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).

 

Electric Light Orchestra chiptune tribute compilation 'ELO: The Video Game OST'

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ELO SHMUP VGM OST

DOWNLOAD FOR FREE @ ptesquad.com/more/pte050.html

The cover art for Electric Light Orchestra’s Out of the Blue is spacey and iconic and it got us thinking about how fun an ELO-themed shmup might have been back in the day... Well, here’s the next best thing: a chiptune tribute that could have worked as a soundtrack for such a game!

The eight artists here have used hardware and samples from various old video game consoles to pay tribute to some of Jeff Lynne’s most memorable songs, and it only seemed fitting to commission cover artwork that mimicked the crappy Atari box art of the same era when ELO rose to prominence. We hope you have as much fun listening as we did putting it together!
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released 25 October 2014

Artwork by David Mauro
— - Pterodactyl Squad

8bitpeoples 100th album - Blip Festival 2008 compilation release


It seems like just recently superstar netlabel 8bitpeoples was celebrating their momentous 50th album release, but lo and behold here we are at release 100! To celebrate this huge event, 8bitpeoples, with production from 2 Player Productions of REFORMAT THE PLANET fame have worked together to bring us the live double disc set Blip Festival 2008 compilation. 32 live tracks from artists all in attendance last year at the seminal Blip Festival which takes place in New York every year. The album is available for the price f $15 for the amazingly well done physical copy. You can also purchase it as well as hear it in it's entirety over at 2playerproductions.bandcamp.com.

This is another huge milestone not just for 8bitpeoples, but for the fans and chiptune community at large as well. These days it is just amazing step after step with chiptunes and I couldn't be more excited! Here is the official word from the 8bitpeoples site concerning the album, including full tracklisting and artists!

Official Blip Festival 2008 live performance double-CD compilation. Produced by 2 Player Productions, and featuring one track from each of the festival's 32 musical performers. Professionally recorded, mixed, and mastered; the phenomenon of live chipmusic has never before been so pristinely captured.

From the liner notes:
"For a scene and a subculture not known to put a great emphasis on the physicality of an album or an EP, a scene which thrives and prides itself on the free exchange of digital music, this is the right record to make tangible. Milestones should be marked by monuments, and this is the second time 8bitpeoples have done so: with the 2xCD 8BP50 CD after the first Blip Festival, and now with this; 8BP100 — so you can see just how far it's all come. Now take this artifact in your hands, press play on your system, inspect the pretty parcel it came in until you've unlocked its every secret, then turn up the volume, close your eyes, and picture yourself there."
- Nathaniel Adams

Tracklisting:
Disc 01:
1. noteNdo: Spelling Numbers (Live)
2. Graffiti Monsters: Letter B (Live)
3. IAYD: Acute Monocular Beam (Live)
4. zabutom: Endroll (Live)
5. Tonylight: Happy End (Live)
6. M-.-n: Mangash (Live)
7. Sidabitball: Kids On Acid (Live)
8. Unicorn Dream Attack: 4l0n3 (Live)
9. Animal Style: 2 of 9 (Live)
10. Low-Gain: Summer Fun (Live)
11. Cheap Dinosaurs: Hot Plate (Live)
12. Role Model: Pop5 (Live)
13. glomag: 4shame (Live)
14. Bit Shifter: Easy Prey (Live)
15. minusbaby: Minha Caipirinha É Ótima (Very, Very) (Live)
16. Meneo: Fica La Figa (Live)

Disc 02:
1. Jellica: Man Two (Waves Of Fear) (Live)
2. Mr. Spastic: FXLP (Live)
3. Bubblyfish: Metaphysical Dreams (Live)
4. Sulumi: Sweetly (Live)
5. Cow'p: Stush Boy (Live)
6. Nullsleep: Limit Break (Live)
7. STu: Singing Robot / mYMelody (Live)
8. Dubmood: Saturé Nights Part.1 (Live)
9. Starscream: Andrew Jackson (Live)
10. Lissajou: Blibdoolpoolp (Excerpt) (Live)
11. Syphus: Pennies / Fuelship (Live)
12. nordloef: The Ugliest Boy In The Class (Timebomb) (Live)
13. Ikuma: Jealous (Live)
14. Anamanaguchi: Dawn Metropolis (Live)
15. USK: Boot Up (Live)
16. Trash80: Missing You (Live)

STFUAJPGM, a new chiptune podcast


Fans of video game music, art and culture should check out a sweet little podcast called STFUAJPGM. This fairly new project describes itself as "a miniature micro-music mixtape magazine", with each episode featuring video game style music, videos and other art focused on a particular theme.

