Archive for July, 2015

Chiptunes = WIN: Volume 4 [Tracks 21 – 25]

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We’re nearing the halfway point of our track-by-track review of Chiptunes = WIN Vol. 4. So far, we’ve had the pleasure of hearing some truly astonishing tracks, and I already feel like declaring Volume 4 as Best Volume. It’s just that every year, all of the artists involved consistently outdo themselves and put so much heart into their compositions!

Today’s collection of tracks is a microcosm: a perfect representation of what I love so much about the ChipWIN project as a whole. Here we have newcomers and veterans alike sharing album space, happily caught in the endless loop of inspiration and creation. What’s more, is that each one of them uses their own unique toolkit and approach to ultimately arrive at the sonic aesthetic that we’re all about celebrating. Let’s jump in!

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Chiptunes = WIN: Volume 4 [Tracks 16 – 20]

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Describing the next five tracks from our 4th compilation album is a lot like plucking five roses from a stunning bouquet, or stacking five bacon pancakes onto your plate from a pile fresh off the griddle: you can’t go wrong, and they taste even better with syrup. (Chiptunes = WIN does not endorse the practice of eating syrup-coated roses. Chiptunes = WIN does, however, heavily endorse bacon pancakes.)

Volume 4 is a gathering of the best from all corners of the community. There are only beacons of chiptune mastery here, and though your personal tastes may steer you toward some songs over others, each track is a curated experience, and all come highly recommended.

Without further ado, I am honoured to bring you Chiptunes = WIN: Volume 4’s tracks 16 through 20. Come listen! 

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Inside The Daякcнip Mind of Solid State Disaster

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Hey, Frank here with another installment of Inside The Daякcнip Mind. This time I had the opportunity to get hold of an album a few weeks before its release, but, even after that first listening,  I didn’t realize how great it truly was till I put it on my phone & spent some quality time with it, looping the music while going on random walks. The album has a very intense overall feel, with the layers of vocals & bass being pretty damn intense as well. The album & artist I speak of is Solid State Diaster‘s newest release ‘My Skin So Thin.’

skin so thin

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Chiptunes = WIN: Volume 4 [Tracks 11-15]

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Hello again, everyone!  Another year has past, meaning it’s time for us to celebrate another Chiptunes = WIN volume!  Volume 4 has continued to pull no stops and provide nonstop awesome content, and what better way for us to thank our friends and contributors than by reviewing their tracks?

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Chiptunes = WIN: Volume 4 [Track 6 – 10]

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As I sat down to continue my portion of tracks from Chiptunes = WIN: Volume 4, I found myself rather overwhelmed by the breadth of the task laid before me.  In my small chunk of tracks alone there is to be found: a floating sanctuary, a carnival of children, inner strength, the hippest basement you’ve ever not wanted to go to, and the spirit of the universe.  To quantify the talent of those involved in this compilation as a whole, or even just my small slice of it, would be an impossible task.  Instead of attempting to analyze something that is ultimately beyond my n00b-level knowledge, I’d like to invite you on a journey with me.  Over five tracks, we travel through the many realities created by the artists gracious enough to lend their imaginations to us.

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Chiptunes = WIN: Volume 4 [Tracks 1 – 5]

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Welcome to the first of our upcoming track-by-track reviews for the newly-released Chiptunes = WIN: Volume 4! Although the scope and reach of ChipWIN has expanded over the past few years, the annual compilation release remains the central focus of this enterprise: the Wrestlemania to your Royal Rumble, the World Series to your All-Star weekend, or the Metroid Prime to your Other M, as it were. In addition to general exposure for the artists involved and supporting the small but passionate chip music community, this compilation is always exciting to me because I get to hear what some of my favorite artists have been working on, as well as discovering new favorites among familiar names. Make sure to grab your copy from the link above, and let’s get this review started – it’s oppressively hot outside, and this album is about to make the A/C kick into overdrive!

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