Posts Tagged ‘Game Genie Sokolov’

Chiptunes = WIN: Volume 8 [Tracks 21 – 30]

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Every year, ChipWIN releases a compilation of 51 of the best chipmusic tracks of the year, and every year it continues to impress. In case you haven’t been tuning in over the course of the last week, here on The ChipWIN Blog we also happen to review every track from the compilation. A daunting task indeed, but it’s our way of saying thanks to the many people involved in this continuously expanding project. Shall we?

Pixel Syndrome‘s pixel-tastic entry.
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A Square Meal: ‘Insert Disk 02’ by Game Genie Sokolov

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Since the beginning, humanity has had some epic arguments about just the most important, finest and serious topics: why are we here? Good or evil? Should the pizza be topped with pineapple? And of course: does Sega really do what NintenDoesn’t? Well, I won’t intend nor dare to give an answer to any of the previously mentioned questions (especially to the last one); but if you are up for some quality FM Chiptune, today’s article is going to completely blow your mind.

From all the options we have to listen and appreciate chiptune nowadays, it’s always nice to find some first-rate music made specifically to be played on a Sega Genesis. That’s why when I knew that there was a Montreal artist who makes it, I got myself ready for an incredible experience. Of course I’m talking about Game Genie Sokolov. Maybe you remember GG Sokolov’s tremendous work from ‘Chiptunes = WIN Vol. 5’, ‘Deskpop & ChipWIN’ or ‘FM: Possible 2‘; but this time we’ll talk about this new and super awe-inspiring album: ‘Insert Disk 02’ released through the French Canadian netlabel Lisbon Lux Records. So let’s take a look over it… Sega style!

Cover by John Londono and Maina Militza.
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ChipWIN-tern Spotlight: ‘chipsynth PortaFM SONGS’, by ToyCompany

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Over the last few years, for reasons best left to the wastes of time, I’ve dedicated a lot more time on the blog writing about albums that feature FM synthesis, be it on live chips or emulated. It seems like in a sea of Gameboy music, FM often goes by the wayside. Thankfully, some folks in the frozen northlands of Mapleopolis  Montreal are fighting the good fight and have been working to change that. If you’ve used a DAW to make chipmusic in the last 20 years, you’re probably familiar with Plogue and their line of chiptune emulation VSTs. Their latest release, the PortaFM, focuses on the emulation of the YM2413 chip (also known as the OPLL), and the good folks at Toy Company have released a small album to demonstrate just what this baby can do.

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ChipWIN-tern Spotlight: ‘PLAYROOM VOL 6’ from Toy Company

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It’s time to turn the spotlight this month to the far frozen northlands of Canada – Toy Company has put out volume six of its compilation series and let me tell you, if you’re not already sitting down to prepare yourself for this I’m going to need you to do so. I’d try to use modern parlance and say things like “this album slaps, my guy” or “this album is full of bangers” but I’m officially old enough to be out of touch with modern slang, let alone to know if what I consider modern slang actually is or if it’s already old by the time it reaches my ears. But look – sit down, put your overpriced headphones on and get ready for a ride.

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DESKPOP & ChipWIN: PART 1

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Hhhhhheeeeeeeey what’s up YouTube it’s ya boi the ChipWIN-tern and I’m here to show you the speed glitch in my playthrough of – wait, no, I’m sorry, wrong medium, let’s try that again.

Hey blog fans! We just released a new compilation with the cool folks at DESKPOP. You know what that means – we’re gonna talk about all the cool tunes! I’m sure you all got to check it out on the live release show, but if not, we’ve got it all right here for you. Listen and read along below!

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