Posts Tagged ‘prog’

Aydan Appreciates: ‘Cosmic Diaspora’ by Shnabubula

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One of the first albums I listened to during my transition from a hardcore VGM fan to a chiptune madman was Shnabubula’s classic ‘NES JAMS‘. The album combined many of the elements that I love in music – improvisation, soft piano tones, and a certain sense of nostalgia, even for games that I had never played. Shnabubula had already cemented himself in my mind as one of the most innovative artists I’d heard once I finished listening through the album for the first time. Fast forward to May of this year, five years from the release of this iconic album, and Shnabubula has unveiled his most extravagant work yet, ‘Cosmic Diaspora’, a progressive-fusion suite with heavy SNES-esque instrumentation. Let us witness this journey in all of its splendor together.

 

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Hoodie Highlights… Stephen Patterson aka stig!

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Sup y’all? =) After taking February off on the blog, I return with an absolutely fantastic interview with an extraordinarily talented friend of mine who’s also a part of our mental health collective in ‘It’s Still You‘ (info on that here). Without further ado, enjoy this lovely, very frank discussion with Stephen Patterson aka stig!


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The Unicorn Princess Royally Reviews ‘199X’ and Interviews Spaceman Fantastiques

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Happy March, folks!

Anyone who 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.

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Fives and Nines: Tuberz McGee reviews ‘The Life and Times of Whiskers Mahone’ by Hoffy

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Editor’s Note: looks like we’ve got our first new blood of 2017! Everyone, welcome Callum Kennedy aka Tuberz McGee to the blog!

Hoffy is by no means a newcomer to the Chiptune scene and it is my pleasure to review his seminal work ‘The Life and Times of Whiskers Mahone’ released through our good friends at Cheapbeats. Hoffy hails from Edmonton, Alberta, wielding a mighty laptop running 0CC-Famitracker in one hand and a calculator generating random time signatures in the other [citation needed]. Most of you may know me as Tuberz McGee and after spending the last year writing an Honours Thesis on Chiptune I’m really itching to get into this. Let’s roll.

I think the album is about a cat. A cat who probably listens to Rush and Genesis a lot.

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Chip Mom’s Kitchen #35: Jambalaya

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Though the weather has not been cooperating in The South, the calendar tells me its winter outside. I know there are plenty of you in more northern areas of the globe dealing with cold days and even chillier nights, so here’s a recipe and some music to heat things up!

Jambalaya

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