Posts Tagged ‘Expansion Pack’

geekbeatradio Presents: The ChipWIN Vol.8 Expansion Pack

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🤖 Edit: ‘Robots Always WIN’ is LIVE!! Nab it here. 🤖

After many years of hosting the release parties for various ChipWIN compilations, our friends at geekbeatradio are happy to finally have the opportunity to curate and release one of their own! Namely, the Expansion Release for ‘Chiptunes = WIN: Volume 8‘, aptly titled ‘Robots Always WIN’!

Electrifying album art by Karbia.
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ChipWIN Comps Historical Context: Year One

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ChipWIN Comps Historical Context: Year One

Sooooooo, what was going to be a week-long series of social media posts giving brief historical context on five years of our compilation series (a little hype leading up to Friday’s V.6 launch if you will) just turned into a week-long series of blog posts featuring such. Why? Simple: there’s no word limit here. ಠ‿↼ And boy howdy, can I write a lot about this gorram project; especially this core facet of it.

Read on below the jump if you dare.

ChipWIN Comps: Year One

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The President’s Manifesto: Beer & Chip Vol.3

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Sup y’all? =) Prez Hoodie here with yet another edition of my beer and chiptune column! Surprisingly enough, it’s survived to a third iteration! Well I’ll be damned….
I mean, uh… That’s awesome! I knew it would all along! :3

Silly introduction out of the way, let’s get on to this month’s beer & chip combo! This time around I’ll be glorying in the delightfulness of the following selections:

Ghost River Golden Ale & Roboctopus.

I decided to go local on this month’s brew selection, snagging a sixer of Memphis, Tennessee’s own Ghost River Golden Ale for my review. 

ghost river hoodie

What we have here, is a mighty fine beer!

From among seven different choices (four being seasonals), Golden Ale is Ghost River Brewing’s staple brew. Consequently, it’s also their only offering available in bottles
(the other six can only be found on draft at local pubs and/or purchased in kegs from the brewery). Pretty solid offering for a craft brewery, especially in this region!

Ghost River Brewing logo

Regarding the Golden Ale, it’s a rather light, very refreshing ale, complemented by a mildly sweet flavor (not overpowering) and just enough hoppiness to feel it in the back of your cheeks. Quite honestly, it’s a dangerously drinkable brew for any time of the year; a 6 pack of this tasty goodness has the nasty habit of disappearing far quicker than it has any right to! While the Glacial Pale Ale is probably still my favorite Ghost River brew, their Golden Ale is definitely worth trying out. Many times.

Michael Allen aka Roboctopus, the ale loving chipartist pairing to this month’s brewskie, is both similarly local to me (somewhat: appx. 4 hours away) and responsible for creating some quality chipmusic that is also dangerously addictive!

faces of roboctopus

The many faces of Roboctopus.
If 4 is many I suppose.

While this fancy tie wearing, occasional guitar playing, Gameboy dance-pop musician has been composing chipmusic for a handful of years now (his first two tracks debuted on 8bc in 2006), his four Bandcamp releases (+ some notable one-offs) of 20+ LSDj jams hold their own against some of the more longstanding hallmark albums of chipmusic, period.

From the ultra catchy LSDjx1 chiptune of his first three EPs – ‘The Landscape Has Been Erased’ (Oct. 2011), ‘Victory Lapse’ (April 2012) & ‘Tidal Bout’ (Dec. 2012) – to the gloriousness of what is both his first full length release & first LSDjx2 album, ‘Disco.txt’ (which successfully released this summer via the Cheapbeats netlabel) this sharply dressed chiptuner consistently creates some of the most infectious dance grooves that modern chipmusic has to offer. Totes a regular winner of the #FEELSGOODMAN award.

