Posts Tagged ‘Solarbear’

Hoodie Highlights… ohhinaifu!

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Sup y’all? =) President Hoodie here with another edition of Hoodie Highlights! Continuing with my visualist-centric series of late, this publication features a chat with the multi-talented visual sorceress Drip aka ohhinaifu! And yes, poop is discussed (duh). Enjoy!

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ohhinaifu working her visual magic!

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Aydan Appreciates: ‘Boner Machine’ by Solarbear

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Hey, ChipWINners! Solarbear’s been in the chipmusic community for some time now, and by now everyone knows how much he sucks. I mean, progressive-influenced, stylistically expansive, phenomenally written chipmusic? BOOOOOOOOORING. Don’t even get me STARTED on how bad his latest release, ‘Boner Machine’, is. It’s so bad…ass. Who am I kidding? If you haven’t discovered the sheer joy that is Solarbear, now’s as good of a time to find out about him as ever. Today, we’re going to be diving dickbuttfirst into ‘Boner Machine’, track-by-track. Let’s get started!

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Professor Oakes and Russellian Present: BRKFest 2014 @ the Chameleon!

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You know, it’s not every day that the kindness of friends can take you on unforgettable journeys filled with laughter and memories to last a lifetime, but when those times come, you relish the moment and cherish all that’s given to you. This especially rings true to my latest adventure with my dear friend Bertrand Guérin-Williams (also known as their pseudonym Russellian) to BRKFest 2014, which took place from July 25-27 in Cincinnati, OH.

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Starting as a casual idea thrown around our Facebook pages, Bertrand and I both expressed interest in attending this third annual chipmusic festival, an event conceived by Curtis Ware in 2012. Quickly striking the idea down as physically impossible (due to a number of monetary constraints and traveling distance), Bertrand and I took to the idea of a fundraiser as a way to raise funds to get one another to this up and coming Midwest event.With an equally silly fundraiser campaign over on Kickstarter to make potato salad being wildly successful (and still raising money), we swallowed our fears and crossed our fingers.

And it happened.

Bertrand and I received half of our funding goal within two days, and then two-thirds several days later. Within a week, we were fully funded.

Unable to comprehend the generosity of the donors, the tweeters, and the ‘likers’, our once casual and thrown-around interest became reality. Through the help of 18 people (YES! only 18!), our donations were ranging around $20, and the highest being $250 (which was donated by Ken Gould, Andrew Gould [event co-host]’s father). Through the help of some great friends, anonymous donors, and complete strangers, Bertrand and I began solidifying our travel plans and booked my flight.

Flash forward to July 24, 2014.

This was happening. I don’t think I’ve felt that much excitement for an event since MAGFest, because in 7 hours, I was going to be touching down in Lexington, KY with my good friends Curtis Ware and Alex Wimmer welcoming me at the gate. With the cost of the trip paid for through the fundraiser, and free lodging at their house (with Max Dolensky and Tri Angles also crashing there), I knew this was a weekend I would never forget.

10382105_10152137865076707_4939129998527900795_oWithout any doubt, all three days of BRK had solid lineups. With the visualists bountiful, and talent strategically dispersed, each day of BRK paved the way for my chip dreams slowly becoming a reality. With performers new and old, and two days of open mics, BRKfest kicked off with Chris ‘Storm Blooper’ De Pew with accompanying visuals from ohhainaifu. With his performance packing a powerful punch, De Pew spent the entire night beforehand writing new songs and finishing up others. His set didn’t suffer, however—he opened up BRKFest with much needed energy and a sappy cover of ‘California Gurls’ by Katy Perry; his performance was surely a great way to start off an even better weekend. Other acts of notable mention that performed the first night include Radiograffiti’s Illinois Amigacore artist CCDM (who, after conversation with him, mentioned he participated in an Amiga battle with Stagediver during the Shadowtravel tour in Chicago), the rockin’ Virginia bitpop/punk duo Square Therapy, Solarbear (accompanied by crowd surfing in a red button up dress shirt), and Tri Angles, a ‘wandering artist, dreamer, and storyteller’ whose music is a soulful, galactic, and out of body experience. With the first night coming to a close, BRKFest day one concluded with an official after party about three miles out. With DJ sets by Diode Milliampere (who was on the bill for the third night) and Max Dolensky, and LSDJ sets from Defiant Systems (also playing day three) and my cohort in this fundraiser, Russellian, this was surely the icing on the cake to close out such an eventful first day.

