From the depths of his sophomoric yet mischievous mind, Doomcloud has returned to unleash his latest creation, The Masquerade. This album is aggressively smothered with four original NES productions that even the Underworld would approve of. Please experience these tunes at your own risk.
It's been a few years since Kris Keyser's last EP, and the incubation period seems to have done him well - this eponymous EP sounds like equal parts fire and water, danger and safety. At times it's dark, though still hopeful. It's loud, but nuanced. This is the sound of one LSDJ cart stretched to its limits, yet it finds balance in the midst of the storm.
ZX Spectrum poweruser Yerzmyey emerges from the shadows with Brutal And Aggressive, a six-song foray into the YM/AY dimension's darkest atmospheres. Serrated arps flank cold, phasing tones and punishing low-res rhythms, challenging you to either join the darkness, or meet your end resisting.
Beijing powerhouse Sulumi crashes the 8bitpeoples party with the long-awaited international triple-threat maxi-single Music Offers the Third Eye. The lead-off track "Jurchen" sets the stage with spacious, thunderous Nanoloop beat machinery, and then gives rise to its own pummeling genetic variants courtesy of Shanghai's Elecoy and Stockholm's Covox. Download, plug in, be enlightened.
The day Radlib was asked to play Blip Festival NYC 2012, he
immediately had the idea to put his own spin on some of his all-time
favorite chiptune tracks. The result: four turbocharged dancefloor
monsters, collected here in one killer debut EP. Armed with some old
Sound Blaster 16 sound cards, Radlib keeps the party moving and
creates electro-house free-for-alls via FM synthesis. Long live OPL3.
Long live MS-DOS. Long live LO-FI.
"Philips MUSIC MODULE is exciting to use and unique in its simplicity. You don't need to have any musical expertise or knowledge, yet with MUSIC MODULE you can create music ranging from classical to pop in a host of different musical and ethnic styles."
this is the first legitimate release from luke silas as knife city. he makes loud dance music using game boys, and loves to play it live for you. buy him a drink if you go to a show. plz&thx! °•.˛♥˛.•°
This EP was composed and recorded using a Nintendo Game Boy and Johan Kotlinski's Little Sound Dj software over a period spanning 2009-2011, in New York City (with the exception of redshift, written on Long Beach Island, NJ). I spent much of this same period studying and teaching philosophy, which has, among other blessings, acquainted me with the limitations of words. Ockham's Chainsaw is a fanatical application of William of Ockham's advice to prefer the simplest hypothesis: the very simplest hypothesis is " ". I believe that music is itself communicative, and I offer this EP as an argument for the conclusion: YES.
"This is a pretty serious release," said Jellica in the email that accompanied my copy of Safafa. Like all great British eccentrics, Jellica is very serious about everything he does, whether he's giving his tracks utterly unpronounceable titles, penning musical homages to cats or indulging in some of the most expressive free-dance you're ever likely to see on stage at a chip gig. With Safafa, he's set his sights even higher: nothing less than an epic counter-factual voyage to the stars, wherein space was conquered in the 80s by an Amiga-fixated generation of British kids. The tempos are slower on Safafa but Jellica's LSDJ magic is as intricate and textured as ever, reflecting the contradictions of a journey where the enormous speeds achieved are dwarfed by the vast distances yet to be covered. All in a day's work for Jellica - a serious man, but all the more fun for it.
The third release at 8bitpeoples from Mr. Spastic named Lucid represents an album of works meant to express conscious and unconscious dreams. It is a departure from earlier works in style with the addition of vocal compositions. Rhythmically more downtempo, the release aims to appeal to the pensive dreamer. Sleep well.
Every member of The J. Arthur Keenes Band have put their heads together to bring you this long-overdue release of 7 gameboy-based pop songs. Smothered in nearly more overdubs than the substandard system it was recorded on could process, Computer Savvy offers a hazy blend of the archaic sounds you know and love with as many other sounds as could fit.
This release sees the return of Kplecraft to 8bitpeoples four years after their previous EP. On L 012 you can expect all of the usual Kplecraft goodness: tunes written for NES accompanied by layers and layers of additional instrumentation played by the Kplecraft members. Kuske on saxophone, clarinet, ukulele, recorder and Andes 25F; with Eddie on congas, bongos, ukelele, trumpet and trombone. A sonic treat that destroys any divide that existed between chiptune and acoustic music.
