A Square Meal: ‘High Flyer’ by Karl Brueggemann

- Posted March 14th, 2019 by

About a year ago, the way I see, listen, and even make chiptune changed completely thanks to a brilliant album filled with funky rhythms and bright harmonies in a way I’d never imagined possible. So, when I discovered the songs were made using a huge range of techniques involving FM Synthesis and decided to delve into it, a whole new world of possibilities opened up to me. I discovered new sounds and styles; nearly infinite possibilities to express oneself through a limited sound chip.

A few months later, and with a musical phrase stuck in my head after clicking a link posted by President Hoodie, I realized the contrasting and flexible nature of FM chipmusic. All the credit for this epiphany of mine goes to a single person, whose fresh way of making music really stuck with me: Karl Brueggemann. Today, I want to talk about the album that made me realize just how cool FM Synthesis could be. So let’s take a look at ‘High Flyer’ by Karl Brueggemann, released through Super Marcato Bros.

Artwork by Karl Brueggemann.
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‘Spacetunes = WIN’ Full Review

- Posted March 12th, 2019 by

Greetings, Chip-stronauts! 🚀 ✨

It’s Brandon here once again with the customary introduction for our latest compilation review crew! In order of appearance, Aydan, Adam, & clover share thoughtful musings on the 31 stellar compositions that make up ‘Spacetunes = WIN‘.

First, enjoy the equally amazing SpaceWIN art slideshow below, and then drift deeply on into the cosmic compilation read/listen!

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Rhyphte Talks: Breaking Bread with Brick BRKer

- Posted March 7th, 2019 by

Happy March, everyone! With the epic ‘Spacetunes = WIN’ release looming on the horizon, I thought I’d take a minute to herald the publication of another excellent album this weekend.

Presenting a special guest and close friend of mine, returning for his second interview to talk about his first major release since 2014, Brick BRKer aka Neil Williams!

Photo courtesy of Ami Moregore
Photo courtesy of Ami Moregore
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Glenntai Got: ‘MIN – Vignettes of Self Loathing’ by ZBW

- Posted March 5th, 2019 by

A lot of chip music is very direct with its presentation and direction of how to enjoy it. It also happens to play safe within the boundaries brought to us by keys and scales. Because of this, many people don’t exactly know what to expect when they hear the term “avant-garde”. ZBW’s latest, ‘MIN. – Vignettes on Self Loathing’, would be a good starting point if you search for something avant-garde within chiptune. If you want an adventure of someone else’s emotions, follow me after the jump. Or don’t. We all go to the same place.


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Chip Bit Sid Takes On: Shortee – ‘Lost’

- Posted February 28th, 2019 by

After a month off to focus on other matters, it feels good to be back reviewing music at ChipWIN. ‘Lost’ by Shortee was an album that slipped under my radar last year, but as soon as I started listening to it, ‘Guten Morgen’ immediately became one of my top 10 tracks of 2018. That said, the album has plenty more songs worth delving into, so I wanted to do a showcase on The ChipWIN Blog and dive into Shortee’s debut album.

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