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SKGB performs live at BRKFest 2014 on Saturday, July 26.

Day two rolls around, and it’s even better than the first. Despite some technical set backs that presented themselves early in the evening, performers and the crowd pushed through. Day two was by far the most intense, gear-heavy nights, with set ups being noticeably more intricate. With a surprise back-to-back in tandem performance from Sean ‘Awesome Force’ Baker and Bryan ‘Auxcide’ Dobbins (who used a DMX ‘X Gon’ Give It To Ya’ vocal sample and covered ‘Where My Niggas At?’ by Cassidy during their sets respectively), a live read of a meditation guide for spiritual travels to the anti-material planets during SKGB’s performance, slamming Game Boy Advance jams from Detroit’s boaconstructor, and a Trey Frey reactive light installation, day two was by far my favorite night. Muscles sore and body dehydrated, Curtis, Alex and I headed back to Lexington to prep for the third evening.

With the weekend coming to a close, the dawn of day three began. My cohort Bertrand (who again was staying closer to Cincinnati) enjoyed all that the city had to offer Sunday morning—with a group of chip musicians and friends (including ChipWIN’s own Hoodie and Chip Mom, Awesome Force and Auxcide), the group of them went to the Cincinnati Museum Center where they explored a fake cave system (and reenacted the Matrix Reloaded’s Zion dance scene), learned about evolution, extinction, and optical and microwave telescopes and the stars and galaxies of which astronomers have found. While I did not partake in this adventure, I’m going to make a wild guess that those folks had a wonderful time based on the information passed down to me. As for me, I make it to the venue, and the sadness started to set in. I could already feel it—I’ve come down with the BRKFest depression bug WELL BEFORE BRK was even over. It is always the hardest feeling having to cope with spending an incredible weekend making memories with friends, and then having to jump on a plane to go back to real life the day after. However, mopiness aside, I made every minute count. Hugs exchanged, laughs reciprocated, and outside patio relax sessions imminent, I spent most of the evening taking it all in (where as I raged the first two days).

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Defiant Systems performs live at BRKFest 2014 on July 27. Visuals by Formidable Witch

Popping inside for Shitbird’s chipthrash set, Defiant System‘s lo-fi, dark FM jive (with INCREDIBLE visuals by Formidable Witch using NES hardware), and glomag, who emerged in the community at the dawn of the 21st century, day three concluded on an incredibly high note, an ending that any music festival could ask for.

All in all, this festival was surely unforgettable, and it was quite an adventure to experience this as an event attendee rather than behind the scenes (like I did for Frequency 3.0 with my cohorts in 8bitLA). Artists, albeit visualists or performers, put their heart and soul into their work, making for an incredibly exciting weekend getaway. The vibe was great—the friends magnificent. Thanks for a stellar time, all, and thank you from the bottom of Bertrand and I’s heart, for donating/sharing the fundraiser around.

Oakes and Guérin-Williams OUT.

BRKFest
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ChipWIN & Play It Loud Present: ORLANDO NERD FEST CHIPTUNE SHOWCASE!!

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Sup y’all? President Hoodie here with another badass announcement. I swear, those are becoming my thing lately, amirite? IAMRITE. #SwagSwagSwag 8-)

Stupid preamble aside, to see that the debut of Orlando Nerd Fest gets its proper dose of chiptune awesomeness, Play It Loud & Chiptunes = WIN are joining ridiculous forces to bring 9 KICKASS CHIPACTS to perform at not one, not two, but THREE late night shows of badassery for your pajama wearing asses to party and/or dance at.

