Using the YM2612 sound chip in the Sega Genesis and a Yamaha DX-100 keyboard, Joey Mariano, in TRENCHVENT, takes FM synthesis beneath the atmosphere to a secret place at the end of the ecosystem. Underwater, biology and technology morph into each other while the open air grows stale. Now, the coordinates have become a hot spot where crevices create sounds, and where an eel can ignore the mountains of waste above.
What you think is a Game Boy is quite possibly a guitar. In Open Air, Joey Mariano aka Animal Style meshes his jazz guitar playing proficiency with Game Boy programming skills and compositional command. The concept for this release was to create a more organic sound while retaining most of the classic textures that chip music connoisseurs enjoy. Masking his guitar with the 8bit fuzz pedal, Mariano secretly adds a human touch to the robot-compliant world of chip music. Bring in some splashes of PCM flavor, some raw zaps, a few introspective breakdowns, a couple improvised guitar solos, a pulsing beat and you get the picture: The horizon of chip music is open -- and full of possibilities.