Chiptune tribute to Friday the 13th by lpower

More late November creepiness thanks to my relaxed attitude towards music posts as well as the rather late scheduling of many a Halloween album. Come on guys, you can't all release them on October 31st, be reasonable. 

Well lpower has many a reason to be unreasonable with his latest release via PteSquad.The OST nature of the album actually sets a nice ambient tone that lingers in the background, giving that perfect slasher movie vibe. Consider listening to this album as you walk around late at night playing Pokemon Go. I did that, and I am now terrified.

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F13 is the soundtrack to a video game heavily inspired by the Friday the 13th horror series. It all began when David Arseneau started work on a post-grad research project into how pop culture phenomena are pieced together from various component parts and he chose to explore slasher movies and the Friday the 13th franchise. One aspect of this project was creating a working video game and so he enlisted lpower to provide the soundtrack, as well as much of the in-game pixel art.

The whole project will be exhibited by David next year, but for now you can hear this immense, clinical, chilling OST full of retro synth sounds. There are also cassette versions for sale over on lpower’s Bandcamp page! Grab one at: lpower.bandcamp.com. And download pixel art for the game by David and lpower: ptesquad.com/images/f13art.zip.
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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.

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 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.

Gamewave Podcast

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!

New Pterodactyl Squad release from lpower

lpower (formerly known as Lawrence Power) has just released his latest faux soundtrack with Pterodactyl Squad. This 15 track album is available for free over at the release page.

Emanon is the faux soundtrack to a futuristic RPG racing game that would likely have been played in the 90s in one of those fancy-looking arcade racing booths. Using this concept as a base, lpower took some of his favourite samples from various consoles and synths and used them to craft the music which would play during the racing levels and cut scenes. Typically upbeat, melodic and intelligent, Emanon is a rich exploration of sounds from years gone by.