Archive for June, 2012

ChipWIN Track #3: Tetra by 4mat

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Hellooooooooo there! And welcome back to the ChipWIN blog’s 51 Chipartists write-up extravaganza! =D Last time you got to learn a little about about Ben Landis, composer of track #2 from the ChipWIN compilation. This time you get to read up on one of my all-time favorite chipartists/favorite artists in general:

4mat

Since being exposed to his music live at Blipfest 2011 (Paper dolls x2 FTW!!!I’ve been a die-hard 4mat fan all the way. There’s just something about the way that he crafts those delightfully smooth, yet wonderfully funky grooves that makes my chippy heart glad. Getting a track from him for this compilation was a no-brainer, and damn near a requirement to release as far as I was concerned! Thankfully he made that very easy for me and submitted his unquestionably funkiest groove from his recent album Origins, which can be found here:

Matthew Simmonds aka 4mat has a solid musical history beginning in the early 90’s demoscene. From there he progressed to commercial game soundtrack development, where he worked on titles released by Konami and EA. He’s still best known for his amazing chiptunes, however, most of which are found in the form of tracked music files (modules). His very latest collection of such chippy wonders can be found here:

While I’ve only linked a few examples of his gloriously amazing chipmusic, I’d be remiss not to recommend that you make a point to obtain ALL of his music (and you’ve no excuse not to, as it’s all free). There isn’t a mediocre moment among his entire repertoire, and how often can you say that about an artist, especially nowadays??

And to make up for a lack of literary content in this write-up (I couldn’t get ahold of Matt in time for some direct comments unfortunately), I think I’ll embed one more link to one of my very favorite funktastic 4mat tracks:

& just like that, I’m back at Blipfest 2011, dancing myself stupid. SUCH GOOD TIMES. 8)

Next up, track #4 by Daniel CapoSo beautiful.

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P.S. HAVE SOME 4MAT LINKY LINKS:
http://4mat.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/4matofficial
https://twitter.com/#!/4mat_scenemusic

ChipWIN Track #2: Breakthrough by Ben Landis

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Alrighty then. 1 post down (AWESOMECAT’s :3 ), 50 to go. O____O hahahaha In case you’re wondering what the frickity frak I’m talking about, I’m doing mini-writeups here on the ChipWIN blog for ALL 51 CHIPARTISTS from the recently released Chiptunes = WIN \m|♥|m/ compilation (I’ma be busy for quite awhile it seems….). ;D And you’re just in time for today’s write-up about track #2’s composer:

BEN LANDIS

Another extraordinarily bouncy chiptrack. Seriously, I friggin’ grin every time it comes on. It’s just HAPPY, man! And what is Chiptunes = WIN if not fun, happy, good times?? =D According to Ben it’s actually the track that started the entire “Adventures in Pixels” project, along with a greater idea which inspired that track to start with:

“Breakthrough has an alternate title, which is ‘You’re Not Alone’. I got that from a Kurt Vonnegut quote: ‘Many people need desperately to receive this message: I feel and think much as you do, care about many of the things you care about, although most people do not care about them. You are not alone.’ It’s one of my favorite pieces of advice/wisdom,” Ben says, “and when I wrote the first bits of Breakthrough, I decided to craft the idea into a solid song and into the Adventures in Pixels storyline.”

In reference to the musical composition of the song, Ben goes on to say, “One thing I think I did well was in crafting the music so that small and medium patterns repeat in various ways while avoiding exact repetition of larger parts. The musical story progresses in one direction the entire time, with more togetherness, encouragement, and confidence being conveyed throughout.”

It’s a really awesome concept to utilize for an album’s direction and creation, this story/comic/video game plot based method. Somewhat like writing a soundtrack, but a little more freeform I think. At any rate, it certainly worked wonderfully in this case! =D

By the way, you can find this delightful positive track among his debut album right here on his personal Bandcamp:

It’s an extremely solid release of mostly chippy goodness (there are some other instruments and synths mixed in for good measure here and there), although my two favorite songs (SO TIED) are easily Breakthrough (#17) and Through the Forest (#12) with Matt’s Theme (#4) running a close 2nd place.That said you can’t go wrong with a single track on the album; and at $5 for 20 tracks and a comic (YES, there’s an actual comic included in the download!!!) you’ve got yourself a helluva deal as well!

