L-Tron delivers a tightly packaged box of wrangled insanity tied together with disarming potency and four-on-the-floor beats. This is more than dance music, this is don't think about how you dance music. In motion it's equal parts beauty to blister. Opening the blinds, L-tron gives you a glimpse of the demons at his doorstep and the sword he uses to slay them. In this four track EP, dance music structure is melted down and recast, leaving your ears to search for a sound that isn't. Even if your feet haven't moved by the end of it all, you will have gone somewhere.
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!
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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.
Finally, here's your chance to enjoy Stu's hard hitting dancefloortracks from the comfort of your own home! Don Atari electro and YM Rocker Stu, member of the infamous drop da bomb collective delivers you a handful of YM2149 killer tracks made on the Atari ST. As the famous German writer Goethe wrote: 'In der Beschrankung zeigt sich erst der Meister', implying that limitation reveals the real mastery, and this is particulary true for Stu's ultra efficient electro and breakbeat flavoured music. A minimum of equipment with a maximum impact, in the creative hands of this Swiss maSTer.
Gameboy techno overload! LSDJ pop/trance conflict! 8bitpeoples proudly present its first split release, an onslaught between two warring chiptune factions. Xinon provides five weapons-grade anthems, the bittersweet melodic prowess of 'Attitude' setting up the bomb perfectly for the hard hitting 'Vanishing Point', providing a critical blow to the enemy! Jetting hyperspeed into his adversary , Sabrepulse unloads a salvo of differing styles, with the ultrasweet pop dance party of 'Hey Kate' at variance with the bass-laden sting of 'Venom'. This collection will open your ears to the realization that international chiptune relations are stronger than ever.
Once again, Random delivers an EP full of hard kicking, lazer bouncing and arpeggio punching tunes. With new, unstoppable techniques, fresh, mindblowing melodies and beats made out of Game Boy and Win, he shoots up in the clouds, breaks through the atmosphere, and out into space - where all the stars and planets are bowing to him -- the new ruler of Cosmos.
This release is perfect for nerds, electronica fans, internet gurus and the average 8bit Joe. But, let it be known that it sounds like music hacking your eardrums on massive amounts of jolt cola. Don't be fooled by the sounds of yesteryear, this is pure retro modern. Mr. Spastic will spas out your system and oscillate your hips to the funky clock ticks and digitized rhythms. Tres l33t!
Nullsleep tears the space-time continuum a new one, emerging from the 10th dimension to deliver his new 8bitpeoples release – Electric Heart Strike. Equal parts elegant data corruption and unbridled chiptune intensity, it is at once a suitable soundtrack for your next dance party or your first time surfing the superstrings to Alpha Centauri. Epic low-bit rock anthems, beat-driven juggernauts that spontaneously segfault, and romantic squarewave duets are the order of the day here. Until the future, Parity Hard!
Ever wondered what it's like in outer space? Ever wondered whether there's life on other planets out there? In RushJet1's second 8bitpeoples release, humans venture into space to find out and begin colonizing other planets. All is not well, though, as war ensues over control of a newly-found abandoned alien planet with advanced technology. What will the fate of the human race be? Recorded straight from the NES, these tunes were specifically written with the hardware in mind. Thanks to SLiVeR and Nullsleep!
KPLECRAFT is an electro-acoustic chiptune duo hailing from Japan. Kuske and Eddie first caught our attention with their KNMS-001 release on Monotonik netlabel in late 2005. In 2006 they released their full length CD Hamlin and cemented their status as some of the most unique and eclectic musicians in the chiptune scene -- combining Nintendo hardware with saxophones, a variety of hand-drums, guitar and toy instruments. So its with great pleasure that we present Multi-Boxer, their debut 8bitpeoples release and a truly brilliant one at that. Enjoy the didgeridoo and famicom too.