The YM Rockerz collective represents the cream of the Atari ST chiptune scene's musicians. After six genuinely landmark releases to the demoscene, YM Rockerz music disks have become an eagerly anticipated event. This unique seventh release is being carried out in conjunction with 8bitpeoples, and includes high quality soundchip recordings on the 8bitpeoples site, together with a specially created demoscene music disk release on the YM Rockerz own homepage. The Rockerz are not content to put up with exisiting software to make their music, three of the eight musicians on this disk have made improvements to their trackers just to compose music for this release.
Reformat: A Tribute To Bit Shifter's Information Chase
Conceived in conspiratorial secret by Michael Lerman (Datapop, Fuckjazzforaminute) as a birthday present for Josh Davis (Bit Shifter), the Reformat compilation sees nearly two dozen reinterpretations of tracks from the Bit Shifter EP Information Chase, by musicians from around the world, in a dizzying and at times hilarious array of styles and approaches. Released to coincide with the five-year anniversary of Information Chase, Reformat takes the opportunity to approach a handful of familiar tracks from 23 unexpected angles, resulting in a compilation that's as unpredictable as it is fun.
All profits from sale of the Reformat compilation will go to Japan earthquake and Pacific tsunami relief via the American Red Cross.
filled with fear i saw him: smoke, flames and ichor swirling, dancing all arovnd him.
he had come for the throne. his prophesied return was upon us. his rage for us, forever.
with fire and corpse, brutal song and chaos, with lash and fist and knife and scream did he decidedly destroy. nation after nation falling, smashing and ripping and raging forever and forever. oh, the beat ov his drums! the sound ov his music! the insistent pound pound pounding ov his final war. the pound pound pounding that made us believe. that made us worship. that sick and delightful worship that made us willing, made us strong, made us dance.
there is no memory of any before him. there is no need. his coming provoked a brand new age as we one and all became his devoted followers.
to Rainbowdragoneyes do we drink the primordial booze. to Rainbowdragoneyes do we bow.
In his sophomore 8bitpeoples release, IAYD (I Am Your Destruction) returns from the depths of the cosmos, armed with an arsenal of arresting arias. Burning white hot and furious, his concussive calls-to-arms serve as much to inspire as to enrage. Composed of three parts bête noire, two parts rancor, Like A Phoenix destroys and disrupts. Prepare yourself for the impact of this anthemic anthology, spanning the years 2008-2010.
James York a.k.a. Cheapshot a.k.a. Yorkie a.k.a. better at dubstepwobblebasschipfunk than you has been tearing up the Tokyo live scene for the past year with more fans than a top seed gladiator. This EP is part of the reason why. Dark and gritty, instantly accessible, and hard to forget. Phone home and tell your mother, Cheapshot has arrived.
Hooray, the new year is tolerably new! Pianist and weatherman John Pohlman retires to play spiffy piano jazz and unremittingly listen to Psilodump during his long-awaited vacation, tuned in with his venerable portable travel radio. After 30 years, Pacman finally finds a qualified metronome to aid him in his training towards eating pac-dot-nom's in unmitigated on-target sync with even the most adequate techno rave beats around. His iron determination is undisputed! As for Psilodump, the new year only heralds supplementary adventures beyond challenge!
With the galaxy safe once more, our hero Space Captain Sievert returns home. After landing his ship on the small island known as Earth, he shows the people the things he has discovered and peace is restored again. Even if only for a brief time, our hero is happy to take a well needed rest from defending the galaxy. In his third album, Sievert gets back to his punk-ska roots to celebrate all of the things he loves: good times, good friends, beer, dogs, cartoons, pizza, chips, dips, and face-rips.
I'll start by mentioning that you can count the number of Chinese electro artist worth knowing about on one hand, and with A.M.U, it's definitely your right thumb you should be raising. The album name Diamond fits without a doubt, as this truly is a rare gem. A.M.U has shown surprising maturity for a Chinese kid, so far away from all the western hype, and he is already leading the 8-bit music craze in the Middle Kingdom.
