"chill intense!" A new, lofi BeepBox album

chill intense!, released on the 13th of February, features nine tracks and includes features from other notable artists in the chiptune scene including Harieiv and Graves. This record, fitting to Phoesic’s lofi aesthetic, features a good amount of remixes and mashups, something you’d expect to see on a more chilled out, self-produced record. That’s not to say chill intense! doesn’t have a lot of polished, original tracks, however. In fact, when this album first dropped, I must say, I was very excited to see what kind of stylistic choices Phoesics would go for with his original pieces…

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The COMX-35 VIS/CDP1869: A Strange Chip for An Old Machine

During the Microcomputer Craze of the late 70’s and early 80’s, the computer market saw a massive upsurge in the amount of new computers hitting the scene. Many famous sound chips widely used in the chip scene first debuted in computers that were released during this era, with probably the most well known example being the SID Chip in the Commodore 64. However, not all sound chips from this era were as popular as the aforementioned SID…

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Covering FamiCommodore is the new Hot Café Trend

You know, most of the group projects we do in the Café are usually pretty extensively pre-planned. Stuff like the Major Jams and the Coffee Jam have weeks of planning and foresight done by Café Staff before they’re ever revealed to the public. However, every once in awhile, you’ll see a project just pop out of nowhere, with no planning or background from staff, that just completely takes over the entire scene. Such is the case with the current Café craze…

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SuperJet Spade's Journey to Making Chiptunes

So, where do I begin? Let's go all the way back to early 2000. I was 3 years old and my sister was only a couple of months old. I had a Nintendo GameBoy Color, and the four games I remember playing on it were Super Mario Land, Donkey Kong '94, Rampage: Universal Tour, and a Pokemon game that I can't remember which version. If you know anything about the GameBoy/Color's sound capabilities, you'll know that it has 4 channels…

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End of Decemberfest: Thoughts and Reflections

What’s up, everybody? I’ve got something a little bit different for you this week. As I’m sure most of you are aware, our third ever chip jam, Decemberfest, just concluded a couple of weeks ago after a month and a half of fast paced composition, unlikely team-ups and narrow deadline avoidance. It was our largest contest to date, with 27 different entries across 3 different categories, and, in my opinion, one of the coolest things we have done to date…

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