There are currently three episodes available for download and so far the show has featured contributions from Animal Style, alex mauer, Shnabubula, NESMETAL and Lawrence Power. The show is always on the lookout for contributions of any form too, so get in touch if you're interested.

II releases Heartcode compilation

Joining forces to bring you something worthwhile. Something from the heart.

So what happens when you take some of the best chip musicians around, throw them all together, and add a little bit of old fashioned love to the mix? You get Heartcode! The newest compilation from II (pause). The album is pretty much a list of some of my favorite musicians around! We've got Alex Mauer, Animal Style, disasterPEACE, Norrin Radd, Phlogiston, Shnabubula, Temp Sound Solutions, and finally XOC. With a list like this do you really have to wonder how great it is? You should just feel it in your very heart. Not to mention, like most II releases, this one is 100% free for download, so head over there and get it!

Animal Style talks about Gameboy Madrigals album

Good friend Joey Mariano, also known as Animal Style, a person who has been a great and fantastic supporter of our website since the beginning, not to mention an amazing chiptune musician has asked me to post this info about his latest release Gameboy Madrigals (which Jephso announced when it released). He goes a little deeper into what madrigals are and why he decided to dedicate an entire album to the idea. And with that, I give the floor to Animal Style.

CLASSICAL MADRIGALS COMPOSED ON A 1989 GAMEBOY

Early composers of the madrigal used only two to three voices to create counterpoint. Realizing the opportunity for reinterpretation through the gameboy sound chip, Joey Mariano set out to create a body of Chiptune madrigals inspired by early role playing and puzzle video games, Japanese folk melodies, and masters of the madrigal such as Francesco Landini. A definite departure from his normal musical approaches, Joey Mariano's Gameboy Madrigals strives to create a mood relying on melody and counterpoint instead of an ever-present, never-ending, bleed-your-ears-dry dance beat that dominates modern electronic music.

The Madrigals seem to flux in and out of the correct era. The tambre is distinctly 8bit, a modern texture compared to some of the Classical influences in this EP. Retro video game tonalities are combined with Retro-Reniasance / Medieval mixtures of interlocking melodies on Songs like "Gather 'Round Retrograde." The Pentatonic scales and intricate bends of Japanese folk music are integrated into Mariano's song "Tokyo Cornfeild in Antigravity." These mardrigals are by no means conventional and break many of the standard rules, yet somehow they fit nicely as a modern extension of the medium. Traditionalists might raise a skeptical eyebrow to Mariano's interpretation, but there are many things that he does to retain the authenticity of the style. Early Madrigals used 2 to 3 voices, the gameboy has only 3 melodic monophonic channels with which to create melodies. Mariano argues that this helped restrain him and keep the emphasis on counterpoint. The extensive use of 6/8 and ¾ time signatures also add the feeling that these madrigals fit within the lineage.

Joey Mariano added many ideas to the Gameboy Madrigals that are not distinctly at the core of the standard Madrigal. The way he uses counterpoint is sometimes Reniasance sounding, sometimes Medieval, sometimes Baroque, but all and all it adds to the classical feel by jutting between styles. Mariano claims that he could not deny some of the styles in between the Madrigal and Modern 8bit music. "Some of them just crept in there unconsciously." It works seamlessly. The capabilities of the vintage Gameboy also helps to reinvent the Madrigal's sound. The effects of the gameboy: the chord arpeggiator, the extreme pitch bends, the portamento effects, and the glitchy break-ups all add an interesting approach to this Neo-Medieval Style.

You can download Animal Style's Gameboy Madrigals for free at iimusic.net [Pause], a newer net label that features some of the best in experimental chiptune music. Animal Style is Joey Mariano's chiptune alias. If you enjoy his Madrigals there is a Donate button that you can click on to support his music. Mariano keeps most of his music free so that anyone can download it, listen to it, and share it with their friends. He makes money through his live performances, donations, and his job as a Guitar instructor at several Art Centers in the Philadelphia area. For his next release he plans on returning to his usual style of composing, but instead of releasing the music on a standard compact disc or through and electronic format, he plans to release his own Nintendo Cartridge playable on the original NES system. This project is being completed with some help from his friends Alex Mauer and No-Carrier, both famous chip tune innovators.

