Tuberz here. Rather than rant about theory and rhythms and other malarkey, Brandon thought it would be nice to get me to review some of the stellar new tracks from ‘Chiptunes = WIN: Volume 7’.
I took up the challenge with eager willingness to enjoy some tunage and I must say that I have really been taken by surprise with the sheer quality of some of this music. That’s saying something because I already thought the music would be insanely good. Without further adieu, let’s hear my ranting about other peoples’ application of music theory.
Careful or V.7 art contest winner, TinyNeenja’s, Glitch Dragon will melt more than just your face!
ARE YOU READY FOR MY SCATHING CRITIQUE OF GAMEBOY JAMS AND OTHER SUCH PARAPHERNALIA???
When you pump carefree, passionate, modern punk sensibilities through LSDJ, you get ‘Young’ by Boy Without Batteries. This pop-punk chiptune album released by Play It Loud is boisterous, exuberant, and will hook you immediately with send-off tracks that ooze feel-good dance beats like ‘Sophomore Year’:
Jump into the full review below as we go deeper into ‘Young’ by Boy Without Batteries… (more…)
Hey, ChipWINners! As you all know by now, we here at the ChipWIN blog have been busy reviewing Chiptunes = WIN: Volume 3 for a while now. My fellow writers have been taking this incredible compilation track-by-track and reviewing every single one of them without skipping a beat, and now it’s my turn to contribute to this project! So, without further ado, we’ll be taking a look at tracks 32 through 36 of Volume 3! (more…)
Sup y’all? President Hoodie here with another badass announcement. I swear, those are becoming my thing lately, amirite? IAMRITE. #SwagSwagSwag 8-)
Stupid preamble aside, to see that the debut of Orlando Nerd Fest gets its proper dose of chiptune awesomeness, Play It Loud & Chiptunes = WIN are joining ridiculous forces to bring 9 KICKASS CHIPACTS to perform at not one, not two, but THREE late night shows of badassery for your pajama wearing asses to party and/or dance at.
LOOKIT DAT ZOMBOFURKIN SEKSAY POSTER BELOW:
Swankass event poster by Justin Franco of Play It Loud.
To top things off, we’ll also be helping man a separate side room full of retro games to play on classic TVs (provided via the Orlando Science Center, because SCIENCE!),
chipmerch to purchase, and some other chipjams to jive to! WACHOW!!
Add all of this chip goodness to the already absolutely MONSTROUS collection of other spectacular artists performing at this crazy party and you’ve got yourself a bonafide GOOD GORRAM TIME!
So, what are you waiting for, Orlando? Grab yo ONF tickets & #ComeGetYourChipOn!!!
President Hoodie Founder & Project Manager of Chiptunes = WIN
P.S. Don’t forget to check out ONF’s Kickstarter HEREto help boost the fest even further!
