372 posts tagged chiptunes
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:
Doctor Popular’s chiptune album on a GBA cart ⊟
Through this Kickstarter, you can get Doctor Popular’s new album “Destroy All Presets” for any price as a download. Or, if you have $65 to put into it, you can get a custom copy of the GBA music/sound editor Nanoloop with DocPop’s tracks pre-loaded and remixable.
“These special carts will come preloaded with 10 of my tracks for you to play/remix as well as all the software you need to create your own chiptune music on your Game Boy Advance. Each cart comes with an instructable zine (and pdf) to get you started.”
The carts won’t be manufactured unless the Kickstarter goes through. At $2700 of its $6500 goal so far, I think it will! Who doesn’t want a musical doodad for their GBA?
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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.
Crying is awesome ⊟
Oh man, there’s a video of the full live set from Crying’s show at Baltimore two weeks ago. I’ve watched/listened to it three times already, even though the vocals are almost completely drowned out. If you’re into the band, you should check it out for a few reasons:
- They put out our favorite chip release of 2013.
- You’ll feel less depressed about missing MAGFest this weekend.
- You get to actually see Ryan, Elaiza, and Nick rockin’ out.
- There are some new songs that sound great, even if, once again, you can’t hear the vocals.
- That look of surprise when a bunch of people from the audience started singing along with “ES” (TinyCast’s theme song!)
- Holy smokes at that new song after “ES”! That’s gonna be the jam.
Can’t wait for the next Crying release. Can’t wait for someone to record a live set off a soundboard or something, and share that with us. Can’t wait for the band to make it out of the Northeast and perform somewhere near me (or for me to make it to NY and catch a show).
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Robby Duguay • 12 GB of Christmas
Here’s the best new holiday chiptune album, Robby Duguay’s 12 GB of Christmas (shout-outs to Doctor Octoroc’s 8-Bit Jesus, which has been holding it down for years). There’s only four preview tracks online, but oh my gawd, when that first track, “MegaChild”, breaks down around 1:24? This was my face. And “Deck the Zones”, the Sonic tribute? Kris Kringle be wylin out to that joint. It’s like the Christmastime equivalent of M.O.P.’s "Ante Up".
We have a bunch of free codes to download the entire album for free. Want one? Just reblog or leave a comment telling us what your favorite chiptune song/album was in 2013. Or if you don’t listen to chiptunes, just tell us what your jam was in the Year of Lugi. I’ll pick some random winners tomorrow morning and send you the codes (if you’re leaving a comment, make sure to use your real email address)!
And if you don’t want to wait until tomorrow morning, you can cop the album for like seven bones. Joys be thine, kids.
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.
Here’s Anamanaguchi’s wild DJ set from last night ⊟
In case you missed it last night, chiptune kings Anamanaguchi tore it up with this DJ set livestreamed from a business center at a damn Marriott Hotel probably somewhere in Ohio. What. Skip to 2:30 to start getting turnt up.
We’re seeing these dudes tonight at the Taft Theatre. Anyone else gonna be at that joint?
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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.
Fami-Mode 2014: Sexy-Synthesizer, YMCK, Omodaka, more ⊟
Siiiiiigh. I’m jealous of the people who get to attend the Fami-Mode concert/event in Tokyo every year, and I’ve never been more envious than I am of the 2014 event.
Performing chiptune musicians include Omodaka, Kplecraft, Sexy-Synthesizer, YMCK (!!!!) and Clachip, who I will now be looking into. Companies like Takara Tomy ARTS and Editmode will also be displaying wares.
As always, the poster art is very cool.
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.