Mode 3 is Phlogiston's third EP, and his debut release at 8bitpeoples. Taking the NES sound specifications as a launching point and then building from there, Mode 3 is a cyberpunk space odyssey. These six tunes give form to the stars and cyborgs, spaceships and the computer world, that play out their imaginary existence inside Phlogiston's head. A place that we're lucky enough to get this brief glimpse of.
Once upon a time there was a tiger, a Battlecat on a train in Japan, the machine rattling away shaking his sneakers, covered in Skeletor blood. Blue lion ran away from the castle; she was not just a gear in a space robot, she had feelings. Kuma looked for a fight with men at the fare, running through the field to tommorow. A little muse the shape of an onion swamp, memories formed in an 8-bit sound chip and a folk guitar. These are some songs Mark DeNardo wrote for you. Thanks to Jeremiah, Miles, and David.
Trying to describe all the feelings, emotions and magical power electrics that was hanging in the tense air during the night of Gordon Strombola's first show ever in Sweden is an impossible task. Just the presence of the legendary Gordon from Czeckoslovakia made a huge, almost physical, impact on everyone. Afterall, this is the man who successfully sampled vegetables in 2-bit quality by synchronizing a number of ZX Pandas and a Lambda 83. Afterall, this is no mere amateur we're speaking of.
A young boy trapped between warring nations stumbles through a time rift, and upon a terrible conspiracy spanning generations! He finds safety in the warm embrace of a tall, handsome vampire who helps him return home and shows him how to love again. But is there anything left of his world? virt answers this question, returning to his absurdly detailed progressive NES sound for a long-awaited 8bitpeoples debut. Don't feel bad about headbanging to chiptunes - just indulge. A double album by PRIESTCAVE, featuring these original tracks and fully produced arrangements, is also currently underway.
Xinon takes off with his first 8bp release 'Moonlight Sympathy' — rocking the Game Boy with amazing trance blasts that will shake your body from head to feet! This is one release that will undoubtedly keep you jumping all night long. Xinon brings you five fast-paced tunes with moody midnight breakdowns and strong pulses, these are heavy futuristic tracks to shake the dancefloor — Grab it!
Sweden mega-chip razor dance g0! 8Bitpeoples proudly presents Pioneer, the debut release from Pjat Lain aka she. Terraforming international minds via opcode radiation, she delivers the correct dosage of industrial breaks, wavetable bass and chiptune taste to send shivers down your spine while debugging your heart. Nebulous darkchip hits to deliver you through the underground. This is your electronic spirit guide, offering to desaturate your life with passionate twilight beats — YEAH!
Make no mistake — the machines only appear lovable until they have you in their pincers. From quirky playful beats to refined vocal performances, Psilodump hits hard in this most sonically lush of 8bitpeoples releases. With a diverse mixture of thick textures and lo-fi samples, 'Mutiny of the Robots' is a diversion from naked chip music, but if it doesn't make you want to get naked anyway, you're probably a robot yourself.
The Internet-inspired album 'Confessions in a Chatroom' is Coleco Music's first 8bitpeoples release. These boys from Argentina combine catchy and danceable lo-fi synths with robotic voices and sing about the things that matter most in cyberspace. Their minimalist synthpop stylings are uniquely personal and hypnotizing. This is one confession that everyone should be happy to hear.
Vim AKA Keith Baylis has been writing some of the most uniquely imaginative chiptunes since 1991. Now, 15 years later we present you with his debut 8bp release, Extended Loo Break — seven Game Boy tracks written by Vim during a stint at an utterly boring job during 2002 and 2003. With little to do during the workday, tunes were written while hanging out around reception, at the bus stop, or (as the title suggests) while in the toilets. The result is an all-out lo-fi assault that flies in the face of workplace boredom — and scores a stunning victory.
New York's Anamanaguchi finally makes their debut with the driving and dynamic Power Supply. The fully-packed release shows a range of feelings from "putting the final blast into a robot boss" to some more heartfelt tunes — all with hyper-melodic, electric powerpop flavor. It is recommended that you sing along with the squarewaves. Please enjoy!
