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chipWINter Wonderland

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Sup y’all? =) President Hoodie here with some absolutely delightful news to share with the chiprealm! To be frank, it’s time for us to do another holiday compilation. To be specific…

chipWINter Wonderland

chipWINter Wonderland

Breathtakingly beautiful album artwork by the Super Saiyan Lvl 3+ talented graphic artist & animator, Nate Horsfall aka Foxxdragon, of www.lightningarts.com. We <3 you, Nate. So much.

16 brand new chipWINter tracks by 17 talented different artists, each taking a spin at the universal, yet subjective theme(s) of this fantastic holiday season!

Mastering services by the ever talented Stemage, with Kubbi doing his usual masterful duties on the track ordering!

Releasing Thursday, December 18th via a Nerd Rock Radio listening party only on 8bitx.com! IRC channel for the party will, of course, be #ChipWINChat.

All I can really say about this one is expect to be spellbound by each and every track!
♥ ^_^ ♥

Merry chipWINter & Much \m||m/,
President Hoodie
Founder & Project Manager of Chiptunes = WIN

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What in the world is “CheapBeats = WIN”?

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Sup y’all? =) President Hoodie here, primed and ready to drop another info bomb of AWESOME on all of you. To be specific, I have within this very blog post the answer to the deep, dark question of the ages, What in the world is ‘CheapBeats = WIN?.

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Y’all remember that “Pxl-Win” dealio we did with Pxl-Bot last year? You know, the rather fantastic collaborative Volume 2 side release, which was the first of its kind for us. Yup. That one.

Welp…

WE’RE DOING IT AGAIN.

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Chip Treatment with Professor Oakes: ‘papillons’ by xyce

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Greetings, readers! It’s about that time, eh chaps? While it has certainly felt like an eternity since I wrote my last album review (which you can read HERE), it’s good to be back! As I’m here to administer another dose of Chip Treatment the Professor Oakes way, it is with great pleasure to do so by reviewing ‘papillons’ by xyce—so sit tight and read up!

Released by CheapBeats, the label for the Tokyo-based chiptune and lo-fi event of the same name, ‘papillons’ continues to take the chiptune world by storm with Tom Offringa and Roel Heerspink’s release that hit Bandcamp on June 8, 2013. While the two musicians contribute to chip music as their solo acts xylo and cerror respectively, xyce is incredibly prolific as a duo. Hailing from Holland, the two met on a Dutch online forum (which you can read about all about in the interview with Kuma HERE) and joined forces around 2005/2006. Mustering inspiration that varies from France Gall, The Weepies, Children of Bodom, to other chiptune musicians and the demoscene itself (which Heerspink has been a member of since 2001), this bitpop duo’s album boasts 16 remarkable tracks using various hardware including the Amiga 500 and Atari 1040 STe. Coupled with album artwork by m7kenji—a Japanese game app developer who designed ‘Bugtronica’ and the Blip Festival Tokyo 2011 mobile schedule—xyce takes their listeners on a journey as they push the boundaries of the intersection between old school cracktro melodies and a bouncy Europop flare.

Receiving wide support from Bryan C (bryface), Mark Knight (TDK), and David Thorn (Dasid) on Bandcamp, as well as a listening party via 8 Bit Power Hour on 8bitx.com, ‘papillons’ opens up with ‘cloture de jardin’, which translates to ‘garden fence’. While it’s interesting to take note that the track titles, including the album name itself, are in French, such decision instills an incrediblely airy and flowy vibe that seems to take flight as the album progresses. ‘cloture de jardin’, a wonderful precursor to the latter tracks of the album, was composed using an Open ModPlug Tracker ran on Windows 7 (20 channel.xm at 148kb.) However, while I’m sure knowing each and every channel specifics mean a great deal to many musicians I know, xyce has put forth that by making music on different machines, their focus is always the same—melody—and melody is always key regardless of the channels used. Logistics aside, ‘cloture de jardin’ is a wonderful spring-like tune (which reminds me a lot of TQ-Jam) that is sure to have your body groovin’ in place and foot tapping within the first 30 seconds.

‘rainbow dash!’, xyce’s first collaboration on the album (the other being the ending title track with malmen), features RADix, Jakob Svanholm’s project that has earned him a respectable reputation through composing Amiga tunes in the 1990’s. With a hypnotizing key pattern, ‘rainbow dash!’ has an incredibly distinctive melody that changes form throughout the song. Most accurately compared to a melodic rollercoaster, ‘rainbow dash!’ throws its listeners into a whirlwind of adrenaline-pumping reactions that’s very reminiscent of accompanying a video game player in a side-scrolling running sequence. Notably, ‘rainbow dash!’ builds in tempo very early, levels off midway, and then spirals down the latter half of the track.

