Happy New Year ChipWINners! Welcome back to my column, So You Wanna Make A Chiptune! It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these. Normally, I’ve reserved SYWMAC for the review of hardware and software related to the production of chiptune to help you determine what would be best suited for you. However, with this being the first article of the new year, I thought I’d talk about something just as important: motivation.
I’m sure a great many of you have made resolutions to become more active, steadfast and prolific with your creative endeavors. Just like with any other resolution, I know you’re going to need help staying focused. It’s okay: concentrating on new goals, New Year’s resolutions or otherwise, can be a daunting task. Fortunately, there are plenty of resources within the scene to help you stay motivated! If you’re willing to work towards your larger goal by doing smaller goals, you’re guaranteed to make your dreams a reality in no time. Let’s not waste any more time. Come along with me as I guide you beautiful unicorns to pristine waters that I hope you will drink from!
Robot Unicorn Attack is TM and C of Adult Swim Games
Greetings, readers! It feels like it’s been quite sometime since I posted a pre-show hype article, and what better time to do it than this summer season? Whether it’s keeping busy by reviewing rad albums that come across my radar (here’s my latest!), doing visuals for shows that have transcontinental coverage by Chiptunes = WIN’s very own Adam Seats, or attending MAGFest’s first West Coast expansion event, MAGQuest, there’s certainly never a dull moment in the life of the Prof.
As 8bitLA’s two year anniversary has passed, the cohesive team composed of Kevin “Wizwars” Martinez, Jesse Avila, Rob Duffy, Terence Calacsan, Tim Abad, Jamie Cristal, Calvin (redacted) and myself, have smashed noggins together in the height of the Freq.Fest era and will be invading San Jose, CA with 8bitSF to present the inaugural edition of Freq.Fest.NorCal, taking place September 11–12 at SLG Art Boutiki & Gallery!
Through my stay here on the ChipWIN Blog, I’ve written many album reviews about a handful of talented musicians, and thus a plethora of eclectic coverage has emerged. Through this journey, where I once started as a novice but passionate listener, I feel pretty confident in my ability to decipher the thoughts in my head as to why I think something sounds great. While I am not a classically trained musician, or studied music theory, or even identify as a musician (…yet), I have become much more constructive when I listen to an album. Leading up to this very album review today, I tend to gravitate toward releases that satisfy a minimum of three requirements: Personality, Composition, and Mixing—and I can very confidently say that these very three things are ubiquitous throughout ‘Ghost Stories’, Together We Are Robots’ first studio album released through Bandcamp on March 11, 2015. (more…)
Howdy, Carbon-based lifeforms! It’s been quite some time since I’ve been around these parts. Life has been one extremely wild ride—with work, other adult responsibilities, and slinging visuals at shows, I’ve had to take some time off from writing but it feels great to be back in full swing! Without further adieu, I’m sure you’re all DYING to hear ONE GIGANTIC ANNOUNCEMENT THAT I’VE BEEN HELPING PLAN:
8bitLA’s 4th annual chipmusic festival, freq.fest.v.4.0 (previously known as Frequency), will showcase three nights of music made with obsolete video game and computer hardware. Taking place January 30th–February 1st, 2015, we will be returning to LA’s legendary punk rock DIY venue The Smell for three days of bleeps, bloops, and blips featuring one of its most ambitious lineups to date.
Told you it was punk rock! However, don’t let the facade gross you out—this is one of the cleanest bathrooms I’ve been in!
For the first time since 8bitLA’s conception, nearly half of this year’s bill features artists from out of state:
We assure you this will be a fantastic time—as attested to by the above fantastic GIF teaser poster! If you’re planning to attend, ticket presales will be announced closer to the event date, but you can always purchase one directly at the event.
Finally, in order to completely cover the costs of making this event gobsmackingly awesome, we are running a GoFundMe campaign.There are some fantastic reward tiers set up as an incentive, such as exclusive 8bitLA freq.fest.v.4.0 t-shirts, a signed poster featuring this year’s artwork, and a three-day pass into this year’s festival. Any funds raised beyond our goal of $500 will be allocated to the performers! WIN/WIN.
Chipspace is MAGFest’s chiptune open mic stage, which is available to any and all MAGFest attendees interested in & capable of performing chipmusic at MAG. (tl;dr – It’s a Jamspace for chiptunes yo!).
Marshall Art being the epitome of amazeballs at MAG 12 Chipspace.
In other words, if you’re coming to MAGFest 13 and want to perform some chiptunes, Chipspace is the place for you. This year we’ll even be setup for visualiststo hook up and jam along as well. IT’S A CHIP PARTY FOR EVERYONE.
Also, HOT DAMN! LOOK AT THESE CURATED CHIPSPACE SHOWCASES:
HELLA AWESOME flyer by Jason Rosa and Justin Franco of Play It Loud/Kawaii 8 Bit.
LSDJ Masterclass w/Storm Blooper: Turning Your Old Game Boy Into a Musical Instrument – Sat, 1/24 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Others TBA (or not; we may just drink beer instead lulz)
CHIPSPACE IS GOOD. CHIPSPACE IS FUN. CHIPSPACE IS MASTER OF ALL. & stuff.
More info on Chipspace HERE. Chipspace guidelines HERE.
Welp, I reckon that covers pretty much everything M13 chiptune this time around.
HYPE TRAIN IS GO.
Also: HAVE A RANDOM HILARIOUS M13 PROMO VID BY “VP” SWACKHAMER:
As always, only one thing left to say….
SEE Y’ALL AT MOTHERFUCKING MAGFEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
President Hoodie Founder & Project Manager of Chiptunes = WIN