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.
Well hello, boys and girls! It’s your resident Chip Mom here to chat about the next slew of excellent tracks! While I am in no way a chiptune aficionado, I do, as they say, “know what I like”. And, my dear chiplets, I love these tracks!
Track #40: Sleepwalking In Tennessee by Temp Sound Solutions
I wasn’t familiar with Temp Sound Solutions before this compilation (I know, I know, I iz newb), and this track got me excited to seek out more. Sleepwalking in Tennessee is composed of a variety of tones and textures that seem like they shouldn’t play nice together. The track is a juxtaposition of rough rhythmic patterns, groovy bass lines, and smooth, almost oboe-like melodic themes. While this seems disjointed on paper, the song is in fact a head bobbing, booty moving tune for your soon-to-be-pleased ear-holes!
Track #41: Dreaming Machine by Thorazine Unicorn
Then comes the driving beat of Thorazine Unicorn’s Dreaming Machine. One of the few tracks on Volume 1 with vocals, it stands out among the rest. There is an 80’s flavor to this track, and it conjures to mind images that could be pulled right out of a Philip K. Dick action scene. Bleeps and bloops and heavy drum sounds are coupled with vocals that are reminiscent of Joan Jett & the Blackhearts (this, of course, puts it right in my 80s-woman-rocker-loving wheelhouse). Throw this one on next time you sit down to a tabletop Shaddowrun.
Track #42: Columbia by Space Town Savior
WARNING: this track will and can cause bootys to shake! If you hear this track blasting at ChipWIN HQ, you will probably find me and Hoodie, stocking footed, grooving on the kitchen floor. Then again, that’s not all that uncommon of an occurrence. In any case, Columbia is one of those tracks that starts with a low, thumping beat that crawls into your ears and down your spine, so by the time the spacey melody hits you’re already either chair dancing or out on the floor. As the song fills out, you’re lost in the groove and grinning, flying through a Cosmos cut-scene. Even if you’re not someone that busts a move in front of others, do yourself a favor and let lose in your living room to this song at the end of a long day. I promise you won’t regret it!
Anyone who knows me knows that I’m not one for brevity, but that short phrase sums up my impression of the song quite well. Ecstasy is gritty, deep tones that start low and slow and gradually build up to a relaxed, steady pace. The inter-splicing of the odd minor and diminished chord just adds to the musical tension. I mean, c’mon~! Ok, ChipMom needs a moment…
Track #44: Button Mash by Snesei
When I think back to those few short weeks of my childhood before I rage quit Mario forever, this is the song that plays over the gaming montage. Button Mash is bouncy, upbeat, happy, happy, joy, joy that provides a needed tempo change after a string of more intense tracks. What I love most about this track is that all the sound choices really do push up the nostalgic factor. I almost feel like if I could listen to it just enough times, that I could identify all the source games for the sounds. I’m sure I would end up with quite a list.
Track #45: Jambo by Cheapshot
Cheapshot’s feel with Jambo seems as if its something that Jean M. Auel’s characters would appreciate (I’ve been rereading that one lately). The infectious, tribal rhythms are sure to get your toes tapping, head rocking, and booty wiggling. And while it has a bit more of the “down and dirty” like some of the previous tracks, it manages to keep the upbeat feel pushing forward into the next run of tracks.
Speaking of those, check back with us next week to catch Mr. Rob Remi-PK‘s Volume 1 block write-up!
Sup y’all? =D Hoodie here. As long as my fabulous ass has been around this erf, I’ve been a fan of holiday music. *Especially* that around Christmas time. It’s just so chock fulla happy & joy & goodness & EGGNOG! (I LOVE SPICEY WINTERY BOOZE~!!! :3 ). & I’m pretty sure a good bunch of y’all feel the same gorram way (except for Zio of course ;3 ♥ ). So with that said…
HAVE SOME HOLIDAY/WINTERY/CHRISTMAS CHIPWINMUSIC, BABY!!! =DDD
On December 10th, 14 brand spankin’ new frosty chipjams on this very *FIRST* themed ChipWIN compilation from 14 different artists for you to wrap presents/hang with your family, friends, xbox Live peoples/buy lots of BS/get drunk as furk offa eggnog & pass out in the snow to!!!
(yes, at one point it was going to be 12 tracks ala 12 days of Christmas BUT FURK THAT WHEN YOU CAN HAVE 14 DAYS/TRACKS/WUTEHFUKEVAR, AMIRITE??? IAMRITE.)
As always, there’ll be a listening/release party on8 Bit Power Hour at 9pm EST on 8bitx before we cut lose the chippy wonderfulness to the intertoobs! Join Obtuse & myself in chat and on the stream as we play the entire album and have a *HELLUVA* good time!!! ^_^
Just in case you missed the announcement Monday night during the VERY CRAZYAWESOME, VERY AWESOMECRAZY listening/release party on 8 Bit Power Hour on Areciboradio (peak listeners for the night = 281!!!!!), THIS BAD BOY IS OUT!!!! SNAG IT AT YOUR EARLIEST CONVENIENCE AND SHARE IT EVERYWHERE!!!!!!!!!!!!
And if you lurve it sooooooo much (VERY LIKELY) that you feel like wearing a Chiptunes = WIN shirt, 4 buttons, and SIXTY ONE STICKERS (!!!!!), you can snag that related merchy goodness for only $15 (!!!!!) RITE CHAR (char):
Again, MUCH LOVE AND THANKS to everyone involved in the project, and to all the listeners/supporters/CRAZY AWESOME people that love chiptunes….
A WINNER IS YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
HOW ABOUT A FULL ARTIST/TRACK LIST TO PERUSE AT YOUR LEISURE??? (in ABC order; final sequencing unveils tomorrow with the Bandcamp release). Yeah, that’s what I thought. 8) Read this and FEEL THE HYPE ALL THE WAY DOWN IN YOUR BONES/SOUL/JUNK/BONESOULJUNK!!!!!!