LOOKIT DAT ZOMBOFURKIN SEKSAY POSTER BELOW:

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Swankass event poster by Justin Franco of Play It Loud.

To top things off, we’ll also be helping man a separate side room full of retro games to play on classic TVs (provided via the Orlando Science Center, because SCIENCE!),
chipmerch to purchase, and some other chipjams to jive to! WACHOW!!

Add all of this chip goodness to the already absolutely MONSTROUS collection of other spectacular artists performing at this crazy party and you’ve got yourself a bonafide
GOOD GORRAM TIME!

So, what are you waiting for, Orlando? Grab yo ONF tickets#ComeGetYourChipOn!!!

Much \m||m/,
President Hoodie
Founder & Project Manager of Chiptunes = WIN

P.S. Don’t forget to check out ONF’s Kickstarter HERE to help boost the fest even further!

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Orlando Nerd Fest:
orlandonerdfest.com | Tickets | Facebook | Twitter 
Fb Event – ONFAfter Party | Kickstarter

Play It Loud:
PlayItLoudChiptune.comFacebook

Artist Bios & Links:

Boy Without Batteries:
Boy Without Batteries is the musical alias of Cole Jaques, a chiptune musician from Lakeland, Florida, who uses two Nintendo Gameboys to create melodic and energetic dance tracks reminiscent of retro videogames and old school computers.
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Astroskeleton:
~*high energy emotional punk rock, dance jams, and shibuya-kei/idol inspired powerpop from corvallis oregon*~
Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud | Tumblr

Melt Channel:
Melt Channel is a high energy, power packed fusion of electric guitar jams and lo-fi Nintendo console vibes.
Meltchannel.com | Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud

Storm Blooper:
Hailing from Philadelphia, Storm Blooper uses original Nintendo Gameboys running LSDJ to make music you can twerk to.
Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud

Solarbear:
Solarbear is a progressive rock composer from Lexington, KY who creates his works from Nintendo Gameboys. With a strong grounding in both metal and electronic dance, his music combines with an aggressive live performance to get both your feet and your fists moving.
Solarbearsucks.com | Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud

Auxcide:
Auxcide (PHL) is a chiptune artist who uses multiple gameboys along with other hardware to create vast soundscapes with driving passages through starfields.
Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud | Tumblr

Masikus:
Masikus began his musical career as a drummer. He now combines his love for chiptune, hip-hop, ambient music, downtempo and video games into darker, original compositions and video game music remixes.
Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud | Tumblr

Ap0c:
Ap0c is a project by Philadelphia-based musician Steve Lakawicz. He uses vintage game system audio combined with tuba to explore social encounters, interpret haunting memories, and expose visceral emotions.
Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud

Zantilla:
Zantilla is the progressive chip-metal outlet of self-taught composer, producer, and keyboardist Adrian Shegstad. Combining elements of chiptune, modern prog metal, and electronica, Zantilla manages to ground itself into multiple scenes. Adrian first made a name for himself as remix artist “Sleeper Express” and brings his production techniques and synth heavy style to Zantilla’s energetic aesthetic. His debut album, “Encounters” displays this energy at it’s highest as it takes listeners through a sci-fi inspired adventure. Currently, he is writing collaborating with titans of the chiptune, and djent metal scene, as well as porducing his next release, “Color-Motion”.
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ChipWIN-tern Presents: The April Fools Day Roundup

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Howdy-ho, chipperinos! While I’m sure you spent much of your April 1st slathering our new compilation all over your earholes (and if you didn’t, go read this to understand why you done goofed), elsewhere in the far reaches of the series of tubes we call our home, other musicians dropped new tunes – no doubt sharing our zeal for shenanigans and tomfoolery undertaken on the most foolish of days. So, in the interest of maximum possible face-melting, I’ve rounded up all the other releases I could find that dropped on April Fools. Hold onto your butts, we’ve got a lot of music to cover!