Next up, track #3 by 4mat! w00t~~

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P.S. HAVE SOME MOAR BEN LANDIS LINKY LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/benlandismusic
https://twitter.com/benlandis
http://soundcloud.com/benlandis
http://www.youtube.com/benlandis

 

ChipWIN Track #1: パーティーで最もきれいな女の子 by AWESOMECAT

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SO.  The first Chiptunes = WIN \m|♥|m/ compilation has been released; and very successfully might I add. ;D (though keep sharing the balls offa it! Plenty more chipfans out there that’ve yet to be exposed to this massive collection of chippy goodness!!! ).

SO NOW WHAT???

First? REST. o.O O.o haha Putting together awesome ordeals like that take quite a bit out of a guy, yanno? Completely worth it though. WILL DO AGAIN. Just a matter of time.

MEANWHILE…. How about 51 days of mini write-ups on all 51 artists from the ChipWIN compilation? Yup, that’s happening (gotta do something to keep this blog alive in the meantime, right? haha). Every day or so/as I find the time/ASA I clone myself, I’ll write one up and toss it out to you guys! Alright? ALRIGHT!!! =D

And now, to get this ChipWIN writing project started with the chipartist who contributed track #1 to the Chiptunes = WIN compilation:

AWESOMECAT

I won’t lie: from the first time this track hit my earholes, I pretty much knew it was going to be the starter for the project. NOT supposed to be an easy decision to come by with 51 STELLAR TRACKS like we had for this bad boy, not in the least!! Yet there was something about the crazy energy, the extraordinary happy of the song that simply resonated Chiptunes = WIN, and therefore I had to use it. =)

According to the always awesometastic AWESOMECAT, “That song is the closest I’ve come to putting my feelings for my girlfriend into music~”. I guess that explains it a bit: the song is just packed full of happy and love and WIN. 

On a different note, AWESOMECAT says, “I don’t compose chip music for any sort of nostalgic reasons, but that I use a technically limiting medium to push myself creatively.” This is definitely a topic worth a bit deeper visitation in the future; it’s something that I’ve been interested in for awhile at least (nostalgia vs/and/or the limits of the medium and how they enhance/encourage creativity within it). Especially seeing as how my initial interest in chipmusic was somewhat nostalgia driven, even if that has changed somewhat as I’ve since discovered the essence of chip.

And now for a random segue to plug AWESOMECAT’s latest cover chipalbum, Copycat:

All five tracks are delightful, but I’m damn partial to that first Daft Punk cover (Da nuh na nuh, da nuh na nuh~~~~~~). Don’t miss any of them, though, because they’re all awesome (and rather unique choices!!).

And that wraps up this first little write-up! Pretty much sets the tone for the rest as well: a link to the artist’s ChipWIN track, a link to other music by the artist, and some little blurbs in-between. =) Until next time, where we’ll have track #2 with Ben Landis, PEACE, LOVE & CHIPS!

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P.S. HAVE MOAR AWESOMECAT LINKY LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/AWESOMECATmusic
http://awesomecat.bandcamp.com/
http://soundcloud.com/awesomecat

Chiptunes = WIN \m|♥|m/ compilation RELEASED!!!!!!

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Just in case you missed the announcement Monday night during the VERY CRAZYAWESOME, VERY AWESOMECRAZY listening/release party on 8 Bit Power Hour on Areciboradio (peak listeners for the night = 281!!!!!), THIS BAD BOY IS OUT!!!! SNAG IT AT YOUR EARLIEST CONVENIENCE AND SHARE IT EVERYWHERE!!!!!!!!!!!!

And if you lurve it sooooooo much (VERY LIKELY) that you feel like wearing a Chiptunes = WIN shirt, 4 buttons, and SIXTY ONE STICKERS (!!!!!), you can snag that related merchy goodness for only $15 (!!!!!) RITE CHAR (char):

~SOLD OUT~

Again, MUCH LOVE AND THANKS  to everyone involved in the project, and to all the listeners/supporters/CRAZY AWESOME people that love chiptunes….

