Archive for October, 2018

The Unicorn Princess Royally Reviews ‘2011’ by WMD

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Happy October, folks!

Just as the month comes to an end, I bring to you a cool little surprise.  Released on September 29, WMD is combining their ability to create atmospheric sound textures and presenting a record paired with straight up chiptune.  It’s been quite a while since something like this has been released, and judging by the comments on their Bandcamp, I’m not the only one excited about it.

Album cover for WMD’s ‘2011’. Credit: Bandcamp

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Chip Bit Sid Takes On: Paladin Shield – ‘Many Blessings’

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It is funny how plans can be altered within a second. Originally, I was going to review something else. However, just as I was about to put fingers to keyboard, I got an email: ‘Paladin Shield’ had just released a new album; ‘Many Blessings’! ‘Hot damn’, I said as I spent more money on yet another album. Below are three tracks that I loved off ‘Many Blessings’ and why I think it’s top notch.

Photo by jmswts.

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Rhyphte Reviews: Game Over Richmond

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The MAGFest: Game Over series is a more intermittent offshoot of the greater MAGFest umbrella of events that fills some of the gaps between larger and more prominent episodes. Game Over: Richmond took place at Fallout in — well, Richmond — on Saturday, October 6th from 7pm to… Whenever it was we funneled out of there. I don’t remember. It was very late.

I’m in Hampton for work at the moment, so I figured I’d drop by and check it out. I wasn’t expecting much going in, but it was a total blast and I was inspired to share my experience when I saw that The ChipWIN Blog team was looking for new hands. Before we even got in the building, I noticed several #chipmoms there supporting their adult children, which was very sweet but also somewhat alarming, given the aura of the venue.

The event catered mostly to the local nerdcore scene, featuring popular “brand-name” regional acts and aspiring local artists in a (Bethesda) Fallout-themed barcade that moonlights as an exclusive BDSM club! CLEARLY the venue had a lot of different stuff going on, and it was extremely refreshing to see members of so many different subculture groups coming together to jam out to some retro tunes. If nothing else, it was (what I’d imagine is) a relatively unique opportunity to see a model cosplaying Bowsette rave-hopping her heart out to Castlevania remixes. So, I can cross that off my list of things that I didn’t know I needed to see.

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Hoodie Highlights… Alex Soborov of Tracked Records!

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Heya friends! It’s been a good few months since I’ve published a new interview here on the blog. Suffice it to say, I’ve been more than just a little busy in the interim….

Me as a kaomoji these last few months….

That said, I’ve very much missed both talking to awesome folk in and around our communities and sharing those insightful conversations with y’all. That’s why today, I’m hopping back on that interview train!

Presenting a very special guest and friend that’s I’ve been happy to have worked with in the intervening busy months, everyone welcome to the blog Alex Soborov aka Purely Grey of Tracked Records! Enjoy!

Alex Soborov aka Purely Grey

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Clover Chain Reacts To: ‘Nascens’ by meganeko

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My friend was on TV recently. He was shopping at a bookstore, and the local news was doing a segment on reading, interviewing customers there. When asked to “talk about your favorite book”, he panicked, grabbing the first book that came to his mind: ‘The Crying of Lot 49’, a mere 160 page novella. Now, the interview went fine; he talked about its good writing and such. Upon relaying this story to me, however, my friend expressed regret. He told me it really is one of his favorites, and it’s surprising to find so much value in a pretty short book, and he wishes he could have pointed that out. He’d say something like, “It’s a really small book that says a lot of big ideas.”

meganeko’s ‘Nascens’ is one of my favorite music releases. It’s full of originality. It surprises me. Yes it’s short, but it’s a small EP that shows a lot of big ideas.

Album artwork by CA CHOU.

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Intense Tech con Defense Mech – Análisis del sintetizador del canal Wave en LSDJ. Parte Uno

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Artículo Original de DEFENSE MECHANISM. Traducción al Español por Pixel Guy.

¡Hola, soy Defense Mechanism! Bienvenidos a la primera entrega de Intense Tech, donde daremos un vistazo detallado a algunas de las características de LSDJ para continuar con el espíritu de la “Charla Tecnológica de Paul”. Mi objetivo es compartir conocimiento y sabiduría que pase a las siguientes generaciones de chiptuners, ¡la intención es crear un ejército de maestros en el bleepbloopin’!

El tutorial inaugural cubrirá lo qué se necesita para comprender el sintetizador del canal Wave. Específicamente los parámetros de Signal, Filter, Volume, Q, y Cutoff.

El ChipWIN Blog ha sido equipado con: ¡DEFENSE MECHANISM!

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