43 posts tagged chipmusic
STU - INTRODUCING THE CHIP BASS (MIXTAPE - SIDE B)
Chipmusic veteran and Atari operator STU put together a great mix of of dirty, dirty chipbass tracks. It’s a 31-minute mix but well worth your time and includes Tiny Chip favorites Monodeer, Kodek, Misfit Chris, Disrupt and many more! The mix linked here is side B; there is also a side A with many more favorites.
MORE My favorite STU EP, Atari Solo
Arcade High • Pixel Passion
Synthpop dreamwave loveboats Arcade High wowed my metaphorical pants off at this past Pulsewave (almost full video here). The duo from Pittsburgh may be somewhat newcomers to the chipmusic scene but have no shortage of enthusiasm for making great music.
Pixel Passion is the first track off of their album of the same name. Dreamwave, floatcore, synthpop are all great descriptors but whatever you call it, it never fails to put a smile on my face.
DON'T MISS Their cover of Sonic's Green Hill Zone theme
1000 Needles • Osiris
While I sadly could not make it to this year’s Frequency once again, my timelines were abuzz with praise for 1000 Needles’ performance this year. My first pass through their most recent EP Osiris landed me the above as a clear favorite almost immediately.
Excellent chip-rock grooves and crisp melodies make “Monument 010” my power jam of the EP. Just going to sit over here fist-pumping and head-banging while listening to this track on repeat. The rest of the EP delivers on the emotional robot adventure of reuniting a kingdom literally torn asunder. That’s not hyperbole, that’s the jams.
No stranger to our ears or our feet, IAYD from Corpus Christi, Texas is an expert at taking a party from “turnt” to “TOO TURNT”. “DEATH ONLINE” is an excellent sample of the music that IAYD has been playing live for the last couple of years.
Previously of hyper-sonic 8bitpeoples fame, IAYD has some excellent music lined up for release later this year. You can buy your own copy of “DEATH ONLINE” on his Bandcamp, and you’ll automatically get an email from the site when he releases something new there.
Note! • color mechanica
Sneaking in to top off 2013’s great year in music we have Note!’s color mechanica. Originally available in the ever-popular SegaCD format, color mechanica is full of booty-shakin’ beats by the same guy who brought you this staff-favorite medley of chip covers.
"cake gaze" combines Note!’s already amazing Game Boy beats with a delicious drum machine known as the MFB-522 which he tells me is an analog drum machine inspired by the classic 808. Best when listened to in combination with “carrier pidjin”, the track right before it on the EP.
Fulhäst • Stuff?
I was really charmed by this track by Fulhäst. As many of you may already know, I have a weakness for bedroom recordings and chip pop-punk.
Making a telephone mic like the one Nik uses in these recording isn’t too difficult, if you’re an aspiring musician and want to add a simple but incredibly charming vocal effect to your music. I’ve actually been really grateful that 2013 seems to have taken off as a year that chipmusic and vocals finally meet in a widespread way.
Goodbye Light (God's Fake Laser)
Bubblegum Octopus • Bad Happy
Somewhere at the beautiful and bizarre intersection of Rainbowdragoneyes (some lyrics definitely NSFW) metal-inspired, eurobeat-influenced chiptunes and Fang Island's progressive indie pop is where my brain decided to place this excellent track by Bubblegum Octopus. In fact, having only recently gotten around to hearing a good chunk of Bubblegum Octopus's music, I feel like I've neglected some great music for a little too long.
"888 Days Meow Fast" strikes me in a similar way, kind of breakcore but also “spazzpop”? A term I’m sure Bubblegum Octopus made up but is incredibly fitting.
Data Airlines • New Beginnings (DATA028)
Here’s some severe electro-funkitude from Zabutom. The steady, glitchy buildup pays off when the bassline kicks in and suddenly you’re along for the ride.
"New Beginnings" is off the EP of the same name on the Data Airlines netlabel, and, as is tradition with most Data Airlines releases, includes spectacular remixes of the tracks on the EP.
Data Airlines and friends actually put out my all-time favorite chip compilation: an album of remixes and covers of Swedish electronic music duo The Knife.
Danimal Cannon talks chiptunes at TEDxBuffalo ⊟
Many of our readers are already somewhat familiar with chipmusic/chiptunes, but if you’ve been meaning to learn about them or teach someone just why they’re really cool, this 16 minute TEDxBuffalo talk by Danimal Cannon (Dan Behrens) is a good introduction. Dan also discusses how learning to make the discrete sounds used in chipmusic has made him a better (non-chip) musician, something I hadn’t really given much thought to until now.
There is also a fantastic documentary on chipmusic called Reformat the Planet by 2 Player Productions, the same crew that made Minecraft: The Story of Mojang and is currently working on the Mighty No. 9 production documentary.
Breezesquad • City
One of the beautiful things about a global music platform like Bandcamp is that you don’t have to submit things to a specific region’s store or be a slave to the locales a store is present in. I was pretty surprised and incredibly glad to come across Breezesquad from Fukuoka, Japan while going through some forums.
The label “bitpop” is actually quite appropriate as City contains all of the catchiness of a top-charting album with all the flourishes I enjoy from the Commodore 64’s sound palette. And yet, the whole time I can’t shake the feeling that this is more than just pop muzik, it’s a grander adventure by the artist down perhaps their own life until this point. I wanted to say “the past” but there is nothing solely “the past” about this musical experience, the bass-heavy breakdown in “Point of Purchase" is clearly from this decade as are many of the electronic beats.
"Boomtown Blues" has so much of what I love about this album in a single track, if you check out only one track, please make it this one.
BUY the whole album
Rhythm Core Alpha 2 Demo
What happens when a chiptune artist makes music with an eShop app?
A while back, we received a review copy of SoftEgg’s DSiWare music app Rhythm Core Alpha 2. While I don’t make music, I do have several friends in the area who do, so I handed my 3DS to my good buddy Kris Keyser and asked him to give me his view of this excellent but somewhat advanced music-making software.
I should say that I didn’t show Kris the manual or point him at the excellent tutorial videos on their YouTube channel; I wanted his impressions jumping into it cold.
This track is what Kris managed to make in a week. He sent it along with these Rhythm Core Alpha 2 impressions:
chibi-tech • MoeNES vol.1: the idol composer's groove
Apparently this collection of tracks started out as a joke, but after the performance this past Saturday, chibi-tech finally released a long-awaited LP. chibi-tech is one of those musicians making chiptunes that everyone in the know will recommend.
MoeNES vol 1 includes many of the tracks you may have come to hear if you have heard chibi-tech throughout the years from live sets and so forth, this includes Moe Moe Kyunstep, if you hadn’t already picked that up.
You can catch chibi-tech perform live in a couple weeks at 8static Festival in Philadelphia! It’s worth the road trip, trust me.