Game Boy based, Earthbound inspired chiptune album, The Sky Runner EP, by Pulsing

Game Boy based, Earthbound inspired chiptune album, The Sky Runner EP, by Pulsing

All new chiptunes from Pulsing and via Pterodactyl Squad. We've got a seven track collection of Game Boy compositions, inspired by a variety of genres, along with memories of Earthbound. That is a whole bunch of things I enjoy, and I enjoy this album too!

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Pterodactyl Squad chiptune compilation 'Weezer - The Second 8-bit Album'

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).

 

NESMETAL releases ambitious chiptune metal album 'Dead Lights and Dark Towers'

t's been a long while since NESMETAL announced this album, but after a few delays, Dead Lights and Dark Towers is finally here. The chiptune, metal, symphonic, concept album consists of intense and complex chiptunes. 

The album is available free from Pterodactyl Squad. If only I had a VG Metal, or a chiptune podcast, this album would get a full podcast dedicated to it. Expect a video review in the future though!

Dead Lights and Dark Towers is a concept album of sorts detailing my journey into brokenness. Fear and hopelessness. Doubt. Bitter vengeance and despair, and my discovery of just how deeply rooted into my being those things had become over more than a decade. However, it is also a testament to an unrelenting Love, that was (and is still), always patiently waiting. Always searching me out. Even through the depths of my own darkness, always loving me. We all carry some kind of brokenness inside, in some way or another... and Love is always calling out to us.
— NESMETAL

A Snowstorm in the Middle of Summer - arcadecoma's new "...In The Snow EP"

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.

arcadecoma. return at long last with a winter-themed horror concept EP. When extreme weather hits Scotland, Will Furphy is delighted to be forced indoors - he now has all the time he needs to play the coolest games of his youth and escape the world. But when vicious white creatures emerge from the snow, Will finds he isn’t having quite as much fun as he expected. This is the story of the snow day that snowballed into the snow year from hell...
— Pterodactyl Squad

Check out 'Let's Go Home,' the latest chiptune album by Weave of K.

Always glad to rep new Pterodactyl Squad. This is a catchy Atari 2600 based album by San Francisco based musician Weave of K.

DOWNLOAD FOR FREE @ www.ptesquad.com/more/pte056.html

Five years since his last EP on the Squad, Weave of K. has crafted five breezy/dreamy ditties from the circuits of the often-underused Atari 2600 (along with a sprinkling of NES sounds)!

”I wanted to keep the EP as simple as I possibly could, just like the Atari 2600 games way back when. The song titles are inspired by places in San Francisco and Oakland that have a reputation with deaths. It may sound dark but really it’s no darker than the concepts of a lot of Atari 2600 games. There’s a lot of shoot ‘em up games and there are a lots of deaths - fortunately for the console, it had a reset switch.”
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released 07 March 2015

Artwork by Weave of K.

(T-T)b release chiptune punk rock single 'Cruise'

First track from upcoming Pizza Planet EP, out January 6th on Pterodactyl Squad.

Listen to the stellar new track from Boston based chiptune punk rockers (T-T)b, and please don't ask me how to pronounce that. I am now sincerely looking forward to this release, as I have had quite the craving for some upbeat yet spacey chip rock compositions to get down to. of course, the chiptune solo breakdown that closes out the track solidifies this track in my mind. I want to equate this tune with some classic space beats from Comptroller,  due to the catchy yet complex arrangements. The interplay between the NES and other instruments is also so seamless I forget I'm hearing a mix of live and synth instruments. 

This track, along with (T_T)b's Pizza Planet EP come out January 6th for free download via Pteradactyl Squad.

Weezer + Mega Man = The Teal Album by Ramyn King

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Pterodactyl Squad continue a summer of awesome released with Ramyn King's The Teal Album.

It's been five summers since Pterodactyl Squad released Weezer - The 8-bit Album, a landmark chiptune tribute. Now it's time for the Squad to pay tribute to the same band once again, this time with an outstanding seven-track EP from Ramyn King. Fusing the musical and lyrical stylings of old-school Weezer with melodies from the Mega Man series, The Teal Album is truly something special - 50% Weezer, 50% Mega Man, 100% rad.

Debut release from French chiptune duo, Please Lose Battle

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Pterodactyl Squad have made their first release of 2014 with a 6-track EP from French chiptune duo, Please Lose Battle. It's full of NES sounds and highly infectious melodies, and is free to download over at the release page.

