Archive for September, 2015

Chris Considers: ‘Leaving Home’ by Breakbeat Heartbeat

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As a huge fan of all things chipmusic and a writer for this blog, I’m consistently spoiled for choice with amazing new listening material from this prolific community. Even so, one fact that remains steadfast is that among my personal chiptune consumption, Breakbeat Heartbeat’s gorgeous music will always be one of the major food groups. Being a ChipWIN compilation contributor who has just released her fifth album, you may already be familiar with Eve Turnbull’s beautiful atmospheres. If not, get ready to fall in love.

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Stokin’ the Forge – ‘Squarewave oasis’ by Fat Frumos

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September salutations to all of the fine folks of the ChipWIN Nation! This month, it’s my distinct pleasure to share a solid release out of the Ukraine. Odessa’s own Fat Frumos released Squarewave Oasis on Bandcamp last month. The album caught my attention by grabbing hold both of my ears and my rose-tinted recollection of happy hardcore fueled nights of reckless driving.  Self described as an acidcore, chiprave, raggacore, and breakcore release, Squarewave Oasis meshes together a variety of styles into a unique musical admixture. On the surface, the release is good, and upon deep inspection, it is really good. It shines in the places where that rich stylistic palette is allowed to coalesce and truly highlight what Fat Frumos is capable of.

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Nonfinite Explores: Dragon Warrior – ‘World of Darkness, World of Light’

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I’m excited, folks. It appears Harrison Lemke, the prolific artist of many names from Austin, TX has been precisely as productive as he told me he’d be when I interviewed him in my last podcast episode. It was an enlightening interview for me, and I came away from it with heightened appreciation for the lo-fi aesthetic. Harrison works with a 4-track tape recorder, which brings some limitations, and with it, altered creative output. His project Dragon Warrior stays true to the form I saw previously in Pastoral II with an expanded instrumental palette.

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Aydan Appreciates: ‘Game Changer’ by HarleyLikesMusic

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HarleyLikesMusic is a name that’s been popping up in the chipscene, and for good reason. ‘Game Changer’, both his first foray into the realm of 8-bit music and his Cheapbeats debut, is a game changer in every sense of the word. Every single track on the album showcases Harley’s ability to stretch the Game Boy’s sound chip to beyond the limitations I imagined it had. Let’s take a look at a few tracks and see exactly how Harley’s managed this incredible feat!

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The Unicorn Princess Royally Reviews ‘Do Not’, a score by Parallelis

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I love recording digging; it’s what I do to find something new to listen to, but like with everything in life, I’m picky. I get bored easily and obsess over the same few albums relentlessly — I’m selective with where I go and I do the things that I like. While I listen to a lot of music, it takes something special to really grab my attention. I’m generally drawn towards music that tells a great story, with sounds that catch my interest. I’m always trying to educate myself with what I hear, and when I was digging through the ChipWINdex, it was the score of ‘Do Not’, by Parallelis that caught my attention.

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