Handheld is the lower-fi alias of 8bitpeoples alum, Matt Kuebrich aka Yuppster. While the tracks found on Muggle Trick have been floating around on the currents of the Internet for a while now, we are happy to finally give them a proper release and a permanent home here on 8bp. Blending vgm with indie rock and many other influences, Handheld uses Game Boys to create what VORC calls a "sweet but broken unexpectable sound" — and somehow that just seems to describe it perfectly.
You may already know Swedish composer Jens Stääf from his work with the X-Dump, Candymind and others — now he brings his signature fusion of chiptunes, melodic pop and frantic beats to 8bitpeoples for the first time. Viva La Revolution is a killer chiptune odyssey from start to finish, full of unexpected twists and turns, and finishing in some parallel universe where Mozart kicked off the chiptune revolution. The very same revolution that Dorothy's Magic Bag is keeping alive today.
PICOPICODISCO is the debut 8bitpeoples release from the inhumanly talented and totally insane chiptune producing factory known as USK! This is the first full release on 8bitpeoples by a Japanese composer, and it is an unrelenting Game Boy techno trance assault aimed squarely at your heart. If his guerilla actions with the mobile street techno art unit 'Tsuji Techno' have not already convinced you of USK's passion for the form, this hard hitting collection of tunes will. PICOPICODISCO ... TAKE OFF!!!
Alex Mauer's Blast brings a 15-year FM synthesis odyssey to a wonderful conclusion. In his debut 8bitpeoples release he has crafted a true land of fake believe in the form of a soundtrack to a videogame which never existed. Blast is filled with urgent melodies and driving, busy rhythms in the tradition of early 16-bit game soundtracks. The release is reinforced by outtakes of young Alex's earliest conceptions of what he envisioned the game to be, under the supervision of his father — the result is a distinctly unique release 15 years in the making.
David Sugar kicks the doors right in on the 8bitpeoples HQ and storms in all gangbusters to present his first 8bp release Fresh Off The Chip. Spanning his early Logic Bomb 180bpm chip and bass onslaughts, his more recent crossover material, and everything in between, it is a testament to his journey through the world of Game Boy infused chipmusic. And it might just cement Mr. Sugar as the first underground popstar of the 21st century.
Back from amusing himself galaxy-smashing in distant sectors, Bit Shifter returns with a six-pack of high-energy victory anthems, fully charged and ready to detonate on contact. With six hard-hitting tracks of fist-pumping power-up power-pop, Information Chase is the sound of Game Boys set to "Kill" and/or "Party," with no quarter asked and none given.
The man who grabbed the NES by it's neck and stuffed the MIDI protocol right down it's throat returns with Outra, a massive 20+ minute, pulsating, 5-headed beast on the dancefloor. Here x|k offers up a thoroughly impressive follow-up to his 8bitpeoples debut. Knocking the NES out, shoving it in his trunk and driving to a remote location for undisturbed access to all it's registers. Churning out the kind of mind-bending beats you'd only expect to hear pumping out of the speakers on Alpha Centauri 3000 years into the future/past, Outra must be heard to be believed.
The debut release from New York duo, The Depreciation Guild is a blissed-out, swirling, guitar heavy epic backed by the crushing blows of the Nintendo Entertainment System's 2A03 sound chip. Listen and your mind may conjure up images of flying past cloudscapes, stock footage of the ocean from above, and exploding stars. For fans of the 4AD roster and gloom-metal outfits alike.
The town is in trouble and it's up to the cunning skills of Orange Ninja to throw some heavy lethal melodies at the maniacal Dr. Coconut before a slew of minions wreak havoc. From fighting in the alleyways to battling at a night club, Orange Ninja must use all that his sensei has taught him to defeat his enemies in a spectacular showdown of addicting deadly chords and chaotic slicing beats.