A WINNER IS YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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FINAL CHIPTUNES = WIN COMPILATION POST – FULL ARTIST & TRACK LISTING!!!!!!!!! \m|♥|m/

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ALRIGHTY THEN.

By now you’ve probably heard of this thing; you’ve checked out the initial ChipWIN 480+ member strong Facebook group and spinoff Facebook Page; you’ve seen the RIDICULOUS(LY AWESOME) promo video; you’ve seen Nate Horsfall aka Foxdragon’s AMAZING art for the project; you’ve got the 8 Bit Power Hour Areciboradio listening party invite (HAPPENS TOMORROW, MONDAY, JUNE 4TH, AT 7PM CENTRAL TIME ZOMG!!!); you’ve heard teaser tracks on Geekbeat LeRadio and Nerd Rock Radio for the past few weeks; you’ve read posts on Dj Cutman’s blog videogamedj.com and here on the 8bitX provided blog; you’ve seen Boston 8 Bit Maddie the Merch Fairy’s merch teasers (MORE TO COME SOON!!!); you’ve seen countless friends, Chipartists, and VGM peoples facebooking, tweeting, tumblering, WUTTEHFUKEVARING about it nonstop for the past couple months. All you’re waiting on now is to download the compilation. And you can. TOMORROW NIGHT.

But for now…

HOW ABOUT A FULL ARTIST/TRACK LIST TO PERUSE AT YOUR LEISURE??? (in ABC order; final sequencing unveils tomorrow with the Bandcamp release). Yeah, that’s what I thought. 8) Read this and FEEL THE HYPE ALL THE WAY DOWN IN YOUR BONES/SOUL/JUNK/BONESOULJUNK!!!!!!

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1. 4mat – Tetra
2. Abducted by Sharks – Late to the Party
3. Active Knowledge – Lucidosity
4. Algoorithm (Chris Algoo) – While We Can, Party
5. AWESOMECAT – パーティーで最もきれいな女の子
6. Ben Landis – Breakthrough
7. Br1ght Pr1mate – Sexy & I Know It
8. Brick Breaker – Dusk Runner
9. Cartoon Bomb – Earthworm Facts
10. Cheapshot – Jambo
11. Chip’s Challenge – Special Beam Cannon
12. Chipzel – Can’t Stop Us
13. Crashfaster – The Out
14. Da Pantz – Real In The Field
15. Daniel Capo – Wake
16. Danimal Cannon – The Lunar Whale
17. Datacats – Small Wonders
18. deadbeatblast – Total Disaster
19. Decktonic – Africa
20. Diamond Machine – Hey! (No E)
21. Fraktal Face – Did You
22. iamclouD – Harmonix
23. Inverse Phase – Three-stage
24. Iron Curtain – Assault At The Front Door
25. Jay Tholen – On Stolen Time
26. K.O.M.H. – Kogeki no Kiken
27. Kedromelon – Titan 2
28. Kubbi – Tidal Force
29. KymAz – Nebulae
30. LukHash – PixeLove
31. Monodeer – No Particular Reason
32. Nario – Hallucinogenic Ethics
33. nickelPUNK – StarDRIVE
34. Obtuse – Ecstasy
35. Phonetic Hero – Bat Outta Hell
36. PROTODOME – Four Color Hero
37. RobotSexMusic – It’s Never Enough
38. Sam Mulligan – Secret
39. Sean Monistat – This Computer Can Read Lips
40. SKGB – Infinite Cheap Death Tricks
41. SMILETRON – Elevation
42. Snesei – Button Mash
43. Space Town Savior – Columbia
44. Starpilot – Sparkling
45. Stenobot – Shark Flower
46. Super Danger Casper – Berbaris Satu Arah
47. Temp Sound Solutions – Sleepwalking In Tennessee
48. Thorazine Unicorn – Dreaming Machine
49. Whitely – You & Him
50. Xenon Odyssey – Quotidian
51. Zef – Pure Voltage