‘subsonique deux’, very appropriately mastered near the conclusion of ‘papillons’, is the longest track of the bunch and happens to be my personal favorite. Oozing at the seams with an unforgettable cyberpunk rhythm on the Amiga 500, ‘subsonique deux’ is a wonderful example of xyce’s ability to create melodies and key patterns that are undoubtedly polar opposites of the spring-like tracks such as ‘cloture de jardin’. Within the first 30 seconds, listeners are forced to strap in as they are catapulted into what feels like a high-speed jet race. The track, which formally translates to ‘subsonic two’ in English,  breaks out in a fusion of Breakbeat and Drum and Bass kicks and breakdowns similar to that of artists such as Pendulum and The Prodigy around the 1 minute and 45 second mark.

While I have reviewed only three tracks that depict the eclectic style and tone of the album, keep in mind that there are 13 other wonderful ones! That being said, ‘papillons’ can be purchased through Bandcamp digitally for $5, or the hard copy for $10, which ships out to your door within three days. Either which way, this is an album I definitely recommend buying (if you haven’t already!) as I assure you it’ll make its way to your list of top favorites.

That’s all ChipWiners! Until next time on Chip Treatment—Professor Oakes signing off!

xyce: Bandcamp | Facebook | Soundcloud | Twitter

xylo: Bandcamp | Facebook | Soundcloud | Twitter

cerro: Bandcamp | Facebook | Soundcloud | Twitter

CheapBeats: Bandcamp | CheapBeats.net | Facebook | Twitter

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Important ChipWIN Announcement (Serious Business)

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Sup y’all? =) Presidickbutt Hoodie here. For a good while now, folk in & around both the chip & VGM scenes have asked the very legitimate question, “Why in the everloving zombocon does Hoodie laugh at those gosh darned dickbutts so awfully much?”
Some have even surmised, “It’s only a matter of time before ‘Dickbutts = WIN’ becomes an actual thing.” Today, I’m here to unveil the beautiful dickbutt truth to all of you. Which is:

 

dickbutttunes equals win

Album cover preview by Chaney Dickbuttmanteau

 

TIME TO DICKBUTT SOME ZOMBOFURKIN STUFF UP!!! #OHYEAH 8-)

And by that I mean, of course, 22 brand spanking new dickbuttunes to stick in your dickbuttholes however you dickbuttplease!!! Consider this to be “Expansion Pack: The Dickbutt Version” if you will (or don’t; you don’t have to; it’s a free country and shit).

Mastering by by Dj DICKBUTTsequencing by Kubdickbutt, album artwork by Foxxdickbutt, and fully curated by yours dickbutt truly!

Because I’m a nice dickbutt, here’s the FULL ROSTER!!! (in advance for once…)

  • 8 Bit Dickbutt
  • 1000 Dickbutts
  • andi0kbuttva
  • codickbutta
  • D&D Dickbutts
  • Dj McDICKBUTT
  • Extent of the Dickbutt
  • Dickbuttai
  • Here Between Dick Butt
  • James Dickbutto
  • Dickbutt On My Head
  • Maxdickbutto
  • Michael Dickbutt
  • Professor Dickbutt
  • Dickbutt Mulligan
  • Shyadickbuttus
  • SingkongDickbutt
  • Theory of Dickbutt
  • Together We Are Dickbutts
  • Uridickbuttzen
  • watadickbuttmo
  • YZYDickbutt

With a lineup that dickbuttitful, there’s no doubt it’ll go with everything!!!

***BOOM*** Dickbutteasers!!

Upvote on reddit HERE.

This dickbutt album will be the dickest butt that ever did butt some dick!!!
dickbutt dickbutt DICKBUTT DICKBUTT DICKBUTT DICKBUTT!!!11!11!111!!!11!1111!!1!

Has Hoodie finally lost his gorram mind?
Or is there something behind all of this dickbuttin’ insanity??
Stay tuned the 1st of April to find out!!
Same dickbutt channel, same dickbutt time!! 8========D

Much \m|dickbutts|m/,
Presidickbutt Hoodie

Gif by the ultra seksy Jayme Dickbutt Howard.

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P.S. APRIL FOOL’S, DUH!! :3 Here’s the real teaser:

And link to 8 Bit Power Hour Facebook Event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1430642983741680/