Archive for June, 2015

The Unicorn Princess Royally Reviews ‘The Valley Rule / A Kitty Dream OST’ by Bill Kiley

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It’s a pretty beautiful thing when you find a new, gorgeous, and nostalgic game that’s got an equally gorgeous soundtrack to match.  West coast composer and artist, Bill Kiley, has teamed up with artist and developer, Ryan Carag (who goes under the alias of Raiyumi) to create two games: The Valley Rule and A Kitty Dream. Both games use two different approaches to create a unique package of visuals and audio: surreal and eerie concepts of exploring a dream world for one and being trapped levels below life for the other, both containing atmospheric pads and sound design teamed up with chip sounds in complimentary ways.

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Above is Raiyumi’s artwork of both games — the top displays graphics from ‘The Valley Rule’, and the bottom displays ‘A Kitty Dream.’

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Inside The Daякcнip Mind of Cheapshot

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Hello! Frank here again, back with another installment of Inside The Daякcнip Mind. This time I felt it necessary to talk about something a bit different, and not so dark. Although it still has those big bass hits, grimey pulses & all the other goodies that make your skin tingle! Lately I’ve been doing nothing but looking into A LOT of artists that use Nanoloop, and damn, have I found something that flows oh so nice: ‘Obsidian‘ by Cheapshot.

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Aydan Appreciates: ‘All Stars’ by Cheapbeats

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Many a ChipWINner will recognize the Cheapbeats netlabel, not just from their co-release ‘Cheapbeats = WIN‘, but also interviews with James York here on the blog, and, of course,  their slew of impressive releases within the chipmusic community. Now celebrating their ‘two point seventy three anniversary’, they’ve released a compilation featuring previously released songs from every single artist who’s ever released on their label and entitled it ‘All Stars’. The album is one hell of a ride from start to finish, and I really do wish I could give each track its proper recognition; that would, unfortunately, make for a VERY long review. As a result, I’m going to give you a rundown on my five personal favorite tracks. Let’s take a look at some of the amazing sounds this album has to offer! (more…)

ChipWIN-tern Spotlight: “YUMEMI/LONELY PLANET GIRL” by Slime Girls

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In a far off place, untouched by worldly woes, there is a place where friends can get together and make sentimental chiptune jams for all to hear and enjoy. The people who hear these songs know that their lives will never be as perfect as the emotions they experience from these magical tunes, but they listen all the same, hoping to experience that moment – no matter how briefly – that they’ll never truly feel in real life. A moment of nostalgia for something that never happened to them, but they wish it had. (more…)