- Posted November 27th, 2018 by

‘ChipWINter Wilderness’ is LIVE! Both digitally and via cassette (!!!) here: https://chiptuneswin.bandcamp.com/album/chipwinter-wilderness

Heya ChipWINners! ( ´ ▽ ` )ノ ʷᵃᵛᵉˢ

2018 is quickly drawing to a close, and this, of course, means that it’s time once again for the winter holidays! A big part of that for many of us includes holiday music.

Although now that I think about it, the last time that we released a ‘ChipWINter‘ compilation was in 2014. What say we fix that this December? (^_−)−❄️

Spellbinding ‘ChipWINter Wilderness’ album artwork by Nate Horsfall. Totes channeling a lil’ Bob Ross this round methinks! ♥


Intense Tech with Defense Mech: Don’t Sleep on Z (feat. Hypnogram)

- Posted December 13th, 2018 by

Hello, I’m Defense Mechanism! Welcome back to Intense Tech, where we take an in-depth look at some of the features of LSDj to both help you level up your understanding and your skills as an artist!

In last month’s lesson, we looked at the wave synth. We’ll be detouring away from wave synthesis for a couple lessons, but we’ll return after we lay the groundwork for an exciting wave synth lesson! This month, we’ll take a look at the Z command for LSDj and explore how it can spice up your life!


‘ChipWINter Wilderness’ Full Review

- Posted December 11th, 2018 by

Hey again there, ChipWINners! ʷᵃᵛᵉˢヾ(^∇^)

Hoodie here to intro the triple tag team of reviewers for our latest compilation! In order of appearance, Rhyphte, clover, and Adam Seats share their thoughts on the 26 lovely tunes that make up ‘ChipWINter Wilderness‘.

Dive on into the lovely wintertime read/listen below!

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Aydan Appreciates: ‘Digression’ by Snesei

- Posted December 6th, 2018 by

Hey, ChipWINners! Long-time fans of ChipWIN may remember, on our very first compilation, a track called ‘Button Mash’ by a Detroit-based chipmusician named Snesei. With its high-energy percussion and cute melody, the track has cemented itself as a nostalgic trip down memory lane to the earliest days of my chipmusic blogging career. Every time I hear it, I can’t help but feel emotions rush over me as I recall my college years and the friends that I so cherished during that period. When I saw just four short days ago (as of the publication of this post) that Snesei released a short, 3-track EP with a guest remix included titled ‘Digression’, I was intrigued. Each track on this EP feels as though it’s been written from the heart, and with the central theme of growth, one can tell that a truly personal, loving touch is present throughout. But, I digress… let’s see what we have here.

Album artwork by Mitsuna Vinilo.


Glenntai Got: ‘Magenta’ by Seajeff

- Posted December 4th, 2018 by

There comes a time in everyone’s adventure in music where one asks, “Is there such thing as ‘too much of a good thing’?” It’s easy to summarize your viewpoint on life in this question. This question, however, gets immediately muddled by the existence of Magenta by Seajeff (fka C-Jeff); founder of the gateway to a ton of excellent progressive jams known as Ubiktune. There’s literally so much content and so much quality that the answer is either “no, there’s no such thing as ‘too much of a good thing,’” or I’m now a self-declared hedonistic opportunist. Maybe the answer’s both at this point, but let’s save that quandary for another time. This album is a badass journey through time and demands a listen, and after the jump I’ll give some examples (and a music video) for you to understand why.

Album art by Taylor Crisdale (alt. cover by Diana Jakobsson).


The Unicorn Princess Royally Reviews ‘October (2018)’ by Spaceman Fantastiques

- Posted November 29th, 2018 by

Happy November, folks!

This month, Spaceman Fantastiques is back with yet another gorgeously articulated record, scoring his life from the previous month, entitled ‘October (2018)’.  Combining a mixture of well mixed sound textures with smartly composed arrangements, this record took me on an adventure that was left waiting to be continued from his last release.

One thing I deeply admire about Spaceman Fantastiques, and a couple reasons I review his work so much, is because I not only love it, but there is also a never ending stream of real creativity that spews out of every variety of instruments used for each album.  A multi-instrumentalist, Spaceman Fantastiques uses each acoustic texture or synthesizer to new brinks of limitations, combining that art with both storytelling and beautiful, listenable music.  This record, and his previous, have been so easy for me to write about because they’ve been so relatable.

Spaceman Fantastiques, courtesy of Bandcamp.


Clover Chain Reacts to: Impulses – ‘L | \/ E’

- Posted November 28th, 2018 by

Impulses’ Bandcamp description is simply “Emotional Underground Chiptune.” Started by Trevor Stafford at least a few years ago, their music is consistently calming, pretty, melodic, natural, and always makes me feel things. I haven’t stopped listening since I discovered them last month through the ChipWIN discord. Impulses’ sound is filled with the sincerity of 8-bit synths, and the occasional boppy modernity of edm, and I’ve enjoyed going through their full discography quite a bit. That being said, the latest release ‘L | \/ E EP’ easily stands out, with a polished cohesion, tightness, and clarity.

Album Artwork by Manuchi.