Posts Tagged ‘Melbourne’

Rhyphte Reviews: ‘General Musings’ by cactus.

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Well, this is probably the last you’ll be hearing from me for a minute, folks. Got some IRL adventures to sort out before I can pursue my hobbies in the same way again. So let me kick off the review portion of this announcement with the revelation that cactus. is from Melbourne! Crazy to me since I was born there and had no idea (that cactus. resides there—pretty sure I know where I was born)! There’s so much talent in the southern hemisphere and the list of Aussie musicians that I am aware of grows longer day by day!

(very fitting) album art by Joshua Webb

‘General Musings’ is a collection of what cactus. calls ‘title-first’ compositions, which are songs written around expressions or phrases deemed sufficiently interesting by the creator. I think that the concept is quite refreshing, bringing many different and specific ideas together into the spotlight without the need for a binding theme. It’s a great prompt for generating new and interesting musical ideas!


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Aydan Appreciates: ‘Kintsugi’ by Calavera

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A lot of the chipscene is based in either the Americas, Europe, or Asia. So many talented artists come from these four continents that we often forget about good ol’ Australia. With the recent influx of interest in Square Sounds Melbourne 2018, and a steady flow of music coming from Australian chipmusicians over the last few years, now seems like the perfect time to review one of the most recent works to come out of the region. Calavera is known for his down-tempo bass-filled bangers of tracks, and his most recent work, ‘Kintsugi’, certainly delivers them. We’ll be looking at three tracks from this album in-depth, so buckle up for one hell of a ride.

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Square Sounds Melbourne 2017! A Romantic Weekend Away With Tuberz McGee

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Square Sounds is my favourite time of the year every year. A gathering of all my favourite people, and people who will become my favourite people. Great. Filled with the buzz of gameboys, NES consoles, Megadrives and various other chip-paraphernalia. Organized by the incredible Kristy, Eugene, and Alex, this festival is perhaps the most thrilling thing the southern hemisphere has to offer and most likely the only thing in Australia that will not try to kill you. I had the absolute pleasure of attending this year’s event and would love to do nothing more than report on how bone-crushingly good these jams were.

As I missed the pre-party on Thursday (compulsory attendance for university, really I should have just un-enrolled lmao) I’ll just dive into the main event, spread over Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I’m really sad I missed the pre-party too because stellar chip musicians like Classic Mistake, cTrix, and Aquellex were on the stage bangin’ out some jams [with live arps on a keytar!!!]. I like to think that we have created a piece of chiptune mythology/folklore here.

Let’s jam.

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Kuma, V. Forge, Chris K’s Resplendent ‘Forest = ВИН’ Review

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Hey, what’s up ChipWINners? It’s your boy BronxKuma, welcoming you back to the blog.  This time around, we’re going to be doing something very special, as today I’ll be joining forces with Viridian Forge & Chris Krogsgard to cover the latest release from the label: ‘Forest = ВИН‘!

‘Forest = ВИН’ is a truly noteworthy release because it represents continued success for our collective.  Taking the opportunity to work with Kubbi and Agri, the founders of the Russian based Forest net label and long time supporters and partners of ChipWIN, we’ve put together a collection of aria that is truly wonderful.  This is something we’re all very proud of, as this stellar accomplishment is the 18th album ChipWIN has released in five years! Consisting of thirteen phenomenal tracks from all over the globe, ‘Forest = ВИН’ is a labor of love that is so absolutely resplendent that we just can’t wait to share with you.  So let’s not waste anymore time: sit back, relax, and plug in those headphones: it’s time to go wandering into the Forest.

Album artwork by Anatoly Sazonov, vk.com/anatolysaz

Splendid album artwork by Anatoly Sazonov, vk.com/anatolysaz

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Aydan Appreciates: ‘Rising’ by tiasu

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Based out of Melbourne, Australia, tiasu is an incredibly prolific chipmusician. His name should ring a few bells in the minds of avid fans of the genre, but especially in followers of the Chiptunes = WIN blog. ‘Rising’ is the most recent in his series of uniquely charged chipmusic albums, and can be considered the direct sequel to his last album, ‘Insomnia‘. Additionally, this album is his third full-length release in 8 months, and the quality is just as good as – if not better than – ‘Insomnia’. Combining elements of chipmusic, progressive metal, synthpop, electro, and other types of modern electronic dance music, this album is truly one of a kind. Let’s explore it in a little more detail. (more…)