It’s all about nostalgia and limitation as Mike chips away (ahhh?!?!?) at the world of chiptunes music. If you played video games years and years ago, you’ll hear a set of sounds that will be completely familiar, even when used in unfamiliar compositional genres. Mike explores the anatomy of chiptunes sounds and composition, and looks into chiptunes’ relationship to hacking and the counterculture.
PLUS: lots of clips of music from the video games of bygone times. And Mike pronouncing more European names. And the line “making bonk-bonk noises.”
It’s the birthday episode for Reasonably Sound! Celebrating 1 year, Mike dives into why he can’t lead us all in a rousing chorus of that famous Happy Birthday song that we all know and … love (?). But the copyright clampdown might be loosening in light of dramatic new evidence found (as evidence usually is) in a basement.
PLUS … an exciting new birthday announcement: We are launching a Patreon! Now you can support the show you love with more than just cheering at your phone whenever a new episode comes out. The Patreon will help Reasonably Sound grow to new and exciting places. You can see the full details at the Reasonably Sound Patreon page.
You can also find Reasonably Sound’s very own Birthday Song at Mike’s bandcamp here.
MUSIC Intro and Outro: Happy Birthday Song by Andrew Brid from andrew bird and the mysterious production of eggs
Break 1 – Smiley Monroe Break 2 – My Birth by Swans from My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope to The sky
It’s convention season and Mike is on the road for three weeks straight, spending a LOT of time in centers and major hotel chains. And he’s noticed how much of his life has become underscored by Muzak and the purposefully designed feelings that it is meant to evoke.
It’s the ice cream truck jingle. Even Mike’s hated Mr. Softee one. Mike provides the secret origin of the jingle, touching on the Great Depression, the growth of the American middle class, the Good Humor Man, refrigeration, and bobsled bells.
There is no episode of Reasonably Sound this week. In lieu of a Reasonably Sound episode, I have written for you this blog post! Which I challenge you to read in my voice. For those interested in behind the scenes anything: a scheduling mishap entirely of my own creation has required that an episode in…
That part in dance music, where the music builds and builds and builds and BUILDS before the tension finally, FINALLY, gets relieved? That’s “the drop.” Mike talks about its origin, construction, and application, and tells you what P.L.U.R. means.
(Note: This is almost definitely the first mention of “foam parties” on Infinite Guest.)
A440 is not a steak sauce, nor is it a tax form. Rather, A440 hz is the standard tuning for musical pitch. Why is that? The reasons include, but are not limited to: The oboe, church versus secular music, and the difficulty of France. Mike Rugnetta explains.
Special Thanks to Nicole He and Proprietous for their help with oboe details.
The music used in this episode of Reasonably Sound is (in order of appearance):
– Walking (In Tune), Rene Hell
– Swan Lake, Swan Theme, Tchaikovsky
– Polovtsian Dances, Borodin
– Piano Sonata 15, Beethoven (Digression Music)
– Peer Gynt: Morning Mood, Grieg
– Die liederliche Gesellschaft von allerley Humor: Allegro – Battalia a 10, Biber