9 posts tagged leeni
“Spotless Mind” by Leeni. As far as sharing choice chiptune tracks with you, I did a pretty awful job with that in 2011. This post won’t do much to make up for that, but here’s my song of the year from the scene, a tribute to one of my favorite films, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, from Leeni’s excellent album The Only Now.
And here are a million links to neat chiptune releases/projects I meant to feature throughout the year:
- Decktonic’s Dark Mode, a free EP of music composed in KORG DS10+
- Inverse Phase’s chiptune NIN cover “The Only Time (Gameboy MonoMix)”
- Balun’s beautiful two-track release Beko 84
- Several free album releases from Battle Lava
- Yogurtbox’s Tree of Knowledge, a fantastic OST for a fictional eroge (why didn’t I feature this earlier?!)
- DJ RoboRob’s Of Dubsnestep, remixes of SNES songs
- Dot.AY’s dinosaur concept album Ceratopian Society
- Several awesome songs from UncleBibby
These all deserved individual posts instead of a link dump — terribly sorry about that! Please give them all a listen, and keep them in your ears in 2012.
Hear also: More chiptunes
“He’s Just Not That Into You”, the newest joint from Leeni, not that terrible romance comedy film with Drew Barrymore, or the book that was based on.
I didn’t instantly appreciate this track, not like “Nice Young Man”, but it grew on me, and I’m happy to see Leeni putting out new stuff (she also had a recent Romeo + Juliet side-project, but I was just not that into it).
Anyway, this is one of nine songs from Leeni’s new album, The Only Now, which drops on August 18. You can preorder a digital copy of it now for $10 — I’m particularly excited to hear “Spotless Mind” because Eternal Sunshine like my most favorite movie ever.
See also: More Leeni tracks
there is a light that never goes out
Leeni • covers
“There Is a Light That Never Goes Out” by Leeni (The Smiths cover). Leeni is one of my favorite chip artists and all, but this version hardly matches the brilliance of the original. It’s not her fault; Morrissey is just the fuckin’ boss.
Anyway, I’m sharing this track here because it’s an opportunity to mention how I overcame my karaoke fears and sang this song in front of a real audience (one I’ll hopefully never see again) after much goading during my Philippines trip a couple weeks ago. My wife followed up with an awesome rendition of The Animals’s “The House of the Rising Sun.” Yes, I know people sing karaoke all the time; those people are not us.
[Via An 8bc Tribute to The Smiths, Si]
Modded duotone (Black/White) Game Boy by Nonfinite. I showed off this glorious customization before, but this post comes with video and a demonstration of the system’s chip music capabilities. Fuuuuuuuckkkkk.
I have a whole round-up of chiptune-related links I’ve been meaning to share with you this past week:
- First off, congrats to Leeni for winning the Beaterator Challenge, a competition that had entrants creating original songs with Beaterator for PSP. I don’t like her submission as much as some of her other tracks like “Animatronic Boy” or “Nice Young Man”, but it’s great a chip artist won and took home $5,000.
- Someone (or a group of someones?) launched Chipmusic.org, a new community for micromusic artists and fans, and an alternative to 8bit Collective. The design seems Minusbaby-esque, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s involved! It’s just a forum right now, but apparently music/image uploads, a video area, and member blogs are in the works.
- Marjorie Becker took dozens of amazing photographs at Blip Festival 2009.
- Again, you should read Matthew “fort90” Hawkins’s extensive report on Blip Festival 2009.
- The latest episode of Penny Arcade: The Series is out (Child’s Play, Part 1), which is produced by the talented 2 Player Productions, so of course it has a great chip soundtrack.
“Nice Young Man” by Leeni. One last chiptune track before the end of our Blip Festival 2008 contest. It’s a perfect song for softspoken guys looking for assurance.
I can totally see a heartsick dude losing himself in Leeni’s inviting vocals, forgetting that all he has to keep him company during these lonesome October nights are infrequent Tiny Cartridge updates and an imported copy of Love Plus.
Don’t forget that you can pick up Leeni’s latest CD 8 Bit Heart from the excellent Attract Mode shop.
“Deafening (Ouch, Fire! remix)” by Leeni and Ouch, Fire!
I initially did not care for this song, nor did I appreciate most of the tracks from 8 Bit Heart Re-Start, Leeni’s guest remix album for 8 Bit Heart. “Animatronic Boy”, the third song on the CD, is much easier to get into, and I contemplated just featuring that tune and calling it a day.
But I gave this re-imagining of “Deafening” (and 8 Bit Heart Re-Start) a few more listens, and now it’s the damn thing. I forgot to mention it when the remix CD first released a month ago, so I’ll make up for that now and tell you all to grab the entire thing for free at CrunchyCo.
Leeni’s original “Deafening” sounds excellent, too, but you’ll have to buy the song or CD to hear it. iTunes has individual 8 bit Heart tracks available for digital download, but if you’re really cool (and I’m confident you are), you’ll buy the physical album from Adam’s Attract Mode shop instead.
[Comment to enter our chiptune contest — you can win a copy of the two-disc Blip Festival 2008 album!]
A song from Leeni’s Pulsewave set last weekend (watch more acts from the show on Gideon’s Vimeo page).
Since we didn’t get a Pulsewave video/ROM flyer this month, I thought I’d share an actual performance from the New York City show. I wish there was more video from this set, and that I knew the title of this mellow, calming song so I could download or buy a copy.
See also: “Awake” by Leeni
“Awake” by Leeni. Yet another example of why chiptune tracks with vocals are the dog’s bollocks (or the mutt’s nuts, for stateside readers), this time with a very 80s sound. “Raw Footage”, also a track of Leeni’s that you can listen to on her site, is likewise top-notch. There’s even a fantastic TRASH80 remix! More songs like these please!