This is like the peanut butter and jelly of chiptunes right here. That crunchy grind of Comptroller and the soothing Game Boy of arcadecoma play off one another in this amazing two track split single.
There isn't a lot to explain here. Weezer is one of the finest pop rock bands of the 90s, and chiptunes are wonderful. Listen to over a dozen different chiptune composers rearrange more classic Weezer tracks. These tracks are the perfect way to wind into the Autumn months.
It's been seven years since the original so we thought it was time for an update - here's our second tribute to those nerds in Weezer! Featuring all sorts of songs, from the band's biggest hits to obscure rarities, recreated using sound chips from old school video game consoles.
Thanks to Rivers Cuomo/Weezer (and The Rentals and Scott Murphy).
White Hot Summer
How could this album come out now!? I'm not sure, but I'm glad it did. The ice packed sentiments of every tune offer some auricular respite from the endless desert heat. (Did I mention I live in the desert? Sure they dress it up like the suburbs but don't let that fool you.)
I heard of arcadecoma just around the time I was discovering chiptunes in general, so him and a few other PteSquad faithful will always hold a special, glitchy place in my heart. Game Boy Tree adventures is a standard of chiptunes in my book, and was one of the first albums I ever blogged about (and amazingly that .gif image is still working after about 4-5 site redesigns). arcadecoma's now classic track Mega Man Is My Hero still gets plenty of rotation in my playlists.
Enough about the past though, because arcadecoma has finally risen from his ahem, arcade coma, and dropped a brand new, winter themed EP. Though billed as a horror concept album, this has got to be the most upbeat dance party of a horror story I have ever heard. Even ominously titled tracks such as "Don't Go (Out The Window)" are majestically upbeat.
Like other arcadecoma albums, it is all too short. Feeling more like a passing moment rather than a full album. And like other arcadecoma albums, that means I will be giving this one many repeat listenings.
ELO SHMUP VGM OST
Pterodactyl Squad have just sprung back into life with an 8-bit tribute to John Carpenter. It features contributions from R-Sunset, Comptroller, seal of quality, Videogame Orchestra, EvilWezil, Videovalvontaa, Lorenzo Music, OxygenStar, SLAW, arcadecoma. and Shrimps and is, as usual, free to grab from ptesquad.com.
Budgetary limitations faced by John Carpenter at the dawn of his career forced him to take to his synthesizer collection and create his own visionary lo-fi scores for his movies. Pioneering video game music composers were similarly restricted by primitive sound chips and as a result, tiny magical sounds were forced into existence. How minimal can minimal get? At Pterodactyl Squad HQ we decided to find out by marrying the greatest hits of John Carpenter with the style and hardware of vintage video game systems. It's all about doing much with not much. It's all in the creativity. It's all in the imagination. It's all in the reflexes.
To download, head on over to the release page.
The listeners asked for it, so I sat down yesterday and recorded my first episode of the Gamewave Podcast in about a year and a half! I usually record a Christmas Special around this time of year, but there's so much great new music that I decided to just play non-festive tunes from arcadecoma., lpower, Spheres of Chaos, Jay Tholen, Machinae Supremacy, C-jeff, IAYD, Henry Homesweet, Fighter X and The J. Arthur Keenes Band.
The prolific NESMETAL returns with his 4th release on Pterodactyl Squad, this his most dark and brooding work to date - Void. Inspired by the release of the retro-styled Mega Man 9 one year ago, NESMETAL decided to go back to basics, using simpler textures and rhythms to take his sound in a new direction. But fear not, the heavy metal themes and complex song structures still remain, making this release another truly interesting and original chapter in the tale of NESMETAL.
Then next we have a compilation full of brand new and unreleased tracks from the artists on Pterodactyl Squad.
- Heroes In The Snow - arcadecoma.
- Random Encounter In The Cereal Aisle - Spheres of Chaos
- Love Prevails - NESMETAL
- Medical Advice - Multifaros
- Sound Team JDK Homage 01 - Lawrence Power
- Candy Poppy - L'homme Manete
- Range of Korgameth - Temp Sound Solutions
- JW86 takut Wewegombel - Je deviens dj en 3 jours
- Mr. Glass - Skip
- Sound Team JDK Homage 07 - Lawrence Power
- GAYLA - Spamtron
For most folks growing up with the NES, SNES, gameboy, and other classic consoles of the current chiptune era, another staple in our lives was good old 90's rock. One such band was the ever amazing and often nerdy Weezer. In this vein, Pterodactyl Squad has organized, and finally released Weezer - The 8 bit Album compilation which as the title states, is an album "created using original videogame hardware running home-brew software, and vary radically in style, from minimal 'one man and his Game Boy' compositions to 8-bit inspired full band performances.". The album is 14 covers by no less than the finest in chiptune music today. I along with many others have been really looking forward to this tribute album, and very excited to have it released. The album is great even if you aren't familiar with every Weezer song on the album, or if you don't recognize the chippy artists paying tribute to them! As with all Pterodactyl Squad releases the album is free to download, so head to ptesquad.com right now and check it out!