POOM GEMS

If you look closely, you can see the exact moment where the kids over at ZOOM LENS actually unplugged their brains and snorted a bunch of Pixy Stix, which is the only reason I can come up with as to why POOM GEMS happened. Preceded by and pimped with an aggressive Twitter and Tumblr campaign, POOM GEMS is a bunch of really ridiculous covers, presented for free on the ZOOM LENS Soundcloud. I also recommend taking a look at the release page, which was their prank page, and is a thing of beauty. This album will take you on an emotional ride, leaving you unsure if you need to laugh, cry, or find one of these folks and punch them in the face. I’ll leave that to you to decide. I love these kids. Never change, you guys.

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Now this one came from a pretty cool concept – all the artists were told to hit the “Random Article” button on Wikipedia and come up with a track based on what they got. This collaboration features friend of ChipWIN – Solarbear! (Who as we all know, sucks. Just like Primus, get it?)  There’s a pretty good mix of styles here, so just like the artists, you’re not entirely sure what you’re going to get, but they’re all pretty great! Plus, a cool bonus is that it doesn’t feature most of the usual suspects we encounter ’round these parts, and finding new artists to listen to is always a good thing! And at the low low price of free, I’m all about getting down on some randomness.

Aquarius

Diode Milliampere released the above track in January on the album he was hinting about in our last interview with him, and while that track is great, that’s not why we’re here right now.  No, no no, what brings us here right now is the fantastic team up of Diode and Remute to bring us a single of a brand new fancied-up Aquarius and a remix of that remix. They’re both lovely, and I would LOVE to have an embed here for you to listen to them, but they’re on Beatport, which means you’ve got to go to their site to listen. You absolutely should, because chiptunes and disco don’t often intersect, but yet they have here and now and it is fantastic. If I were Hoodie, I’d probably say something like “LOLOL THIS SONG IS AMAZABALLS ZOMBOCON ROFL,” but thankfully I’m not, and I’m sure we’re all grateful for that.

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We conclude on a slightly spooky and somber note – Phantominom VGS comes to us from Alex Cuervo of the Hex Dispensers,  which is a horror punk band, and is also one of my new favorite things ever. These tracks are all super spooky sounding, but also contain almost criminal levels of radical. If you like the album, consider buying it – you can read the full breakdown on the Bandcamp page, but all proceeds from the album go to helping one of their bandmembers pay for a very expensive and very necessary surgery they had. Rad tunes and helping people in their times of need = WIN!

That’s all for this time, folks. But there’s a lot of good music popping up this month, so stay tuned! I’ve gone and hunted out primary links for everyone I mentioned here so far, and have linked them below. Check them out when you can!

SEATS OUT

ZOOM LENS: Website | Facebook 

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Diode mA: Bandcamp

Remute: Facebook | Bandcamp

Alex Cuervo: Espectrostatic | Hex Dispernsers

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Guest Review w/Glenntai: Chiptunes = #SrsBsns… Damn it, there goes the Internet…

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Hey everybody, Glenntai here again with another round of hype and opinions loosely based on minor credibility and experience passing off as expertise album review!  This time, we’re going to a subject very relevant to most of the internet forum subcultures as a dedication to the shenanigans of old and respectively new… or for those familiar with the term, old/newfa… arts. DAMN IT, those terms are just too offensive to innocent people.  I can’t say it.  We should be more careful of the words we use these days.  After all, this is going on the internet, and the internet is…

a1582250240_2…Serious business.

Chiptunes = #SrsBsns (Serious Business) is a 22-track compilation comprised half of veterans and half of newcomers to the compilation series dedicating songs to a meme of their choice.  That was the only guideline aside from no direct covers (an exception being made for one song in particular… you can most likely guess which one.)