After an extended run of hit single releases, 8bitpeoples is proud to bring you RushJet1's first full release. And we're also pleased to announcethat it kicks ass, it kicks ass so hard. Using MCK and MML, RushJet1 has crafted an eclectic collection spanning 8 crazy, upbeat anthems and slow, droning NES rock songs. Space battle frenzy hyper melancholy mode washing over you into overdrive with Konami flavor!
Divag's first 8bitpeoples release is an innocent and refreshing Game Boy romp from start to finish. Listening to his Gameboy Tunes, it quickly becomes clear that this French chiptune rocker is pouring his heart out into his music. Experiencing the excitement you still had for things when you were a child, dreaming of fighting ninjas and big bosses, showing off your superpowers and not having a care in the world ... These are the things that Divag makes us think about with his debut release. The first of what we hope are many still to come.
The debut release from Amor Antiquita offers up six exquisite experiments in melody and harmony. Making use of both SID and NES soundsets within its framework, the album contains a wealth of both flagellant and comforting sounds. Each track has been carefully crafted for optimum listening pleasure, and may cause involuntary tapping of the foot, bouncing of the knee, and in extreme cases possible loss of bladder control.
Mesu is back and you're probably wondering what manner of chip-twisting electro weirdness he's bringing this time. Belle Isle Raceway is an homage to the now defunct Detroit Island, known for the oldest aquarium in the US and home to social gatherings of all types for many many generations. Italodisco fused with lo-fi funk bounces you along through most of the tracks, with Mesu's signature sounds of arpeggiated resonance there to guide you as always of course. In Belle Isle's future you might imagine a race of sorts ... blistering through the wasteland and shredding through the stratos. That just might be what it will look like, and this just might be what it will sound like.
Random's 8bitpeoples debut EP is a journey through emotions, melodies and rhythms. His simple but accurate style hits you with a tremendous Game Boy power - from the underwater adventure of "Searching for Atlantis" to the painful dream of "Grey Love" and the fragrance of spring expressed in "Nightflower". Random is surely one of the brightest young rising stars of the Game Boy scene. Chip dance boost! The path may be full of struggles, but in the end it's all very simple ... it's going to be a happy ending after all.
These modules are a complete defragmentation of my system.From the second I became self-aware my sensory units were bombarded with stimuli. To categorize and label these I devised a temporary subprogram to aid me in this process.I called it Shawl. The stream of input caused Shawl to expand continously. Eventually she grew beyond her preset parameters and bad blocks started appearing. I had to address this. Defrag is a year of processing human culture and emotions.To create my own expression.
The X-Dump are no strangers to 8bitpeoples. Two of their most dangerous members, Paza and Psilodump, have already displayed their ancient and majestic chip-skills in a pair of chart-topping releases for us. But this is it! The first full-scale attack of The X-Dump ninja collective, striking right at our black heart! Out of a cold, cold land come Skruvmejsel, Lithis, Din Stalker, and Dorothy's Magic Bag, joining up with Paza and Psilodump to once again make their machines sing and show you who is really boss!
The debut 8bitpeoples release from the legendary Johan "Role Model" Kotlinski, GameBoy programming god, the author of LSDJ,badass Amiga musician and generally one of the nicest guys ever around. Originally released on 3" CD on the fantastic Retinascan label, we are proud to provide 6 of his most classy dance hits for your enjoyment. Rock it!
Non-stop beats and tranced rhythms span all that is Nestek. From the tekked out Connekt and tranced up Way of The Highway, to the peaking Terminal On City and uberfunky Nestek, x|k pushes a single Nintendo Entertainment System to the edge of reason equipped only with Midines as his portal into the lower levels of the 2A03 multiverse.
In the spirit of synthpop and italodisco, Twilight Electric would like to invite you to dance to a brighter future. As Paul Mazzolini of Gazebo once said, "I lived my life on a razor blade. I never found escape in my empty shade." Feel the fresh beats and powerful synths. Escape the here and now - cut through to the future with Razor Blades!
