The CWB Team
Care to educate yourself about whose words you’re reading?
Then dig into our blog staff page and learn more about the crazy crew of The ChipWIN Blog!
DEFENSE MECHANISM found himself enthralled with music and technology from an early age. Growing up in the 90’s, he learned to love the early video game sounds of the day, especially from the original brick Game Boy. After learning about chipmusic in the late 2000’s, he started paying closer attention to the scene, and all it took was receiving an EMS cartridge with LSDj to jumpstart the obsession. With intricate music that can only be called “kickass melodic Game Boy insanity”, DEFENSE MECHANISM is here to help you push beyond what you thought was possible to create – and make you dance your ass off!
Regular Column: Intense Tech (LSDJ tutorial)
Carlos Paredes aka Pixel Guy
Writer, Translator (Spanish)
Greetings! I’m Carlos Paredes, also known as ‘Pixel Guy’. I’m from Mexico, and my love for music could be just surpassed by my love for bad puns. The first one may be unrequited and the second one is responsible for my attachment to all of the linguistic stuff, which I really like and has somehow helped me to understand music theoretically.
I found my passion for chipmusic revitalized thanks to FM chiptune (especially FM Funk). I can’t teach much, but, precisely because of that, my main mission is to help to spread the knowledge of those who can and help to diminish the language barrier between chiptuners.
Regular Column: A Square Meal (review column)
Currently translating: DEFENSE MECHANISM’S Intense Tech column (LSDJ tutorial)
Previous translations: Paul’s Tech Talk column (LSDJ tutorial) & Callum’s Progression column (music theory)
Dan Butler from Techno Mage
Eager to invigorate the community wherever possible, Dan is passionately optimistic about the future of chiptune. Through his writing, he hopes to strengthen the resolve of creators everywhere and encourage them to give their art the full attention it deserves. Dan is uncompromising in his belief that support begins with sincere engagement. As a result, he regularly writes sprawling walls of text in hopes of bolstering an environment rife with sharing and interaction.
Drawn to the creative challenges that the style elicits, Dan began to incorporate chiptune elements in his music around 2011. Years later, he founded Techno Mage, which introduced metal and synthwave/retrowave components to his music. He is the band’s primary songwriter and producer. He also programs all chiptune, synth, and drum components of the music and plays keyboard for the band’s live performances. His favorite tracker is 0CC-FamiTracker and his DAW of choice is FL Studio.
Regular Column: Leveling Up Your Artistic Identity (artist development column); The Mage’s Workbench (production column)
Aydan was introduced to the goodness that is chiptune by the legendary Dj CUTMAN, attending some of his earliest shows (including the debut of the Dubtropolis set and a BIRTHDAY SHOW IN THE SECOND FLOOR OF A WAFFLE JOINT), and subsequently discovered the ChipWIN community and its blog. When he’s not listening to – or writing about – bleep bloop, he works full-time as a price maintenance coordinator, plays League of Legends and travels for Magic: the Gathering tournaments, and spends time with his wife and stepson.
Likes: Chipmusic, card games of all shapes and sizes, wearing pastel colors, craft beer
Dislikes: Being late, tilting, IPAs, high ping/having to call local ISPs and being sent a ‘signal boost’, whatever that means
Regular column: Aydan Appreciates (review column)
Active as a classically trained composer, Joseph Eidson’s path to discovering modern chip music was through Alex Mauer and the Penny Arcade: The Series soundtrack. Video game soundtracks by Koji Kondo, Bobby Prince, and Lee Jackson were instrumental (*HIYO!*) in his drive to become a composer, and working with 8-bit music is a slice of wonderful nostalgia mixed with modern innovation. His influences are best described as “wide, just like your mother” with The Misfits, 80’s hair metal, and West coast hip hop mingling freely with one-hit wonders from the ‘90s. Current projects include blending contemporary concert music with chiptunes and two upcoming albums in the summer and fall of 2014. When not composing or teaching, Joe enjoys tracking down expensive craft beers and dodging blue shells in Mario Kart 8.