We know you’ve been asking for every artist’s information, so we made sure to add all of their links to each specific song’s info section.  If you dig the jam, you can…

  • Click on the track name on the bandcamp page!
  • Click on the lyrics/info link for each song to keep it all on the same page!
  • Google it if you’re too lazy to click links yet somehow not lazy enough to google it!  <3

Now enough of my rambling, let’s get onto some reviews and opinions on each track!

Glenntai – FUUUUUUUUUUUU (Apple Day Surprise)
The smooth, alternating jazz chords at the beginning with the monologue seemed appropriately cheesy for a compilation based on memes.  What he then brought was something completely different than what we would expect from this fan of funk and swing beats…  he broke out his first attempt at chip thrash.  wait wait wait, this is about Glenntai?

FUCK GLENNTAI.  -11/10 “BEST INTRO EVER BUT #FUCKGLENNDUBOIS .”  – IGN

He gets the award for the only two references to SomethingAwful made throughout this album, though.

coda – PLS GO FAST
A highly-respected musical machine in his own right, as well as a veteran musician from the *chan pre-popularity-peak era (as well as the originator of the 8bit cover of Chocolate Rain… youtube it, you’ll thank him later;)  Coda hardly needs an introduction to people who have known him from his soundtracks or some of the finer pieces now stored within the /f/ archive.

If you haven’t, be introduced to his very tempo and syncopation-shifting FM track based off of primarily Sonic-series instruments in only OpenMPT (and as he specifically states in the info section, “No VSTis.”  Purists rejoice!)  With elements of anything from funk to ragtime and your average four-bar EDM track, coda has proven almost timelessly that he can deliver even some of the hottest jams.

YZYX – I nyaned for hours ( ‘ w’)‼
YZYX has somehow managed to take the monotonous, almost droning earworm associated with Nyancat and made it actually listenable.  Nyancat has been a tried, true and tired meme for a few years, and there are plenty of covers that take it towards an EDM route (ahem, guilty as charged, your honor;) but YZYX has offered enough variation to the song to make a tiring and repetitive track into something danceable, not repetitive in nature and playable in clubs that play more than Avicci’s “Levels” eight times in a row and try to bank their money off feigned-nerd clubber culture.

Here Between You and Me – Forever Alone
HBYM has rhythm expected from the early 2000’s-era pop rock bands and made a song exceptionally fitting to both the mood and spirit of the Forever Alone meme.  Plenty of us can relate to the feelings (not necessarily the tales) within the lyrics while feeling the encompassing NES pulse channels’ vibrato and pitch slides that make one reminiscent of older Anamanaguchi tracks.

Theory of N – Bow Chippa Wow Wow
This electronic slow jazz with two-step percussion by Theory of N will keep you nodding your head the whole way through, especially with that deep square channel bass.  It almost sounds like it could be a solid original track until you realize that it shares the same key as Careless Whisper and Sunstroke Project’s Run Away (sigh, yes, the epic sax guy song,) leading into some humorously well-timed licks of the famous sax solos.
Fun fake facts:  89% of people don’t recognize Run Away is Moldova’s only publicly-recognized hit.  99% of the people that did don’t know its originating country is Moldova.  However, 100% of the people surveyed could see why kids love Cinnamon Toast Crunch.  I’m predicting 100% of you will also thoroughly enjoy this track.

SingkongBalado – IDOUBLEDAREU
SingkongBalado starts off softer with a vocal sampling and duty-cycling arps providing a melody to soft chords right before SingkongBalado went full-force aboard the glitch/grime train to deliver a heavy, tension-focused track; appropriate for the meme.  One could even imagine a dramatic scene, suspense building as you await the reaction to someone being double-dared.

Professor Shyguy – Helix Prophecy
Any fan of Clipstream (</shamelessplug>) might be familiar with this fantastic artist’s performances both on our web series and at our live showcase at MAGFest, leaving those uninitiated to Professor Shyguy’s golden voice and expertise on the simple pop song (as well as more complicated, not-as-pop songs) to enjoy this fantastic song giving tribute to Lord Helix and the prophecies within.

