer to play/record/arrange notes–I think it’s easier to get into if you’re used to approaching music from a performance standpoint. Tracking is where you program sounds in a spreadsheet-like format.
For sequencing chiptunes, you can pretty much use any sequencer (Garageband is fairly easy to learn and usually comes free with Macs) and find a set of chiptune sounds to use. Woolyss is a great resource for finding chiptune plugins and samples! For tracking, a popular program that uses sounds from the classic Nintendo chip is Famitracker (Windows only) and a lot of people use LSDJ on Gameboy.
surasshu uses ChibiTracker, but it’s pretty advanced and best to have someone to help ease you into it!