Various VGM artists remix the music of Big Giant Circles in 'The Glory Days Remixed'

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An array of video game musicians congregate over 11 remixed tracks from Big Giant Circles' original The Glory Days album. Nearly every name on the list of remixers has been a favorite musician of mine at some point through this blogs history. Even with compilations and collaborations happening easier than ever thanks to easy internet file sharing, it's still amazing to me to see a gathering of musicians of this caliber for one purpose. 

This album also scribbles all over the blurry line that now exists between video game music, and video game remixes.

The songs themselves are as vibrant and varied as the contributors themselves. Stemage and Zantzilla go on a chip rock rendezvous in their remix of Snowcones. Mega Ran, who is clearly in the running for hardest working man in nerdcore, appears with a gritty flow on the track Vindicate Me. One of the stand out track on early listens has been the aggressively funky electronic keyboards of C-Jeff's 'No Party like a Mojang Party remix. Nothing says Glory Days like this arcade rocking dance track.

With musicians like these, you can't go wrong, grab the album starting from $10 on the Big Giant Circles bandcamp page.

The Dark Side of the Moon - The 8-bit Album

Not content with the wild success of Weezer - The 8-bit Album, Pterodactyl Squad have released a similar tribute album, this time producing an 8-bit replica of Pink Floyd's 1973 album, The Dark Side of the Moon.

Although attempted numerous times before, Pterodactyl Squad have finally done the original album justice with the definitive 8-bit interpretation of Pink Floyd's progressive rock classic. Produced as an 8-bit mirror of the original, the music on this release was created using sounds from various old games consoles including the Sega Mega Drive and Nintendo Game Boy.

The release sees each track tackled by a different artist with contributions from Bit_Rat, EvilWezil, khades, Rabato, sergeeo, Videogame Orchestra, Jason Vincion, echosignal (C-jeff) and Temp Sound Solutions, and art by Steve Jenkins of Crystal Labs.

You can download the whole release for free over at ptesquad.com.

Teleidofusion - Around Past album release

A while back I heard a few tracks from a very interesting collaboration by a personal favorite, C-Jeff, alongside another great chiptune artist who I had not heard too much from, Megus. Well I am very proud to announce that the two musicians have expanded their work and have now released a brand new full length album together AS Teleidofusion. Their debut release is available through the up and coming Ubiktune netlabel.

Around Past is that album, and it contains 10 tracks of melodic chiptunes, wailing guitars and then some. Their approach takes chiptunes to a variety of soundscapes as they add several instruments of varying locales and genres, mixing them throughout the album. You can hear this in the piano driven opening track Soft Illusion, as well as the eastern sounds of 5 Minutes of Autumn.

The title track Around Past is a funky glitch track that layers on some catchy guitar work over some scratched up chip work. About half way through the song reaches a driving guitar solo, then comes back down to a swirling tempo of that aforementioned chiptune funk. This is most certainly a stand out track on a stand out album. My personal favorite track on the album though is the incredibly upbeat track Summer Mood, which is a fast paced chip and guitar track that melds the sounds together incredibly well, and is simply a delight to listen to. A person can imagine a care free drive through the 8 bit town of their choice as the trees and buildings rush past.

And that is only describing the first four tracks of the album! If you can't tell, I am quite the fan of this album, much like the other solid releases out of ubiktune since I caught wind of them. Definitely head over to teleidofusion.com right now and grab this album. The fantastic coupling of guitars and chips creates a memorable album well worth being in your collection.

New Gamewave Podcast episode

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.

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Game Music 4 All even gets a mention.  Head over to gamewavepodcast.com or subscribe to the feed at gamewavepodcast.com/rss.xml to listen!

Autumntunes compilation release

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After a breezy Autumn, Ubiktune is back with another all star collection of nostalgia driven chiptunes in Autumntunes. For those like me who are fans of prior release Summertunes, then you will no doubt find much to enjoy in this longing look back for the colorful days of autumn during these chilly holidays.

There is much to be heard here as well. In this 16 track collection we hear from big time chiptune composers like Virt in his worldly track Mecha-Kukai Travels To Chang'An, which is a fast paced six minute romp/action sequence through what seems like a gently shimmering chinese city on the edge of the forest. We also have Shnabubula in Use a Rake, which is a two minute battle of wits between a man, armed with his rake, and the ever cunning pile of leaves he hopes to defeat, at least that's what I interpret in this crunchy, ever changing and surprisingly in your face track.

