Archive for August, 2015

Chris Considers: ‘Red Eyes and Gray Skies’ by Laffe the Fox

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Since the conclusion of our track-by-track breakdown of ChipWIN Vol. 4, we’ve been having to play catch-up here on the blog. Just a glance at the ChipWINdex reveals that this summer has been chock full of incredible chiptune releases. About 2 months ago, ‘Red Eyes and Gray Skies’ was released by Norwegian artist Laffe the Fox, whose name should ring a bell if you’ve been following our annual compilation albums. The feelgood party atmosphere of her Vol. 2 contribution, ‘Sloth Machines’, will never cease to put a smile on my face every time that I hear it. This trend continues with the release of her second album via the Russian netlabel, BleepLove. ‘Red Eyes and Gray Skies’ is a delicious slice of bitpop with some unique and unexpected flavors thrown into the mix. Featuring collaborative tracks with Rymdkraft, Super Robotic Encounters and Robot Orgy Massacre, these hypnotic hooks and catchy melodies are all set to burrow themselves into your brain.

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Stokin’ the Forge – ‘Power Tricks’ by Vince Kaichan

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Ahoy and well wishes citizens of the ChipWIN Nation! Up in my neck of the woods, the August sun is burning with a ferocity that will melt the skin off a person’s bones.  Why am I mentioning that random weather related factoid?  Aside from breaking the ice with something we can all understand, that’s the best gauge I can give you folks on how potent Vince Kaichan’s latest release is. CheapBeats has been dropping amazing releases all summer, and ‘Power Tricks‘ earns its place among them in spades.  If you’re looking for some of the best LSDJ work I’ve heard in a long while, you’ve found the right album.

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A Wild Events Page Appears!

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An events page: you’ve asked for it, and it’s something we’ve wanted to do for ages. Well, we’ve finally do-ed it. Chiptunes = WIN is formally announcing the debut of The ChipWIN Events Calendar –> chiptuneswin.com/events

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What’s there? How about a constantly updating feed of the latest chiptune, VGM, & nerdcore events and festivals (both online & offline) that we’re aware of? (you can help here!). We’d like to give Michael Carafelli our huge thanks for giving us permission to work from his original events feed code base that he wrote for Arecibo Radio. We’d also like to thank Virdian Forge for renovating that code base to serve our nefarious wholesome community building purposes.

Formalities aside, we hope that this tool will help build the connections that make everyone in ChipWIN such amazing folk. To whit, your help will let us make the Events Calendar the best thing it can be.  Right now, the system polls a list of known Facebook groups for upcoming events.  We’ve got a good start, but please use the form at chiptuneswin.com/eventsform to tell us about a relevant page that we have missed. You can also use the it to tell us about events that don’t have their information up on Facebook, or aren’t tied to a particular Facebook group. Of course, the ChipWIN team will be vetting these submissions to ensure they’re in some way related to Chiptune, VGM, or Nerdcore music.

You’re in good hands.

Also, what’s this? Viridian Forge has updated The ChipWINdex to look slightly less awful!

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He’s still adding albums to this as he learns of them (you can help here!), and trying to find time to add incredibly important functionality to all the things.  Things like — visuals that don’t look awful on mobile and maybe a speedier back-end for the WINdex.

To top it off, if you haven’t clicked over to our homepage recently, you should probably do that! It got a pretty good aesthetic update recently, featuring a couple more links + a signup bar at the bottom for our brand new newsletter, The ChipWIN Gazette!

This sign-up bar in particular.

This sign-up bar in particular.

So hold on to your butts ChipRealm, because we’re sure we’ll continue finding new and interesting ways to keep the spice flowing!

 

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Chip Treatment with Professor Oakes: ‘TURNTNES’

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HEXAWE (which is brilliantly abbreviated from Hexadecimal Awesome!), is an international net label featuring artists and tracks created with LGPT, also known as Piggy Tracker (which is programmed by Marc Nostromo). Managed and run by several bosses who created a ‘low-level chaos wiki’ website, this label has released several compilation albums which include the HEXAWE catalog, casio relapse compo, and the very compilation this review will cover, ‘TURNTNES‘. This 17-track compilation — released on July 16, 2015 — features submissions from an eclectic mix of artists including Peter Swimm, PaK-Zer0, and overnrake (to name a few), and celebrates the 10-year birthday of this beloved program. The hitch? Submissions include a sample pack recorded by Doomcloud (an artist that boasts having traveled around the world 31 times by the ripe age of 14) straight out of his Nintendo Entertainment System with a MIDINES, and were only allocated up to 500k worth of the artists’ ‘own’ vocal samples.

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Aydan Appreciates & Interviews: ‘Family Dancing’ & Yokemura Takeshi of YMCK

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YMCK has come to be a name associated with some of the highest quality chipmusic ever produced. Their ‘Family’ albums are by and far a series of the most influential music within the chipscene, and several songs off of their releases have gone viral. Known for their incredible live performances that utilize pixelated visuals, detailed and impressive music videos, as well as lighthearted and impressively composed, jazz-influenced music all combined with Kurihara’s stylistically unique vocals, YMCK has broken the mold with every single release. Now, two years after the release of their last smash hit ‘Family Days’, ‘Family Dancing’ has been released through iTunes for the world to hear. Let’s take a look at some of the tracks from this phenomenal album!

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