Heavy beats, insane melodies, smart programming and unusual bleeps ... A.M.U's ability to provide strong dance floor tracks straight out his Gameboy comes from his experience touring and smashing Beijing and Shanghai's clubs with his unexpected DJ sets. Do not miss the chance to listen to Diamond - this jewel of an EP will surely end as your favourite new 8-carat ear piece!
so golddust and joyful impossible, the feeling of Lissajou and Strangelette is ever effervescently, spontaneously, instantaneously changingevery cosmic into
powerfulnew and weird here is the suggestion of forever in an eyeblink, hoping hoperaves hands in air, strobelights in an undiscovered sky whateverness or techno otherwise, I will alwaysand timeless expanses vast adorehouse andacid thank you for all the idm you've kissed into my life.
It's surprising to me as someone who generally isn't that big on chip music that I'm on my third straight play through minusbaby's new album, Derecha. And even though I admittedly get fidgety and impatient on hearing more than one song at any given time in any given genre (chronic musical ADD), here I am humming along like an asshole, more forcefully with each repeated listen, ad-libbing riffs here and there while I finger-drum beats on my desktop like a white Candido, and quickly approaching my fourth return listen.
As an album, it's a mature progression from his previous EP, Left. And it's damn good. And I want to tell people about it, but what do I even say? It's chip music, but it doesn't sound like something from any video game I played when I was a kid. It's new music made with old-school mentality using a combination of sounds that could either be from 1985 or 2085. It's funky, it's danceable, it's composed, it's cerebral, it's performing a complicated samba throughout the Southern Hemisphere at times. It's all of these and yet it's none of these.
After having met at Blip Festival 2009, Coova and little-scale signed a treaty to merge their respective battalions and combine their unique combat styles in order to ward off evil enemy forces. Coova’s artillery of choice is the Nintendo Game Boy with the Nanoloop 1.5 ammo cartridge whilst little-scale’s war science research department has developed a weaponised strain of the SEGA Nomad. The result is an armed force to be reckoned with, ready to do battle on any audio playback system at high volumes.
Lost in orbit around the third planet from the star Canopus, the second brightest star in the night-time sky, the GSV Desmos drifts forgotten through outer space. The original crew have been dead for decades and their descendants are forced to scavenge in the huge craft's shadowy maze of decaying rooms and corridors. Kept alive by the ship's few remaining atmosphere systems, this is the soundtrack to the remaining survivors lonely voyage through the cosmos. Written using a Game Boy and some junkshop FM and GM keyboards, Desmos is a journey that invokes as much of the spirit of Oldfield as Jellica can possibly bring himself to summon and attempts to show off the DMG-01's synthesis capabilities to their fullest using a long squiggly line of wobbly electro.
Gear up, put on your helmet and sit back for Lander, a 20 minute journey of the four operators of the Galileon out of the ocean and into space. Linde's 8bitpeoples debut showcases his more ambient and floaty musical strata using simple FM synthesis and a couple of slow-working years of on and off tinkering with the songs. The resulting track list is a chronological journey of trance inducing loops, mellow pads, buzzing leads and bubbling sound effects all put together during unhealthily late nights, forming an unmistakably digital, yet organic, science fiction soundtrack. Listen and enjoy.
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.
"Data Drop: 12 Tracks For Co-Conspirators," is an exclusive collection of previously unreleased tracks by Blip Festival 2009 participants; made available only to the event's supporters and donors. 8bitpeoples, The Tank, and the Blip Festival crew extend our genuine thanks to you for ensuring that Blip Festival 2009 took place, and we hope you enjoy the release.
Receptors has replaced an old toy with a new one, this time picking up a Nintendo DS and putting it to use with the Korg DS-10 software. The USER tracks were perhaps the most focused of the "groKwork" sessions, originally recorded during the Fall of 2008. Now, 8bitpeoples is pleased to present this fully extended and remastered edition - the USER Deluxe EP.
Roland had studied the data on the first four cartridges for a very long time, when he realized that the lamprey was hiding a fifth inside it's mouth. Discovered, the lamprey wheezed and sputtered, blowing air through the cartridge in an attempt to make it sound out a tune. Confused and frustrated, it spat the item out into the sand and disappeared into the vast, toxic lake. Roland dried it off, inserted it into the DMG, pressed start and heard the growling waveforms emerge. This sound brought to him the realization that a year had passed in this wasteland and there was now much work to be done.
