Sup y’all? =) President Hoodie here. After taking a month off for MAGFest craziness, I’m back with a brand new edition of my interview column, Hoodie Highlights! This one features a fun & informative chat with a lovely couple of bracketheads who just rocked faces at MAGFest 13 & released a killer new album!
Of course I’m talking about the dynamic duo of jmr & streifig of Marshall Art! Enjoy!
Marshall Art & Pixelseed at MAG 13. Photo by GTX Media.
So… I’m a sucker for cute things. I mean, just look at my cat. ADORABLE. So it stands to reason when this adorable recipe via cookingclassy came across my Facebook page, it HAD to be done. Check out the d’aww levels inherit in these…
This banging, melting recipe is going to ruffle some feathers, but its not too nerve inducing!
18 Oreos, crushed or about 1 3/4 cups (260 g)
2 1/2 Tbsp (38 mL) butter, melted, separated
2 pkg (16 oz or 460 g) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup (50 g) and 2 Tbsp (25 g) white granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 tsp (3mL) vanilla flavoring
1 1/3 cups (300 g) White Chocolate Chips
1/3 cup (80 mL) of heavy cream
25 fairy small strawberries (one for each square)
Canned whipped cream
Start by lining your pan with tinfoil (aluminium for all you fancy pants Europeans out there). Use two sheets, each the width of the pan, and overlap them at 90* angles so that your pan is fully lined and the foil drapes over the side. This is a make-shift spring form pan of sorts; it will help you lift the cheesecake out when it’s time for the cuttin’.
Then use about a third of your butter to grease the pan. I used a kitchen brush, but a paper towel can be used in lieu of your fingers or any household pets.
You’re going to make the crust by venting all of your frustrations on those poor, unsuspecting Oreo cookies. I put mine in a bag and wrapped them in a towel to prevent explosions and beat them senseless using a family heirloom (not kidding, that rolling pin is over 40 years old!)
After you have crafted your Oreos into a chunky mess, transfer them to a bowl and add your remaining melted butter. Stir them around with a fork for a bit until they have an even, glossy sheen. Then you place them in your baking dish on top of foil, butter, and all. Using the bottom of a cup, smoosh the cookie bits into a flat crust.
To create the filling, place your cream cheese and sugar into a medium bowl and beat on low with your electric mixer until smooth. (The most astute of you will notice at this point that Chip Mom totally left out an entire package of cream cheese when making these…. WHOOPS!)
Add your vanilla and eggs and blend thoroughly together. Set this bowl aside.
In a small, microwave safe bowl, place your cream and white chocolate chips. Microwave at 50% power in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until you have created a smooth mixture. Add this to your cream cheese mix and blend again. .
Tap the bottom of the bowl on the counter to release any trapped air bubbles (about 30 times) and the pour over your crust.
Bake in the oven for 40 minutes, turn off your heat without opening the door and let the cheese cake rest in the oven for 15 minutes, after which it hangs out on the counter for another half hour. Then this lazy little jerk gets to sit in the fridge for 6 hours (or 3 in the freezer).
After the cake has chilled, use a sharp knife to cut it into 25 even squares. .
The bravest among us would take this moment to make their own whipped cream with heavy cream and powdered sugar, but after this bad boy got to lay about for hours on end it was Chip Mom’s turn to be lazy! I dolloped a circle of canned whip cream on top of each square. I then placed a strawberry in the center, finally topping the little morsels with a dot of the white stuff.
BOOM! Instant Santa Hat. Instant Adorable. Instant hit at the party.
One word of warning, however. The cream falls rather quickly, so I’d recommend assembling these little goodies at your get-together site. Either that or you can sit down and eat the whole pan, but I wouldn’t recommend it!
Until next time ChipWINners, remember: Mama luvs ya!
Hey what’s up, ya’ll! It’s your boy BronxKuma, and today I’ll be taking the reigns as we continue our coverage of Chiptunes = WIN: Volume 3, which is the ninth compilation album we’ve put out in the past three years! Crazy, ain’t it? Time flies when you’re having fun though, and today, we’re gonna continue our fantastic aural voyage as I guide you through tracks 27-31 of this immaculate collection of music! Let’s get to it!
Vince Kaichan — In The Stars
This song is Vince’s third contribution to Chiptunes = WIN (technically 4th if I include the fact that one of those songs inspired a tear-jerking postrock cover by Cory Johnson) and there is a damn good reason for this. From the first time I heard him perform live during Frostbyte’s album release party in 2012 to the various tracks he’s contributed to ChipWIN, Vince has proven himself to be a deftly skilled composer, and this song is further proof of said musical aptitude. Diverging from from the playful, pure chip melody of his last contribution, In The Stars is a thoughtful, urban, subdued track that made me swear I was listening to Joshua Morse album. Perfect for unwinding after a long day, if In The Stars doesn’t fill you with mellow, you and I can never be friends.
