Phillie chiptune megagroup Chromelodeon taps artist Johnny ‘New Jedi Order‘ Rogers for their Polygon Sun video, which must be the fastest ticket to a mouth-foaming seizure I’ve ever narrowly avoided. If you survive, though, they’ll land you on a glorious glitch-landscape, and it doesn’t hurt that the music’s good, too. [via Nerd Music]
There is something so perfectly Wareheim-ian about this video from last weekend’s Brooklyn chiptunes dance party at The Brick that I can’t help but post it: it’s got an amazingly un-contrived 80’s public access feel, with what looks like an attendance I can count on both hands (maybe the rest were all at the Mario Kart kiosk?), all doing awkward Charlie Brown Xmas drunk-dancing to what is honestly a wicked set by both Kurisu Bearcub and especially OxygenStar, in the wig, on the drums.
Just don’t get me wrong: this is totally my idea of a good time, and was a far better Saturday night than I had down here. [via TCTD]
Just unveiled for Sidhe’s just-released PlayStation Network Breakout/shooter crossover game Shatter (which I have been far too overwhelmed, game-wise, to properly get my head around, but was previously featured back in May): a new page to both stream and purchase the surprisingly excellent score from Jeramiah ‘Module‘ Ross.
Sidhe says the soundtrack was meant to conjure “80’s new wave, stadium rock and intergalactic space rock opera,” and I can’t argue with a single aspect of that. $9.99 will get you the full downloadable version, and, while you’re there, you can also stream/buy Ross’s contributions to GripShift, Sidhe’s fantastic debut PSP/PSN/XBLA puzzle-racer.
Oft-mentioned 8-bit punk purveyors Anamanaguchi — most recently heard on Pterodactyl Squad’s chiptune Weezer cover album — have written in to notify us that they’ve just launched a new site for their upcoming U.S. tour, which will kick off in NYC on the 6th of August in NYC and end on the 6th of September in Seattle for the Penny Arcade Expo.
The first half of the tour will be supported by fellow NYC chip band Starscream, and all dates will include graphics by frequent Pulsewave visual collaborators Paris and Outpt. I’ve got it on good authority that there may be much more to the August-end Los Angeles shows than you might imagine.
Below is a sample of what to expect, or you can listen to the entirety of their last Dawn Metropolis EP at this previous Offworld post:
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- One shot: David Mauro's Deus Ex Machina Puniat Arkouseus
- Listen: Future Boy's 8-bit Megamix, the last chiptune mixtape you …
- 8Bitpeoples/BlipFest prep Data Pop 09 SXSW chiptune party
First mentioned back in March as Relay for Life — a charity CD being put together to raise money for the American Cancer Society — Kokoromi member Heather Kelley updates to note that the compilation has just been released to iTunes and amazon.mp3 as Songs for the Cure ’09, with some 19 tracks by indie and games-related musicians.
You can preview the tracks via either site, which so far have turned up very strong showings by 2D Boy’s Kyle Gabler with a skittering downtempo track that doesn’t sound far removed from the excellent score he composed for World of Goo, Joshua ‘Zen Albatross‘ Kopstein with a very bouncy chiptune track, and Heather Kelley herself, pulling vocal duties on Don’t Eat Sky’s track Pears that may or may not be about a game itself (reference the lyrics here).
Keep watching Josh Whelchel’s site for more information on the release (which it seems hasn’t quite been updated yet), which, at the end of the initial push, had already raised some $5600 for the cause.
Apparently we’re in the midst of a Very Musical Wednesday, so let’s keep it going as strong as could be imagined with this: the latest, long anticipated and entirely free EP from frequently featured Dallas hacked-up hardware shoegaze (or are we actually calling it chip-gaze now?) outfit Tree Wave, simply titled 10 Inch.
It’s hard to pick just one of the four tracks to feature, but above is my favorite, realaudio9, which comes as close to the gloriously upbeat, muddied ethereal drone of My Bloody Valentine as I believe is allowed by law, before then opening up into a section of hypnotic cut-up rhythm.
It’s a bit of a departure from their earlier Cabana EP, which relied much more blatantly on the sounds of the Atari 2600’s SynthCart, C64 equivalent CynthCart, and a firmware hacked Epson LQ500 dot-matrix printer, all instruments of Tree Wave lead Paul Slocum’s own design.
But, all four tracks are extremely strong, and carry hints of off-kilter ‘oriental’ melodies that vaguely remind me how much I’ve missed now-defunct Athens group Macha (see also, especially: their collaborative EP with Bedhead).
Slocum’s had some difficulty keeping the site alive for all the downloading, but it looks like it’s back to stable now: grab the EP while you still can. [UPDATE: Slocum’s mirrored the release here, too, if you’re having download troubles.]
From the 8-bit Operators original, to Miles Davis tribute Kind of Bloop, to Daft Punk, to Weezer, the chiptune cover compilation craze is in full swing, and appears to be not ending any time soon, as True Chip Till Death digs up information on Emulator Punks!!, a new Russian tribute to electropunk outfit The Prodigy.
From videogame orchestra’s Castlevania-esque remake of Island in the Sun, to nordloef’s euro-chip-disco remix of Buddy Holly, to Anamanaguchi, Tugboat and Bit Shifter’s typically excellent showings, the awesomeness of Pterodactyl Squad’s just-released 8-bit Weezer cover compilation album basically speaks for itself.
1. Island In The Sun (Belmont’s Revisal) – videogame orchestra
2. Holiday – Anamanaguchi
3. El Scorcho – Tugboat
4. The World Has Turned And Left Me Here – Bit Shifter
5. You Won’t Get With Me Tonight – PDF Format
6. Hash Pipe – seal of quality
7. In The Garage – OxygenStar
8. You Gave Your Love To Me Softly – :(
9. We Are All On Drugs – Rabato
10. Jamie – Unicorn Dream Attack
11. Come To My Pod – Mahamajama
12. Why Bother? – I Fight Dragons
13. Buddy Holly – nordloef
14. I Do – arcadecoma.
And while we’re on the subject, let’s just make this our own mini-#musicmonday, and get straight to this: Pieter ‘Dr. Zilog‘ Montoulieu doing a chiptune cover (mp3) of Animal Collective’s hipster runaway favorite My Girls. Zilog takes a few liberties here and there, but essentially captures the spirit, especially paired with his low-res filtered version of Brody Baker/Shelly Zander‘s original video.
By way of French act Je Deviens DJ en 3 Jours — who released a new running-through-the-streets-of-Nice music video a mere two weeks ago — comes a chiptune-powered tribute to fellow French musicians Daft Punk: DA CHIP!
The 11 track compilation, featuring covers by the likes of EvilWezil and Random is perfectly suited for your next lo-fi French electro dance party (as witnessed in JDDE3J’s Aerodynamic cover above). DA CHIP! is provided as a free download with individual bonus tracks available on the site.