Archive for the ‘Albums’ Category

The Download on… Chronowolf’s ‘Meet At the Gazebo’

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‘Meet At the Gazebo (Tales from MAGFest)’ is a love-letter of sorts to National Harbor, Maryland’s ‘Music And Gaming Festival,’ featuring tracks written for and performed at the convention over the past few years. Following up from his debut record ‘Genesis‘ in 2016, ‘MAG’ evolves and elaborate’s on Chronowolf’s experimental melding of chiptune sound design and orchestral instruments and composition. Genesis was an extremely strong first outing, so how does album number 2 stack up?

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Sladerfluous Reviews: ‘Orbit5’ by Matthew Squibb

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‘Orbit5’ by Matthew Squibb is an adventurous ambient odyssey that you need to add to your collection right now. Hit play on ‘Horizon Problem’ below if you still need convincing, THEN pick it up on Bandcamp, AND THEN explore ‘Orbit5’ in my album review below.

Told ya.

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The Unicorn Princess Royally Reviews ‘199X’ and Interviews Spaceman Fantastiques

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Happy March, folks!

Anyone who releases music knows how tough it is to actually put an album out for the world to see (at least, that’s how I roll). There’s getting an idea, writing it, trying to create instruments that sound like how you hear them in your head. Then there’s the getting frustrated, producing, mixing, mastering, self doubt, and excitement. However, on January, 23rd, NYC based artist, Spaceman Fantastiques was able to defy any negative law that would normally convince an artist to stall on sharing their music to the world, and released two. Writing music for games, film, and for our ears, both albums own a sense of depth and storytelling with one focusing on guitar composition (From The Inside), and the other veering towards synthesizers, electronics, and chip (199X). This month, we’ll take a look at 199X and interview Spaceman Fantastiques learning more about his writing process, what brought him to NYC, and what his goals are as an artist.

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What’s On Tap – Pete Ellison

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This month’s edition of ‘What’s on Tap?’ combines three of my favorite things into one deliciously awesome cornucopia: video games, breakfast, and beer. VGM veteran Pete Ellison returns to the soundtrack world with #Breakforcist, a breakfast-themed brick breaking collaboration with Kevin John at Lucid Sheep Games. Demonic waffles fall from the sky and your task is to destroy them by any means necessary, augmenting your ball with bacon lasers and pancakes. #Breakforcist is currently available on iOS devices, with an Android port coming in the near future. In addition to the soundtrack, Pete did the artwork for the game and you can unlock iMessage stickers by progressing through the levels. Play this game for ten minutes and the only person more enthusiastic about breakfast than you is Leslie Knope:

Musically, #Breakforcist sits squarely in an uncanny valley between retro gaming and contemporary music production. Soundfonts resembling the SNES and Dreamcast-era classics mix freely with Absynth-like patches and filters, wrapped up in a tight and clean package. Although designed for handheld devices, the #Breakforcist soundtrack plays well through laptops, headphones, and normal speaker setups – a testament to Pete’s solid production skills. The soundtrack has a common theme of uptempo, danceable grooves to keep the player’s energy high, but there are a surprisingly wide variety of sounds from beginning to end. The more ambient tracks function well as both background music and standalone pieces, with several standout melodies and funky basslines to keep the listener engaged. Perhaps the most unique portion of the soundtrack are Pete’s tracks that utilize the sexy vocaloid known here as Cyber Diva. If you are having trouble envisioning this sound, imagine Laurie Anderson’s ‘O Superman’ with a thumping backbeat and lyrics about waffles instead of nuclear war.

Now, let’s bust out the maple syrup and dig into some of these sweet tunes, shall we?

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Guérin’s Dissections: ‘Hardcore LSDJ Party Jams to Fuck Off To’ by Muzak Efron

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Hey ChipWIN readers! It’s my first review here, so I thought I’d review an oft-overlooked LSDJ artist by the name of Muzak Effron.

Muzak Efron (formerly known as Cooshinator) has been redefining LSDJ dance music for years now. He’s fond of breaking the conventions, structure and instrumentation often found in modern music. Released in December, his first release under his new name, ‘Hardcore LSDJ Party Jams You Can Fuck Off To,’ continues this trend of screwing and chopping your favorite electronic genres. If that artist name or album title is any indication, the listener is in for a ride with this release.

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