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.

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.

Weezer - The 8 bit Album compilation release


For most folks growing up with the NES, SNES, gameboy, and other classic consoles of the current chiptune era, another staple in our lives was good old 90's rock. One such band was the ever amazing and often nerdy Weezer. In this vein, Pterodactyl Squad has organized, and finally released Weezer - The 8 bit Album compilation which as the title states, is an album "created using original videogame hardware running home-brew software, and vary radically in style, from minimal 'one man and his Game Boy' compositions to 8-bit inspired full band performances.". The album is 14 covers by no less than the finest in chiptune music today. I along with many others have been really looking forward to this tribute album, and very excited to have it released. The album is great even if you aren't familiar with every Weezer song on the album, or if you don't recognize the chippy artists paying tribute to them! As with all Pterodactyl Squad releases the album is free to download, so head to ptesquad.com right now and check it out!

Check out the full tracklist below!

1. Island In The Sun (Belmont's Revisal) - videogame orchestra
2. Holiday - Anamanaguchi
3. El Scorcho - Tugboat
4. The World Has Turned And Left Me Here - Bit Shifter
5. You Won't Get With Me Tonight - PDF Format
6. Hash Pipe - seal of quality
7. In The Garage - OxygenStar
8. You Gave Your Love To Me Softly - :(
9. We Are All On Drugs - Rabato
10. Jamie - Unicorn Dream Attack
11. Come To My Pod - Mahamajama
12. Why Bother? - I Fight Dragons
13. Buddy Holly - nordloef
14. I Do - arcadecoma.

Weezer - The 8-bit Album announced

For fans of the band, or 8-bit music, or both, a tribute album to Weezer has just been announced, featuring many of the leading musicians of the 8-bit scene.


The compilation is set to be released on Pterodactyl Squad, and will feature contributions from 14 different artists, including Bit Shifter, Anamanaguchi, arcadecoma., I Fight Dragons, PDF Format, seal of quality and Videogame Orchestra.

Head on over to the official blog to view the artwork for the compilation, drawn by David Mauro and modelled on Weezer's iconic 'Blue Album' cover. You can also preview PDF Format's cover of You Won't Get With Me Tonight, which will be featured on the compilation.

Stayed tuned to the official blog for more updates, and look out for the compilation to be released on Pterodactyl Squad during the coming weeks.

Hey! Listen! volume 1 mixtape from Game Music 4 All

I am very happy to announce volume 1 in a series of 5 song "mixtapes" from GM4A. The series is called Hey! Listen! and asks you to do just that! The goal of these mixtapes is to introduce you to bands, musicians, and artists who you may have never discovered otherwise. These are amazing folks who deserve recognition and I hope to help them out with that the best I can from this humble corner of the internet. Each volume will include five bands as well as an up and coming artist providing the cover art. Our first collection includes songs from seal of quality, Chiptots, Lumine Hall, Alex Atchley, and Tanuki Suit Riot, and the amazing cover is brought to us by Sasha Palacio.

Download the album (including art, lyrics, and liner notes)
In RAR file | In ZIP file

Liner Notes | Lyrics

High Quality Artwork | Wallpaper

Track listing and artwork:
1. seal of quality - woodman + bubbleman
myspace.com/sealofquality

2. Lumine Hall - Take My Heart, Take My Hand
myspace.com/luminehallmusic

3. Chiptots - Galleno
myspace.com/chiptots

4. Alex Atchley - Escape Pod
aae.hotdogstorm.com

5. Tanuki Suit Riot - Mega Man Master Spark Mandrill
myspace.com/tanukisuitriot

Album Artwork by Sasha Palacio
sashapalacio.com
Sasha Palacio's DeviantArt

About the artwork:
The woman on the cover is named Haiku, Sasha gives this story about her
"Haiku's Story: Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, Haiku is a High School senior, gamer, anime fan, and artist. Her Father is a wealthy art collector and once famous Artist himself before his stroke. Her Mother is a beautiful Poet and had named Haiku after the beautiful Japanese form of poetry. Haiku's name held beauty, strength, and deep meaning. Haiku does have a deeper meaning, little does she know, she's the reincarnation of the famous High Priestess that guards the gates to Heaven."

Thanks:
Thank you to everyone who downloads this album, I hope it gets you to find out more about these fantastic musicians and our amazing album cover artist. Thanks to my friends who gave me feedback on the album. Thanks to Alex Atchley for hosting the album on Hotdog Storm. And of course thanks to everyone who contributed to this first mixtape, and look out for volume 2 coming soon!

Live seal of quality video

We're a bit late on this one, but here's a video of seal of quality's cover of The Buzzcocks' Ever Fallen In Love from his first live show, which took place in October.


Seal of quality "ever fallen in love" from bukolo0000 on Vimeo.

There you have chiptune, guitar, late 70's punk and live vocoder, all in one video! Wow. Also, check out seal of quality's latest release if you haven't already: the 3-Way Split he did with arcadecoma. and L'homme Manete over at Pterodactyl Squad.

Gamewave Podcast Episode 41

Episode 41 of the Gamewave Podcast features music this week from The Depreciation Guild, The Twilight Division, Desert Planet, Lawrence Power, seal of quality, Electro Static Discharge, arcadecoma. and Shnabubula. Ch-Check It Out!


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