Archive for April, 2015

Glenntai Got: ‘Star Bride’ by Zantilla (‘Tentacle Tea Party’, anyone?)

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There is something that can be said about those who incorporate chip elements into making a larger-scale composition.  Many of these people, such as Marshall Art, Danimal Cannon, Professor Shyguy, and Dunderpatrullen (to name a few) have blown audiences away with their own unique visions of how they want to musically express themselves.

One name comes to mind; and it genuinely surprises me that I had not heard of him before early October of 2014 at a wonderful show put together in the outskirts of Orlando, Florida.  That name is Zantilla. And, much like how I felt when I heard him perform on stage for the first time, get ready to be engulfed through a groove-filled, funky soundscape.  One where tentacles have tea parties that (surprisingly, yet refreshingly) won’t give you the feel of a certain alternative Solarbear album cover.

 

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Chris Considers: ‘Superposition’ by Zalza

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Swedish chiptune musician Zalza (Alexander Bulér) is a legend of an artist whose experience with chipmusic stretches back to the 90’s demoscene. When a demoscene veteran releases a new full-length album, it’s something that you don’t want to miss. It seems to me that those long-standing chiptune heroes are physically incapable of producing an average or sub-par melody.  Such is the case with Zalza’s excellent new album, ‘Superposition’.

Fantastic cover art by Emilia Forrest

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Sladerfluous Reviews: ‘Infinity’ by Shirobon

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Shirobon is a well-known name with the ChipWIN Blog, with 3 previous album reviews within in the past 2 years for ‘The Arcade Dream‘, ‘Distant Reality‘, and ‘Back Tracking‘. Shirobon’s seemingly unending streak of hard work continues with his latest release, ‘Infinity’.

‘Infinity’ takes the best parts of Shirobon’s musical affinity and distills them into a fantastically danceable electronic album that chiptune fans and electronica fans will love.

Hit play on Shirobon’s track ‘This Love’ below from his new album ‘Infinity’ and discover why this love is for REAL

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The Unicorn Princess Royally Reviews ‘Frosty Frolic’ by Robotprins

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President Hoodie sent me a copy of Robotprins’ new release through CheapBeats. I really respect Hoodie’s taste in music, and that alone would normally be enough to catch my attention.  However, Robotprins is someone I had never heard of before.  All I had to go on from was the bright cover art, with its happy blonde dude riding a snowmobile with a snowy palace in the background. Still, I’m all about finding hidden gem artists, so the mystery was enough to spark my interest. I love digging through an unknown artists’ records to see how, what, and why they create. I also hope that these reviews encourage them to keep doing what they love. (more…)

Chip Mom’s Kitchen #21: Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

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My grandmother was known for her cinnamon rolls. So much so that, since she died, many family members have tried in vain to recreate them with some small measure of success. I delved into the world of cinnamon rolls this weekend in her honor. But, instead of the traditional fair, I put a twist on an old favorite and created…

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Office Hours #7 – Calavera

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Representing a journey through art can be an incredibly daunting task due to the abstract nature of audience expectation. Movies are an obvious choice for the easiest way to show the viewer a journey, followed closely by books. Tolkein’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ is one of the most loved books containing this trope, with Frodo and Sam’s journey to Mordor along with the other paths of the Fellowship. Perhaps the most difficult medium for this subject is the visual arts, where painter Thomas Cole used multiple canvases to depict a journey in his ‘Voyage of Life’ series. Somewhere in the middle of these difficulty levels lies musical depictions of a journey. Because it is a time-based art form like film, the listener does not have control over the length of the journey if they wish to reach its intended end. Some are longer than others, and what one learns on these journeys is different depending on the listener. (more…)