This debut EP from Please Lose Battle is a tribute to childhood gaming and the emotions we experienced back then: distraction, frustration, joy, impatience...

Everything here was made using FamiTracker with 2A03 + N163 or VRC6 (there is no DPCM channel, except for the effects at the end of the final track). The goal was to explore the possibilities and restrictions of a unique tool, in turn challenging musical creativity and songwriting.

Keep up to date with Please Lose Battle through their Facebook page.

Two labels team up to release lpower's Abinox II

Sometimes, for one reason or another, music by great artists goes largely unnoticed by the masses. In the eyes of many chiptune fans lpower is one of those artists. His "soundtrack of a soundtrack", Abinox dropped in November last year and gained cult status among certain sections of the chiptune community. Many fans were overjoyed to hear news of a sequel, and today that sequel hit the internet in the form of Abinox II. Little is known about lpower himself, but Telefuture and Pterodactyl Squad have teamed up to make sure that's not the case with his music. The digital version of Abinox II is available for free through Pterodactyl Squad, while Telefuture have produced a run of 50 cassettes which are now selling for $8 over at the Telefuture store. The cassettes are a sight to behold, professionally duplicated with orange shells, white imprinting, and green tinted cases. Abinox II cassette

Word is that lpower is already working on the third and final part of the Abinox trilogy. Don't miss out on experiencing what Pterodactyl Squad are calling a release that "pushes the boundaries of chiptune".

With Abinox I lpower explored what makes a video game soundtrack tick. On Abinox II he returns with a similar concept in mind. Once again, the basic components (sounds, structures and emotions) of his favourite soundtracks are used as building blocks, this time using a wider sound palette, including the Nintendo Entertainment System and DX7 Synthesizer, allowing space for more experimentation and resulting in a deeper, darker release. Moreover, the compositions are longer but refuse to repeat or loop, creating a strong narrative and constant progression. Telefuture and Pterodactyl Squad can safely say that this is one sequel that doesn't suck.

Tribute to the beaches of Brazil in 'Chiptune Verão' by Videogame Orchestra

Chiptune Verão artwork

From out of the blue comes Videogame Orchestra's latest project - an album of bossa nova chiptunes, each one dedicated to a beach in Brazil. The release is called Chiptune Verão and contains over an hour of chilled out summer-themed music.

In fact, the release is split into two discs; the first contains the original 8-bit renditions and the second has their 16-bit counterparts. I can't imagine anything better than lounging on the beach this summer with this playing in the background.

Check it out over at Pterodactyl Squad or through Bandcamp.

Dark City by Renegade 8

Pterodactyl Squad have just released Dark City by Renegade 8, a new NES chiptune artist from Portugal. If you're a fan of melodic, action-oriented chiptunes make sure to check it out. It even has a gritty underlying storyline inspired by Streets of Rage! It's available to download for free at ptesquad.com. Dark City front cover

Renegade 8's debut release is a mesmerizing nighttime journey through the seedy underbelly of chiptune. Pulling a variety of samples from the crackling guts of an NES, Renegade 8 uses these sounds to craft melodic, action-packed chiptunes reminiscent of side-scrolling beat 'em ups set across subway stations, dimly-lit streets and grimy alleyways. Do you have what it takes to make it all the way to Dark City in one piece?

  1. Underground Rendezvous
  2. Subway Shadows
  3. Vigilante Justice
  4. Smashin' Back Doors
  5. Danger on the Dancefloor
  6. She's With Me
  7. Dark City
  8. Moonlit Faceoff

Pterodactyl Squad release Abinox by lpower

lpower has been busy for months working on his latest release, and it's turned out to be his most in-depth and complex work yet. As usual, the whole thing is available to download for free from the release page over at Pterodactyl Squad.

Abinox front cover

lpower is back with his most absorbing release to date - Abinox.

The compositions here are longer, moodier and feature more minimalist concepts than his previous works. The Canadian composer wanted to examine and explore how 16-bit video game soundtracks were put together in the old days, and he assembled a 'super setup' of nostalgic chips and synths (TurboGrafx-16, Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, NES, OSCar synth, Yamaha DX7) with which to do so. The music on Abinox does not always loop, allowing lpower more freedom than usual to study the emotions of in-game progression, the ups and downs, victories and failures. So rather than focus on a specific storyline or genre, Abinox is actually a game soundtrack about game soundtracks.