While somewhat of a rarity (although rumors of a future album comprised of such do exist), I’m a huge fan of his chip + other instrument(s) work as well. You only need listen to the diverse, yet fantastic mix of instrumentation in his ‘ChipWIN Expansion Pack’ entry “Lights Out For the Invisible Girls” to hear exactly why:

On top of everything else, the robotic octopus (or is he an octopus named Rob? #DeepQuestions) also manages to pull off a damn satisfying live performance. Having personally caught both his BRKFest & Future Night (indie art/music showcase in Nashville, TN) sets this year, I can totes attest to this something fierce. Even the most reluctant, dance-shy nerd struggles to remain still as Roboctopus regales the room in chiptune glory. Favorite tracks such as “Disco.txt” and “All Outta Bubblegum” shine in a new light, blasting from event loudspeakers with an almost tangible energy, as if they were truly designed to make butts move on the dance floor (hint: they were). 

While he comes across as soft-spoken, thoughtful individual in person, Michael speaks so incredibly loudly through his exceptional, feelgood chipmusic. As a lover of excellently crafted, danceable LSDj chiptune, or just damn good music in general, you owe it to yourself to check him out if you haven’t yet. If his tunes don’t stir something in (or outside) of you, chances are you’re probably dead.

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And that concludes this month’s volume of my beer & chip column! Hope you enjoyed the read, and that you get a chance to enjoy both the beer (come visit & I’ll buy you one!) and the music of Roboctopus (you have zero excuse for missing the music; embeds to ALL THE OCTOALBUMS are just below this). Until next month, cheers to all of ya!!

Much \m||m/,
President Hoodie

Roboctopus
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Ghost River Golden Ale | Ghost River Brewing

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ChipWIN Exp Pack MERCH!!! =D

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New ChipWIN compilation = new LIMITED EDITION ChipWIN merch bundle as well!! =D

This Pixel Pixie provided bundle of chippy joy comes with:

  • 1 GLOW-IN-THE-DARK T-Shirt (Gildan Softstyle)
  • 4 ChipButtons
  • A CRAPTON of ChipStickers (way more reg sized vs. tiny this time ;)
  • ????

Same as last time, once these 50 bundles sell out THEY’RE GONE FOREVER!!!!
In other words, *ACT FAST* if you want one! ;D

And to kick it off, be sure to use the discount code “BOOYAH” to get 10% off your order for the first week! (expires 10/16/12). BECAUSE \m|♥|m/ THAT’S WHY!!! 8)

So what are you waiting for?? GO SNAG SOME SWAG AT THE LINK BELOW!! =D

~SOLD OUT!!~

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ChipWIN compilation DLC FTW!!! \m|♥|m/

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YUP. More ChipWIN goodness coming ‘atcha HARD & FAST & SUDDENLY~!!!
On October 1st, Chiptunes = WIN brings you THE EXPANSION PACK.

21 brand new, unreleased tracks from 21 completely different artists, NINJA ATTACKING you from the pixelated mists of chipland!!

And OH HELLZ YEAH, it’s getting the full treatment once again: mastered by the badasstastic Dj CUTMAN, artified by the artmaster Nate Horsfall aka Foxdragon, and merchified by Maddie the magical Merch Fairy (merch details COMING SOON).

And, OF COURSE, check out (and SHARE the bejebus out of!!!) Swack & Justin’s new RIDICUWIN Expansion Pack promo video for more chipWINfo (these puns are getting unbearable… ;3):

ALSO OF COURSE, don’t miss the host with the mostest, Obtuse’s 8 Bit Power Hour release date listening paaaartaaaaay on Areciboradio (IT’S A TRADITION NOW, BLASTITALL!!!):

https://www.facebook.com/events/280326628748192/

If you prefer teh Twitters, USE THIS:

 

AND BOOM!!! There’s now ChipWIN Chat here on the blog BECAUSE ♥ !!!
chiptuneswin.com/chat

When President Hoodie promises chiptune, PRESIDENT HOODIE DELIVERS TEH CHIPTUNE. 8)

OCTOBER 1st. <– BE THERE. Or zombie chibi dickbutt will get you.

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