Sup, ChipWINners, and welcome back to Quick Shots! This month, I have two very cheerful, funky albums from two very different parts of the globe to help kick off your summer right. One is from an artist who’s ready to go out with a bang, the other is from someone whose career is like a juggernaut: it just can’t be stopped! With that in mind, I cordially invite you to sit back, relax, and join me as I review music by veterans Super Robotic Encounters and Svetlana.
Hello everyone and welcome to the 1st article in the all-new ChipWIN Blog column: Paul’s Tech Talk! I’m Paul from the French Gameboy duo Pain Perdu. This column aims to follow-up and complement our Youtube tutorial video series on LSDJ. With LDSJ ver 4.9.5, Superhero Dev Johan K kickstarted a wave of very significant updates, which would later constitute a pretty comprehensive overhaul of the program.
Mimicking a feature that was present in other trackers such as Famitracker; 4.9.5 introduced a new instrument setting: TRANSP ON/OFF. Why is this important, you might ask? The answer to this question can be summarized into one word that in my opinion is a staple of Demoscene, Chiptune, and Tracker culture: “OPTIMIZATION”, or as Max and I like to call it, “cramming as much stuff into as little space as possible”.
Keyboardist, composer, and chipmusician Yoann Turpin has seen a number of his works featured in the ChipWIN community, be it his submission to the ChipWINter compilation, 2014’s ‘FriendChip’, or 2015’s ‘Chip Songbook Vol. 6’. His music is known throughout our niche for its funky vibes, his phenomenal work on the keys, and jazzy, improvisational solos that’re all ingredients for truly gorgeous music. His latest release, ‘Random Smash Hits’, is a collection of three short weeks’ worth of Turpin’s aural artwork. As if the sheer quantity of music he’s released in the last two years wasn’t enough to turn heads, the speed with which this album was composed and mastered is astounding.
So let’s see what chiptune chart-topping pieces lie in wait!
Italian musician Starving GOGO has been producing experimental chip for the past few years, and hell is it good. He’s not very well known over here in the States, and that’s a shame. Though a bit rough around the edges, he uses his clear mastery of Famitracker and LSDJ in incredibly unique compositions. Complexity and chaos abound in his latest release, ‘discredit denial destroy’.
Hello and welcome to the first sun-filled summer edition of What’s on Tap. This month I am pleased to be able to review the brand spankin’ new album ‘Your Heart is a Pie Chart’ by the one and only Roboctopus, released on the Cheapbeats netlabel. Not only do I get to talk about new music from one of my favorite artists, but we get to publish the review on the exact album release date of June 5th! Normally these reviews publish a few weeks to a month after a release, and this is an exciting opportunity for me to give a guided tour through an album that most everyone will not have heard yet. Grab a cold beverage and load up your Bluetooth speaker on the deck – we’re kicking off summer right… now!
Last month I was given exclusive tickets to go and see ‘Mega Ran live’ in Manchester at the ‘Castle Hotel’, courtesy of my chiptune buddy, ‘Auracle’. Auracle would also be opening for the Arizona-based rapper. I’d seen’ Mega Ran’ a few times already; twice at Superbyte andthen again when he opened for ‘MC Lars’. However, I couldn’t pass this up asthe ‘Castle Hotel’ is one of the smallest venues in town, which gives its concerts a real, personal vibe. Getting up close andpersonal with Ran andhis impeccable openers was definitely a sell straight away for me.
For those who don’t know Mega Ran, he is one of the big rappers of Chiptune andNerdcore, starting off by spewing videogame inspired lyrics over a wide range of retro VGM songs. The majority of his tracks were inspired by Capcom games like ‘Mega Man’ (shock) however ‘Final Fantasy’ is also heavily referenced too.