  1. Return of The
  2. Makin It
  3. In the Thick of It
  4. Risk Your Best Endeavours
  5. Face to Face to Face
  6. Attacks and Deliverance
  7. Hills
  8. Absolute No Give Up
  9. City of Null

New covers album from Videogame Orchestra

Pterodactyl Squad have just release a brand new covers album from Greek 8-bit duo, Videogame Orchestra.

Last But Not Least front cover

Videogame Orchestra return with a tribute album to their favourite video game and TV show themes! Some of these titles are well known, while some are more obscure, but they've all received the lo-fi, high quality treatment, resulting in new versions of a bunch of old school anthems and cult classics.

  1. Lotus III: The Ultimate Challenge
  2. MacGyver
  3. The Last Ninja - The Wilderness
  4. Monkey Island - The International House of Mojo
  5. Battle Squadron - Intro
  6. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Medley
  7. Kaze no Tani no Nausicaä
  8. Axelay - Stage 1
  9. Mega Man X Medley
  10. Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance - Successor of Fate
  11. Turrican Medley
  12. Venus The Flytrap
  13. Bubba 'n' Stix - Stage 1
  14. Ulysses 31 (featuring GirlzMelon)

Download it for free at the release page!

 

Vacation Wasteland EP by Slime Girls!

Pterodactyl Squad just released the "chiptune soundtrack to your summer". It's the Vacation Wasteland EP by Slime Girls! Vacation Wasteland EP front cover

Bright blue pixellated waves lap against the pink sand as you quench your thirst on an ice cold cocktail. Over the gentle lull of the tide, you can hear the warm sounds of surf, ska, reggae and chip. You watch the musical notes float by. Slime Girls are playing in the distance and their debut EP is the chiptune soundtrack to your summer.

Go download the whole thing for free at www.ptesquad.com/more/pte037.html. You can even purchase a copy on cassette!

It's All In The Reflexes - A John Carpenter Tribute

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. It's All In The Reflexes - A John Carpenter Tribute cover

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.

R-Sunset releases Superhero EP

Pterodactyl Squad have just released the Superhero EP by 16-year old Russian artist, R-Sunset. If you like an F-Zero-esque mix of electronica and electric guitar head on over to the Squad and download this release for free!

Inspired by a love of Sega Mega Drive and Marvel comics, R-Sunset took the theme of superheroes as a basis for this EP. Electronica and electric guitar; pulsating beats and calm, chilled-out sequences; retro samples and glimpses of sounds of the future. The various contrasts here reflect the internal struggle between human and superhuman which every superhero must face.

  1. Beginning
  2. Retrospect
  3. Aerowave
  4. Stage 4
  5. Sunny Avenue
  6. City In Danger

Superhero EP release page

Fate Patterns from seal of quality

Pterodactyl Squad have just made a new 11-track chiptune release - Fate Patterns from French Game Boy artist, seal of quality.

Fate Patterns opens up with live drums and swirling chip sounds before diving straight into the heady, beat-driven style seal of quality has made all his own, and it never lets up. Mixing chiptune with guitar and vocoder, Fate Patterns is constantly shifting and changing; each track surprises and delights with new sounds and ideas always around the corner. This isn't music to sit back and relax to.

  1. The zeroes and villains suite
  2. Tickle tickle !
  3. C-c-cursed !
  4. I, diotic
  5. Cities unfold
  6. Prophecy
  7. Quiet lights
  8. The purest feeling
  9. Love spelled E-V-I-L
  10. Thor
  11. Riverside (Bonus Track)

Download the release for free over at the the release page or pick up a CD copy for 8 euros here.

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.

Two new releases from Pterodactyl Squad

Pterodactyl Squad recently made it's first releases of the year with Videogame Orchestra's BiTBOTiZED, followed soon after by Bit_Rat's Alberta EP. As usual, both are available for free - go check 'em out while they're fresh!

In BiTBOTiZED, Videogame Orchestra have taken some of their favourite tracks from the 20th century and re-imagined them as if played and sung by old games consoles and computers. Rather than simple, innocent themes of love, these tracks are now bursting with 8-bit sounds and technological innuendo!

Download BiTBOTiZED by Videogame Orchestra

Bit_Rat went on a cheese binge and threw up this rad pile of chiptunes! Coded in one 15 hour sitting, the Alberta EP is a manic splurge of old school sounds with phrases of dubstep, metal and generally frantic rhythms thrown in for good measure.

Download Alberta EP by Bit_Rat