This month, I wanted to shed some light on a really cool and inspiring Atari ST creation I came across this week. Set free to the world on January 24, 2018, ‘Escape Return’ is both a digital and vinyl release by Swiss artist, STU. I listen to a lot of music and, friends, this one really captivated me.
Album art created by DAN from Bleepstreet for ‘Escape Return’.
Every month that I write these blog entries, I can’t believe how quickly the year flies by. Up in New York City, we’re partly settled into fall; the leaves are barely starting to change colors, and the weather can’t seem to make up its mind. I’ve always regarded autumn to be a time of renewal, and the soundtracks I listen to during this time of the year tend to remain the most nostalgic to me throughout the year. That being said, we have been blessed with a new WMD album, entitled ‘Reminisce’ and I do believe this one will stay with me in future seasons, taking me right back to the memories of this October.
This month, I came across a release by Ben Prunty called ‘Music Workbench’ – a series of improvisations performed by Prunty weekly – is featured live on Twitch every Saturday at 2PM Pacific Time. Taking advantage of a live streaming platform not only gives the opportunity for real-time performances, but it also creates a platform for viewers to inquire about technology and creativity in real time.
Artwork by Amora Bettany, of Studio Miniboss (studiominiboss.com).
Anyonewho releases music knows how tough it is to actually put an album out for the world to see (at least, that’s how I roll). There’s getting an idea, writing it, trying to create instruments that sound like how you hear them in your head. Then there’s the getting frustrated, producing, mixing, mastering, self doubt, and excitement. However, on January, 23rd, NYC based artist, Spaceman Fantastiques was able to defy any negative law that would normally convince an artist to stall on sharing their music to the world, and released two. Writing music for games, film, and for our ears, both albums own a sense of depth and storytelling with one focusing on guitar composition (From The Inside), and the other veering towards synthesizers, electronics, and chip (199X). This month, we’ll take a look at 199X and interview Spaceman Fantastiques learning more about his writing process, what brought him to NYC, and what his goals are as an artist.
This year our collaborating partners for the expansion release are none of than • Forest • , fronted by Vegard Kummen aka Kubbi & Alexander Agri of Norway! Appropriately named ‘Forest = ВИН (WIN)’, this compilation features 10 V.5 subs + 3 bonus tracks for your earholes to enjoy as soon as Monday, August 29th!
To hear ’em first, join us at on the 29th at 7pm Eastern on geekbeatradio.com for the release party with chat in chiptuneswin.com/chat. Should feature some interesting & entertaining chatter between the organizers as well as the excellent musics! Invite & share with your friends via the Fb event here!
CATCH YA THEN! ヾ(＾∇＾)
Brandon L Hood aka “President Hoodie” Founder & Project Manager of Chiptunes = WIN
This month, I wanted to shed some light on a local record label, Rhythmus Records, and their newest release ‘[rr009], featuring music by artist Demi Batard. Rhythmus Records was created by Scott Buchanan, also known as Radio Scotvoid. Scott is the perfect person to have run a label focusing solely on lo-fi music, as his own releases showcase his dedication to synthesis and chip. I’ve been working with Rhythmus Records since last year, and have a lot of love for the label. I’ve been able to find a lot of unique artists through it, and believe it’s essential to bring attention to local labels and scenes. I know RR was very excited about Demi Batard’s release, and given that there isn’t much music quite like his, I think you should be, too.