320 posts tagged chiptunes
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
Do You Believe In Life After Love?
After a few fake-outs at the beginning, Ro-Bear delivers a rousing chiptune cover of Cher’s song “Believe” that has the crowd at Philly’s 8static singing along. Thanks for attending and capturing this moment, Albotas!
BUY Cher's "Believe"
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
DOTAMAxUSK - “通勤ソングに栄光を”
The title of this song translates to “Glory of the Commute”, which is pretty much what it depicts, a salaryman commuting to work in Tokyo. The pixel art animation is by notable Japanese chipmusic visualist m7kenji, who did visuals for several of Blip Festival’s live sets (R.I.P.).
Cool - Fuzzheads
“Cool” by Fuzzheads
Here’s sneak peek for one of the chiptune contributions from the Ultranimboy handheld/chiptune zine we linked yesterday, a track that also happens to come from one of my favorite chiptune bands, Fuzzheads.
It’s a nostalgia-filled collab with Meekstape (see Game Boy cart design), who has contributed to a bunch of zines AND ALSO has her art featured as a graffiti soul in Jet Set Radio: HD.
Downton Abbey as an SNES game
While there’s not nearly enough of the feisty Dowager Countess of Grantham in here, and the idea of Mrs. Patmore poisoning Cousin Matthew is preposterous, I can’t help but love this anyway for Bill Kiley’s fantastic chip arrangement of the Downton Abbey theme.
Victim Cache • Chipsurf Pipeline
2012 was the year that I’ve been the most excited about bands discovering, forming and using the various sounds and melodies that a vintage console can provide.
Victim Cache’s “chipsurf” sound is pretty unique to chipmusic so far, combining the classic-but-often-forgotten surf guitar with SID and 2A03 chips. Their debut album Chipsurf Pipeline is the soundtrack for what I wish had been an SNES game about cowboys and surfers, think Ecco the Dolphin meets Sunset Riders. “Yakuza” is my favorite track from the album and would probably make an amazing ending credits theme for this game I now wish existed.