FREE DOWNLOAD:
iimusic.net/catalog/2008/05/gameboy-madrigals

ARTIST WEBSITES:
animal-style.com myspace.com/animalstyle

NET LABEL:
iimusic.net

Gameboy Madrigals by Animal Style

Early composers of the madrigal used only two to three voices to create counterpoint. Realizing the opportunity for reinterpretation through the gameboy sound chip, Joey Mariano set out to create a body of chiptune madrigals inspired by early RPG games, Japanese folk melodies, and masters of the madrigal such as Francesco Landini. A definite departure from his traditional approaches, Animal Style’s Gameboy Madrigals release strives to create a mood relying on melody and counterpoint instead of an ever-present, never-ending, bleed-your-ears-dry dance beat.

VGM Related Musical Cheer!

Just wanted to hit you folks with a few festive christmas links for thoes aching to hear holiday tunes, but can't pull yourself away from good old VG inspired music.

First off. 8 Bit Collective has a thread going with some great Christmas songs. Check that out through this link.

Next up, the Gamewave Podcast has put together their latest show, which is completely dedicated to the holidays as well. So head over to gamewavepodcast.com and grab their latest episode!

Speaking of excellent podcasts with holiday themes. Also be sure to check out Hipster Please's latest episode of Radio Free Hipster for some holiday nerdcore and more (that rhymes!).

DJ RoboRob has released a Christmas EP which is worth downloading, you can grab that over at his myspace page.

The Oneups made an excellent rendition of Mario and Christmas themes entitled Super Mario Sleigh Ride. You can download it for free off of The OneUps website.

Check out Animal Style's page for plenty of excellent Christmas chiptunes.

Speaking of Christmas chiptunes, Eric Chiptunes also has some holiday cheer on his Myspace page, so check that out as well.

Hope this helps you get in the holiday spirit! and maybe sneak a few of these songs in at any christmas parties you happen to be at!

File Freakout

There's another new chiptune netlabel on the block. But it's all good, 'cos there are some awesome artists involved.

File Freakout has recently relaunched with a swish new site, and apparently "The future holds many more music releases and art projects. Be on the lookout for upcoming free mp3 releases, more NES cartridge releases, free ROM releases, vinyl releases, and tape realeases."

There are already two releases available from Jeff Fairlight and Alex Mauer, with more to come from The Animal Style, cheap dinosaurs and No Carrier.

Check it all out at FileFreakout.com.

Music EXP Compilation Update 5. This one's HUGE!

Alright, so we now have EVERY SINGLE band on the upcoming Music EXP album confirmed. We have a whopping SIX more bands to announce for the compilation. Thus bringing the final compilation song total to 24 tracks! Can you believe it? 24 incredible tracks by 24 incredible artists. Many of which are exclusive to this compilation!

Let's announce the final six incredible bands for the compilation now shall we? First off is one of the most amazing bands I have ever heard, these folks take their musicianship very seriously and it shows with their incredible solo's and musical prowess. I am glad to announce The Kode is now on the compilation! The next group also has some amazing musicianship going on, and are actually contributing their very first studio recorded track to our album, (of which you can also get a sneak peak at their website). I am very happy to introduce our good pals Armcannon! Next is a group who is very close to our little website, the rockingest band in a very non-rock genre, Push Start is now confirmed for the compilation!

That's three down and three more to go! Alright, next up is the ever impressive Animal Style, who is helping hold down the chiptune side of this compilation. Another band holding down the chiptune fort is Sacramento, CA based duo Two Playa Game! Finally, the last band to be confirmed, the amazing mash up of chiptunes and hip hop, Super Barrio Brothers!

Now, finally, I am very excited to announce the entire line-up of bands and artists on Game Music 4 All's very first compilation, Music EXP.

OFFICIAL BAND LIST
8 Bit Bandit
Acrodot
Alex Mauer
Animal Style
Armcannon
Dot.AY
Elfonso
The Game Genies
The Kode
The Lost Levels
Lutin
The Megas
Mustin
The OneUps
Player Two
Push Start
Select Start
Spheres of Chaos
Super Barrio Brothers
Super Nintechno
Temp Sound Solutions
Two Playa Game
Videogame Orchestra
Year 200X

Now we are excited right? You know it!

Joey Mariano, Pixelh8, Temp Sound Solutions, Select Start new albums out; Plopbox, Bandit Train, Tanooki Rebirth, MPFM

So much news to catch up on, let’s get some out of the way now shall we?

Joey Mariano AKA Animal Style has released a new album under the pseudonym of Tachyon Pistol. The album, titled Reso-Rubbish is available for $8 plus $2 S&H. [UPDATE: download free at filefreakout.com. 11/24/2014] You can order the album, as well as get free downloads of some of the tracks at both the Animal Style and Tachyon Pistol sites. This album includes 14 tracks from Joey Mariano and he also states “I am sorry about this not being an Animal Style album.”