Check out the full tracklist below!
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.
For fans of the band, or 8-bit music, or both, a tribute album to Weezer has just been announced, featuring many of the leading musicians of the 8-bit scene.
The compilation is set to be released on Pterodactyl Squad, and will feature contributions from 14 different artists, including Bit Shifter, Anamanaguchi, arcadecoma., I Fight Dragons, PDF Format, seal of quality and Videogame Orchestra.
Head on over to the official blog to view the artwork for the compilation, drawn by David Mauro and modelled on Weezer's iconic 'Blue Album' cover. You can also preview PDF Format's cover of You Won't Get With Me Tonight, which will be featured on the compilation.
Stayed tuned to the official blog for more updates, and look out for the compilation to be released on Pterodactyl Squad during the coming weeks.
There you have chiptune, guitar, late 70's punk and live vocoder, all in one video! Wow. Also, check out seal of quality's latest release if you haven't already: the 3-Way Split he did with arcadecoma. and L'homme Manete over at Pterodactyl Squad.
The fantastic netlabel Pterodactyl Squad has released it's fifteenth album to the masses. And for such an event the album is a split between not two, but three amazing artists. The title is simply named 3-Way Split and is available for free download on the Pte Squad release page.
Anyway, Jephso asked me if I would be kind enough to review the album, and so here I am. The album is a fast and fun romp through three different but excellent chiptune styles brought to us by Arcadecoma, Seal of Quality, and L'Homme Manete. The journey through this album is only 20 minutes long and at 9 songs moves very quickly, but still covers a lot of ground and is a great listen. Let us get into the meat of the review now!
Arcadecoma kicks off the album with Ballad of Baldur Bett, a fun track that combines nice gameboy sounding effects and fuzzy melodies into a catchy opener. The track shifts gears a tiny bit in the latter half but remains just as catchy, then ends a bit abruptly, leaving you wanting more. Luckily Arcadecoma delivers more with his second track Mr. Zipper. This song kicks off with a but of a start stop style beat, which gives way to a reflective and nostalgic style song. The final piece by Arcadecoma, and the third track on the album is The View From Space, and does have a bit of standing at the top of a skyscraper feel to it. It's another soft and relaxing track and an excellent end to Arcadecoma's opening to the album.
In these three songs Arcadecoma really shows his skill for making simple tunes that are catchy yet have a good bit of emotion behind them as well. All his tracks have a dirty lo fi style, and are relaxing and well built. An amazing way to open the album as well, with the fuzzy lo fi tones that lead well into L'Homme Manete's robotic tunes.
L'Homme Manete sets off his piece of the album with some crazy robo talk noises, which begins the first piece by him known as End of Sagas. This song is a quick and jumpy travel through space. With lots of clean sounds and a few complicated riffs running around the track. The track closes with a solid ending as if the story this song could be accompanying just came to a close. you can definitely tell when the artists change on the album thanks to the very different styles of L'Homme Manete and Arcadecoma. The next track is Honor The Stew, and kicks off with an aggressive intro. This builds up until about 20 seconds in when a punchy second piece jumps into the song. This song is for those who love glitchy breaks in their chiptunes, but the track shifts to a speedy tune suitable for something like F-Zero, but then changes up one more time in the closing into a spirally end. The final track by L'Homme Manete is Saloon Credits, which is the lengthiest song on the album, clocking in at 3 minutes flat. The song continues Manete's trend of fast complicated tunes suitable for any futuristic sci-fi game imaginable. The song kicks off hard and drives another building intro, until about 30 seconds in when the song shifts into something a little cleaner, and breaks in some mini chiptune solos and strong rocking choruses and even more solos. This is possibly the most rocking song on the album.
From L'Homme Manete we move to Seal of Quality. Another top notch artist who fits right in with the other two on this album. His opening tune, Noise Conductor, starts off with a lengthy and slow intro, but breaks out into a catchy upbeat tune. The chorus is particularly amazing with the effects and vocals. This all eventually leads to a crazy high energy outro. Next up is a song simply called P. A short sweet tune, akin to an acoustic love song in chiptune form. With a nice guitar intro and some more lo fi drum sounds. Accompanied by more of SoQ's soothing synthy vocals. This song is very short but covers a lot of ground, from the soft intro to the hard rocking guitar solo at the end. The song leads right into the final song from the album. Impossible! This is both the name of the song and the feeling you have when you realize the album is almost over. This song kicks off with some wild guitar and chiptune interplay over some quick punk rock style drum sounds. Of course the vocals add a lot to this track as well, utilizing both synth and straightforward vocals to good effect together. The track closes the same way it opened with lots of energy. And this track also finishes off the entire album.