Maxo – Top Doge
Such Maxo.  So doge.  Much top.  Wow.

On top of using chip elements to comprise the majority of the song, Maxo incorporated a similarly avant-garde and equally-painstaking practice of the K.K. Slider soundfont.  In fact, the incorporation of K.K. genuinely puts the meme theme to the song, which is an otherwise light and bouncy, staccato-filled happy jam.

James Landino – lol, Chiptunes
A delightful reference to the only thing that people remember from YTMND except for its constant ripping-off of /gif/, James Landino brought Running in the 90’s back to life by keeping the Running in the 90’s rhythm and incorporating lyrics to replace the verse melody, returning to a simple and pure Running in the 90’s chorus.  Although short, it was a fantastic moment to reminisce to times I almost received speeding tickets to this song.

Urizen  – Ask Not for Whom the Jimmies Rustle (They Rustle for Thee)
When originally approached, it was expected that one member of Urizen was to do a track.  Then I was presented with this track with the entire band portraying the dramatic tale of a valiant hero’s quest to prevent his Jimmies from rustling.  The entire track is very reminiscent of a NES era action game, but the part I feel that really takes off in the song is once the rest of the band starts accompanying in lyrics, then immediately everything drops into the trollapalooza known as Guile’s Theme.

Rustle in peace, little jimmies.  4/1/2014 – 4/1/2014.  There was no need to be upset.

Also, on a personal note, thanks for the free remaining handle of whiskey at NatsuCon, Urizen.  If we cross paths again I’ll try to return the favor.  I still don’t know why they scheduled me after you guys.  <3

An0va – President Hoodie’s Theme
If you need an introduction to one of Philadelphia’s finest and busiest in the American chiptune scene, go find any of his tracks and prepare to feel silly for being left in the dark.

This track is a delightful little ditty depicting the light-hearted, adventurous follies of a mid-1900’s cartoon character opening tune.  A notable difference is that, unlike the rest of the tracks, an0va specifically recorded his track to be at a lower quality.  In addition, this track has no specific meme referenced to it, unless you count Hoodie’s typing language to be a walking meme in itself.  I could almost imagine Hoodie himself replacing everyone in Steam Boat Willie, if it weren’t for the immediate anxiety of the idea of having more than one of that crazy man around in this world.

Watashimo – tfw no gf
For those of you who knew watashimo under his previous alias, shanebro, you’re in for a wild ride through the inner-workings of LSDJ.  A two-channel chorused pulse echo leads the introduction and takes a step back to let the wav channel take lead, interchanging at different points.  The song overall brings a reflective, sometimes nearly sad and nearly dreamy atmosphere, as if one was lost in thought absorbed over their own loneliness.

1000 Needles – Lost Lobos
When I was told this was about Insanity Wolf, I had no idea what to expect.  Fortunately for all, 1000 Needles doesn’t disappoint.  Period.  I was pleasantly surprised by a lyrical verse encompassed by heavy guitars and noise that almost felt like it could keep you from being able to concentrate if you let it.   The lyrics were humorous in nature by asking about Insanity Wolf’s child-stage history as if he was being evaluated.

K.O.M.H. – Y U NO PLAY 128 BPM
Kitty on My Head is a great example of playing with typical electronic music forms and putting them where he sees fit, all while maintaining a smooth transition from one to the other.  This is a track filled with deep bass kicks and an infectious sliding WAV channel bass while the two pulse channels compete for which is the catchier melody. Once again a solid track from KOMH!

Sam Mulligan – The Coolest Story Bro
Sam Mulligan’s delightfully bouncy chip rock has taken on a life of its own in the last few years, but you can hear the polished results of his efforts in this song about a story that went nowhere.  The sarcasm may have been lost on him, but his use of other popularized ironic phrases weren’t lost on me nor did they ever lose their charm coming from Boston’s resident Nerd Rock expert.