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Pixelh8 also has a new album out called Videogames Ruined My Life. “The long awaited 14-track album, which melted two laptops in the process, took two commodore 64's, one 48k spectrum, one nes, one snes, five gameboys, several kids toys and keyboards, countless yards of wire and solder to make. Available To Listen To And Buy From My Page

Lots Of Love, Pixelh8”

[UPDATE: Album $7 on Bandcamp. 11/24/2014] The album can be ordered on Pixelh8’s site for £6.50 + £1.50. What that equals in US $ is beyond my limited math skills.

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Temp Sound Solutions has released his newest album, which boasts 11 new tracks. The album Nut Up or Shut Up is released on MegaTwerp and can be ordered on their site for $6. [UPDATE: Album $3 via Bandcamp. 11/24/2014]

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Classical cover band Select Start have released a new album recently as well. It consists of 16 classic gaming themes from Actraiser to Zelda and back again. [UPDATE: Album available free via Bandcamp. -11/24/2014] The album costs $12 including shipping and handling.

There is a very interesting new site up that I wanted to mention, they are known as Plopbox. I think they explain their site better than I can. So here’s what they say about it.

“Plopbox is a kind of jukebox which plays tunes created in the 80-90 on machines like C64, Atari, Amiga, PC and others. You can browse in the archive and clicking on a tune will play it. New tunes, submitted by the users, are added everyday by our admins.

When you have your account, you can use plopbox to manage your own playlist and choose exactly the tunes you want to hear. You will have access to other playlists and can use filters on these. The applet will play the list you selected and plopbox will behave like a web radio.

We're working on more content to offer you the best oldschool experience.”

Bandit Train has a new song called Battle Field for download at his site. Tanooki Rebirth has a new song on his site to listen to. My Parent’s Favorite Music also has a Minibosses remix on their site for download called Make Sense.

STARS AND BITS FOREVER, SHIRTS, DS LITE TOUR, TSS SALE

Gamewave Podcast have their second show up now, definitely check them out. and if you have iTunes be sure to subscribe to it.
Free Fourth of July show Stars and Bits Forever in Brooklyn, New York. Starring Random, Mark Denardo, and Anamanaguchi.

Armcannon Also has some new shows coming up in New York on July 14th and 29th. Armcannon, as well as TypeA have some new shirt designs for sale as well. With Armcannon’s shirt going for $10 at shows and online store sales coming soon afterwards. TypeA’s shirts will be selling for $15 and must be contacted for purchases.


(Armcannon and TypeA t-shirt designs)

X Unit 17 has four all new video game remixes up including a personal favorite of mine, the battle theme from Golden Sun. Also songs from Mega Man X, X2 and 5. Moogle Charm has released a new song you can download entitled The Hare and Hounds.
In more touring news, Nintendo has decided to take their newest handheld, the DS Lite on the road, you can found out more information at Nintendo’s Official site.
Chiptune artist Animal Syle has been featured on fxdoctor.com for his 8 Bit Fuzz Pedal mod, just head on over to fxdoctor.com, go to Feature Artists and check out Joey Mariano.
Temp Sound Solutions is running one sweet deal right now. Here’s the info straight from him, ”I've got a bunch of copies of Now Youre Playing With Powar 1-2 and copies of 5 left, not so many of 3 and 4, but i need to sell these cd's i printed up, so for the next week, if you guys want, you can go to my webpage and order NYPWP 5, my 70 song video game cover CD, and get THREE CD's for $6, if you order them between now and Saturday..of course if you feel so inclined you can give a few extra bucks for shipping or whatever, but the 3 cd's for $6 rule applies until the end of the month. To clarify, if you want to get copies of NYPWP, NYPWP 2, and NYPWP 5, for $6..now is the time. until the end of the month. Paypal only. just click on the link on the webpage, and you have to make sure you say "YARRRRR" in the misc info field.” -Temp Sound Solutions

P.S. Corey and Jake have been on vacation the past couple days, and should be back soon. I hope you guys had a great time!

UPDATES AND NEWS

So I updated the band list with band artists from # - A, so check that out. Also got a new link in the form of Chipcache, a label for some awesome chiptune artists like Animal Style and Acrodot. A sad moment for gaming music recently. The OneUps have broken up, but that loss comes with an upside. They are getting rid of their left over merchandise for low low prices if you head over to OneUp Studios. Also on a sad note, computer scientist Alan Kotok has passed away this week. A person who played an important role in the first computer game “Spacewar!” Bone up on your gaming history people!