In the early summer of 2007, the first demo from I'll Have You Naked By the End of this ROM, an 8 second loop from Mustard, was played for Nullsleep over tinny DS speakers. Thirty months of discarded demos, obsessive re-writes, and at least three mastering sessions later, one of the true innovators of chipbreak brings you 5 tracks of high speed guilt trips and over joyous ceremony. This is Raw. This Is Saskrotch.
The first time I listened to "Left" I was 6,000 feet above sea level being driven in a car navigating the winding roads of the Himalayas. The last time I listened to "Left" was a few minutes ago while watching some writers at the 5Pointz graffiti spot in Queens. Both times I was mentally transported to a place between those two extremes – the majestic and the everyday. Can something be both timeless and fresh? It can when the bass is the base and each snare truly ensnares.
Once again, minusbaby has shown us the proto-urban; an audio space where an imaginary city is built in the mind's eye from the rawest materials and yet still seems to be polished and eternal. Please, enjoy, as I do, the reductive/constructive paradox which is minusbaby's perpetual rhythm machine and sip and nibble from one of the most inconspicuously nuanced suppers ever to disguise itself as a snack. Simplicity was never so deceptive.
Official live-performance double-CD compilation, capturing the high-impact energy the Blip Festival 2008's live chipmusic performances. Produced by 2 Player Productions & featuring one track from each of the 2008 festival's 32 musical performers, including Sidabitball, Low-Gain, IAYD, Syphus, Role Model, Mr. Spastic, Starscream, Cow'p, Nullsleep, Lissajou, glomag, Stu, USK, and more. Professionally recorded, mixed, and mastered, and packaged in beautiful gatefold CD packaging designed by minusbaby. The phenomenon of live chipmusic has never before been so pristinely captured.
In the not so distant future awaits the election of the first third party candidate to the White House- they will hail from the Space Party, a political coalition founded by astrophysicists, former democrats and ex-NASA employees. In their 8bitpeoples debut EP, "Future, and It Doesn't Work", Starscream tell a tale of victory, science, and potentially catastrophic foreign policy.
IAYD makes his 8bitpeoples debut with "Supergalactic", an invitation to get punched in the face by light-speed melodies and sound barrier-breaching beats. Embark on a journey through the cosmos with six, powerful masterworks crafted from the dregs of shattered asteroids and the rusted husks of space vessels. Pushing forward and brimming with profound sonic vivacity, "Supergalactic" leaves you with a greater understanding of the Universe.
"AKID EP" by starPause is causing a ruckus. Four floor killers stacked with stinging slaps, bone-shaking bass, saucy diva snippets and tricked out retrigger commandos. Brain on the verge, move as you must! Only Piggy Tracker makes it possible. Art by Videogramo tew wey sekam. Mastering by Jesse Graffam rocks any sound system.
"Claps and Leads" marks Mr. Spastic's triumphant return to the 8bitpeoples catalogue; five deft exercises in virtuoso programming, balancing intricate technical skill with a warmly organic sound, all delivered in his signature bold-yet-delicate tech-soul style. Jazz, deep funk, disco, R&B, and full-on techno inflections collide and merge into an astonishing stylistic cocktail, all topped off with a shimmering pro-grade production sensibility. Dazzling artwork by Ui completes the package, sealing the deal on a certain future classic.
As Roland walked on through the desolation, he was acutely aware that he had lost something intangible. His only clues came to him by way of the DMG in his pocket. The lamprey was willing, for the moment, to help him search the debris for the small cartridges that fit into the DMG, each one supplying a new, crucial piece of information. The hidden truth would be thus revealed to him slowly, in sequence.
Cornbeast delivers Chip Hero, five songs from the soundtrack of an imaginary future video game where players perform along with the chip music hits of tomorrow, using controllers resembling the gaming gear of yesterday. Post-modern musical sensibilities collide with pre-information-age hardware, not so much closing the loop as introducing something unconventional, unexpected, and occasionally upbeat.
Those who lack discipline will be given some. 8GB's Pravda (The Truth) continues their globe-trotting persuasion that has only one end: World Audiovisual Domination!
8GB's open-minded approach to chip music twists the barriers of hardware limitations and attacks various oldschool platforms at the same time, while delivering the goods to shake booties all around and convert many chip non-believers to their regime. The Truth is out there, but the question remains: Smozhezh ti' vi'derzhat' pravdu?
