Posts Tagged ‘Cheap’

Chip Bit Sid Takes On: CDIY

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Originally I had a different idea for this weeks’ article, however after a discussion about how I created the CD for the latest chiptune compilation, I decided I thought I’d write about my own method. When I created the last compilation for Superbyte all those years ago, other than the artwork, I had no idea about the logistics required. It’s because of this, it set me back £40 ($52.81) for 100 inkjet CDs with cardboard sleeves. This time around for the Square Sounds compilation I had more knowledge in the area and in doing so I managed to create 25 b&w thermal heated CDs with a pearlescent cover and plastic case for just £20.

Shortly after seeing how successful this was, it made me realise that independent artists could easily produce their own merch on the cheap; it just requires time & the knowledge.

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Glenntai Got… ‘Bare Knuckle, a Streets of Rage Megamix’ by Auxcide

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For those of you from the west coast of the US and those of you familiar with the Philadelphia chiptune scene and/or MAGFest, the name Auxcide is likely a very familiar to you. Armed with several Gameboy Advance SPs, synthesizers and drum machines, his unique blend of electronic music genres within the media of chipmusic have struck deep emotions as much as it has made people dance. During this summer of excellent releases coming from talented composers, Cheapbeats has given us a treat by releasing Bare Knuckle: a 15-minute live-recorded medley full of music from the Streets of Rage/Bare Knuckle/ベア・ナックル series. Yuzo Koshiro has been known for his bouncy, syncopated dance rhythms that combined elements from house, jazz, hip-hop and a variety of EDM genres.  Continue after the jump for some good jams.

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Chip Mom’s Kitchen #13: Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

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Hey Everybody!  For those not in the know, I am currently located in a one stoplight town in rural Arkansas.  I am not a native to the South, so I hadn’t experienced the divine delectable-ness of today’s culinary adventure until recently.  I was missing out!  But now, my dears, you don’t have to live another day without the gleeful wonderment that is…

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

Difficulty level:
Newb          |         Apprentice         |         Journeyman         |         Master

A basic batter that makes your hands look like you’ve murdered some poor soul. If you don’t want to attempt the batter, or just want even quicker version, see my cake cookie recipe for a workable substitution!

Quest Items:

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1 1/3 cup flour
2 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup butter at room temp.
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 Tbsp buttermilk
2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1 tsp vanilla
2 Tbsp red food coloring

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1 pkg of cream cheese
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar

bowls
spatulas
mixer
cookie sheet
parchment paper

 

Musical Accompaniment:

Because when you eat them, you’ll be happy enough to float away. You will also want them all to yourself.

Illustrated Guide:

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, START YOUR OVENS!  We’re about to have a grand old time!  Set the temp at 375* and lets dive in!

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Blend your dry ingredients (flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt) in a small bowl. The fun part about having both baking powder and soda is that each one causes the batter to rise at different times during the baking process.  Including both of these in a recipe means we’re going for maximum fluffiness.

 

 

Using your mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until it is, you guessed it: fluffy.

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Then, add the eggs one at a time.

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20140615_212442This is where your kitchen turns into something of a crime scene drama if you’re not careful.  Add the buttermilk, vinegar, vanilla, and red food coloring (2 Tbsp is A LOT of food coloring).

 

 

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Watch out for splash back, it stains.  Mix until everything is really combined and use your spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl to get all the bits if need be.

 

 

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On a parchment lined cookie sheet (or silicone mat if you’re all fancy pants), use an ice cream scoop or similar spoon (I used a coffee spoon – sometimes cooking is about improvisation!) to plop even amounts of batter onto the sheet.  Leave a good amount of room because these lil’ morsels are gonna get comfy and spread out.

 

 

Bake for 10 minutes.  Pull out the tray and let it sit for a little bit before pulling off the cookies.  Set aside on a rack to cool completely.

To make the filling, you take your softened butter, cream cheese, and vanilla and beat them soundly.  Don’t worry, they deserve it.  Then add your powdered sugar a bit at a time until it’s all incorporated.  Blend for a few minutes until it gets soft and… fluffy!

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Place a healthy dollop of frosting on the bottom of a completely cooled cookie.  Use another to make a sandwich and WHAMADEBAM!  Whoopie Pie.

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Taste Test

 

 

Don’t forget to
taste test!