For more than 10 years, Goto80 has been abusing 8-bit computers to make some of the most unbelievably out of control tunes in the scene. His debut 8bitpeoples release showcases his diverse styles to great effect. From the intense opening of Ter4, to the visceral sonic barrage of Comsten, and the mastermix madness of Llamawarning, the skills of this Swedish superstar loom large. Goto80 is clearly not interested in standing still, he continues to push the boundaries of sounds today, and we don't imagine him stopping anytime soon.
The AY Riders are a group of chiptune maniacs that formed up in 2002.This special release from them is a follow-up to their third album "8 Bits Is Enuff" and features energetic and unique tunes from Yerzmyey, X-Agon, Factor6, and Gasman. Its clear from the moment that you hear the first arpeggiated notes and crunchy beats that these guys truly love the Speccy and its soundchip, masterfully controlling it to rock the scene. We are proud to present our first 8bitpeoples release showcasing the AY soundchip, and proving without a doubt that the ZX Spectrum is Alive!
This guest release comes to us from belgium-based chip rocker, Lo-Bat with brilliant sleeve design by otro. A collection of some of his best GameBoy tunes, this album was a joint release between 8bitpeoples and Retinascan. For those already familiar with Lo-Bat, you will instantly recognize his distinctive style, for those that are just getting their first exposure to him, his ability to squeeze new sounds from our little grey friend will surprise you. Please visit www.retinascan.de for additional info on this release and otro's full album art.
Take one Atari ST, one microphone, a toy keyboard with animal sounds, throw in a few UFOs along with some ninjas and colliding asteroids and you have 'Ninjani Diskus' Paza's debut release on 8bitpeoples. So pump up the volume and let Paza take you on a nonstop YM2149 thrillride through all of the levels and right to the highscore with his powerful and addictive blipps. This release contains the strength of 10 ninjas wailing on guitars.
Now, some things are better left unspoken. But that is beside the point. Yet, the point is not the issue here. The issue is omitted and the reason forgotten. Memories may become corrupted but beauty remains. Still, that is no excuse for acting blind ... or maybe it is ... what you have lost might not just be your memory.
Twilight Electric's "Meanings" touches on three important aspects of life. The Self Portrait, gaining an understanding of yourself in the most raw and honest form. True Fidelity, being dedicated to one sincere cause and sticking with it, through thick and thin. And Stepping Back, taking a moment to stop and look at all that you have achieved and endured. "Meanings" is presented through a triad of instrumental movements and based around the casio vl-1. In memory of Twilight Electric and Nullsleep's father, Todd Fliss 1958-2004.
This very special holiday release from 8bitpeoples features an allstar cross-platform lineup that is sure to make yours a truly chippy christmas indeed. Brought together from all corners of the globe, these 8 amazing tunes were composed by 8 dedicated chiptune maniacs on 8 different videogame consoles and homecomputers! Featuring the sounds of Yerzmyey on the Spectrum, Nullsleep on the NES, Vim on the VIC20, Paul Slocum on the Atari 2600, Bit Shifter on the GameBoy, Goto80 on the C64, Dma-Sc on the Atari ST, and Hally on the X68000, there is only one way to celebrate the holidays right this year, and this is it.
The debut release from Trash80 is a chip-wave dance thriller filled with party-rocking beats and gameboy bleeps. Featuring vocal mayhem by Jemgirl, these tunes will have you jumping up and down, pumping your fist and wishing for the future to get here quicker ... or is it, for the past to come back forever? You know this feeling, its the feeling you got when you looked at those chips and bits when you were just a kid and thought you were living in the future. Well this is what yesterdays future sounds like.
My earliest memory of a monkey is the scene in "Kingukongu tai Gojira" where King Kong opens a giant snake's mouth so far beyond it's natural extention point that it eventually looks like a mushroom with a long, wiggly, scaled stem. Sure, King Kong is an ape but to a 4 year old, it was a very big monkey with an attitude problem. It was also pretty bad-ass. So, in return for playfully horrific imagery, I managed to write an album dedicated to all things apish and monkeyed. Don't accept any imitations, this album is more real than Diddy Kong's learned vocabulary.
