Archive for August, 2014

ChipWIN-tern Spotlight: SAVESTATES

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Hello chipfans! How are you? I mean, if you’re reading this it means that at least your eyes still work at the very least, and I’m hoping that your ears do too, because it’s my distinct pleasure this time around to ramble at you about one of the very first people I listened to when I learned that chiptune was a real genre. See, I wasn’t tapped into the internet enough when I was younger to have learned about cool kids like glomag and Bubblyfish or even Anamanaguchi until way later into the game. No no, my first real chiptune experience came to me via my friend when he introduced me to an artist named SAVESTATES.  

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Hoodie Highlights… C-jeff!

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Sup y’all? =) Prez Hoodie here once again, this time with the final entry in my special Volume 3 judges interview series! Appropriate, as the V.3 judging is finally wrapped up and we’re all excitedly awaiting it’s release on September 1st. In the meantime, check out this chat with the Russian progchip master, C-jeff! ENJOY!C-jeff

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Stoking the Forge: Moon Mountain by Temple Maps

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IMG_20140530_212910Elias Foley, otherwise known as Temple Maps is one of the more esoteric Chip-musicians I’ve had the pleasure of covering yet.  I first encountered his work a couple months ago at the May meeting of Portland’s DataPort.  With a chill and ambient style, his set stood in stark contrast to his fellow performers (bryface and Rhinostrich) sharing the stage with him that night, and left me with a positive impression.

As a driving force behind Portland’s Battery Powered Music, Temple Maps utilizes a wide array of battery powered equipment in the making of his music.  This orchestra of devices is made plainly apparently in his debut on the Lifelike Family label, Moon Mountain.

On the surface, this album is a welcome entry in the list of ambient chill chip music.  Looking deeper, Temple Maps’ work here mixes the meditative and the haunting to produce sounds that impressively achieve their artistic aims.

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Jredd’s Hidden Gems #1

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Hello and welcome to the return of “Jredd’s Hidden Gems”! This is the first in a series of articles for ChipWIN where we take a look at some lesser known chip musicians. Now obviously, who counts as “under-rated” differs from person to person, however I tend to go by the following guidelines:

  • It needs to be someone who does not have a whole ton of followers on Soundcloud.
  • They rarely, if ever, top the charts at various chiptune sites.
  • Or, they have yet to release an album with a well known chip-based netlabel.

With that said, let’s get started with our first pick:

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Aydan Appreciates: ‘Pop Ramen’ by Love Hz

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Hey, ChipWINners! Summer’s almost over, and we all know what that means…NO MORE SUMMER RELEASES! Who can save us from this nightmarish fate of having to wait the whole rest of the year for a truly poppin’ summer jam? Why, none other than Austin, Texas-based chipmusic supergroup Love Hz, that’s who! Composed of chipmusic veterans Hashtagyoloswag and chalkboards, the talent present within Love Hz is boundless. Their debut album, ‘Pop Ramen’, is filled to the brim with eight tracks that’ll be sure to have you rocking out for months to come.

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