MATRIXSYNTH: Soundfly's Chip It Challenge - Win a Modded Game Boy & Flash Cart!

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Soundfly's Chip It Challenge - Win a Modded Game Boy & Flash Cart!

Published on Jan 19, 2017 Soundfly

"This contest will be judged by none other than glomag, Chipocrite and Bias ONE (fka minus baby). So, what is the challenge? To create and submit the best version of Devo's classic 'Whip It' using LSDJ or any other Chiptune/8-bit hacked software to create it."

Full details:

"The Chip It Challenge: Join the Chip It Challenge! Sign up to find more information on the competition and download a starting track at

What's the Prize?
Grand Prize: Modded Game Boy and flash cartridge, and personal feedback from Chipocrite on your track!
2nd place: Flash cartridge and personal feedback from Chipocrite on your track
3rd place: Flash cartridge

What are the judging criteria?
The overall originality of your version of 'Whip It,' while still being recognizable as "Whip It," as decided by our esteemed panel of judges
Make this YOUR version of "Whip It!"

Who are the judges?
Chipocrite, our fearless host, instructor and humble

Glomag emerged from the NYC chip music scene around the dawn of the 21st century, writing music on Game Boys and performing local shows. His has two releases on 8bitpeoples, DaMaGe and Roland and The Lamprey, and with the 8 Bit Operators on Astralwerks Records as well as on various compilations. He has performed in and around the U.S. and Europe.

BIAS ONE (formerly known as minusbaby), Richard Alexander Caraballo began his minusbaby project in 1999 to explore the diversity of a lo-fi, compositional aesthetic and has since progressed experimentally in its scope to include elements guided by those roots and a sonic language representative of his influences, namely, the art of bass and how it moves butts. Also, he has covered "Whip It.

How is it going to work?
In short, make your own version of "Chip It." You can use Chipocrite's version as a guide, and we have even provided you with a .sav file of Chipocrite's verison. So, get into the nitty-gritty of Chipocrite's decisions, understand his choices, and then create your own piece! (Or skip the .sav file and create your own version from scratch.)

Your piece should have the same structure as Chipocrite's. It should include the intro (the first 12 bars of the song, or the first 18 seconds of Chipocrite's version), the verse (bars 13-29, or from :19 to :41 of Chipocrite's version) and a chorus (bars 30-46, or :42 to :57 of Chipocrite's version)

When are submissions due?
February 15th, so get moving!

What can’t you do?
You can’t just re-submit the .sav file we give to you with little tweaks. Make it your own!

You shouldn't use just a sprinkling of LSDJ (or chip-based sounds) and then beef the track up with a whole bunch of other synths and drum machines and stuff. Keep it chip. All submissions will be accepted and reviewed, but you probably won't get too far if you don't keep it chip!

How to Submit?
Join the free course "Chip It: The Chiptune Challenge" and post your track in the course comments.

Additionally, if you post your track on Soundcloud, Facebook, or Twitter and tag @learntosoundfly and use the hashtag #chipit, we'll share your work with all our followers.

Fine Print: Find the full competition terms and conditions here"

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