Boy Without Batteries: Boy Without Batteries is the musical alias of Cole Jaques, a chiptune musician from Lakeland, Florida, who uses two Nintendo Gameboys to create melodic and energetic dance tracks reminiscent of retro videogames and old school computers. Bandcamp | Soundcloud
Storm Blooper: Hailing from Philadelphia, Storm Blooper uses original Nintendo Gameboys running LSDJ to make music you can twerk to. Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud
Solarbear: Solarbear is a progressive rock composer from Lexington, KY who creates his works from Nintendo Gameboys. With a strong grounding in both metal and electronic dance, his music combines with an aggressive live performance to get both your feet and your fists moving. Solarbearsucks.com | Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud
Auxcide: Auxcide (PHL) is a chiptune artist who uses multiple gameboys along with other hardware to create vast soundscapes with driving passages through starfields. Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud | Tumblr
Masikus: Masikus began his musical career as a drummer. He now combines his love for chiptune, hip-hop, ambient music, downtempo and video games into darker, original compositions and video game music remixes. Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud | Tumblr
Ap0c: Ap0c is a project by Philadelphia-based musician Steve Lakawicz. He uses vintage game system audio combined with tuba to explore social encounters, interpret haunting memories, and expose visceral emotions. Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud
Zantilla: Zantilla is the progressive chip-metal outlet of self-taught composer, producer, and keyboardist Adrian Shegstad. Combining elements of chiptune, modern prog metal, and electronica, Zantilla manages to ground itself into multiple scenes. Adrian first made a name for himself as remix artist “Sleeper Express” and brings his production techniques and synth heavy style to Zantilla’s energetic aesthetic. His debut album, “Encounters” displays this energy at it’s highest as it takes listeners through a sci-fi inspired adventure. Currently, he is writing collaborating with titans of the chiptune, and djent metal scene, as well as porducing his next release, “Color-Motion”. Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud
Howdy-ho, chipperinos! While I’m sure you spent much of your April 1st slathering our new compilation all over your earholes (and if you didn’t, go read this to understand why you done goofed), elsewhere in the far reaches of the series of tubes we call our home, other musicians dropped new tunes – no doubt sharing our zeal for shenanigans and tomfoolery undertaken on the most foolish of days. So, in the interest of maximum possible face-melting, I’ve rounded up all the other releases I could find that dropped on April Fools. Hold onto your butts, we’ve got a lot of music to cover!
If you look closely, you can see the exact moment where the kids over at ZOOM LENS actually unplugged their brains and snorted a bunch of Pixy Stix, which is the only reason I can come up with as to why POOM GEMS happened. Preceded by and pimped with an aggressive Twitter and Tumblr campaign, POOM GEMS is a bunch of really ridiculous covers, presented for free on the ZOOM LENS Soundcloud. I also recommend taking a look at the release page, which was their prank page, and is a thing of beauty. This album will take you on an emotional ride, leaving you unsure if you need to laugh, cry, or find one of these folks and punch them in the face. I’ll leave that to you to decide. I love these kids. Never change, you guys.
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Now this one came from a pretty cool concept – all the artists were told to hit the “Random Article” button on Wikipedia and come up with a track based on what they got. This collaboration features friend of ChipWIN – Solarbear! (Who as we all know, sucks. Just like Primus, get it?) There’s a pretty good mix of styles here, so just like the artists, you’re not entirely sure what you’re going to get, but they’re all pretty great! Plus, a cool bonus is that it doesn’t feature most of the usual suspects we encounter ’round these parts, and finding new artists to listen to is always a good thing! And at the low low price of free, I’m all about getting down on some randomness.
Diode Milliampere released the above track in January on the album he was hinting about in our last interview with him, and while that track is great, that’s not why we’re here right now. No, no no, what brings us here right now is the fantastic team up of Diode and Remute to bring us a single of a brand new fancied-up Aquarius and a remix of that remix. They’re both lovely, and I would LOVE to have an embed here for you to listen to them, but they’re on Beatport, which means you’ve got to go to their site to listen. You absolutely should, because chiptunes and disco don’t often intersect, but yet they have here and now and it is fantastic. If I were Hoodie, I’d probably say something like “LOLOL THIS SONG IS AMAZABALLS ZOMBOCON ROFL,” but thankfully I’m not, and I’m sure we’re all grateful for that.
We conclude on a slightly spooky and somber note – Phantominom VGS comes to us from Alex Cuervo of the Hex Dispensers, which is a horror punk band, and is also one of my new favorite things ever. These tracks are all super spooky sounding, but also contain almost criminal levels of radical. If you like the album, consider buying it – you can read the full breakdown on the Bandcamp page, but all proceeds from the album go to helping one of their bandmembers pay for a very expensive and very necessary surgery they had. Rad tunes and helping people in their times of need = WIN!
That’s all for this time, folks. But there’s a lot of good music popping up this month, so stay tuned! I’ve gone and hunted out primary links for everyone I mentioned here so far, and have linked them below. Check them out when you can!