I had the pleasure of having my musical horizons wonderfully broadened mid-August thanks to our ChipWINdex. The heat in my NYC apartment has been getting to me lately; there doesn’t seem to be enough rain to cool down the planet, and I simply desperately needed something to get my mind out of that perpetual pressure cooker. DELTANOYZ is an artist from Saint Hyacinthe, Québec, and their most recent album, ‘Trashmoods‘, is good enough to get you out of one. Stick around to hear a few tracks off the release; I think you’ll like it as much as I do.
It’s amazing to me how much more rapidly summer pushes forward the second I start to think of how quickly it’s passing. It’ll be August tomorrow, and for some of us, it’ll mean we are moving from the scents of slow summer mornings and freshly cut grass to clean paper and sharpened pencils. For all us New York City folks, it just means the same routine: Escaping the smell of hot garbage to find refuge in tiny apartments where even DMGs seem too big. No matter where you are, though, we have all been graced with the return of 8bitpeoples, hosting Kris Keyser’s new release, ‘Reviver’.
This month on the blog, I display to you all a modest delayed reaction on a spring release that I enjoyed recently. ‘workplace ergonomics’ was released on April 23rd, 2018 by Philly based musician, visual artist, and coder, nmlstyl. While I was shocked that it hadn’t already been reviewed here, there were absolutely no surprises on my end as to how gorgeous this record turned out to be.
Artwork for ‘workplace ergonomics’, courtesy of Bandcamp.
This month, we were graced by a new Cheapbeats release written and produced by UK electronic artist, Gesceap. Released on May 4th, the seven track album is full of glitchy percussion and hypnotic melodies composed with Nanoloop. With a variety of digital elements comes a strong song structure created from from samples and soft synths. Interestingly enough, this was the first Nanoloop iOS album ever released on Cheapbeats, so on top of the sound being sublime, listeners can hear history unfolding right before their ears.
When I listen to a record, just like how when I make one, I tend to listen and check my mixes on both my studio speakers and headphones. I’m currently on the road and, as I write this, I’m limited to my iPhone speakers. Just from hearing it from this extremely limited audiosource, I can say the album’s mixes are done very well. The percussion cuts through perfectly, and the bass holds its own space without creating a centimeter of mud. While an album isn’t just about a great mix, I can honestly say that each track was wonderful to listen to and the album itself was easy to listen to at one time. As a whole, it was unique and beautiful, and I can see why Cheapbeats proudly released it.
This month on the Blog, I wanted to review a beautiful album written by Australia-based artist and technologist, little-scale. Created by using modular synthesizers, this album works with a niche form of sound design well known to those into various forms of synthesis. I had the opportunity to talk to little-scale this month and it was my mission to get their take on why moving from Gameboys to modular is so appealing, while sharing the specific modules used during the performance of this album.
The world of modular is super in depth, hectic, and beautifully chaotic. Pictured here is a Buchla 200e I grew to get to know and love a few years ago.
Spring marches forward and the month is quicklycomingto an end. Between the extra hour, change of sunlight, and good music, I’m feeling pretty good. This month, I wanted to sharean album with the ChipWIN communitythat was brought to my attention by President Hoodie called ‘Hue’, by MYRONE. While the album is not chiptune, anyone into tracker programming can easily appreciateprogrammed synths and acknowledgethe time spent in recording, mixing, and playing instruments, especially guitar.