Posts Tagged ‘Electro House’

What’s On Tap – Pete Ellison

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This month’s edition of ‘What’s on Tap?’ combines three of my favorite things into one deliciously awesome cornucopia: video games, breakfast, and beer. VGM veteran Pete Ellison returns to the soundtrack world with #Breakforcist, a breakfast-themed brick breaking collaboration with Kevin John at Lucid Sheep Games. Demonic waffles fall from the sky and your task is to destroy them by any means necessary, augmenting your ball with bacon lasers and pancakes. #Breakforcist is currently available on iOS devices, with an Android port coming in the near future. In addition to the soundtrack, Pete did the artwork for the game and you can unlock iMessage stickers by progressing through the levels. Play this game for ten minutes and the only person more enthusiastic about breakfast than you is Leslie Knope:

Musically, #Breakforcist sits squarely in an uncanny valley between retro gaming and contemporary music production. Soundfonts resembling the SNES and Dreamcast-era classics mix freely with Absynth-like patches and filters, wrapped up in a tight and clean package. Although designed for handheld devices, the #Breakforcist soundtrack plays well through laptops, headphones, and normal speaker setups – a testament to Pete’s solid production skills. The soundtrack has a common theme of uptempo, danceable grooves to keep the player’s energy high, but there are a surprisingly wide variety of sounds from beginning to end. The more ambient tracks function well as both background music and standalone pieces, with several standout melodies and funky basslines to keep the listener engaged. Perhaps the most unique portion of the soundtrack are Pete’s tracks that utilize the sexy vocaloid known here as Cyber Diva. If you are having trouble envisioning this sound, imagine Laurie Anderson’s ‘O Superman’ with a thumping backbeat and lyrics about waffles instead of nuclear war.

Now, let’s bust out the maple syrup and dig into some of these sweet tunes, shall we?

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Aydan Appreciates: ‘CHIP ZONE • #003’ by Ayoshutduff

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ChipWINners might remember Ayoshutduff from his tracks on volumes 2, 3, 5, and Celt-tunes, which were all quite memorable in their own rights. While he may have released a limited number of actual albums, his library of singles is quite expansive, both in quantity and in a stylistic sense. From bass-heavy hits to video game remixes and symphonic, atmospheric RPG-inspired sounds, there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot that he CAN’T pull off. His latest album, ‘CHIP ZONE • #003’, is an aural journey with underlying tinges of nostalgia and an insatiable curiosity for space. Make sure to secure yourself in your seat, and ensure that your listening pods – be they external or semi-internal – are functioning properly. This is your captain Aydan speaking, and we’ll be reaching your tonal destination in 3…2…1!

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Aydan Appreciates & Interviews: ‘Dimensions’ & Shirobon

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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!

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Nonfinite Explores: Dragon Warrior – ‘World of Darkness, World of Light’

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I’m excited, folks. It appears Harrison Lemke, the prolific artist of many names from Austin, TX has been precisely as productive as he told me he’d be when I interviewed him in my last podcast episode. It was an enlightening interview for me, and I came away from it with heightened appreciation for the lo-fi aesthetic. Harrison works with a 4-track tape recorder, which brings some limitations, and with it, altered creative output. His project Dragon Warrior stays true to the form I saw previously in Pastoral II with an expanded instrumental palette.

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Nonfinite Explores: Pocket Fox – SALTWATER

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I’ve been feeling a bit down lately, chip citizens. Perhaps it’s these cloudy, gray skies here in London, England. I’m accustomed to a bit more variation, a bit more sun back where I’m from in the U.S.A. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind a little rain every once in awhile, and I like the mildness of the weather here; I’m certainly not a humidity fan. I’m just after a little change from time to time.

I sat down at my tiny hotel desk this dreary morning of Monday, August 24th to get to writing my monthly blog entry for ChipWIN with my current sensibilities, desires, and emotional state in mind. “Something different would be nice today,” I thought to myself as I began to peruse over the several sources I go to when finding my next would-be review.

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