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Chip…WIN-tern’s Kitchen #2: Literally The Simplest Macaroons

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Hullo! Due to the Hoods succumbing to human bodily weakness, I’ve volunteered one of my staple baked good recipes – macaroons! (Note the two O’s – I’m talking about the coconut haystacks, not the pastel hamburgers.) While my friends know me most for my cookies, macaroons are my staple for when I need to show up somewhere and make an impression. They can be as simple or as complex as you’d like – this recipe is for the bare bones version, but feel free to get fancy! (more…)

ChipWIN-tern Spotlight: ‘chipsynth PortaFM SONGS’, by ToyCompany

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Over the last few years, for reasons best left to the wastes of time, I’ve dedicated a lot more time on the blog writing about albums that feature FM synthesis, be it on live chips or emulated. It seems like in a sea of Gameboy music, FM often goes by the wayside. Thankfully, some folks in the frozen northlands of Mapleopolis  Montreal are fighting the good fight and have been working to change that. If you’ve used a DAW to make chipmusic in the last 20 years, you’re probably familiar with Plogue and their line of chiptune emulation VSTs. Their latest release, the PortaFM, focuses on the emulation of the YM2413 chip (also known as the OPLL), and the good folks at Toy Company have released a small album to demonstrate just what this baby can do.

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POST-PAX PAX-PACKED PAX-POST 2018 (ft. bory of geekbeatradio)

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Greetings and salutations friends! It’s that time once again for a massive postmortem on PAX East. This year, I’m joined by bory of geekbeatradio who was the head of the MAGFest Jamspace this year and also responsible for booking all of our amazing acts. As this article does traditionally cover both the music and gaming portions of PAX East, bory will be covering the music and I will be covering the games – and as per usual, you can navarkigate to each portion by searching #MUSIC or #GAMES. This time around we’ve got a big article for ya, so don’t hesitate to use those to jump around.

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The ChipWIN-tern Spotlight: ‘Shark Party’ by Sam Mulligan

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“OH MY GOD, IT’S A SHARK PARTY!” If you’re Sam Mulligan, this is a sentence you’ve been singing a lot over the years. If you’re not Sam Mulligan but like his work, you’ll be shouting this today because ‘Shark Party’ is the name of his new album containing a number of tracks he’s sung live over the years but never recorded along with a few new gems. I’m so happy to get to yammer on about this album on this, its release day (and on the second day Sam is playing live shows to show it off, AND ON HIS BIRTHDAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY SAM!).

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On House Shows, Part One: Curating Shows At Non-Venues

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This month, as opposed to highlighting an album or a show, I’d like to talk to you about something many of you have either considered throwing or have performed at when given the chance – house shows! This is to be the first of a few articles I’ll be throwing down about community building and scene management, as I feel that this particular topic is one that doesn’t get a whole lot of analysis and as a result there are mistakes that plague the scene at large that could be avoided. But enough preamble – let’s talk about house shows.

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ChipWIN-tern Spotlight: ‘PLAYROOM VOL 6’ from Toy Company

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It’s time to turn the spotlight this month to the far frozen northlands of Canada – Toy Company has put out volume six of its compilation series and let me tell you, if you’re not already sitting down to prepare yourself for this I’m going to need you to do so. I’d try to use modern parlance and say things like “this album slaps, my guy” or “this album is full of bangers” but I’m officially old enough to be out of touch with modern slang, let alone to know if what I consider modern slang actually is or if it’s already old by the time it reaches my ears. But look – sit down, put your overpriced headphones on and get ready for a ride.

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