Archive for April, 2015

Aydan Appreciates & Interviews: ‘FROgs’ & The Laohu

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You might’ve heard of The Laohu through the grapevine, or via his track from ChipWIN: Volume 3, Bash of the Kaiju, or maybe you’ve just been a long-time fan of his since he started releasing music back in 2012. Regardless, it’s been almost three years since he last released an album through Bandcamp. In mid-March, he put out his latest musical endeavor through the Pxl-Bot label entitled ‘FROgs’, and the result is an eclectic mix of genres spanning progressive rock to electro. Without further ado, let’s take a look at The Laohu’s latest piece of work! (more…)

Nonfinite Explores: We Danced Until We Saw The Sun – ‘Self Destructive’

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It takes a certain kind of attitude to breach into sound chip abuse.

Seven years ago, back when 8bitcollective was a thing and we were still attending Blipfestivals, Evan Cowell released one hell of an EP.  ‘Self-Destructive’ was a driving force of a release, unapologetically angry and ugly, and I say that as a compliment.  There is something about the hard edges of the DMG-CPU’s sonic qualities.  Those who have composed chip music with a Nintendo Game Boy know that there are certain actions that can trigger clicks, pops, or unwanted noise in the audio output. (more…)

Kuma’s Quick Shots: Round 6

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Hey everybody!  Welcome back to Quick Shots, the album review column where I take aim at some new goodies at you and let you know if you’re getting some serious bang for your buck!  This month, I’ve got two snappy EPs that together make a nice little tray of auditory tapas for your every growing aural palette!  So please, sit back, relax, and allow me to play waiter as I offer you a few specials from Libla and Klutchmusic!

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The Return of I/O: Bit Shifter, glomag, minusbaby & Chipocrite

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If you’ve been involved with the East Coast chiptune scene for a while, you’ve probably heard about I/O, which is a recurring chiptune showcase in Brooklyn, New York. You might also know that I/O had been on a bit of a hiatus since last year, with the last proper show happening in June 2014. Well, the last proper show until March 19th of this year that is. Good Guy Tony Ness hit me up when the show was announced – and when he told me that Bit Shifter, glomag, minusbaby and Chipocrite were all playing together for the first I/O of the year, I knew what I had to do: I starved myself for a week to get the money for a bus ticket, packed my bag and took a 7 hour ride from Richmond, VA to the heart of New York City. (more…)