After meeting in New York at the first Blip Festival, the scheme was hatched. The most unlikely of collaborations, between two of chip music's most enigmatic individuals, would be conducted in secrecy over the next year. Delicately woven Game Boy loops conspire with hypnotic banjo patterns. Layers of guitar dance over uncanny vocals. This is the EP you might have once heard, far-off in the static between two AM radio stations.
This release is testament to the positive social effects of alcohol ... On the one hand Nullsleep plied gwEm with drink to encourage him to agree to
do an 8bp release, on the other hand gwEm spiked Nullsleep's drink so that
he'd agree to make it a live album. When it came to finding someone
to record the show gwEm and Random ended up plying each other with drink
until they realized the logical course of action. Sadly, gwEm's long time
creative partners MC Counter Reset and Colin needed no such alcoholic
encouragement. Shows in Hell are easy to get, but hard to come back from. The next best thing we could find was the Bethnal Green Workingman's Club in London's east end. This is the pure sounddesk recording of a very special gig. The only instruments you hear are one Atari STe, a drum kit, and a Flying V through a seriously cranked Marshall.
After a five-year hiatus, minusbaby returns to our discography with the hip-shaking "Saudade for Beginners"; five tunes written in São Paulo, Brazil and East Harlem, New York City. Whereas "Monkey Patch" concerned itself with fictitious apes and animal hybrids, "Saudade for Beginners" aims to express life after the experience of saudade, a term often discussed pedantically by the academe, but best left to music and poetry as in bossa nova and samba – of which minusbaby is a devoted connoisseur. Shake what your mãe gave you.
Nullsleep emerges from the darkness with Unconditional Acceleration – an exploration of romance and tragedy in the 21st century. Five songs, limitless intensity. Ecstatic bursts of cascading waveforms race toward uncertainty. A feeling of ever increasing separation develops. Unattainable distances are approached and sheets of white noise issue forth from the fissures of an obsessively restructured reality. The sound surrenders in memory of another time and place, to which we can never return.
What is the difference between a modal and moduless window? Why do samuraj have long hair? Windows is so slow, but why? To slap happy bee, or not two III EP? That is the question! Teen Samurajs cutting hipster haircuts! The window of a chip, is in the whip of the hip. Never modulate the subconscious, beware of school. Provided with wings and/or antennae, unanimously, the bees agree, while hearing out these MP3s!
Dive onto the dance floor with a hybrid heart of NES bleeps and heavy beats. Trash80 has made his way back from exile with his long over due second EP Icarus – A modern chip-rock-techno-electro dance excursion. Push, climb, bite, crawl your way though the super galactic interstellar network of consciousness to rediscover one of next year's hottest releases to date.
Firebrand Boy is Philip Cunningham. Since 2004, he has mashed up the sounds of a Game Boy, a Nintendo Entertainment System, a Commodore 64 and an Atari 7800 to create intelligent dance-pop with beautifully honed lyrics and vocals laced with vicious lashings of the guitar. Critically acclaimed as an unstoppable live act, Firebrand Boy is currently turning heads on the Scottish gig circuit, and is determined to take his brand of fired-up electronica-with-a-heat across the UK and beyond. Firebrand Boy gets the shakes if he does not eat enough, and his girlfriend thinks he is pretty high up on the autism spectrum. Somehow he's survived long enough for 8bitpeoples to release his long overdue Songs for Cake. Hopefully you'll survive listening to its silly pop charm.
It's a common misconception that ZX Spectrum 48K sound is generated solely by the Z80 chip, with the AY chip only being used by the more high-tech 128K models. This is not true. The first AY interfaces for 48K Speccys appeared around 1990. FREAKuencies was written entirely on the ZX Spectrum 48K (more specifically a Timex Computer 2048 - the American/Portuguese ZX48K clone) with AY interface. Sound-Tracker 1.1, a Polish music editor made especially for such configuration was used to create these chiptunes on a computer not much bigger than a calculator. Class is over, now go enjoy!
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.
Gijs Gieskes is an industrial designer from the Netherlands who is probably best known for the fascinating mechanical devices he constructs for musical and visual expression. However, with 'Molen' his debut release on 8bitpeoples, he puts aside physical implements and we find him operating solely within the digital realm. Despite the change in approach his songs retain a clockwork feeling, sometimes breaking down in surprisingly charming ways. As they whir, stutter and plod along delightfully toward some unseen destination one can't help but imagine their creator standing by, watching and smiling.