15 posts tagged chipmusic
Disk Zero [DEMO]
“Disk Zero” by Demoscene Time Machine
I’m not sure about most of you, but when summer starts rolling around for me, I start thinking about what I’ll be listening to on those hot summer nights. All signs are pointing to this summer being the summer of disco (see the brand new Daft Punk album), so here’s a delightfully chunky nu-disco/house track from Demoscene Time Machine, all the way from Stockholm, Sweden.
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Sulumi • Music Offers The Third Eye
Off of the newest 8bitpeoples release, Sulumi takes Nanoloop to the next level and delivers a MASSIVE dance track. The other two remixes on there are just as brilliant, including a remix by Covox, who never fails to amaze me. As usual with 8bitpeoples, the release is completely free.
If you hadn’t heard about it, you should also really check out Nanoloop. It’s deceptively simple software available for a variety of platforms (including iOS and Android).
BUY a Nanoloop-inspired shirt from Fangamer
“Nicholas D. Wolfwood“ feat. The Glowing Stars by Awkward Terrible
SO GLAD to see Awkward Terrible’s very first music video. For the uninitiated, Awkward Terrible is a pretty loud band from Milwaukee, WI that uses an NES to add to their punk sound. This particular track is actually from a split EP they did with the now-defunct The Glowing Stars (who, for some reason, split up, but keep releasing music). Because Awkward Terrible doesn’t mess around, they also released a second music video today, I just happened to like this one more.
March’s Chiptune Events
If you enjoy chipmusic/chiptunes, here are some events THIS WEEK and NEXT WEEK in North America that you might find interesting.
First up, if you’re attending PAX East this weekend in Boston and want to do some dancing way before you go to the concerts, stop by the Jamspace Friday (3/22) and Saturday (3/23) between 11:30 am and 2:30 pm for some great chiptunes presented by the Boston8Bit crew. Individual performers for each day are listed on their Facebook event.
If you happen to be in or around Montreal instead, this Saturday the 23rd is also an installment of Toy Company, which you may recall from this video highlight. A group of some of my favorite North American artists will be performing this time around and it promises to be an amazing show. It is being hosted at Foonzo, a gaming bar in Montreal.
For those of you attending GDC and/or living in San Francisco, 8bitSF has you covered with not 1 but 2 chip shows next week. There is POW POW: A Colossal Night of Sound + Vision (3/26) and POW POW: Bonus Round (3/29), the latter of which includes Derris Kharlan, who we’ve featured here before.
Lastly, if you’re in New York City (or the surrounding area) on Saturday the 30th, Pulsewave will be having a show featuring the Piko Piko Detroit crew! The event details are on the Facebook event or Pulsewave NYC’s Tumblr. This event has an open mic so if you’ve been making some chiptunes, come on out and show us!
Chipocrite • 8-Bit Lebowski: 100% Electronic
You may know Chipocrite from his many covers of songs like New Order’s “Bizarre Love Triangle” (featured at the end of this fake Legend of Zelda movie trailer), “Also sprach Zarathustra” or even his own work on his album Hit and Run.
What you may not know about Chipocrite is that he is a HUGE fan of the movie The Big Lebowski, so much so that he went about covering several of the movie soundtrack’s songs, including the very specific The Gipsy Kings flamenco cover of The Eagles’ hit “Hotel California”, featured here.
Miii - Down
A glitch-hop LSDJ track from Miii in Tokyo. It’s interesting to me, as someone who organizes chipmusic shows in New York, to see musicians in the Japanese electronic music scene pick up a Game Boy and make a chipmusic track.
Toy Company live
Toy Company is a series of lo-fi electronic/8-bit shows that happen in Montreal, Quebec, organized mostly by the local chiptune scene. The above video is a highlight reel from the latest event in the Satosphere at Société des Arts Technologiques (SAT) on March 2, 2013.
The artists featured at this year’s Nuit Blanche were: Fade Runner (formerly known as ???), XC3N, Pocaille, Das Mörtal and Procyon Lotor. Between all of them they use some combination of LSDJ, LittleGPTracker, Plogue Chipsounds and more to make their music.
Get In The Groove, Shoegazekid
DS-10 Dominator • The Smallest Party Ever
An older favorite of mine, DS-10 Dominator a.k.a. Rutger Muller lays down some fine shoegaze-style electro house grooves. This track opens for a whole album of DS-10 jams called The Smallest Party Ever, which contains a combination of several electronic genres all on the same album, DS-10 Dominator is defintely not afraid to get into those pounding techno beats.
You should also check out “My House is a Cocoon”, an Amiga bitpop track by Rutger’s other project called Diskette Deluxe.
BUY Korg DS-10 Plus, an updated version of the software DS-10 Dominator uses
Chip's Challenge • Chip's Challenge Live(s)!
This is from a live recording of Rochester Chip Fest this past December. I had heard of the RIT trio playing at 8static last May but I had never gotten around to listening to their stuff until I was at the festival.
They are another of the many “bands in chipmusic” (chipbands? guitartune? chip off the old rock?) that I am *really* excited about. They also claim that they could beat you in Super Smash Brothers, all of you.
BUY Chip's Challenge live album; the electrofunk experience from SHRIMPS, another of the bands at Rochester Chip Fest
Derris Kharlan • West
Disasterpeace and Derris Kharlan released a split single titled West, which contains two tracks that would be at home in the Spaghetti Western-themed retro shoot-out game I keep dreaming about. The other track on this split is by Disasterpeace, whose name you might know from the many, many game soundtracks he’s worked on, including Fez.
BUY Rise of the Obsidian Interstellar, my favorite Disasterpeace album; Derris Kharlan's Live, another personal favorite
“Pizza Hut Taco Bell” by Bright Primate ft. Force of Will
Every Friday, for the rest of 2013, Andrew Kilpatrick and Alex Kelly (they both run the Pxl-Bot netlabel) will showcase a different chipmusic artist as part of their Weekly Treats series. This means that every Friday they’ll not only post a brand new, original, exclusive and unreleased track FOR FREE, but they’ll also have interviews with the musicians on their website.
The most recent track is a cover of a Das Racist’s “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell” by Boston’s own Bright Primate.
BUY Make your own chiptunes on a DSi with Korg's DS-10 Plus
Gravity Falls chip cover
Here’s a fantastic LSDJ cover of the theme from one of my favorite animated shows, Gravity Falls. The liberties Crab/Nestor Ovilla takes with the details of the theme are perfect, they make it a party jam without losing the very unique Gravity Falls melody.
p.s. if you haven’t seen Gravity Falls, you really should, even if only for the AMAZING animations Paul Robertson made for one episode.
SEE ALSO Chido-Chip, a free compilation of Mexican chip musicians