Archive for September, 2016

Chris Considers: ‘POP NEGA POP EP’ by TORIENA

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Greetings ChipWINners! If you’re a regular reader of this blog, then you’re likely already familiar with the Japanese chiptune prodigy TORIENA (Sae Shimizu). Since she began composing and performing chipmusic in 2012, and then co-founding MADMILKY RECORDS with NNNNNNNNNN the following year, TORIENA has become an international chiptune sensation. Well-known for her densely detailed chipdance music and high-energy live performances, TORIENA is right up there with Chibi-Tech, representing the pinnacle of raw talent and professionalism within the chiptune scene. Her music consistently impresses and inspires her many fans around the world by pushing the boundaries of what’s possible within the genre, and her latest EP ‘POP NEGA POP’ is no exception. Hit the jump to get the lowdown on why ‘POP NEGA POP EP’ deserves a permanent home in your collection.

TORIENA is also a talented illustrator!

TORIENA is also a talented illustrator!

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Kuma, V. Forge, Chris K’s Resplendent ‘Forest = ВИН’ Review

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Hey, what’s up ChipWINners? It’s your boy BronxKuma, welcoming you back to the blog.  This time around, we’re going to be doing something very special, as today I’ll be joining forces with Viridian Forge & Chris Krogsgard to cover the latest release from the label: ‘Forest = ВИН‘!

‘Forest = ВИН’ is a truly noteworthy release because it represents continued success for our collective.  Taking the opportunity to work with Kubbi and Agri, the founders of the Russian based Forest net label and long time supporters and partners of ChipWIN, we’ve put together a collection of aria that is truly wonderful.  This is something we’re all very proud of, as this stellar accomplishment is the 18th album ChipWIN has released in five years! Consisting of thirteen phenomenal tracks from all over the globe, ‘Forest = ВИН’ is a labor of love that is so absolutely resplendent that we just can’t wait to share with you.  So let’s not waste anymore time: sit back, relax, and plug in those headphones: it’s time to go wandering into the Forest.

Album artwork by Anatoly Sazonov, vk.com/anatolysaz

Splendid album artwork by Anatoly Sazonov, vk.com/anatolysaz

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Aydan Appreciates: ‘Synonymous Dimensions’ by Polygon Horizon

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Polygon Horizon is a chipartist whose name may not be recognized by many. However, on hearing their polished sound, out-of-this-world riffage, and references to the Nintendocore music catalog throughout their Facebook page, it’ll be clear that this is no newbie to the chipmusic genre. Poopmaster (debatably the contender for ‘Silliest Artist Name with Best Music’) went through a transitional period, slightly altered their usual style, and morphed into the chipmetal project that is PH. ‘Synonymous Dimensions’ is this artist’s virgin project under this alias; this is a concept album dealing with the unique idea that five video game characters suddenly become conscious of what’s happening around them and the fact that they are, indeed, nothing more than digitally created objects in a predetermined world. Read on to see what this veteran of the genre has created!

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Stokin’ the Forge: Age of Lazers

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With a summer of amazing releases behind us, fall is nearly here ChipWINners! August has brought us a veritable cornucopia of new musical releases from a wide array of talents. Of them, my attention was caught by a newcomer to the scene, Chris ‘Age of Lazers’ Stewart. The lasers, and swanky 80s arcade vector art were more than enough to catch my attention.  However, that seductive mixture of chip and guitar is what held it. Further, when I read that the album’s mastering was performed by Stemage himself, I knew that the ChipRealm deserved to get to know this slice of musical pie a bit better.

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Chip Mom’s Kitchen #32: Strawberry Shortcake

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When I was young my dad would buy the tubs of frozen strawberries and packages of little, indented, twinkie-like sponge cakes and serve up some dessert. In my old age, I found myself wanting a bit of that childhood sweetness. I didn’t know how tough it would be to make Strawberry Shortcake from scratch. Turns out, its as easy as making biscuits!

Strawberry Shortcake

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