WSIU?: Nanoloop 2.X

- Posted June 27th, 2016 by

INCOMING TRANSMISSION


Hey there readers!

So now that finals are finally over and I have way more free time on my hands, I decided it would be the perfect time to dive into another segment of What Should I Use!

For those new to the blog, WSIU is a series in which I take a chip-musician’s perspective on chiptune software and give it a review. Its meant to help those just starting out or those looking for something new to start up know what they’re getting into (rather than flailing around like, “ZOMG WTF DO I DO WHAT ARE THESE BUTTONS AAAAAAAA” etc, etc…)

This time we’re going into Oliver Wittchow’s ever-popular GBA tracker; Nanoloop 2.x, and its insane world of FM synthesis emulation. Let’s take a look at what it’s got!

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Chip Bit Sid Takes On: Bitonal Landscape– ‘Electro Arcade Madness’

- Posted June 24th, 2016 by

This week’s review is on ‘Bitonal Landscape‘ and their latest album, ‘Electro Arcade Madness‘. BL is made up of two artists, Ludwig & Markus Highland, both creating music around the genres of VGM, Chiptune & EDM. Whilst I’d heard a little from their submissions to the Soundcloud group, Id yet to  form an overall opinion. Although that’s the beauty of music; some of the best you’ve never heard will sneak up on you! And, suffice it to say, ‘Electro Arcade Madness’ exceeded my expectations exponentially.

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Chris Considers: ‘Galaxies Collide’ by Sparky+

- Posted June 20th, 2016 by

Greetings to you all, fans of chiptune. A heartfelt thank you goes out to all of the artists who have submitted a track for consideration for ChipWIN: Vol. 5! As Hoodie and the rest of the judges undertake the difficult task of preparing the album for release, I’d like to highlight a recently released EP that has caught my attention, ‘Galaxies Collide’ by New Jersey-based chiptune artist Sparky+ (Bruce Gil). Sparky+ has been releasing a  steady stream of straight-up lsdj bitpop tunes with a driving house beat for about a year now. In ‘Galaxies Collide’, Sparky+ has expanded the scope of his soundscape through the use of a midi tracker. This delightful and catchy selection of tracks is wrapped up in a galactic theme, which I’m always a sucker for. Hit the jump as we go ‘Beyond’…

'Galaxies Collide' by Sparky+

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Sladerfluous Reviews: ‘Autre’ by xyce

- Posted June 17th, 2016 by

‘Autre’ by xyce is one of those “YOU GOT CHOCOLATE IN MY PEANUT BUTTER” moments if the peanut butter was a grassy meadow of adorable frolicking chip-bunnies and the chocolate was a giant head-bangin’ bridge troll shoulder-checking said bunnies into a mosh-pit style frenzy.

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Get hooked with this intriguing mix with the title track ‘autre’, then jump into the article for a closer look at the full album ‘autre’ by xyce!

‘autre’ by xyce:

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Volume 5 Progress Report

- Posted June 13th, 2016 by

Sup y’all? =) President Hoodie here with a quick update to the progress of ‘Chiptunes = WIN: Volume 5′ along with some interesting thoughts from this year’s judging panel.

First up, as you’ve all probably noticed by now (what with our daily reminders and all〜(꒪꒳꒪)〜), the V.5 submission deadline has been extended from June 12th to June 19th. As of this publication, there’s a little less than a week remaining for all tracks to be finalized and submitted. So everyone, get ’em done and get ’em in! Once that’s wrapped up, we’ll begin the judging period of the project, which’ll likely take a couple of weeks to lock in. Don’t worry, I’ll entertain you with some quality #JudgesTweets during that process. ಠ‿↼

Regarding album artwork, how about a blurry sneak peek of the work in progress?

V.5 album preview

Rest easy, Nate Horsfall is proving himself a badass *YET AGAIN*.

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Kuma’s Quick Shots: Round 16

- Posted June 10th, 2016 by

Yo, what’s up ChipWINners? Welcome back to Quick Shots: the album review column where I give you the nitty gritty of some of the newest music to hit the scene, then offer you a numerical little tl;dr to help you decide if an album is right for you. This month, I’ll be examining two high energy LPs that showcase some very different talents and styles.  One is from a well known artist in the scene, and the other is a new face looking for their time to shine. Let’s not waste anymore time. Grab a seat and some headphones, and get ready to shake that booty, because this month we’re checking out the latest from DJ SUPER SONIC and Katherine Allan!

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