Posts Tagged ‘artistry’

Aydan Appreciates: ‘Four Elements’ by uraboroshi

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The name uraboroshi should be relatively fresh in the minds of us ChipWINners; their ChipWIN debut was on Volume 5, with the explosive and frenetic ‘Greed Palace’. The track essentially defies genres and embodies chiptune music. A little longer than a year later, esctrax, a chipmusic label based in Japan, has released uraboroshi’s ‘Four Elements’. This EP consists of four compositions depicting earth, air, fire, and water in addition to a piece symbolizing the unity of the four. Today, we’ll be looking at several aspects of this brief aural venture. Let’s check out what this up-and-coming artist’s work has to offer!

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Aydan Appreciates: ‘Theia’ by Trash80

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Trash80, aka Timothy Lamb, is a name that all of us recognize vaguely or with familiarity. Whether you’ve been a long-time fan since his first few tracks, or just now discovering him through the latest Chiptunes = WIN compilation, his melodic, groovy music has entertained generations of chipmusic fans. Shortly after the release of Volume 6, Trash80 put out a brand-new synthwave inspired EP in ‘Theia’, which has quickly ascended the ranks of Bandcamp’s top 25 best-selling albums this week. So, what’s so stellar about this futuristic, three-track release? Tune in to find out!

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Chiptunes = WIN: Volume 6 [Tracks 21-30]

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Howdy-ho Chipperinos! No need to waste any time here – you and I both know you’re here to get the hottest takes on these V6 tracks, so let’s not keep you waiting!

Bonus ‘Volume 6’ album art by Guerin, twitter.com/guerinmusic

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Chiptunes = WIN: Volume 6 [Tracks 11-20]

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Welcome to the second round of track reviews for Volume 6! I’ll be taking you through some of the best that this Volume has to offer. I didn’t know that by choosing this review date I’d get to talk about YZYX, Kubbi, Vince Kaichan, Starving GOGO (whom I’ve previously reviewed), and my good friend and collaborator Auxcide, but I’ll just consider myself lucky. I’m glad I sat this year out to witness the awesome that is Volume 6. This should be fun. ;3

Bonus ‘Volume 6’ album art by Adhy Saka Juhansyah aka Shakaboyd, twitter.com/adhysaka

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Aydan Appreciates: ‘Random Smash Hits’ by Yoann Turpin

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Keyboardist, composer, and chipmusician Yoann Turpin has seen a number of his works featured in the ChipWIN community, be it his submission to the ChipWINter compilation, 2014’s ‘FriendChip’, or 2015’s ‘Chip Songbook Vol. 6’. His music is known throughout our niche for its funky vibes, his phenomenal work on the keys, and jazzy, improvisational solos that’re all ingredients for truly gorgeous music. His latest release, ‘Random Smash Hits’, is a collection of three short weeks’ worth of Turpin’s aural artwork. As if the sheer quantity of music he’s released in the last two years wasn’t enough to turn heads, the speed with which this album was composed and mastered is astounding.

So let’s see what chiptune chart-topping pieces lie in wait!

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Aydan Appreciates: ‘The Signal’ by Wojciech Golczewski

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Floating through nebulae and flying through space are typically associated with a sense of excitement and discovery, perhaps a sense of wonderment concerning what kind of life may lie beyond our own limited scope. ‘The Signal’, an album written by demoscene and horror movie score-writing veteran Wojciech Golczewski of Poland, provides a stark contrast to the optimistic ventures of aspiring astronauts. It paints a picture that evokes enigmatic and frightful visions of the cold and desolate void that is our universe, interspersed with brief, touching moments of optimism. Before we head off on our excursion, do note that this is an atmospheric, ambient album; this is best listened to in one sitting, preferably in the dark, in order to better experience this artist’s vision. Now, come. The signal beckons us.

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