382 posts tagged chiptunes
This new George & Jonathan track is my jamn. The chip duo — responsible for creating the freshest tunes that make you feel like you’re chillin’ in a Sonic the Hedgehog world in the pre-3D, pre-buff-Knuckles, no-new-friends days — released this track as a teaser to their upcoming album.
Here’s the deal with that album, according to G&J:
"George & Jonathan III is coming very soon.
George & Jonathan III will ruin your life.”
Looking forward to it!
Volume 1 Remix Preview
One day left to put your money down for a Shortsleeves cassette! I’ve mentioned before that The Shortsleeves are one of my favorite chip groups, and they’re kickstarting a tape that will include all of its old materials, new songs, and remixes from friends. The audio embedded here contains samples from two remixes: Bear & Walrus with "In the Memory", and sylcmyk taking on "OceanSideArcade".
But lemme holla at you for a sec while you’re in a crowdfunding mood. These nice folks need your support:
- My once coworker and indie games tastemaker Brandon Boyer got screwed over by Humana and cancer — help him pay some bills
- Elizabeth Simins produces great comics about being bad at games
- DB0 makes it possible for people to play one of my new obsessions, Netrunner, online through OCTGN
- Anna Anthropy creates beautiful games
- Merrit Kopas runs Forest Ambassador, which is like a Tiny Cartridge for free and accessible games
If you have suggestions for other Kickstarter/Patreon/Whatevers that you think should be highlighted, make sure to mention them in our comments! I’m sure I’ve forgotten some important ones — these are just what immediately popped up in my head.
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
Bodega Run (The Riders Remix)
Crying • Return to Olde World
Here’s something to enjoy while we wait for Crying to release its “ES” music video and next EP (which the band finished recording last week). It’s a collection of Olde World demos, along with a “Bodega Run” remix. Love the “Rat Baby” demos on this.
More stuff to have a good cry about:
- Notes for each of the tracks on Return to Olde World
- Crying shirts O_O
- Acoustic cover of “ES” by Leslie and Devin
- Still dying to hear this recorded proper
Don’t forget to grab an Olde Worlde cassette for $5 (+$3 shipping).
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PPCC (GO! GO! DESTROY! RMX.)
Shoujo Chiptune Punk — that’s the music genre listed on Facebook for Slime Girls, a.k.a. Pedro Silva. I’ve had slimegirlsmusic on my mind and playing on my speakers a lot lately.
This particular tune is a Famitracker/NES joint that remixes "PPCC" by Japanese idol group BiS. It makes me feel like I’m painted in 256 vibrant colors, decked out in omocat threads and bouncing around in a probertson GIF.
It makes me feel larger than life, or at least larger than the size limit for animated image uploads — like there’s no way you could post me on Tumblr unless you cut two-thirds of the frames, filtered out every trace of cyan and magenta, and dithered the entire scene to all hell.
It’s almost two years old, but go back and listen to Slime Girls’ Vacation Wasteland EP.
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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.
Must watch, must Kickstart: The Shortsleeves ⊟
I love, love The Shortsleeves, the “dream chip” duo made up of Jenn de la Vega on keyboard and Paul Owens on Game Boy, both of whom have been instrumental in helping other chip acts get noticed. I’ve featured their music here a number of times in the past, and we even used their fabulous “Rabbit Feet” tune for our crowdfunding pitch video, which I’m told isn’t bad!
This pitch video for The Shortsleeves’ newly launched Kickstarter project, though, is just marvelous, perfect even. Watch it. The group wants to put together a full-length album on a cassette that will house its previous tracks, new songs, and remixes from other artists. To do that, Jenn and Paul are hoping to raise $1,000 in the next month. Put down some money for a tape and help them make it happen, please!
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.
Preorder Crying’s “Get Olde” tape ⊟
This is like one of the few times I’m actually happy to have an old’n busted car with a tape deck! You can grab one of these (initial run of 100 cassettes) for $5, plus $3 s/h. Orders will begin shipping out some time next week. The full 7-track digital EP is still available to download with pay-what-you-want pricing at Bandcamp. How many times do I have to tell you that the album is so good?
And if you missed the deadline to submit your own sing-a-long clip for Crying’s upcoming “ES” music video, you can still send something in! It turns out that was a fake deadline, and they don’t care when you submit your video.
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Prom Night (Lindsay Lowend Remix)
Prom Night (Lindsay Lowend Remix). Damnnnn… This was my favorite track off Endless Fantasy, and Anamanaguchi and Lindsay Lowend somehow managed to improve on it, or at least do its remix justice. That Capcom-esque bit at 00:32 is runnin’ the streets.
The band, currently touring in Europe, also posted a 2K14 version on its Soundcloud page. There’s a music video in the works, too. I saw Anamanaguchi perform the song with Bianca Racquel last summer — shout-outs to Adam for getting me in — and it was unbelievable. I hope this single release gets a lot of play and forces them to do more shows together this year.
The 8Bit Harmonica ⊟
It’s a harmonica inside a Famicom cartridge! That plays chip sounds when you blow into it! It’s like a multilayered joke that also sounds amazing. Good work, ugoita! I want one for musical cassette fufu. Via miki800!
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Crying • Get Olde
You can star in Crying’s video for “ES”! Yes, that chip song that’s so good, we make sure to put it at the beginning and end of every TinyCast episode.
The band is putting together its first music video, and wants fans to send footage of themselves singing the track (lyrics here). If you’re like me and have a terrible voice, don’t worry, it doesn’t look like Crying plans to use your audio — in fact, you can just lip sync in your submission!
Record and send in your video by January 25, and you’ll get a super secret side-project track from Crying’s Elaiza and Ryan. More details on the music video below and on Crying’s Tumblr: