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Aydan Appreciates: ‘Four Elements’ by uraboroshi

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The name uraboroshi should be relatively fresh in the minds of us ChipWINners; their ChipWIN debut was on Volume 5, with the explosive and frenetic ‘Greed Palace’. The track essentially defies genres and embodies chiptune music. A little longer than a year later, esctrax, a chipmusic label based in Japan, has released uraboroshi’s ‘Four Elements’. This EP consists of four compositions depicting earth, air, fire, and water in addition to a piece symbolizing the unity of the four. Today, we’ll be looking at several aspects of this brief aural venture. Let’s check out what this up-and-coming artist’s work has to offer!

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Glenntai Got: ‘Confessions’ by Windfallen

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When most people uninitiated to the world of chiptune hear of the concept, one of the things I’ve commonly heard were about its perception of being upbeat, faster-paced, or joyous in nature. I’m sure there are endless examples of popularized chipmusic that fit this description (such as Anamanaguchi’s album “Endless Fantasy”.) A great example that goes against this perception would be Windfallen’s latest release, “Confessions”. This EP sounds more like a journey through one’s regrets and the tensions built from around it. After the jump, you’ll see why this album should go into your collection for when you need that change of pace.

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Guérin’s Dissections: ‘Jumper’ by Foxx + [BONUS] ‘solo’ by Je Mappelle

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Sometimes, you just need a good album to play in the background of your daily tasks. Sometimes you need a lowekey song to just relax in bed with. Sometimes you need to listen to ‘Jumper’ by Foxx. His style has always been some brand of chill with a few hectic songs thrown in for good measure, but this album turns the dimmers low and lights the fireplace for you to stretch out and unwind to. Let’s just sit and chat for a bit about this adorable album.

ヽ̶͈̼͒͋͌ͅ(̷̨̰̟̮́´̸͍̺̿̇̚ὠ̸̗̟̲̃͑̎`̸̛̛̞̝͆̊○̴͙̈́͌̈ͅ)̶̢͎͉͇̽ノ̵̣̪̗̃́̈́.̵̫̗̰̿̌+̷̸゚̢̮͔̮͎͔͖̍̂̈́͝*̵̨̰̣̜́̿̑͑。̵͚̹̓͂̉̓:̸̸゚̩͚͔̋͋̾́+̵͓͍̟̎͜∩̵̩̌̄̉(̴̯̐̀͝ ̴̳͆̐・̶͍̯̇͗͛ω̶̢̼̳͑・̴̫͈̅̉̈)̵̢̀͛̀∩̷̢͆o̸͔͗͋̇́(̴͚͚̖̈́͂̃́(̶͖͖̳͂̀͊*̶͓͉̯͚͌̔̄͝^̴͖̭͊▽̴̹͉͖͙͑̄^̶͔͚̋̓͒͝*̴̪̲̇͂͌)̵̠͔͓̋̈́̈́͗)̸̭̜̥̎̃͝ỡ̷͈͕̫ͅ《̴̟̬͆《̷̨̻̮͖͠ơ̶͜(̸̨̢̜̙̀≧̶̩͎̹̹̑̊̏◇̴̖̗̍́̕≦̴̤͚̽̈́̕)̷͚̈́o̷̼̜͍̓̾》̴̢̧͎̮́̃̇̇》̴̯̾̐∩̴̼̱̾͛̿ͅ(̸̙̍ ̶̝̫̓・̷̱̘̓̈́͘ω̷̨͔̟̤̿͒̚・̵̹͓̝͘)̶̧̐̑̅̕∩̶̯̳͚̩̃͘o̴̱̫̖͌̆͆͗(̶͖͋̃́(̶̨̟̭̌̐̈́̽*̶͍̟̗͝^̴̲̿̈́͝▽̴̨͖̉̇͝^̶̲̙̦̹͌*̷̭̙̦̳͑̊̑)̴̞͓͆̌͛͘)̵̡͉͕̐ö̵̲́̓̽《̸̠̭͕͚͐《̶̭̻̻̅͋o̵̡̻̖̒̄͋͠(̷̥͚̏≧̵̱͕͌͗◇̴͈͒̿≦̵̭̇̈́͘)̴̜̦̞̈͑͒͜o̸̮̟̾̐》̸̙̲̟̀̽͠》̸̙́̅̂ͅ(̷̗͂۶̵̬̰̺͌̽͗*̵̛̖͓͕̖̒ ̷̮̪̽͝‘̸͕͎̓̀̚̚͜ꆚ̴͔̼̅̒͠’̷̥͗̌)̴̟̠̋۶̴̡͚̙̎̕”̵͕̝̌ͅ

