Archive for the ‘Compilations’ Category

ChipWIN-tern Presents: YM2017

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Howdy-ho friends! Newcomers to the blog might not know about the soft spot I have for FM synthesis, but rest assured that any time I get a chance to talk about someone doing cool chiptunes on the Genesis (or any of the other myriad ways someone might achieve that around these parts), I jump at the chance!  If you add in someone doing something for the good of the community, well, let me tell you, there aren’t many better ways to brighten my day. A few weeks ago, David DeGraw, an enterprising purveyor of fine Game Boy audio accessories, announced that he was putting together a compilation for tunes to play on the Sega Genesis and Nomad.  I took some time to interview him, and without further ado, I’d like to tell you all about the YM2017 compilation project hitting your vintage Sega consoles this August!

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The Unicorn Princess Royally Reviews ‘Decent Company’ by Catthew O., AKA Bubblegum Octopus.

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Happy May, folks!

This month, I chose to shed some light on an album hosting home to 26 tracks called ‘Decent Company’, created by a New Jersey based artist, releasing under the moniker of ‘Catthew O.’. Also known as ‘Bubblegum Octopus‘, Catthew O. prepared a wonderfully eclectic final product containing music created specifically for Weekly Beats.

Weakly Beats, which was recently held in 2016, is an online site that previously allowed composers to upload original music once a week, every week, for the entirety of the year. While I did not personally participate in WB, I found it to be a great forum for creativity and I do hope it opens up again in the next year to come; it’s a fantastic place for musicians to congregate, and outcomes like ‘Decent Company’ are always fantastic to come by.

Artwork for ‘Decent Company’.

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Advice from the Volume 6 Judging Panel

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Sup y’all? =) Brandon here taking a month off from interviewing folk to provide an interim article regarding ‘Chiptunes = WIN: Volume 6‘! For any of y’all living under a rock, this year’s annual Volume competition opened up a couple months back and has a submission deadline of July 2nd this year. To possibly assist, I’ve once again collected thoughts from the year’s judging panel to share with y’all in hopes that maybe they’ll come in handy. And hey, this year I actually did it far enough ahead of time to potentially be useful. Not bad, huh? ;)

For those curious, read on below the hella nifty judges’ profile pic collage!

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Hoodie Highlights… Gustuf Young!

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Sup y’all? =) Pres Hoodie here, back with another mental health focused interview with yet another involved activist in and around chipmusic. This creative cat is the founder of the recent Chiptunes 4 Autism non-profit collective, a moderator in our It’s Still You mental health support and awareness group, and a chipmusician who goes by the alias Asperkraken.

Everyone, please welcome to the blog Gustuf Young!

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ChipWIN-tern Spotlight: The ‘xyce vs.’ Series

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Howdy-ho, chipeople. You know what’s great about chiptune? The fact that someone can have an absolutely silly idea and have it spiral into an overwhelming success. Sometimes that’s just dropping those “sick clabs” with your friends, sometimes it’s doing a cover album or if you’re Tom Offringa and Roel Heerspink, it’s both. Starting last year on Halloween, xyce kicked off what I hope to be a long tradition of albums which I will be henceforth referring to the “xyce vs.” series – last year’s album was ‘xyce vs. backstreet boys’, and this year we got ‘xyce vs. genesis’. Call them cover albums, call them re-imaginings, call them revamps, call them whatever you like as long as you’re calling them awesome.

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