 

 

 

As always, pictures of your wacky kitchen adventures are welcome over at the ChipMom Facebook page! And remember, Mama loves ya!

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Chip Mom’s Kitchen #4: Cake Cookies

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Sometimes, you’re just not that talented in the kitchen.  Sometimes, you’ve got a sweet craving and you want a cookie NOW.  Sometimes, you don’t have that much money for baking supplies.

And sometimes it’s 11 o’clock at night and you need to write a cooking blog.

For all those times and more, I share with you my secret of making something delicious and unique with extremely little time, money, or effort.  I give you:

Cake Cookies

Difficulty level:

Newb        |        Apprentice       |          Journeyman          |          Master

The easiest way to make yourself look like an awesome baker.

Quest Items:

Cookie Sheet
Wooden Spoon
Medium Bowl
Flat bottomed cup
Cake Mix of Choice
Frosting of Choice
Two Eggs
1/3 cup oil
Non stick spray (optional)

 

Illustrated Guide:

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

 

 

Put on your cutest apron. You’re not gonna be working that hard, but you might as well look sassy!

 

 

Put your cake mix, eggs, and oil into a bowl.

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Using your wooden spoon, stir your ingredients until the eggs and oil are evenly distributed and there is no dry cake mix to be seen in the bowl. It should form a dough ball fairly quickly.

 

You then roll the dough into 1″ balls or about the size of a ping pong ball.

 

 

Place them on your cookie sheet about 2″ apart. You’ll need the space in a moment.

This is the fun part. You get to treat these cookie balls like Mario treats Goombas. Use the bottom of a glass to flatten the balls until they are about 1/4″ thick. Sorry, but there are no coins to be had inside… ONLY DELICIOUSNESS.

Bake them in the oven for 6 to 7 minutes. PRO TIP: Always start with the lower end time with cookies. You can’t unbake these suckers and the bottoms can go from golden to black pretty darn quick.

After you pull them out frost and decorate to your hearts content! The great thing about cake cookies is that you can play with flavor combinations. Those pictured below are yellow cake with Dreamcicle frosting, but I’ve done lemon and buttercream, chocolate and mint, and strawberry and cream cheese as well! So get adventurous, and if you would like to share your success, post a pic of your creations to the Chip Mom facebook page!

 

 

Happy baking! :)

Raw Cuts With Kuma! #1: SKGB

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Hey there, chipbros and sistas!  Welcome to the first edition of Raw Cuts with Kuma! What is Raw Cuts, you ask?  Well, Raw Cuts are unedited, candid interviews with some of the coolest, hippest minds in the chiptune scene!  From big stars to up-and-comers,  Raw Cuts was made to allow for a very in depth look at the thought processes of some of the artists, visualists, designers, and promoters in the scene, and maybe even a couple lols on occasion.

This first interview is one I did a while back with an artist who contributed to ChipWin’s very first compilation album, our 51 track beast of an LP.  I went into it wanting to get to know and understand this artist more, but I ended up also getting some advice from him on my road to becoming a fellow chiptuner.  Best known for his unique manipulation of noise, laid back demeanor, and dat luscious freakin hair, here’s my interview with Aleister M. Williams, the artist known as SKGB!


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Kuma: So, lets start with something basic.  Your stage name, SKGB. What was the inspiration for that? What does that stand for, anyway?

SKGB: Well… I basically needed to change my name from SOMETHING WHICH WILL NEVER BE MENTIONED AGAIN!  And I wanted it to sound “cool” I guess, so I took some words that meant something to me and I turned em into an acronym.  I’m sorry, but at this time my agent, Aleister Williams, will not permit me to reveal what SKGB stands for.

Kuma: Hahahaha fair enough, good sir.  That being said, what first got you into chiptune?  Had music production always been something that was a part of your life or did it come later in life?

SKGB: Well, when I was five I decided I wanted to be an artist ’cause I liked cutting the little stick people out all pretty-like.  For a while I wanted to be a visual artist of some sort, then I got into the art of play in middle school and designed shitty little indie games with some Swedish software.  Finally, I found my way into chiptunes, listened to everything I could on 8bitpeoples, started checking out tons of circuit bending stuffs, and smoked too much weed.  Why paint one painting, when i can paint a billion diff paintings in every different person’s ears?

Kuma: Very true!  Your music certainly has reached a wide audience, but I do have to admit you have a style all your own on stage.  It seems to me you definitely haven’t completely abandoned your need to express yourself as a visual artist, particularly when the art is you, such as during your recent show at 8static.  Care to elaborate more on the inspiration for that show?

