Posts Tagged ‘dark’

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.

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ChipWIN Presents: ‘Chips = FLIPPED’

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COMP IS LIVE! GO GETS IT HERE –> https://chiptuneswin.bandcamp.com/album/chips-flipped

That’s right, ChipWINners! We’re blindsiding you with a brand spankin’ new ChipWIN compilation titled ‘Chips = FLIPPED‘, and pretty darn soon at that; on Tuesday, March 13th to be exact! Although this one features very, very little chiptune on it. A near chiptune-less ChipWIN comp; have we gone completely mad? Read on past the break to find out….

Nate Horsfall being awesome AF with album artwork once again.

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The Unicorn Princess Royally Reviews ‘Stratocracy’ by CZOFT

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Happy November, everyone!

This month, I wanted to review the recent release by Michigan native, CZOFT. ‘Stratocracy’ was released on October 25, 2017, and features carefully crafted compositions created with lsdj. Featuring 15 tracks fully constructing within one Gameboy DMG-01, the album was released by Utah record label, Catskill Records (the same folks who host Catskill Electronics, a site where Gameboy composers can find their fair share of arduino boys, flash carts, sync components, etc.). This article with contain a review of a new record that I really love, and also share sound design tips straight from the artist for those who want to learn more about lsdj, as well.

Cover artwork by CZOFT, layout and design by Catskull Records.

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Fives and Nines: Tuberz McGee reviews ‘Exit Plan’ by Fearofdark

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Fearofdark is not a newcomer on the scene, but rather a miracle of modern science, a beacon of Chiptune wisdom, and a coffee enthusiast. As a revered Famitracker Wizard and ModPlug Master coming off the back of several successful albums, Mr. ofdark has released a brand new chippy toure de force titled ‘Exit Plan’. The album combines his love of jazz harmonies, four to the floor head bobbing, and pseudo avant garde whole tone weirdness. ‘Exit Plan’ is released through Ubiktune, a label known for their ridiculously complex, progressive music that combines super catchy melodies and riffs with weird time signatures and absurd harmonic progressions. This album is no outlier. It exemplifies everything that I just listed, as this album is masterfully crafted.

Alright team. Let’s go on a journey. Let’s jam!

Fearofdark + Dragons = I should have studied maths rather than music at university

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Office Hours – NESMetal ‘Dead Lights and Dark Towers’

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Welcome to the April edition of Office Hours! This month’s review was a no-brainer for me – I am a huge Stephen King fan, and when NESMetal’s ‘Dead Lights and Dark Towers’ dropped at the end of March, I knew I had found my target. You may recognize NESMetal (nee Johnathan D. Godbolt) from his contribution to Volume 3 & CeltWIN, or many other releases on Pterodactyl Squad. His style typically pulls no punches, delivering high-energy music that is uncompromising in its complexity and scope. This approach often focuses on several extremes – high/low registers and musical density being commonly explored – and his style definitely shines through on ‘Dead Lights and Dark Towers’.

Interestingly enough, the album is not directly based off of King’s work, but of NESMetal’s own self-reflection and expression of negative feelings. Make sure to read the description of the concept album and the accompanying lyrics for each track to get the full album experience. Because of the intensely negative and isolating emotions explored, this album will not be the easiest listening you may do this week, nor will every track be immediately digestable. Before you embark on this journey, make sure you have your affairs in order and don’t forget to bring along a few silver dollars and a slingshot in case you discover an unpleasant creature lurking around the next corner.

DLADT album cover
album art by NESMetal
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Aydan Appreciates: ‘Game Changer’ by HarleyLikesMusic

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HarleyLikesMusic is a name that’s been popping up in the chipscene, and for good reason. ‘Game Changer’, both his first foray into the realm of 8-bit music and his Cheapbeats debut, is a game changer in every sense of the word. Every single track on the album showcases Harley’s ability to stretch the Game Boy’s sound chip to beyond the limitations I imagined it had. Let’s take a look at a few tracks and see exactly how Harley’s managed this incredible feat!

GameChanger

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