Shyabeetus – Chiptune Poop
I don’t care what anybody says, Shyabeetus is Philadelphia’s LSDJ WAV channel wizard, and if anyone tries to prove him wrong they’ll be smote by the barrage of custom kit instruments he has put into his tribute to the popular concept Youtube Poop.

Whether you’re all about Japanese Ronald McDonald, Pingas, Spaghetti, Gentlemen, Octagons or countless other YTP references, Shyabeetus has managed to put them all in there and manipulate each sound as if you were watching the video directly on youtube, itself.

Together We Are Robots – Pools Closed
A subject closely tied to several good memories of mine, Together We Are Robots manages to take the Habbo Hotel Raids and depict the story of many men’s struggles against MOD-Cleo and her band of (allegedly) racist moderators preventing their enjoyment of the pool, and later on protest due to the high levels of AIDS.

The use of a raspy voice to go along with guitar, wav channel bass, arp pulse chords and a highly effective hybrid between wav sample kits and the noise channel produce a very clean third wave ska element. The track itself is one of the few attempts of Chip Ska that have been made publicly available, period.  I certainly wouldn’t mind more of this existing, friends, let’s get on this.

8BitJin – Click Here!
I only wonder what this could be, employing the tactic of click-baiting to reveal– DAMN IT.  RICKROLLED AGAIN.

The evolution of the Duckroll, the Rickroll consisted of clicking a youtube link that promised one thing and then led you to the music video of Rick Astley’s pop hit “Never Gonna Give you Up.”  This was highly over-popularized after it became not funny, as with every example the mass media has pretended to be “hip” with the “new crazy fads.”  However, 8BitJin uses a wah lead that really takes precedence over the remainder of the track, much akin to how Rick Astley’s voice became a bigger focus of the song back in the 80’s.  Very well-done cover, would click there again!

DJ McGranaman – Don’t Say His Name!
DJ McGranaman has made a hauntingly catchy track out of the famous Freakazoid skit, managing to incorporate custom cricket noises and the noise channel to introduce the track with a deeply syncopated hip-hop rhythm.  While this occurs, the melody slowly evolves into an ominous overshadowing of the dire consequences should you utter his name.  The end is sure to remind you of a childhood nightmare, and it felt so uncomfortably good.

Michael Zucker – Unstoppable
The one thing I can say, without a doubt, is that Michael Zucker has channeled the spirit of a T-Rex with grabby-claws and put it into music.  May it have mercy on your flesh-snack of a body once it finds you.

Extent of the Ham – You Spin Me Around
Extent of the Ham (Jam) most certainly gets the award for the most challenging topic to spin a song from.   Using VOPMex to bring in the tonal synths and a very funky bass line, it’s easy to get the feeling of an 80’s era pop song that was intentionally created to be too “weird” for audiences to follow.  Regardless, Extent of the Ham did a fantastic job singing the stressed pleas of the misunderstood spider.  However I will admit, much like the spider, I misunderstood the lyrics of the chorus for the first listen-through.  At first I thought he was singing about Meatspin.

I’m incredibly glad I didn’t have to write about an ode to Meatspin.  Thank you, Extent of the H/Jam.  <3

D&D Sluggers – Slam Jam (of the Year)
D&D Sluggers manages to take a tried-and-true Quad City DJs track and throw into it various references from the secretly-required Guiles Theme to Jam of the Year,  Storm Blooper’s “Somebody Stole All the Icecream!”, another reference to Epic Sax Guy, to the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song, to Trolololololing until halted by President Hoodie in the “production” booth.

Final Thoughts
This compilation is surprisingly delightful to all of those who would roll their eyes to all the abundant overusage of memes, a fantastic 22-track soundtrack to cause some shenanigans to, and a delight to all of us reliving days when the internet was a simpler (and easily much more offensive) time.  Download it for free off of the Chiptunes = WIN Bandcamp, and make sure you have stairs in your household.

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DAMN IT HOODIE. I DIDN’T ADD THIS PICTURE. THIS IS WHY WE CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS.