Archive for May, 2015

Chip Mom’s Kitchen #22: The Cure for Any Craving

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One of the few pure joys for a baker is a quality recipe swap. About a year ago I got the skinny on a sweet treat that is sure to satisfy even the naughtiest of your desert desires.  Ladies, Gentleman, and everyone in between, I am so happy to be able to share with you, with a big ole’ hat tip to Grant Henry aka Stemage…

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Stokin’ the Forge – ‘The Blossoming Years’ by MmcM

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A pleasant the end of May to one and all of the ChipWIN nation! This month, it was my distinct pleasure to review ‘The Blossoming Years’ by Russian artist MmcM.  This Ubiktune release is a collection of his early works, spanning 1999 to 2001.  Mmcm composed all but two of the tracks on the album using a ZX-Spectrum and ProTracker 3.  Mikhail Ivashenko and Oleg Nikitin each contributed a remix to the album, in the way of ‘Bugs in My Mind‘ and ‘Changeability‘ respectively.

Mmcm's Blossoming YearsThis album is truly epic in scope, weighing in with a hefty 24 tracks.  I really enjoyed and appreciated most of the tracks that are here, but I can only give a fitting review to just a handful of them in the space I have.  As such, these are the four tracks that were my absolute favorites on the collection.  By no means does that mean the other twenty aren’t worth checking out.  They are, and I encourage you to take your own listen, and find your own, be it four or all of them.  With that out of the way, let’s dive in.

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Bit By Bit – Having a Fit Over Fitting In (Without Ever Fitting In)

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Hello, friends; welcome to the second installment of Bit by Bit.  When I decided to start this column I started to pay attention to people’s inquiries about things they feel uncomfortable or otherwise concerned with.  This one I have had a hard time trying to explain in a format that is both thorough and succinct, partially because of how broad this topic can get and the variables involved within certain situations.

Which problem, you ask?  Click on the read more button and I’ll explain.

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Kuma’s Quick Shots: Round 7

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Sup, ChipWINners, and welcome back to Quick Shots: the album review column where I break down the highs and lows of an album, then give you a numerical tl;dr to help you determine if something’s worth the bang for your buck. This time around, I have two very unique albums for you coming from opposite ends of the artistic spectrum. One is an experimental noise album that shifts between groovy, funky, and haunting.  The other is a highly polished concept album that aims to soothe, please and inspire as it constructs a vision of a progressive not-too-distant future. If both of those sound intriguing, hop on in and take a ride with the big bear, as we explore music from Corkscrew No. 4453556 and 01100001 S.T.A.R.D.U.S.T. Subsidiary.

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Hoodie Highlights… Pixelseed!

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Sup y’all? =) President Hoodie back with another Hoodie Highlights interview column! Today, I’m beginning a special series that I’ve been excited to get rolling along since MAG 13 wrapped up. Over the next few editions, I’ll be talking to a few key members of what has become the invaluable “support class” of live chipmusic shows: the visualists. Of course, I’m starting it off by talking to none other than the man himself, PixelseedEnjoy!

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Pixelseed at MAGFest 13.

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