Proving that even the purest, simplest means of composing can produce high quality music, Shinoboy’s first contribution to ChipWIN lives up to it’s name in that it destroys everything! Starting out with a nostalgic arpeggio straight out of Link’s Awakening, the song opens up and becomes a fist throwing, shoulder thrusting, I’m-sorry-I-almost-gave-you-a-concussion-in-the-moshpit-at-8statifest-last-year-Auxcide head banger that feels like equal parts Unini and FearofDark. If you like your chiptune hard, dirty, and full of BRKs like it’s giving your day job the finger, blast this on repeat and revel in all the fucks you don’t have for anything.
Polygon Horizon’s offering to the compilation is another song whose title perfectly embodies what this song is in and of itself as well as what it is in relation to the tracks before and after it. Offering a brief reprieve after a few moments of pure idgaf, he has crafted a song that not only allows a moment of stillness, but slowly escalates into a song that inspires hope. In fact, the song does it so well that I had to ask during the listening party if this was the last track on the album, because the amount of nostalgia, tears and optimism it invokes is so striking it rivals even PROTODOME’s offerings for ending tracks on the previous annual compilations. Quite an accomplishment for an artist no matter who you are.
Another unfairly talented individual who is contributing a fourth time to ChipWIN, Auxcide’s track is the musical equivalent of a meeting between Yojimbo and Kozure Okami. On its own, it invokes the sense of desperation to cut down another, as well as the hatred two must have towards duel to clash so passionately. Combined with the songs before it, Fateful Encounter acts as the second slice of bread in a tasty, thoughtfully made sandwhich that allows one to enjoy the sharp tastes of the moshpitstravaganzas both this and Detruire have, but further accentuates itself and the subtle pallet cleanser that Breath was. This allows all three songs to stand on their own and truly seems unique, despite being part of a larger whole. If you were looking for another reason to throw elbows, let Auxcide take you to the promise land.
By the way, Auxcide, I’d like to apologize again for almost giving you a concussion last year at 8staticfest. Sorry.
Gracing us with his second appearance on a Chiptunes = WIN compilation, sleepytimejesse shows off his creativity with a song that combines a sense of humor, style and even a nod to a classic R&B hit all rolled into a nice lil morsel of a tune. From the pleasantly unexpected urban flair that strays from his normal compositional style to the use of everyone’s favorite musical canine–K.K. Slider– this low tempo chiptune is the kind of stuff I’d really love to hear more of in the scene. The kind of song that, despite some of its sillier flairs, resonates with fashionable goodness such as Vince Kaichan’s aforementioned “In The Stars” and Joshua Morse’s “Just Missed You” off of Chiptunes = WIN Vol. 2. If you haven’t listened to sleepytimejesse before now, I highly suggest changing that pronto. The man is not one to disappoint regardless of what genre he chooses to dabble in.
Well guys, it’s time for my leg of the tour through ChipWIN Vol 3 to come to an end. I hope you enjoyed your time with me and that I helped make this part of the album as memorable as the one’s before it. I now bid you adieu, and would like to remind you to check back with us tomorrow as my friend Aydan takes over as captain of our musical escapades, as he’ll be guiding us through tracks 32-26 with considerably more skill than me. I hope. >.>;
Keep on chippin’, and don’t forget: Kuma loves you.
For those of you who were unaware, over at the Chiptunes = WIN Facebook group there are self curated, group sustained, ever-growing lists of both chiptune and VGM artists – both active and past. These lists were initially created by Brandon L. Hood and expanded upon by the community as a way for enthusiasts and artists to expose others to their music, and as a place for the curious to find something new.
About a year ago, those lists were the seeds that sprouted into this:
The map is meant to be a tool for everyone to use to find, explore, and spread knowledge of chipartists, visualists, and video game musicians. Fan of chiptunes & visualizations, and/or VGM? Explore the map to find new artists from around the world. We literally have at least one artist from every (habitable) continent! Planning a tour? Find out what artists are out there to contact for show booking! Looking for collaboration? Click on the corresponding gdoc spreadsheet to find links to the music makers that inspire you.
This map is for the community, by the community! But I, curator Ryn McQ, am a lonely chiptune newb with only social media to guide me. So if in your exploration you come across any information on the map, spreadsheet, or list that is outdated or incorrect, shoot an email to me at email@example.com I’ll get it fixed. If you want to be on the map and aren’t, send an email to the same address with your artist name, type of creation (chip/VGM/visual), and social media link(s) to your works. And I’ll get it done!
You are what’s needed to keep the map growing and alive!
It’s almost time for the latest edition of MAGFest’s Game Over concert series!!!!!!
(i.e. KICKASS chip & VGM shows). This one, located in Durham, NC, includes a 6 artist roster made up of both well known masters of badassery+ some up & coming talent!! Who exactly?
~BOOYAH, SHOW FLYER~
*INSANELY AWESOME* show poster by Nate Horsfall aka Foxdragon of lightningarts.com. Try to spot all of the references in it. I dare you.
If you’re anywhere even remotely nearby (OR NOT: Chip Mom & I are traveling 12 hours to this from Arkansas!! #OHSNAP), you totes owe it to yourself to make it out to this EPIC CHIP + VGM UBER AMAZEBALLS SHOW!!!!