Posts Tagged ‘Chiptunes = WIN \m|♥|m/’

Aydan Appreciates: ‘Snö’ by Ujico*/Snail’s House

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We all love our chipmusic here on the blog. Many of us are familiar with the various kinds of hardware, software, and their unique sounds, be they the NES, the Genesis, the Game Boy, or some other kind of emulator with the express purpose of creating the tones we all know and love. But did you know that the future bass subgenre of electronic dance music is actually in a similar vein to chipmusic by extension? Future bass music is often loosely tied to VGM and chipmusic, and is defined predominantly by its use of synthesizers that are commonplace in all three of these scenes. Today, we’ll be looking at the latest Snail’s House release, ‘Snö’; something that’s particularly notable about this release is the difference in tone between this EP and the majority of Snail’s House’s previous works. Most of this artist’s pieces are high-energy, utilizing a multitude of voices and aggressive percussion to create wild, jazzy tunes, ‘Snö’, on the other hand, is more subdued and calm in nature, sounding something like a soundtrack from a futuristic RPG, but with emotional overtones. Without further ado, let’s see what ‘Snö’ has in store for us.


Clover Chain Reacts To: Kubbi – ‘Taiga’

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My introduction is going to be a bit of a gushy personal disclaimer. Sometime in mid-February of 2015, I was chilling out at home browsing Bandcamp, skimming ‘videogame’ tags and fan accountsmy primary way of finding new music back then. I stumbled across Kubbi’s album ‘Ember’, a breathtaking experience that I fall in love with every time I hear it. It’s stuck with me all this time, and while I’m sure it’s influenced me as an artist, Ember has done much more to help shape me as a listener. Looking back, some things have stayed the same (I still spend an occasional evening all to myself on bandcamp), but there’s just so much that has changed since 2015. I discovered Chiptunes = WIN, learned new things. I made new friends, left high school, grew up… and now I find myself here. I know I wouldn’t want to be judged for who I was three years ago, and I certainly wouldn’t want my music to be judged by what I made back then either.

So, as honored as I am to be talking about one of my favorite artists, on one of my favorite blogs – I’m going to try and set that aside, and refrain from any comparisons in regards to Kubbi’s past work too. I’m honestly more excited for right now, and the memories that haven’t happened yet. I used to have one definitive favorite album. With ‘Taiga’, I now have two.


Chip Mom’s Kitchen #45: Blueberry Creamcheese Bread

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For a lot of folks, holidays involve family (for better or for worse). I always spend my holidays with family, although mine is what you might call… “non-traditional”.

For instance, each Easter involves an Iron Chef style cook-off with a secret theme/ingredient. This year, the secret theme is “The Letter B“. So Buzzfeed brought to me…

Blueberry Beer Cheesecake Bread!

Difficulty level:
Newb           |         Apprentice        |         Journeyman         |         Master

Super simple, super delicious! I’m going to need to make a second one…

Quest Items:
1/2 C powdered sugar
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract

2 1/4 C self rising flour
1/3 C brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 C milk
1 C Blueberry Ale (can substitute Blueberry Flavored Water)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 C blueberries

Musical Accompaniment:

Illustrated Guide:

For this one, we’re gonna need about Tree-fiddy.

Butter your pan in a way that would make Paula proud.

Whip together your softened cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla. Once smooth, set the mixture aside.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour and the brown sugar.

Add in the wet ingredients: egg, butter, vanilla, milk, and blueberry ale. Once whisked smooth (like a thick waffle batter), stir in the blueberries.

Time to put it all together!

Add half the batter to the bread pan, and then layer the cream cheese mixture on top, making sure not to push it down into the batter.

Add the rest of the batter on top; then pop it into the oven for 40 – 45 minutes!

Let the bread rest and cool, top with powdered sugar, and then devour.

Lastly, remember, Chip Mom luvs ya!

Chip Bit Sid Takes On: Graz – ‘Monolith’

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Hey guys. I’ve been extremely busy these past few months, mainly down to getting the funding secure for Chip Bit Day 18 (which you can read about it later on after the review). Thankfully I’m still finding time to do my reviews for ChipWIN! This month I’m reviewing an album that I’ve been sitting on for a while now; ‘Monolith’ by Graz and released with ‘Ravertooth Tiger’.

The last time I review a Graz album was back in 2016 with ‘Ravepunk’ and that released by ‘Cheapbeats’. It was a great listen whilst feeling incredibly boppy & funky. ‘Monolith’ however is a lot different compared to ‘Ravepunk’, sounding more heavy whilst feeling darker & grittier.


Aydan Appreciates: ‘Crunk Witch’ by Crunk Witch

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Crunk Witch, an eclectic and eccentric geeky duo from Maine, is known for their heavy bass, explosive vocals, phenomenal production, and chipmusic-influenced style. They’re also known for touring extensively throughout the United States. Several times a year they come through the college town that I call home, Ithaca, to jam out at one of our favorite local pizza joints, The Nines. This is just a pit stop on their journey to rock the nation, and it’s always a treat to experience the sheer energy that flows through the packed bar during their shows. At these live events, they’ve teased some new material from their latest self-titled album, released a little more than four years after their most recent album, ‘Heartbeats in Hyperspace’. ‘Crunk Witch’ is packed with what long-time fans know and love the duo for, and is sure to open new fans’ eyes to their sheer talent. So come on, everybody; there’s a place we gotta go!


Clover Chain Reacts To: Tenfour – ‘Wish Book’

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When it came out, Tenfour’s “Wish Book” marked something wonderfully new for Cheapbeats. A popular label for chiptune and lo-fi music, this is the first time in my memory they’ve released something so distinctly modern and inspired more by videogame music than the chip scene. Soundtracks, and VGM in general, were my entryway to taking an interest in composition, which led me to the Chiptunes=WIN community, so I’m going to take this opportunity to try something new myself and write out my thoughts about it. Because this isn’t just a phenomenal album, it’s also *right* up my alley. Let’s dissect why it works so well.