Hey ChipWINners! 2016 has been a breathtakingly impressive year for chipmusic. It’s not even the end of February yet and we’ve already seen amazing work from the likes of LITTLE PAW, Awesome Force, Conquer Monster, and many others. While there have been some rising stars and a lot of new talent hitting the scene, chiptune veterans are strutting their stuff as well, pushing our community into the brink of mainstream music culture. One such example would be the legendary Shirobon, whose most recent releases, ‘The Arcade Dream’ and ‘Infinity’, blew a lot of his impressive earlier work out of the water. Just last week, he released his latest work through Hyperwave Records, ‘Dimensions’, and it’s already been received with astounding applause and praise from the community. Let’s take a look at what Shirobon’s EP has in store for us!
Sup y’all? =) Prez Hoodie here with another edition of my monthly chip & beer special! Unlike the debut write-up on Solarbear & Pabst, this one is very unfortunately not being composed from a wonderful condo balcony in idyllic Pensacola Beach, Florida….
*THIS* was the view. Exactly.
That regrettable consideration aside, time to get on with the write-up! Today I’ll be covering both one of my very favorite chipartists & beers, a combination of which could (appropriately) rock the entire cosmos itself:
Sam Adams Cherry Wheat & Auxcide.
I should honestly just stop here. Anyone who has sampled either (even the skeptical crew of last Sunday’s episode of ‘Getting Weird With Nole & Josh‘) understands 1000%.
But for those of you that haven’t had either existence altering experience, allow me to elucidate! As many of you are well aware by this point (i.e. thanks to my endless harping about it :3 ), I consider Sam Adams Cherry Wheat to be a modern marvel of brewing ingenuity. A FANTASTIEXCELLENT wheat ale laced with subtle hints of both honey and cherry, resulting in what I consider a damn near perfect brew. And #REALTALK: I’m not typically a huge fan of honey or cherry flavoring in my beverages. But something about the way that this well known Boston brewery incorporates both flavorings into said ale leaves me in pure love/lust to consume it’s delightful alcoholic beverage with wild abandon!!
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Regarding its equally AMAZEBALLS chiptune counterpart, Bryan Dobbins aka Auxcide, my love affair with his ethereal yet driving, progtastic yet danceable, epic space themed chipmusic hybrid began shortly after discovering his track (DAT BREAKDOWN!!! <3) on the ‘Pxl-Bot One Year Later‘ compilation in June 2012. This lead to my immediate discovery and appropriately hyperbolic (of course! ;) videogamedj.com review of his debut LSDjx2 album ‘of Atoms and Stardust’. Fast forward through a series of other fantasticsingles, a remix album, an EP, & various live events (BRKFest 2013 anyone??) and you have what I STILL seriously consider to be one of the most well put together amalgamates of chiptune & electronic music that the current scene has to offer.
His most recent (April 2013) two part EP ‘[ Dimensions ]’ is what keeps pulling me back with a ferocity, however. Four tracks x2 (first set chip+, 2nd set all LSDj) epitomize all that is Auxcide in just under 30 minutes of exceptional music: from the absolutely soaring opening track ‘Astral’ and joyous dancing revelry of ‘Oversoul’, to the extraordinary build-up-palooza frenzy of ‘Spirit’ and enormously dense title track ‘Dimensions’, Auxcide crafts a release that transcends your “general chiptune album” in damn near every way possible.
For me personally, it really all comes back to ‘Oversoul’, which, using the full scope of powers invested in my made-up Presidential wuttehfurkevar, I declare to be yet another epic anthem of chiptune and/or life in general.
Or I could just sum up this entire damn write-up with Bryan’s sublime summation of why he both composes and loves chiptune so much:
“BECAUSE IT MAKES PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD INTO A FAMILY”
Well put, son. Well put indeed. ♥♥♥
Tune in next time for another fantastically ridiculous, ridiculously fantastic chip & beer pairing! In the meantime, enjoy some Sam Adams Cherry Wheat & Auxcide (i.e. one of the best pairings of quality beer & music that this world offers)! And, if at all possible, don’t miss the most excellent IRL opportunity to enjoy this delightful combination during Bryan’s main stage chip showcase debut at MAGFest 12 this coming January!
Until then, CHEERS TO ALL OF YA!!