Audiocraft is a trip though Sabastian's interpretation of the 1980s, from the synth rock of Heart Error to the creepy electro of Little Rubber Buttons. A departure from his earlier work, this cd packs a punch of flamboyant catchy synths, heavy electro bass lines and slamming drums. If you want to dance or maybe throw yourself around singing like you're Steve Perry this CD is for you.
Get ready for another round of fresh and funky electrochip madness with Mesu Kasumai. This follow-up to his party-rocking debut remains true to the style he set there, only this time treating us to completely original material. Mesu synthesizes powerups from pure waveforms before sending them flying on vectors straight into your ears like blazing starfighters from the 8bitpeoples galactic empire. In the final tune you will be subjected to an amusingly gruesome end, but you can be sure that we have not seen the last of Mesu Kasumai!
The deliciously delayed debut release from I, Cactus brings you a short collection of sweet tunes filled with heartbreakingly innocent melodies. As you stroll along with the sun at your back, one cute cactus after another bouncing happily behind you, with this carefree blend of chippy harmonies and clicky crunchy beats you'll never look at a cactus the same way again. Featuring such treasures as "Bamboo Cactus" an unforgettable remix of Nullsleep's "Playful Panda" - this little cactus packs a big punch!
Mesu Kasumai, the self-proclaimed king of electrochip wobblefunk, brings you My Fiero, his jaw-dropping debut release on 8bitpeoples. Some of the best electro remixes of classic 80s pop songs on the planet, this album is sure to amaze you ... whether you are amazed at the fresh stylings Mesu Kasumai gives these old tunes or the fact that someone could still be so obsessed with a decade that brought us such wonders as the Rubik's Cube and Max Headroom is another question. So get ready to be blown away by nonstop megahits from the likes of Michael Jackson, Gary Numan, Cyndi Lauper, Billy Idol rewritten in what one could argue must be some bizarre alternate universe. This is one rocking release you will not soon forget ... for better or worse!
Twilight Electric takes you on a series of wild adventures that you will not soon forget! Play the role of the dashing hero as you fly thru the galaxy on neon lazers battling the evil forces in "Hidden Dangers"! Then take command of a giant clanking robot as you lumber thru Tokyo in search of that elusive pack of ginseng "Chewing Gum"! Next enjoy a snowball fight carried out from the rooftops of skyscrapers in "Thin Skin" and finally battle The Count's sadistic number hunting taunts that will keep you doing "The Count Dance" all nite long!
With influences such as classic game soundtracks and Tin Pan Alley evergreens, mixed with the sounds of 20th century atonality and Salvation Army hymns, I have created a collage of musical scenes depicting adolescence in the dawn of the third millennium. The songs are entirely made with the MCK system, which should vouch for a genuine twenty-minute NES experience.
A monstrous gameboy megamix paying tribute to the bad boys of Depeche Mode, spanning over 14 minutes of nonstop chiplove, and using every last pattern of lsdj from 00 thru FE! Equally suited for use when dancing in front of the mirror alone in your bedroom or rocking the crowd to the ground at your next mega dance party! Tracks 1 thru 4 are offered in a single mp3 to ensure a seamless mix. Bonus track 5 takes the sweetest cuts of the megamix and offers them up in a powerpacked mini serving!
It started as a joke but in the end it just seemed too ridiculously appropriate, and here it is. Six very different takes on the classic theme ranging from Mesu Kasumai's detroit electro throwdown, Sabastian Boaz's maniacal casio n' bass frenzy and Twilight Electric's honest and innocent synthpop mix, to Nullsleep's pure nintendo love, Ten and Tracer's hauntingly melancholic surprise and Yuppster's pumping SID attack, it is undoubtedly an essential collection.
A roughly chronological collection ranging from some of my earliest gameboy tunes to the ones written in 2002. While the first half presents an innocent fun approach (aside from the harder edge of Harm Parm), the concluding three tracks show a maturation in both style and technique. A must have for high school makeout parties.