SKGB: Well, Christmas is all corporate evil now, so I just figured i’d inject some electro-pagan-witch-funk into the mix of consumerist bullshit and see what happens.  Also, I jokingly put “An SKGB Christmas Special” onto the official 8static bookings a while back and Emily Feder (EMFEDEX, Chipmusic Chronicle) made me follow through.

Kuma: Hahahaha!  Oh dude you’re killing me!  That being said, lets talk a bit more about your music.  While there are a lot of chip artists who seem to find their groove after a while and seem to fit neatly into one sub genre, your music is just everywhere!  Hell that Xmas set alone had the dance floor alternating between grinding and thrashing to pop and locking faster than Saturday at Blipfest!  If you had to define you as an artist, what would you call yourself?

SKGB: Well I guess basstripnoisechipthrash or something like that.  My brain is constantly getting bored so I have to constantly keep doing new things to keep it occupied.

Kuma: Would you say that boredom, or a fear of it, is ultimately the driving force behind what you do?

SKGB: Not really.  To be honest I don’t know what boredom is anymore.  I wish I had time to know it, though.  Then maybe I could have more time for a good book and pipe and some pets or something.

Kuma: That’s honestly refreshing to hear, as boredom seems so pervasive in modern culture.  I regress, though.  Lets back track a bit though to your personal style of music. Are there any artists in particular that inspire you to do what you do,chip or otherwise?

SKGB: Yeah. A whole lot.  No but really, I guess, as a kid I listened to a lot of jazz (bebop, avant guard, swing) my mom had.  I grew up listening to stuff like Nirvana and Soundgarden and Alice in Chains and 1st wave ska, then a whole bunch of techno, then chiptunes, then dubstep (like 2008ish stuff).  Now I just listen to a whole buncha shit.
The artists who inspire me the most now are the ones i’m in close proximity with. Dino Lionetti (and all of Cheap Dinos).  The fellas on the Madwaves collective i chill with lots,
and stray chipthrashlings who make it up to Philly: Kool Skull, The Ghost Servant, S.P.R.Y.

Kuma: Very nice.  Kool Skull is one noise artist in particular I’ve come to enjoy greatly, in particular for something he said to me at his last show in NYC before moving out west. He said “the one thing you always gotta remember about chip is that chiptune is about making music easy.”  Would you find in your experience that sentiment to be true?  That making chiptune does make the music production process easier than if you had done it by more traditional means?

SKGB: It all depends.  Me and Kool Skull tend to have the complete opposite workflow when it comes to music. He likes to work on tracks real fast like, and I like to spend hours tweaking and tweaking (a song, you silly).  My advice would be, don’t let anyone else tell you how to make music.  I mean, personally, i’ll find any way i can to make any sort of music i can, because anything else would make me feel real sad ;_; traditional recording or tedious tracking, s’all good.

Kuma: Hey, its all good.  Like you said, this is about you doing what you love and what makes you happy.  You do that however you want my friend.  That being said, one last question for you.  You’ve been in the chipscene longer than I have. Seen its ups and downs, and have earned the respect and admiration of your peers and fans.  Over the course of the year, the chip scene has seen some incredible changes, from the rise of Chiptunes=Win to the farewell of Blipfest.  In your personal opinion as both a fan and an artist, what do you see yourself doing over the course of 2k13 and what do you think will come of the scene, as well?

SKGB: Well… I see myself making a whole bunch of music that doesn’t sound like “traditional” chipmusic, calling it chipmusic and pissing a whole bunch of people off (lol).
As for the “scene” as a whole, I don’t see an end to chipmusic in sight at all,
though i do believe the locus of chip hocus pocus has and will continue to stray farther from the east coast.  Going to BRKfest last year blew my mind wide open to the fact that yes: chipmusic is just as big, if not a whole fuckton bigger, than it ever was.  In fact, the entire midwest corridor is on hot fiyah, Piko Piko Detroit, Cartrage, BRKfest, and all the travelling artists in between are fucking shit up real proper over there.  But mark my words: the 8static crew still have a few surprises on their .sav roms.

aleister crowly

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Relevant awesome links:
SKGB on Bandcamp
SKGB on Facebook
Chip Music Chronicle
8Static
Piko Piko Detroit