You want loads of fucking free chip music? Check out Weekly Treats. It was a bunch of different curators choosing different stuff but now each year is available in single handy downloads. Sure there is probably some naff stuff but most tastes are covered with plenty of different styles represented. 195 traxx. Respect to Andrew for his hard work.
There was a moment half way through the second track where I almost trashed it as typical Game Boy dance music but then the whole thing turns dirty with some real tight beats and now it is transferring on to my MP3 player.
I’m not really sure what that title is about. I guess Game Boys can convey a sense of fighting ability, financial wealth and coolness. Beautiful psychedelic beeps and funky chaotic beats.
░▒▓ aka 176177178 put out a new release of pops and crackles which he has described as lofi glitchy field recordings. ░▒▓ is probably JM aka Joss Manley aka Josstintimberlake and this is probably not 8bit music.
I put together a selection of 90 minutes of my some of favorite 8bitpeoples stuff to listen to on my bike. All this jazz can be downloaded from 8bitpeoples.com for free or some dollars.
Trash80 – Icarus (8bp086)
She – Pioneer (8bp069)
Kplecraft – 5114 (8bp120)
Psilodump – Adventures Beyond Challenge (8bp114)
Lo-bat – Twinkle (8bp042)
Yerzmyey – Im35 (8bp129)
Savid Dugar – Bang (8bp060)
8GB – Lemon Prize (xtndd mix) (8bp093)
Amu – Donald E Knuths dub dream bass mix (8bp112)
Starpause – Blitter Baiter (8bp097)
Sabastian Boaz – Fresh Feelings (8bp026)
Gordon Strombola – Techno Fitness (8bp072)
Goto80 – Ter4 (8bp044)
Damo – Deep Blue (8bp119)
Gijs Gieskes – Shaoar (8bp082)
Animal Style – Slash Back (8bp106)
Poke-1,170 – Panatec (8bp126)
Stu – Megablast (8bp081)
Usk – Little Sound Sisko04 (8bp062)
L-tron – User Error (8bp132)
x|k – The Bytemaster (8bp046)
Mr Spastic – Lucid (8bp122)
Orloc – Nowhere Between Buildings (8bp134)
Linde – Satellites (8bp107)
Interesting Game Boy/chipmusic releases seem quite few and far between these days. Sure, some kids released some technically spectacular EDM/Trance/Bassmicrogenre stuff but they didn’t seem to contain much emotion beyond party hard dudes and they leave me feeling a little cold.
Then I was just cruising the chipmusic.org website and saw that tMt (the mist toggles) had released a new little something on Chippanze. Full of bass, atmospheric textures, moody feelings and freaky percussion.
Apparently it’s all about interactions between sounds, waves, ear drums, modulations and adaptations and it aims at physical reactions by attentive listeners.
Considering it’s an electronic form of music, there are still a lot of types of modern electronic music that remain fairly unexplored in a chipmusic way. Sure, there are a few people making popular EDM style stuff but there are very few making freaky techno, electro, acid and other genres I suppose you might bundle under unlikeable terms like IDM, Braindance or electronica.
This new MSX release from Amiga VJ Poke-1,170 on 8bitpeoples fits into this category perfectly with its crisp electro beats, spooky droning pads and rumbling FM bass. Perfect 90s nostalgia that sounds like early Autechre and Drexciya, which is a good thing.
Can you measure how chip something is? People don’t even seem to be able to agree on what chip music is anyway, so how can you begin to measure something when you dont even know what you are measuring? Maybe someone could do some graphs with data or something.
I don’t know but 8GB can because this is 85/90% with Protracker 2.3 on Amiga. It is maybe a bit vague for me but given the circumstances, what can you do?
Another great little something for people who don’t like chipmusic that sounds like unicorns ejaculating rainbows into your ears.
As far as I can tell more and more people seem to be more interested in self releasing on Bandcamp and places like that than netlabels these days. So I decided that I should try and aggregate chipmusic releases that summon the spirit of Kittenrock here with a small review.
Anyway, first up is Floating High by Sea64, a squelchy little number that seems to pretty much replace the old 303 with a C64 with delightful results. Apparently it is Seapunk and I know that all the kids are down with that because someone that tells Rihanna what to do thinks it is cool.
Most Seapunk just seems to sound a bit like 90s dance music to me but I guess that doesn’t matter much as there was lots of great dance music in the 90s.