Retired Columns: What’s On Tap (chipmusic & beer review column); Office Hours (review column)
Erin ‘Ryn’ McQuisten aka Chip Mom
As a Book-a-Roo by trade, over-enthusiastic baker by (delicious) choice, and Aes Sedai of the Nerd Ajah, Chip Mom takes joy in many things. Of particular note are her penchants for books, cookies, and 90s pop music. She can often be found at conventions donning her signature cupcake backpack, either scattering baked goods on the unwary or rocking out in the front row. But no matter where she is or what she’s doing, remember, Chip Mom loves ya!
Regular column: Chip Mom’s Kitchen (special interest column)
Retired column: Tales of a Chiptune Newb (special review/interview column);
Adam may not make a whole lot of music these days, but he lives and breathes chiptunes and VGM. He originally started writing for this blog to get college credit, and it’s all been downhill from there. Now officially an English major and a Music minor, he does what he knows best – writing about the things he loves while trying desperately trying to not be eaten by the horrors that come after college. You can see Adam at many events in the Maryland, DC and Virginia area – sometimes presenting panels, sometimes helping staff, and occasionally just testing his liver with his friends to make sure it’s still going strong (as of now, it is).
Likes: Thai food, charming retro-styled videogames, depressing Russian literature
Hates: Beer you can see your hand on the other side of, free time (apparently)
Retired columns ChipWIN-tern Spotlight (review column); ChipWIN-tern Presents (interview column)
Wayne Manselle aka Viridian Forge
Backup Editor, Web Dev
By day a scientific software developer in the dark recesses of a public university. By night, a chiptune enthused martial artist who seeks out adventure, interesting tunes, and copious quantities of locally roasted coffee. Born and raised upon the frozen plains of Minnesota, he grew up with his best friends: NES, GameBoy and DOS. Playing video games obsessively, he never quite realized that it was their sweet dulcet tones he was truly in love with. Grad school called, and he moved to the verdant forests of Oregon and lo, did he find the climate a hell of a lot more liveable, so he decided to stick around. Eventually emerging from his academically induced coma, Wayne took a few hints and discovered Famitracker, the chiptune community, and through it Chiptunes = WIN. Armed with this new knowledge and a desire to make cool stuff, he took keyboard in hand and decided to jump in with both feet.
Retired Columns: Stoking the Forge (review column); Quenching the Forge (homebrewing column)
Brandon L. Hood aka President Hoodie
Founder & Project Manager of all forms & iterations of Chiptunes = WIN, including this bleeping, blooping blog. Has been involved with a whole effing buncha Rad Things™ over the past several years, but is currently focused on further growing & developing ChipWIN, leveling up his house husbanding skills (I COOK ALL THE THINGS!), mental health advocacy (talk therapy, yoga & mindfulness meditation ftw!), being a kickass husband to his awesome wife (Erin = ♥) & a quality Doggo Dad to boot (Goob is love, Goob is life).
Occasional column: Hoodie Highlights (interview column)
Retired column: The President’s Manifesto (beer & chiptune review)
• Giselle “Pixel Syndrome” Llamas (writer, 2019 – 2020)
• Clark “Rhyphte” Veazey (writer, 2018 – 2020)
• Jamie Billings (writer, 2015 – 2019)
• Rich Jay Lewis (writer, 2015 – 2019)
• Glenn Dubois (writer, 2014 – 2019)
• clover (writer, 2018 – 2019)
• Callum Kennedy (writer, 2017 – 2018)
• Paul Aupetitgendre (writer, 2017 – 2018)
• Bertrand Guérin-Williams (writer, 2017 – 2018)
• Adam Martinez (editor, writer, 2012 – 2017)
• R. Morgan Slade (editor, writer, 2013 – 2017)
• Matt Whitwell (writer, 2016 – 2017)
• Chris Krogsgard (editor, writer, 2014 – 2017)
• Sam Sher (writer, 2016 – 2017)
• Jacob Diaz (writer, 2013 – 2016)
• Frank Angotti (writer, 2013 – 2015)
• nonfinite (writer, 2015)
• Aspyn (writer, 2013 – 2015)
• Jredd (writer, 2014)
• Mirby (writer, 2014)
• Danny Pryor (writer, 2012 – 2014)
• AutoReMi-PK (writer, 2012 -2014)
• Andrew Kilpatrick (editor, writer, 2012 – 2014)