Posts Tagged ‘Chiptunes WIN’

A Square Meal: ‘愛を喜ぶ街’ by 黒魔 / Chroma

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The first half of this year was full of extraordinary music releases, and the name that signs this one is a synonym of quality. For those of you that may not be familiar with Chroma’s work, the huge range of styles and emotions he’s capable to express through music have not only been translated into an astonishing combination of techniques, but also into a distinctive fusion of sounds and an incomparable ability to tell stories. Of course, all of this in the form a huge catalog of compositions. All the tracks contained in this album are charged with a strong sense of consistency and are sharpened enough to work along with each other or on its own. So let’s take a look over Chroma’s first full-length album: ‘愛を喜ぶ街’ (Ai wo Yorokobu no Machi – ‘The Town that Enjoys Love’), released through not records.

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Leveling Up Your Artistic Identity – Episode I: Building a Foundation

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If you’ve already endured the rigorous gauntlet of refining your sound and discovering your creative voice, then you’re in luck! You have already done the most difficult part. If you’re not quite at this stage, don’t worry—writing and production will be touched upon in another article series. If, however, you’re ready to get your music in front of people and take your project to the next level, this series is right up your alley. Leveling Up Your Artistic Identity is a episodic column that delves deep into the fine minutia of topics like how to build a marketing strategy, how to get your music in front of new fans, and how to grow your professional network. In this first installment, we’ll explore how to set the stage for your budding project and, armed with that knowledge, know how to choose an appropriate name.

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Aydan Appreciates: ‘Rogue Singularity’ by Derris-Kharlan

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It’s been a hot minute since I’ve heard the name Derris-Kharlan, so when Brandon notified me that an indie game with a soundtrack by this seldom-featured artist had been released, I was intrigued. I was quite excited to see what the project is all about, and wanted to familiarize myself with some of his previous compositions prior to this review. In perusing his Bandcamp page, I found the bizarrely comical Sonic Art series, a track released through the GameChops label, and I was reminded of his track on the classic ChipWIN Expansion Pack. Needless to say, his releases are few and occasionally far in-between. The excitement I had for this album spurs, however, from an iconic chipmusic album I love deeply – Ubiktune’s 2010 ‘Wintertunes‘. Derris-Kharlan’s contribution, ‘Reconciliation‘, is a piece that has always been special to me. It would play on my commutes to my college courses, or while I was studying or heading to work when I was just getting into chipmusic. I’m excited to have the opportunity to review ‘Rogue Singularity’, and I’m prepared to see what lies beyond the shroud of the stars!

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Chip Mom’s Kitchen #55: Peanut Butter Cup Trifle

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So, until it rained today, it was so. damn. hot. out.

I did not want to turn on my oven and cause my house to become one degree closer to the surface of Venus. I did not want to melt my cats into little puddles. I did not want my dog to look at me with that face.

So this month, here is a super simple no bake recipe for your enjoyment.

Peanut Butter Cup Trifle

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‘Chiptunes = WIN: Volume 8’ Art Contest Spotlight

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As I’m sure you’ve no doubt noticed in and around ChipWIN-Land™ as of late, we’ve been promoting the tomato lovin’ heck out of the latest entry to our summer Volume compilation. Quite appropriate for us to do I reckon, as it is a brand new ChipWIN compilation, and also, incredibly fabulous! ♪♫♬ (ˇ_ˇ”) ƪ(˘⌣˘)┐ ƪ(˘⌣˘)ʃ ┌(˘⌣˘)ʃ ♬♫♪

That said, the chiptune side of Volume 8 isn’t the only part worthy of extended promo and celebration. The art contest entries this year are equally tomato-tastic (literally: including a 🍅 somewhere in the work was an entry requirement), and you can feast your eyes upon their collective splendor via the following slideshow.

To discover more amazing works from the artists (and hey, maybe ping ’em for an art commission for your own projects and/or enjoyment!), dive into the links section underneath the artwork. Enjoy! (ノ゚0゚)ノᵒᵐᵍ _〆(。。)

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Chiptunes = WIN: Volume 8 [Tracks 31 – 40]

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Everyone has a high-pitched scream reserved for something, and I have to confess I had one especially loud waiting for this moment. That’s right; the time has come for me to write about some quality tunes. So let’s put the long introduction aside and let’s take a look over ‘Chiptunes = WIN: Volume 8’, tracks 31 to 40.

Tobikomi‘s fabulantastic entry for the Art Contest.
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