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.

New Gamewave Podcast episode/mixtape

It's been six months since our last episode, but the Gamewave Podcast is pleased to bring you another guest hosted episode from Steve Jenkins of Crystal Labs. This mixtape features over 40 minutes of top-drawer tracks from artists including trash80, Linde, Jay Tholen and Spiny Norman, perfect for your chiptune-themed gym workout or for listening to whilst relaxing on the beach this summer.

And there's also some good news regarding the long-term future of the Gamewave Podcast. Now that Joe has finished his degree he's planning to head out to Japan this summer to start work there. However, having met up with members of Spheres of Chaos recently, the guys are plotting to begin recording episodes again over Skype soon. Look out for new shows from this autumn/fall.

Also, keep any emails coming in to the usual address. Despite the show being on hiatus at various points over the last couple of years, the emails we receive from fans have shown us there's demand for the show and are one of the reasons we've decided to start recording again. We'd especially like to have some artist/track requests.

Check out Gamewave Podcast Episode 48, or subscribe at www.gamewavepodcast.com/rss.xml.

New Disasterpeace tracks from High Strangeness soundtrack

Steve Jenkins, (the guy who runs the STFUAJPGM podcast, mentioned earlier on GM4A here) has another great project in the works: a retro-styled indie game called High Strangeness, which is being developed using funds gained through Kickstarter.com, the same website which was used to help create Kind of Bloop.

Since I was a kid, I have always dreamed of making my own video game. Now, armed with current technology I (with a few friends who have graciously donated their time and efforts) am hoping to do just that. For over a year we've been working on what some might call a 'retro game' inspired by the sights and sounds of the original Nintendo, and Super Nintendo video game consoles.

The game is planned to be released on PC and X-box Live in 2010. However, we can already take a sneak peek at the soundtrack to the game, currently being written by chiptune extraordinaire, Disasterpeace - download the preview ZIP of tracks here. You can also view a preview video over at the official game website. Look out for more news on this promising project in the future.