Part two of this series shows my love and heart break of 2002. Being the sister to the first EP. Its sound is rather similar, except with a cleaner electronic sound. Created with the sounds of a melo-sonic and yet even more toy keyboards. Sexual references remain the focal point.
Warm and soft melodies and rhythms. Created summer 2001, shortly after keylemon reports. Gentle analog synths and open atmospheres. Think of dawn on a warm summer morning. All four tracks are mixes of the original 'vic' (unreleased).
Part one of this two part series shows me flex my muscles as a lo-fi, sex god, rock star. Unlike all of my earlier multitracked work, this was mostly sequenced with a pc and a commodore128. Sounds ripped from a talking wrist watch, my house doorbell, a mac lc and many toy keyboards such as the casio vl-tone in "one vanquished leopard."
Here's a diverse collection of tracks with influences from video games to indie rock to ehh really distorted stuff. "Mirror eyed..." and "i'm gonna football tackle you" feature good melodies and the "pecan medley" is a big mix of tracks that were abandoned for various reasons. Enjoy!
This album is a tribute to my love of the vagina. I became very interested in circuit bending and the relationship between sex and music played with "body contacts." The result is a chaotic machine-like sound, with a bit of beauty seeping out.
A hode podge of electronic music including small reverb caked melodic pieces, raw single waveform driven electro and fx layered samples placed onto a palette with a couple of vocal based pieces sure to make you lol.
Out of anger, sadness, regret and loneliness came Slap the pigeon; a mosaic of the rough times in my own life. You will get a feel for the intense emotions, but also become aware of their subtleties in a way.
This was made over Christmas break 2000. I was at my parents house on vacation and stayed up late making the tracks with Buzz Tracker, which I had just downloaded. I used the same samples and effects for all of them. The EP is full of crunchy beats and melodic sustained synth sounds. Everything is a bit peaked out. As for the concept, each song represents a color on Simon. The color, hopefully, corresponds to the sound in some way.
01 Cumulous02 Cumulous Plus One03 Cumulous Plus Two04 Cumulous Plus Three05 Cumulous Plus Four
More laid back rhythms and analog synthesizers. Sated in manipulated voices. Was going for a "blue skied, few clouds" sort of feel, but failed miserably. Whats left are more laid back rhythms and analog synthesizers, sated in manipulated voices. Only selected tracks were available in mp3. Probably will never be available again.
01 Pilot Pop02 Under The Clutch03 Mall Licker04 Gila05 Visit Five v2.006 Vil Structure07 The Tonight Orca
I still take quite a bit of pride in this release. Strong melody and rhythm work. A lot of distortion and rough sounds. Darker than most of my work. Does it bother anyone that i speak in fragmented sentences?
Bittersweet feelings are evoked by the unexpected mixture of sampled videogames and bleeps and clicks generated from chopped and processed urban field recordings. In a sense this was my requiem for the arcades, slowly dying out with the advent of "better" home videogame consoles. Nursery music for Street Fighter player's children's children.
Bring it back to '99 with this early 8BP release.I still enjoy some of these cuts. Most are pretty melodic, but a bit more tweaked out than my later stuff. It's mostly made with my now sold MC303 - some are recorded live, others touched up with the computer.
01 Silicon Leaves in Autumn02 Bafter The Attle03 Bowtie Nodes04 Cpulthik05 Red Ptenchik
The first of my releases for 8bitpeoples, Wooden Polyurethane Papers is a funny and sometimes ludicrous (as per the title) mix of understated and, more often, over the top tunes. From the ridiculous hummed bassline of Bafter the Attle to the flock of chirping waveforms in Silicon Leaves, this is certainly the strange beginning to an even stranger story.
Not truly the first release by 8bitpeoples, but given the first catalogue # as it was a compilation featuring tracks by all of the 8bitpeoples. Very limited copies of this cd were distributed as promo material. Track listing and further information about this release are unavailable.