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Stokin’ the Forge: DEEP MAGIC by Tri Angles

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Given his extensive career and the breadth of his library, I’d be surprised if most of our community hadn’t experienced some aspect of the work of Tri Angles (or his previous identity, SMILETRON).  If you’re such a reader, it should come as no surprise that ‘Deep Magic’ is a solid addition to the library of any fan of this particular variety of ambient drum and bass. For the uninitiated, I can wholeheartedly recommend this album as a great diving in spot to an extremely mentally engaging artist. Thematically drifting along the spectrum of driven to meditative, ‘Deep Magic’s composition will instill focus and energy into its listeners.  Join me past the fold where we’ll take an in depth listen to just a few of the new pieces.

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Gettin’ ChipFit: Heavy Chipmetal for Heavy Lifts

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A happy and verdant April to all ya’ll in the Chiprealm! I’m glad to be back after an extremely hectic month of hiatus from writing and I’m bringing a double feature with me. A little something to keep the Forge Stoked on Getting ChipFit. I’m not only going to share with you the brutal weight training routine I’ve been putting myself through these last few months, but also the equally brutal chipmetal that’s been keeping my fire stoked while doing it. Master Boot Record‘s music talent will light that fire in your belly, and the routine is brutal enough that it has both gotten me stronger and kept me sane through some of the harshest work conditions I’ve seen in my twenty years of pulling a paycheck.

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The ChipWIN Blog Hack: The Postmortem

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Last week on the CWB — the world was in disarray as nasty Russian porn spam assaulted the brave viewers of the mobile version of the blog.  President Hoodie made the decision to limit the spread of the pixelated and badly size-ratioed X-Rated images by halting blog operations for the week while ViridianForge and Chaney teamed up to figure out just what the heck had gone wrong. If you decide to jump past the fold, you’ll find out just what they discovered. This article is heavy on the technical detail for us, so before you dive in, take a look at these adorable kittens.


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Gettin’ ChipFit – Understanding Nutrition

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Happy New Year ChipWINation! There are two things that are innate to the start of another recognized turn of our giant ball of mostly molten metal about the sun.  The first is New Year’s health resolutions, and the second is motherfucking MAGFest. Now, as a reader, you’re probably thinking those two things have almost nothing in common, and frankly, you’d pretty much be right. In fact, after my first trip to MAGFest last year, I’d go so far as to say they’re negatively correlated. See, the key component to getting and staying fit is good nutrition. I’ll get into defining that below the fold, but I’m sure we can all agree you’ll be hard pressed to find it at MAGFest.

That’s okay. Get yourselves to MAG, party your asses off, and then come back to this article. Seriously, its on the Internet now. Its not going anywhere.

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Stokin’ the Forge: ‘Graces and Furies’ by Corset Lore

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A very merry December to one and all in the ChipWIN nation, and thank you for joining me for another outing at the Forge. This month marks three years since I began writing for Chiptunes = WIN with a review of Corset Lore’s baroque-tastic self-titled EP. With serendipitous timing, it just so happens that Corset Lore has just released a brand new EP on the storied 8bitpeoples netlabel entitled ‘Graces and Furies‘. This release brims with the stylistic elements that inspired me to pen that first review along with highlighting Corset Lore’s artist growth in the last three years.

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Amazing Album Art courtesy of Raquel Meyes

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Gettin’ ChipFIT — Exercising at Home on the Cheap

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Here there ChipWIN! I’ve got something a little different for you this month. Inspired by Hoodie’s exploration into the topic of mental health, I want to share with you one of my favorite fall-back tools for improving my mental state when I’m feeling down in the dumps.

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Just getting up, moving around, and cracking a sweat does wonders for me. In the short term, a good workout leaves me feeling relieved, refreshed and awake. In the long term, getting regular exercise has vastly improved both my physical health and my sense of self image. I’m hoping that it can do the same for more than a few of our regular readers.

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