Archive for November, 2015

The Unicorn Princess Royally Reviews ‘Metatransit’ by Conquer Monster

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What’s up, chip peeps? This month, I’d like to bring your attention to a duo specializing in the creation of refreshing music made from vintage gear and classic synthesizers. That duo goes by the name of Conquer Monster. I look for artists who love what I love.  Groups of people who hang out in the underground scene. Those who would rather own a synth than a car, who spent time circuit bending when other sounds become standard and stale, and those who just feel their sole purpose on the planet is to express themselves through sound.

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CM released their album, Metatransit, on October 16th, 2015. It serves as the score for the comic book Purge Worlds , written by Joshua Oman and illustrated by Chris Black. This concept album refers to tragic hero Brandon Lao’s adventure to seek revenge for his partner Anna’s death, through the exploration of different planets.  The album is dark, futuristic, while also beat driven and nostalgic.  Metatransit explores the themes of the comic with 80s style drum beats, chopped voices, catchy riffs, great melodies, and inspiring sound design work. So, without further ado, let’s enter the world of Joshua Faulkner and Daniel Romero, of Conquer Monster.

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Office Hours – Myriad3 ‘Tell((chip))’

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Welcome to a decidedly semi-spooky Friday the 13th edition of Office Hours! Along with the lovely fall weather, a very interesting album release has graced our digital doorsteps and I have the distinct pleasure of diving into it head first.


Myriad3 are a jazz trio formed in 2010, hailing from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Chris Donnelly (piano), Dan Fortin (bass), and Ernesto Cervini (drums) play straightforward, honest music in the modern jazz idiom. The players function very well as an ensemble, with each taking their turn as soloist or blending anonymously into the musical texture.

Myriad3 released their debut album ‘Tell’ in 2013 on ALMA records, an 11-track excursion into a variety of textures, infectious head tunes, and driving rhythms. Wait, what’s that? You, in the back with the anime shirt – you are wondering what any this has to do with chip music? I’m glad you asked! In September, Chris Donnelly finished arranging the entire album in 8-bit fashion and re-released the tunes under the title ‘Tell((chip))’. These are not simple tunes in straight 4/4 time, run through a cheap-sounding VST; these are entirely new versions of the source material, presented in exquisite detail.

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Chip Bit Sid Takes On: Four Small Songs!

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Chiptune is not a place for the lazy man, with people all across the world creating astounding beats, either through retro hardware or invoking their love for nostalgia through modern equipment. Unfortunately due to the pit of music we all start in, the majority of all these songs sadly remain silent with only a handful of people listening to their glory. So because of this, I decided to start a Soundcloud group. A little vault where people can upload their hidden gems. From there, I select four awesome tunes that you wouldn’t normally hear.

So anyway, let’s get right into this!

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Aydan Appreciates: ‘Unnatural Flavors’ by Imaginary

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Interpretation of Universal Transmissions is a chipmusic netlabel that has quietly released four albums since August 2014. The label was fairly active between August and October of 2014 and spawned three delightful albums including the ‘Summer Soda Comp 2014’, featuring artists ChipWIN fans will recognize, such as Kommisar and DBOYD. A year after the release of the ‘Soda Comp’, Imaginary bursts back onto the scene with ‘Unnatural Flavors’, a carbonated album all his own. Let’s take a look at what’s in this assortment of aural refreshments!

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Kuma’s Quick Shots: Round 11

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Yo, wassup ChipWINners, and welcome back to Quick Shots: the album review column where I break down the highs and lows of an album, then give you a numerical tl;dr to help you determine if it’s right for you! This month, I have music from two acts out of Europe who have been featured on the blog before, but are vastly different in their musical offerings. One of these artists is someone who is incredibly popular in the scene and has been featured on ChipWIN compilations before.  The other is a band who blurs the line between chiptune and more traditional synth and noise music, even going so far as to refer to their music as Dadaist. If that doesn’t have you raising your eyebrow in intrigue, I don’t know what will! So without further delay, I’d like you guys to join me as I review music by Corkscrew No. 4453556 and DJ-PIE!

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