Chip Bit Sid Takes on: Making a Chiptune Event – Part 1

- Posted February 22nd, 2017 by

I decided to take a break from writing reviews and instead do a guide on how to do a chiptune event, based on my previous experiences. This is an opinionated piece and obviously everyone will have their own way of setting up their own events. If you have a different way of doing things please voice your opinion below, or on the twitters. Let’s discuss!

In light of this guide, I am also beginning yet another Chip Bit Day event! Details can be found at the bottom of this article.

So let’s begin!


Chip Mom’s Kitchen #36: Camp Apples

- Posted February 20th, 2017 by

So for the first time ever in my short 30-odd years of life I have gone camping in February! This peculiar event happened because it was 75 degrees with a breeze all weekend long and Senior Presidente and I have a tendency to keep our camp gear permanently packed just in case. Since it was a perfect weekend to camp, I decided to bust out this simple but perfect camping treat:

Camp Apples


Aydan Appreciates: ‘Love Songs’ by nanobii

- Posted February 17th, 2017 by

Imagine for just a moment that it’s 1993. Electronic music is still in its early stages, with house, trance, and breakbeat hardcore being some of the EDM movement’s most popular genres. Suddenly, happy hardcore bursts onto the scene; with its characteristic piano usage, spacey synths and stabs, up-tempo and upbeat style, the next phase of this music’s evolution has begun. Now, fast forward to 2017. Numerous happy hardcore labels have shut down and many of the genre’s most popular artists have retired. The scene remains alive through the DDR community, raves, and numerous individuals and collectives in Europe and Asia. One Swedish happy hardcore musician, nanobii, is known for fusing elements of chip into some of his music, and is one of the more active happy hardcore producers to this day. His latest EP, ‘Love Songs’, released on Valentine’s Day, made Bandcamp’s top 40 best-selling albums on release. Let’s dive in and see what this EP has in store for us!


What’s On Tap – chibi-tech

- Posted February 15th, 2017 by

Hello and welcome to the February edition of ‘What’s on Tap?’ After a work-related hiatus of a few months, we are back and ready to brew up a review for the ChipWIN blog! This month I have an excellent pairing of the earthy, spicy saison style with a brand new EP ‘The Mutual Promise’ from chiptune legend chibi-tech. Here w-

*record scratch*

Yep, that’s me. Bet you’re wondering how I got into this spot, huh? Reviewing new music by chibi-tech, chiptune mad scientist and compositional hero to anyone who has even considered installing Famitracker. Well, that’s an interesting story and I’ll try to keep it short – I called dibs.


Kuma’s Quick Shots #22: SuperStranger and Ryuichi Nitta

- Posted February 14th, 2017 by

Hey there, ChipWINners! Welcome back to Quick Shots: the album review column in which I pick the latest and greatest the scene has to offer, and dissect it to help you determine if it’s worth your attention.  This time around, I have two EPs for you from two names that should be very familiar to you.  The first is from an artist I’ve featured previously on the blog who has upped their game considerably, and has fully embraced the simplicity of the Game Boy as a synthesizer. The other is a certifiable legend who has composed music for titles that helped define childhood for a generation the world over. Let’s not delay any longer.  Sit back, relax, and enjoy as I take the time to review the latest from SuperStranger and Ryuichi Nitta.


The ChipWIN Blog Hack: The Postmortem

- Posted February 13th, 2017 by

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.