Stokin’ the Forge: The Arcano MIDI NES Chiptune Synthesizer

- Posted November 25th, 2015 by

A warm and welcoming November to you fellow ChipWINners! This month, the fires around here are being stoked by something that isn’t an album. A couple months back, a Kickstarter campaign shared to the ChipWIN Facebook group caught my attention, the Arcano. The Arcano was described as a Arduino powered synth kit modeled off of NES sounds. My interest was primarily my own curiosity, but after conversing with the Arcano’s creator, I realized that it would be great to share the project with the whole of the community.

So join me past the fold as I take a look at the Arcano, and the creator of the project sits down to answer more than a few of my questions!

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Chip Mom’s Epic Fails #1: The Day That Frosty Died

- Posted November 23rd, 2015 by

I have this wonderful book at home, Cooking for Kings: The Life of Antonin Careme.  Antonin was a pastry chef (and so much more) during the era of First Empire Paris.  He crafted room-sized sculptures from pastries and spun sugar to delight the likes of Marie Antoinette.  He’s the guy that the phrase creme de la creme was modeled on. He was the first Celebrity Chef.

If Antonin Careme saw what I wrought in my kitchen this past week, he would cry.

There is only one Antonin Careme, and, while I love to putter in my kitchen, I will never be him.  I mess up… A LOT.  Here is one such story.  This is the Day That Frosty Died.

Melted Snowman Cookie Fail

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Hoodie Highlights… Andrew Kilpatrick [again]!

- Posted November 20th, 2015 by

Sup y’all? =) President Hoodie back again with another of my Hoodie Highlights interviews! Due to crazy life happenings (i.e. getting MARRIED <3 ), it’s been a few months since I’ve had the time to manage one of these enjoyable talks. And what better way to bring the feature back than with a follow-up chat with my good snarky Brit friend & initial Hoodie Highlights focus, Andrew Kilpatrick? Read along as we talk all retrospective-like, as Kilpatrick brings his 5+ years of awesome chiptune contributions to a close. Enjoy!

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ChipWIN-tern Spotlight: ‘LISTENCORE Vol. I’ by ap0c

- Posted November 19th, 2015 by

I realize that at the time I write this, everyone’s still probably in the throes of their Fallout 4 addiction, but assuming you can get your Pip-Boy to pick up the ChipWIN-tern Spotlight, I’ll be your Three-Dog for an evening so I can yell at you about everyone’s favorite polka-playing Philadelphan, ap0c. Back in August, ap0c dropped ‘LISTENCORE Vol. I,’ the first of what I hope to be many classical-inspired chiptune masterpieces. Pop open your Nuka-Cola and take a load off while we explore one of the raddest albums to drop this summer.



The Unicorn Princess Royally Reviews ‘Metatransit’ by Conquer Monster

- Posted November 18th, 2015 by

What’s up, chip peeps? This month, I’d like to bring your attention to a duo specializing in the creation of refreshing music made from vintage gear and classic synthesizers. That duo goes by the name of Conquer Monster. I look for artists who love what I love.  Groups of people who hang out in the underground scene. Those who would rather own a synth than a car, who spent time circuit bending when other sounds become standard and stale, and those who just feel their sole purpose on the planet is to express themselves through sound.


CM released their album, Metatransit, on October 16th, 2015. It serves as the score for the comic book Purge Worlds , written by Joshua Oman and illustrated by Chris Black. This concept album refers to tragic hero Brandon Lao’s adventure to seek revenge for his partner Anna’s death, through the exploration of different planets.  The album is dark, futuristic, while also beat driven and nostalgic.  Metatransit explores the themes of the comic with 80s style drum beats, chopped voices, catchy riffs, great melodies, and inspiring sound design work. So, without further ado, let’s enter the world of Joshua Faulkner and Daniel Romero, of Conquer Monster.


Office Hours – Myriad3 ‘Tell((chip))’

- Posted November 13th, 2015 by

Welcome to a decidedly semi-spooky Friday the 13th edition of Office Hours! Along with the lovely fall weather, a very interesting album release has graced our digital doorsteps and I have the distinct pleasure of diving into it head first.

Myriad3 are a jazz trio formed in 2010, hailing from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Chris Donnelly (piano), Dan Fortin (bass), and Ernesto Cervini (drums) play straightforward, honest music in the modern jazz idiom. The players function very well as an ensemble, with each taking their turn as soloist or blending anonymously into the musical texture.

Myriad3 released their debut album ‘Tell’ in 2013 on ALMA records, an 11-track excursion into a variety of textures, infectious head tunes, and driving rhythms. Wait, what’s that? You, in the back with the anime shirt – you are wondering what any this has to do with chip music? I’m glad you asked! In September, Chris Donnelly finished arranging the entire album in 8-bit fashion and re-released the tunes under the title ‘Tell((chip))’. These are not simple tunes in straight 4/4 time, run through a cheap-sounding VST; these are entirely new versions of the source material, presented in exquisite detail.