This album brought together three amazing chiptune musicians, yet none of the three had I ever associated with one another until now. All the artists bring their own distinct styles to the table, but all of them are quality tracks and make for a fantastic introduction to each of these individuals. This collection showcases in three musicians the differing styles of where chiptune music is at now and is going in the future. This album is also a fine example that chiptune music doesn't all sound the same, nor is it devoid of fun, energy, and emotion.
"Trippy H is a mysterious thing, it makes one Game Boy bleep and another Game Boy sing. This wee EP is intended as a celebration of the inherent limitations of the hidden mini music sequencer of the Game Boy Camera cartridge. It was recorded over two days using two cameras, and the simple melodies were inspired by the hypnotically cyclical soundtracks to early cassette-based computer games. Bop along wearing your best DJ face for maximum enjoyment!"
To celebrate the launch of Pterodactyl Squad we present the Gamewave Podcast Compilation Vol. 2! Featuring a selection of artists from the podcast, this 2nd compilation once again showcases the many sounds of original video game style music, something for which the Gamewave Podcast is now famous. Either a great introduction to the scene, or just another load of awesome tunes!
This is one of the first five releases and re-releases coming from the brand new Pteradactyl Squad netlabel. Definitely some great music and a healthy mix of styles from Phlogiston, ArcadeComa, Electro Static Discharge, Spheres of Chaos, Disasterpeace and more. Also, as with everything coming from Ptera Squad, the compilation is completely free. So head over to Pteradactyl Squad's site and hit the releases section to get a hold of this compilation. And if you haven't, grab the equally amazing Gamewave Podcast Compilation Volume 1, which is also up on the site!
Oh yeah, and subscribe to the Gamewave Podcast of course!
Clever title right? Besides that though, very important, very awesome news. I am proud to break the fantastic news that netlabel Pterodactyl Squad has now launched! Brought to you by our good friend Jephso, of Gamewave Podcast and Spheres of Chaos fame, as well as Ross Murdoch, better known as ArcadeComa. They already have an awesome handful of new and re-released albums by some incredible artists! Also to celebrate this event, a new episode of Gamewave Podcast is out today, Episode 38: Pterodactyl Squad Special (check it out at gamewavepodcast.com)! To give further detail here is how their official about statement describes them...
Pterodactyl Squad is a netlabel - an online record label which distributes music for free - and all the music we release is inspired by video games. We split our releases into two categories: there's the original music category, as well as a category for video game soundtracks - these may be faux soundtracks or soundtracks for indie games. Please download all the music you want and play it on your PC, put it on your MP3 player, burn it to CD and tell your friends!
So what are you waiting for, an invitation? Head over to ptesquad.com, download all the amazing FREE music, bookmark the website, tell all your friends, add their myspace page, and have the crap scared out of you by Tim00x's pteradon screams!
(Also, amazing Pterodactyl Squad art by Jonathan Price)
Another new EP coming from the revitalized Megatwerp. This time, the EP comes from the amazing Arcadecoma. The EP is The Game Boy Tree Adventures and consists of 6 tracks of straight Gameboy tunes all recorded while in trees. An awesome EP if ever I did hear one. Head on over and download it over at megatwerp.com.
ArcadeComa has done a chiptune remix of a song by Saddle Creek Records band Cursive. ArcadeComa's remix is currently one of the four best tracks as chosen by Cursive, and is currently eligible of the grand prize of being a B-Side on a future Cursive single. The track is called Bad Sects and you can listen to the original version along with ArcadeComa's version here. ArcadeComa's track is under his human name of Ross Murdoch.
Dataage has a big show coming up in San Francisco, Ca. It will include two rooms full of music as well as art by Nanospore and others.
ArcadeComa has a new song entitled Killing Time. Entertainment System has two new tracks for download. Both live recordings from 8 Bit Genocide, Tetris and Arkanoid. Elijah B. Torn has his album Sarge Shukar Rough for sale on iTunes. Pholigiston also has two new songs up Aim for Justice! and Insert. Sabrepulse has two of his albums, Famicom Connection and the Terra Ep, both available free for download on his site.
More Metroid anniversary news, check out the Magfest Magfestroid shirt which you can pick up at cafepress for $20.
Finally, if your nerd music experience doesn’t start or end with video games, definitely check out VAUNT! VAUNT! This Portland, Oregon based site is all about nerd rock, VGM included.
Action/Adventure has several new songs available for download on their site. Arcadecoma has his first Gameboy based song for download now as well. the track is entitled Hey Day. And finally, ProtoKid has a new song up as well, and this track is named, The Reason You Can’t Find Your Keys At 4AM, So check that out as well.