Archive for February, 2019

Chip Bit Sid Takes On: Shortee – ‘Lost’

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After a month off to focus on other matters, it feels good to be back reviewing music at ChipWIN. ‘Lost’ by Shortee was an album that slipped under my radar last year, but as soon as I started listening to it, ‘Guten Morgen’ immediately became one of my top 10 tracks of 2018. That said, the album has plenty more songs worth delving into, so I wanted to do a showcase on The ChipWIN Blog and dive into Shortee’s debut album.

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Clover Chain Reacts To: Purely Grey – ’27’

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On January 11th, 1992, Alex Soborov was born. Since then, he has made dozens and dozens of chiptune tracks and other music as Purely Grey and, previously, Twistboy. He has contributed to Chiptunes = WIN as both a musician and a judge, and he’s run a family-owned (aren’t they too cute?!) netlabel called Tracked for chiptune releases and cassette tapes for nearly three years now. In 2018, Alex released a track every single week, and on January 11th, 2019, many of them were put together to form ’27’, a celebration of Soborov’s 27th year on this earth. Supposedly. Based on this music, he may have been studying the arts somewhere else, learning another plane’s stellar wisdom.

Bursting with clarity, consistency, and an endearing freshness to it, ’27’ is shaping up to be my favorite album released this year, and I’m saying that in February. It’s full of enthusiastic decisions, delicious instrumentation, fun harmonies, interesting melodies, gutsy and smart rhythm, and an integral originality in how each track is structured and how they bounce off one another.

Let’s start at the ending.

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TO OUTER SPACE! 🚀 ✨

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‘Spacetunes = WIN’ is LIVE! Engage it here: https://chiptuneswin.bandcamp.com/album/spacetunes-win

Sup, Chip-stronauts?ヾ(^∇^)

It is well known within the Chipth Dimension™ that many of us among our musical collective are particularly enthralled by the mysteries of the cosmos; mention astronomy and/or cosmology around a bunch of chip nerds and you’ll see what I mean with a quickness.

Yet somehow, there inexplicably remains an unexplored dark void in the space themed chiptune compilations quadrant.

Until now.

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Rhyphte Reviews: ‘.​-​-​. .​.​- .​-​.​. .​-​.​.’ (pull) by null

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Back in 2011, before I had been formally introduced to chiptune, I listened to a lot of folk and indie artists. Modest Mouse, Built to Spill, Tree People, and AJJ (then Andrew Jackson Jihad) dominated my playlists and YouTube history. I listened to that music so often that as I got older I had to start taking breaks from it because it felt too familiar. But nevertheless, those records maintained their value to me over the years, acting as my go-to answer when asked about the kind of music I like.

So what does all that have to do with ‘.​-​-​. .​.​- .​-​.​. .​-​.​.’ by null? Well, there’s a special feeling you get when you hear a song that sounds enough like your favorite band to make you do a double take. When you find yourself wondering if you didn’t get the memo about their early-years alias. When you realize you’ve discovered something completely new, but so similar to what you’re fond of. It’s a good feeling – and when you hear chiptune in it, it’s an even better feeling. And here’s where I tell you all about it.

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Intense Tech con Defense Mech – ¡Organiza tus archivos de guardado con libLSDj!

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

¡Hola y bienvenidos una vez más a Intense Tech con Defense Mech! En esta entrega nos ensuciaremos las manos con la Consola de Comandos, ¡solo para que conozcan una herramienta verdaderamente poderosa para ordenar sus archivos de guardado y canciones del LSDj! Al finalizar esta lección sabrán cómo organizar una serie de carpetas para cada canción y crear una lista principal con todas las pistas en sus archivos de guardado. Si esto suena como algo que necesitas en tu vida, ¡sigue leyendo!

Imagen hecha por @dethrood
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Intense Tech with Defense Mech: Manage your LSDj save files with libLSDj!

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Hello and welcome back to Intense Tech with Defense Mech! In this installment, we’re going to get down and dirty with the command line to introduce you to a true power tool for handling your LSDj save files and songs! By the end of this lesson you will know how to organize a set of folders for each song and create a master list of all the songs on your save files. If this sounds like something you need in your life, keep reading!

Art by @dethrood
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