11 posts tagged lsdj
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.
The Annexation of Puerto Rico
Square Therapy • Square Therapy
I’m not sure how I came across Square Therapy's self-titled EP but I'm really glad I did. The intro track was definitely intriguing enough for me to give the rest of the EP a further listen, but by the time “The Annexation of Puerto Rico" hit off its first few notes, I was all in.
The whole EP actually hits a very sweet spot in music listening for me, sweeping strong melodies accompanied by excellent guitar riffs and paced unlike a lot of collections of tracks that presume to call themselves EPs. At times it will sound like it was ripped straight out of one of many futuristic platformers in the best possible way.
LISTEN/BUY Square Therapy, by Square Therapy
Looking For Sasquatch (Furry Pants mix)
Sam Mulligan • Big Hand Band Van Man
Only a few tracks can consistently put a big, goofy grin on my face the way Sam Mulligan's “Looking For Sasquatch” can. Sam Mulligan makes excellent chip-rock with just his guitar and a Game Boy in and around the city of Boston (shout out to Boston8Bit!).
You can listen to (and buy!) the rest of his EP Big Hand Band Van Man on Bandcamp.
chipzel • Spectra
The title track off of Chipzel's new full-length album is phenomenal. Groove-master of Super Hexagon and a former Blip Festival performer, Chipzel makes hard-hitting beats that should be making you jump up and down. You can pre-order all of her new album on her Bandcamp, and it’ll be conveniently delivered to your email inbox this Sunday!.
If you’re in the UK, you might even run into her having a blast at the SuperByte Festival in Manchester on September 13th and 14th.
PLAY The frustrating but rewarding Super Hexagon (iOS)
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.
i fought the DAW and the DAW won
Meerenai Shim • The Art of Noise
Meerenai Shim’s flute and Matthew Joseph Payne's Game Boy work together beyond every single one of my expectations. This is the first of three tracks on Meerenai's new album The Art of Noise that combine these Game Boy and flute seamlessly and beautifully. The rest of the album includes equally stunning flute, percussion, piano, and cello segments.
Meerenai was gracious enough to extend a 50 percent discount code exclusive to Tiny Cartridge readers for the physical CD of The Art of Noise. To use it, when you select an option to buy, select the CD version and, when prompted, use the code “superbleepingawesomeness” to get a $5 CD AND the download. That’s CHEAPER than the download itself. The code is only valid during the preorder period up until April 5th.
You can also nab JUST the Game Boy/flute parts of the album on vinyl from the Bandcamp page.
MORE Matthew Joseph Payne's solo EP Gargantuan Acoustic Locator
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.
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
Steampunk Game Boy by Thretris. In addition to adding extraneous gears and a necessary layer of gold paint, Thretris obviously added a line-out mod so he could use the distinctive console to make music with LSDJ. Check out some more images here! People still think steampunk stuff is neat, right? I mean, gears!
See also: More modded consoles by Thretris
Custom GameCube by Thretris. While painted, LED’d GameCubes aren’t that uncommon, I love that Thretris hooked this one up in a studio setting, with a Game Boy Player and LSDJ, to make a sort of Game Boy sound studio out of it.
In a weird way, it makes me want to have a GameCube around, just as an object.
See also: More modded consoles by Thretris
Custom painted keyboard, designed by 8BitCollective user Ralp for use with LSDJ.
I think it’s pretty rad to interact with a musical instrument made from one non-musical electronic device using an input method made from a different non-musical electronic device. Also, pretty.
See also: Modded duotone Game Boy