Chiptunes4Autism has been going for 4 years strong now, and another spring season brought us what may be their most exciting compilation yet! 28 tracks showcase a varied, fun, and hard-working collective that will take anyone who wants to help. All proceeds go to charities proud of neurodiversity, supporting autistic self-advocacy, mental health resources, and networks for marginalized groups. It’s really great. Also, the music kicks ass, and the people involved will steal your hearts.
By ‘steal your hearts’, of course, I mean I’m going to try and cast them in a heist movie.
This month’s Chiptune artist never ceases to amaze me with his rave style bangers and his witty, surreal and flashy Instagram stories. It’s always a quirky and wild ride listening to the tunes of Una Niña Malvada!
Una Niña Malvada, whose real name is Marcelo Aliste (nicknamed Rano) has lived in Santiago de Chile (Chile) all his life. He considers himself to be a very boring but restlessly creative individual, so he has always tried to learn and produce a lot of things: with design, painting, drawing, programming and music. According to him, he is the classical case of “master of none”, although I beg to differ.
Rano creates as if he always tries to tap into the child in all of us, and having several musical projects, Una Niña Malvada is the one that has the most longevity of the bunch. The visual mascot of the project is a lovely female pooch that Rano draws all the time and can be seen throughout his social media. Being such a well received project internationally and online, one could also reflect upon his drawings, that have an 80’s anime vibe, but in which the content is universally relatable, and has a contagious glee, much like his music.
Heyo, ChipWINners! Welcome back to Quick Shots! This month, I’ll be reviewing work from three artists across the creative spectrum who have each brought something rather unique to the table. The first is a debut EP from a chiptuner with EDM leanings. The second is an artist I’ve featured in my interview column who has recently put out two new singles. The third is an offering that skews more towards Nerdcore than chiptune, but was too unique to pass up on sharing with all of you. So lets not waste any more time. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the works of Gigibyte, Thorazine Unicorn, and 8-Bit Mullet.
Welcome back to Quick Shots: the monthly album review column in which I seek out some of the newest music the scene has to offer and do my best to help you determine if something is worth your time. This month, I have three albums from some lesser known artists who offer unique listening experiences from one another. One wants to see you get down on that dance floor and strut your stuff. The second wants to share a moment in time in with you as they reflect on their life in relative solitude. The last wants you to indulge in some work they’ve contributed to an upcoming game that is just as easy to groove to as it is to zone out to it. With such a wide offering of experiences on the table this month, I think we should jump right in. Join me as I dissect sophomore releases from Libla and SemiProcastinator, and take a closer look at Mint℠’s third LP.
This month, instead of the usual review, I decided to put together a helpful guide for those looking for more insight on playing live shows. Playing shows can be super fun, but being less than prepared can cause a ton of stress.
Here’s the scenario: Your show’s date is set. You have a month or more to prepare. Tons of time, right? Wrong. Chances are, you’ll procrastinate. You have other gigs to focus on. You’re working on an EP (or four). You’ve got somewhere between one and three jobs. You might be studying. Maybe you have a family. Everyone has a million things on their plate, and that’s OK. It’s normal. With that in mind, you need to keep your eyes on the prize, because rule number one of this whole thing is:
If you commit to something, do everything in your power to produce good results.
Maybe you just like playing shows for fun. Maybe music is how you pay your bills. Maybe you create as a way to express yourself, maybe you’re more of a programmer and are developing music tech tools as a way to test them. Whatever. Regardless of why you’re part of the industry, it all comes down to this: If you are not reliable,people won’t want to work with you. People serious about their craft do not mingle with people who aren’t dependable, professional, and on time. It doesn’t matter what field that you’re in. As Jim Rohn said in one of my favorite quotes:(more…)
You might’ve heard of The Laohu through the grapevine, or via his track from ChipWIN: Volume 3, Bash of the Kaiju, or maybe you’ve just been a long-time fan of his since he started releasing music back in 2012. Regardless, it’s been almost three years since he last released an album through Bandcamp. In mid-March, he put out his latest musical endeavor through the Pxl-Bot label entitled ‘FROgs’, and the result is an eclectic mix of genres spanning progressive rock to electro. Without further ado, let’s take a look at The Laohu’s latest piece of work! (more…)