Its Volume 5 crunch time ya’ll! Often during the lead up to a big event or family gathering we need something quick, simple, and delicious to cram into the extra half-hour we have to spare. While I am all for home cooked, from scratch recipies, sometimes you just have to fudge it! This recipe (pointed out to me by Chip Mom follower Kayl) looked like just the thing. I was really excited to make some…
Hey, ChipWINners! Welcome back to Quick Shots, the album review column in which I break down some of the latest albums the scene has to offer then give a numerical tl;dr to help you determine if they’re worth your time. For this month’s edition, I have two highly intriguing records that are more subdued than anything I’ve reviewed this year. One is a short debut EP from an artist best known for his illustrations on tumblr and Youtube. The other is from a musician that combines traditional instrumentation and stirring vocals to craft somber, heartfelt folk music. Both offer work that’s rather converse for the time of year, as introspection is not often an emotion associated with the summer. This divergence from the norm, however, is what made me check them out, and I think you’ll find yourself wanting to, as well, as I was quite surprised with what I found. Let’s not waste any more time. Sit back, relax, and join me as I take the time to review music from newcomers Rod-Scorpion and Three-Year Day Job.
What’s caught the attention of the Forge this month? Why, a wee bit of Icelandic Chiptune to break up the summer heat. While Breki “Laser Life” Mánason released Polyhedron to the world back in early April, it only just recently crossed my desk. When it did, Laser Life’s work blending chiptunes with guitar licks caught my attention, and a curiosity of the state of the chipscene on everyone’s favorite near arctic volcanic island reeled me in. Join me past the fold dear chiptuners, where not only will we dig into the album itself, but we’ll take a moment to pick Laser Life’s brain.
This month, I wanted to turn everyone’s attention towards a Scottish born artist currently living in Massachusetts whose love for chip tune, lo-fi, and synthesizers has unified a clan of east coasters while he pursued creating record labels, organizing live performances, and promoting releases. However, Scott Buchanan isn’t just a great organizer; he’s also a performer himself, and wearer of many hats. Sound designing, composing, tinkering with circuit bending, note tracking, and being well versed in the ins and outs of the analog world are among his many talents.
I met Scott (though some of you may know him as Radio Scotvoid, Radio Skotvoid, or My Brother Daniel) in the fall of 2014; I had released my first record earlier in the year, and he asked if I’d take part in his lo-fi release under his new record label, Rhythmus Records. Scott knows everybody on the east coast, and even keeps close ties with a crew of lo-fi visualists and composers from the Pacific Northwest, so the collaboration was not only really fun, but a great way to interact with like-minded people. Being a key member of the chip scene in Massachusetts for quite a while now, Scott took his experiences in being a part of live shows and used good communication skills to get people together who share the same love for music while giving them a chance to share their projects.
Photo taken by Kourtney Buchanan, for Chroma (an upcoming magazine release, where Scott was interviewed).
I’ll be honest,Dr. Zilog wasn’t a name I wasfamiliar with. In all my years in the chipscene, the Doctor’s workhasn’t once crossed my path, and if it had, I just hadn’t really paid any mind to it. Regardless, while browsing through my Instagram feed, I noticed the particularly sick album art for his most recent release, ‘Unknown Command’, and was immediately intrigued. As I realized what I’d been missing out on, regret flowed through my veins like a river of quicksilver. The sheer intensity and virtuosity of this artist dazzled me beyond belief from the very first moment I began to listen to ‘Unknown Command’. How so? Why don’t we delve into the depths of this chipmetal suite and find out?