Posts Tagged ‘underground music’

This Month in The Overworld: Kenobit

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Is there something like a Chiptune Maestro? This month’s artist, Kenobit, a.k.a Fabio Bortolotti, could definitely be defined as one. Self proclaimed Game Boy addict, he has been working on his masterful and dynamic tracks for over 9 years, and has certainly become an integral figure of the chipmusic community in Milan, Italy.

Kenobit performing live with his Gameboy.
Kenobit performing live with his Game Boy.

Fabio was born in Italy, in the year 1982. After playing drums in a few punk bands in his teens, he discovered chiptune at a show in a small club. He instantly fell in love, bought an LSDJ cart, and never stopped producing chiptune.

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Kuma’s Quick Shots #22: Libla, Mint℠, & SemiProcastinator

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Welcome back to Quick Shots: the monthly album review column in which I seek out some of the newest music the scene has to offer and do my best to help you determine if something is worth your time.  This month, I have three albums from some lesser known artists who offer unique listening experiences from one another.  One wants to see you get down on that dance floor and strut your stuff. The second wants to share a moment in time in with you as they reflect on their life in relative solitude. The last wants you to indulge in some work they’ve contributed to an upcoming game that is just as easy to groove to as it is to zone out to it.  With such a wide offering of experiences on the table this month, I think we should jump right in.  Join me as I dissect sophomore releases from Libla and SemiProcastinator, and take a closer look at Mint℠’s third LP.

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Kuma’s Quick Shots Special: Nanode

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Hey ChipWINners, and welcome back to Quick Shots: the monthly album review column that helps you determine if some of the latest offerings from the scene are worth diving into.  This month, I’ve decided that instead of presenting you with work from a splattering of artists across the spectrum, I’m going to focus on just one artist: Nanode.

Nanode is a young, jovial composer who has made quite a splash since joining the scene.  From his pulse pounding, stylish music to his reputation as a purveyor of memes; his contributions to The ChipWIN Blog to his role as a panel host at MAGFest, Sam Sher is representative of the longevity and potential chiptune has a scene and as a medium.  Combine these with his entrepreneurial spirit in founding Circuitpulse Records and his hunger for improvement and recognition, and it becomes clear that Nanode is a presence that can’t be ignored because he’s done more than many of his contemporaries have at a much younger age than them.  Recently, Nanode stated that he would be moving away from chiptune towards more traditional music composition, but that before doing so, he would release a few more pure chip albums as a sort of farewell to the scene that helped raise him to new heights.

Do these two albums do the young composer justice? Will they leave a mark on the scene worth remembering? Let’s not delay any further. Join me as I dive deep into ‘Voyager’ and ‘Paradise’ to discover if there is truly treasure waiting for us within these new waters.

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Kuma’s Quick Shots #21: Khaz and Destruction Luster

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Happy New Year, everyone! Welcome back to Quick Shots: the album review column where I dissect the latest offerings from the scene to help you determine what’s worth listening to.  This month, I have two EPs to that embody very different aesthetics within the scene.  The first is an endearing cross pollination of pop culture that feels slightly tongue-in-cheek.  The second is a more serious attempt at capturing the glorious nostalgia of a niche within PC gaming that is often overlooked. These albums both succeed at capturing the attention of their intended audiences, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t take the time to showcase them properly.  So let’s not waste anymore time. Join me as I delve deep into work from newcomer Khaz and multi-faceted veteran Destruction Luster.

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Kuma’s Quick Shots: Round 12

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Hey ChipWINners! Welcome back to Quick Shots! I hope Thanksgiving treated you well for those of you who got to celebrate, and for those who weren’t able to I hope this belated musical gift more than makes up for your lack of feasting this year. This time around, I’ll be reviewing two EPs that will pull on your heart strings in ways unexpected. These two albums will not only stir the soul and leave you feeling wistful and introspective, but they will also fill you with the determination necessary to close out the year in a way that’s meaningful to you.

So let’s not waste any time! Sit back, plug in those headphones, and lie down on the ground as I make you feel like garbage with two lovely albums from The Flight Away and Sam_Berrow.

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Raw Cuts With Kuma #24: My Parents Favorite Music

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Hey, ChipWINners!  Welcome back to Raw Cuts!  It’s been a while since I’ve done an interview! My last was with the amazing Alex Mauer, and I wanted to do an interview with someone who’s just as fantastic. I am certain I did just that. With more than fifteen years of music production under her belt, this artist is one of the select few who has found success and garnered attention by combining the lyrical gymnastics of hip hop with the high energy instrumentation that vgm and chiptune have to offer.  She has an impressive array of albums in her portfolio, has worked with other big names such as Professor Shyguy and MC Chris on several occasions, and been on a slew of live performances. With all that, it’s very unlikely you haven’t heard of her or her music. Let’s not delay any longer.  Sit back, relax, and join me as I enjoy a lovely conversation with Steffeny Messinger aka My Parents Favorite Music!

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