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ChipWIN & DESKPOP Present: The Volume 6 Expansion Release!

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EDIT: comp is live! Get it right HERE!

As of today it’s been exactly one month since we unleashed the colossal compilation that is Chiptunes = WIN: Volume 6‘ upon the cyber realm. At this point in the game, do I really need to spell out what that means? ಠ‿↼

OKAY. FINE. I WILL.

IT’S VOLUME 6 EXPANSION RELEASE TIME, BBY! ٩(^‿^)۶٩( ‘ω’ )و٩( ᐛ )و

Album artwork by the multi-talented and multi-limbed Brazos.

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Chip Bit Sid Takes On: ‘Chip To Be Square’ Charity Album

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Disclosure: This charity album is my own project. However, after discussing it with Brandon we decided it would be fine to promote, as all of the proceeds are going to charity.

Back in 2014 when Chip Bit Sid had just started, Superbyte was well into it’s 4th event and was popular as ever. I had been getting sucked into the chiptune community, had made a lot of friends, and was building a lot of traction with the blog. It was at this point that I decided that I wanted to sell a compilation, but with all the proceeds going to Barnardos, a charity that helped abandoned children. I immediately got a lot of artists who wanted to give a track to the cause and I got into making a physical CD to sell at Superbyte. Sales were better than expected, making over £220, with some of the money being given by the Superbyte group themselves! It was a great project which made me feel proud of the chiptune community as well as what I’d managed to achieve!

Fast forward to this year and Square Sounds Toyko is happening. I’ve managed to scrape the money for a holiday in Japan and, with some cash left over I decided it was time for another charity album called, ‘Chip To Be Square’. This time however I decided to team up with people from all over, with the money going towards Special Effect, a UK based charity which helps the less-abled play video games, by modifying controllers as well as utilising eye control.

Since the release of ‘Chip To Be Square’ on Bandcamp (02/09/2017) we’ve  raised a bit of money (as now £60), which has shown what the chiptune community capable of as well as how big its heart is. As the album is still fresh, below are a few choice tracks off the album to entice your ears; to people who are waiting to buy the CD at Squaresounds…I’ll see you there! ;)

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What’s On Tap – Jellica

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Welcome to the fall edition of What’s On Tap! Cooler weather pairs nicely with cool tunes and the first fall seasonal beers this month – let’s rock!

Cambridge-based musician Jellica is a veteran of the chip scene, having released 14+ EP/LP online, running the Kittenrock netlabel, and performing live both in the United Kingdom and abroad. Jellica’s style is somewhat fluid between releases, moving deftly between various genres of electro-pop oriented sounds.

Released on August 31st, Jellica’s newest offering ‘Retrotech Romance’ is a masterclass in SID sounds, with dual Commodore 64 chips pumping out waves of intense textures and funky rhythms. An interesting aspect of this album is that it takes time – each track is at least 4:00 long and all evolve organically rather than using a standard verse/chorus approach. In the style of the American minimalist composers Philip Glass/Terry Riley/John C. Adams, musical events unfold over a series of minutes rather than seconds. Sometimes these are small nudges to the musical orbit rather than colossal impacts; the addition of a higher set of accompanying blips or a 7-tone melody that unfolds over twenty seconds. In our current environment of 140-character snippets, ‘Retrotech Romance’ closes out the summer with a marathon session of electronic jams.

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