We also have relative unknowns, but with fantastic tracks. Zinger's Ashen Emotion is an epic little track that comes highly recommended. A spacerock feel gives you the idea of rocketing out of earth's orbit in mid October, or perhaps blasting through a hostile alien world that seems to be going through the same earth seasons we have back home. Five Minutes Of Autumn from Megus closes the album with a clacking metronome which is swiftly covered by ominous tones and winds. The song slowly builds until about a minute in when we hear the main theme come in. The song feels like an ending reprise and reflection on both the album, as well as the season and one long adventure. The gentle melody sways along adding guitars and effects along the way. The song slides it's way through several different moods as instruments drop in and out, finally bringing things to a close with an abrupt somber end.

We can't leave out chiptune staples like Temp Sound Solutions with his glitched out rained in Phrt, with it's plodding pace, claustrophobic feel and great use of samples, this one will definitely stick with you well after it is finished playing. Or Alex Mauer's Gentle With The Hand, a stirring piece that slides from intimidating blasts of sound to high relaxing notes. As if coming in and out of consciousness.

And that is only a small handful of what is encapsulated here! Nearly an hour of finely crafted chiptunes to mourn the end of fall, and step into the cold of winter. Did I also mention the album, as with all Ubiktune releases, is free? Well it is! So head over to the Autumntunes page and download it right away!

Also click on through to see the full list of songs and artists.

01 Megus - Five Minutes Of Autumn 02 Alex Mauer - Gentle With The Hand 03 Zinger - Ashen Emotion 04 Joule - Bursting Bubble Boy 05 Kulor - Doorbellsplosion 06 Malmen - Flirt Talk 07 Blitz Lunar - Heavenly Spores 08 Shnabubula - Use A Rake 09 Virt - Mecha-Kukai Travels to Chang'An 10 Manwe - Rotagilla 11 Syphus - Drop Table 12 Coda - Harvest Moon 13 nq/skrju - The Whiskey Has Been Drinking, Not Me 14 Zan-Zan-Zawa-Veia - Fixt Path 15 Temp Sound Solutions - Phrt 16 C-jeff - Last Minutes Of Autumn

ubiktune releases Summertunes chiptune compilation


chiptune netlabel ubiktune celebrates both their tenth release as well as the end of summer with their new compilation Summertunes. The album is a collection of amazing chiptune artists paying tribute to lost summers with some incredible renditions of upbeat and nostalgia infused songs. We have the somber opening of Marine, which leads into a jazzy upbeat look back on summer. Also possibly my favorite track on the album, Coda's Beach in the Sky which is equal parts relaxing beach town and bright sidescrolling adventure. Of course we have plenty of other amazing tracks all with their own tones, qualities, and summery feel to them.

For those who enjoyed spending summer vacations outside playing in the sun and water just as much as spending entire summer days inside trying to reach the end of Chrono Trigger or Sonic the Hedgehog, this album is definitely for you.

Full tracklisting is as follows.
01. C-jeff & Random - Marine (5:17)
02. Vincenzo - Summer Thing (2:43)
03. Xaimus - Malmen in Space (2:52)
04. Temp Sound Solutions - Ocean City Arcades (3:15)
05. Coda - Beach in The Sky (2:32)
06. Shnabubula - Pastorale Scenes (2:10)
07. Yerzmyey - AY is Not A Doorbell (2:48)
08. Blitz Lunar - Super Soaker (2:07)
09. Malmen - Unbelievable Lips (2:30)
10. MmcM - Summer is Always With Me (4:17)
11. Rico Zerone - Empty Beach (1:57)

C-jeff - Electric album release


Thanks to Pause, I have had my first introduction to one c-jeff, a chiptune artist from Russia. He has just released a three song EP that spans a globe trotting 30 minutes entitled Electric. In only three songs this album seems to span an endlessly changing sea of genres, styles, emotions, and ideas. From soaring jazz compositions to cavernous crunching riffs, all the tunes have so much emphasis as if pain staking thought went into each note written in every track. This might be because of the inspiration of this album, which may just put the music into a little more perspective.

The plot of Electric is the life of one man - from his naïve childhood, through happiness and darkness to the final light of heaven. This album is dedicated to memory of my father, Oleg Zhemkov, the great rock-musician whom I lost in spring of 2008. I miss you.

With that in mind, it's very easy to see this album as a sort of biography for a lost loved one. Each piece of work can conjure up a specific mood, and even specific feelings and memories.

Brilliant chiptunes meld with incredible guitar work to create an aural treat over these three tracks, and will definitely leave no one disappointed. This album, along with the recently released Kind of Bloop continue to forge a path in chiptunes that shows that chiptunes are diverse, emotional, and versatile. Despite critics claiming otherwise. Be sure to download this album from Pause and listen to the incredible compositions for yourself!