Check out the new album 'Retro-Active Pt. 1' by Keiji Yamagishi, composer of Ninja gaiden

After two years of work, musician Keiji Yamagishi and director Mohammed Taher are ready to unveil their year-long project titled THE RETRO-ACTIVE EXPERIENCE. Keiji Yamagishi is a Famicom-era pioneer and has composed music for some of the most beloved gaming franchises, notably Ninja Gaiden, Tecmo Bowl, Captain Tsubasa and Gitaroo Man. Twenty-five years later and surer of his place in life, Keiji Yamagishi is stepping into the limelight once more to present his first-ever solo project, split into three parts to be released throughout 2015, beginning with Retro-Active Pt. 1 in February. Inspired from his Famicom days and fueled with more passion and directness, Keiji Yamagishi sends us all into a “futuristic emotional chiptunes world”, as he himself has described it.

For the Retro-Active project, Keiji Yamagishi infuses his early Famicom roots with modern sounds and production in collaboration with notable audio and visual artists, including Marco Guardia (of Flutlicht, DJ Tatana) as mixing engineer. Part 1 sees Yamagishi dabble in forward-thinking chiptunes and guitar-driven melodies, including collaborations with Mega Man’s legendary composer Manami Matsumae and eclectic guitarist Stemage (of Metroid Metal) on 4 tracks. The mini-album features remixes by Brave Wave’s Takahiro Izutani (of Bayonetta) and newcomer Smoke Thief, as well as Yamagishi’s friend Masatoshi Arai from back in their Famicom days.

With art by David Hellman (of Braid, Second Quest) and Cory Schmitz (of Below, PlayStation), director Mohammed Taher works to combine audio and visual into an explosive and exciting comeback.
— Keiji Yamagishi

New track 'Memories of T' by Keiji Yamagishi (Ninja Gaiden composer) feat. Stemage

Ninja Gaiden inspired chip rock awesomeness from Ninja Gaiden's Keiji Yamagishi and Metroid Metal founder Stemage from the album Retro-Active Pt. 1

How am I barely finding out about this!? 

New album by the composer of Ninja Gaiden!…r-new-solo-album

Memories of T is a melody-driven, Ninja Gaiden-like track from Keiji Yamagishi’s new album Retro-Active Pt. 1, and the precursor to the development of the album. The track features Metroid Metal’s founder Stemage on guitars!

Yamagishi is a Famicom legend and is famous for composing Ninja Gaiden, Tecmo Super Bowl, Captain Tsubasa, Dynasty Warriors and more.

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Melt Channel releases total chiptune rock album Magic Is Real


I've always believed in magic, but it's nice to get some confirmation from an amazing group such as Melt Channel. Their latest album, Magic is Real, is a wonderful blend of live rock and chiptune programming.

The magical vibe starts softly but turns into a riot of instruments pounding away in pronouncement of the arrival of "Wizards in America." 

The album continues its sonic assault of room rocking chiptune dance rock. It's damn near impossible to sit still while I listen to the album and write this review. It all hits a fever pitch by the time "Homerun Heaven" comes blaring out of my speakers. dozens of pixelated action scenarios fill my head as the song drives fearlessly forward.

As with many rock groups, Melt Channel fills the final moments of Magic is Real with the somber but uplifting "i love u." Also, considering that Melt Channel has some of the most impeccable grammar of any bandcamp page I've seen, I can't help but believe the lack of proper spelling or titling is an implicit clue to the meaning of the album's finale. Perhaps, of course, I am just being a conspiracy loving writing nerd.

Album available now for free or choose your own price over on the Melt Channel bandcamp page.