Autumntunes compilation release

Autumntunes

After a breezy Autumn, Ubiktune is back with another all star collection of nostalgia driven chiptunes in Autumntunes. For those like me who are fans of prior release Summertunes, then you will no doubt find much to enjoy in this longing look back for the colorful days of autumn during these chilly holidays.

There is much to be heard here as well. In this 16 track collection we hear from big time chiptune composers like Virt in his worldly track Mecha-Kukai Travels To Chang'An, which is a fast paced six minute romp/action sequence through what seems like a gently shimmering chinese city on the edge of the forest. We also have Shnabubula in Use a Rake, which is a two minute battle of wits between a man, armed with his rake, and the ever cunning pile of leaves he hopes to defeat, at least that's what I interpret in this crunchy, ever changing and surprisingly in your face track.

We also have relative unknowns, but with fantastic tracks. Zinger's Ashen Emotion is an epic little track that comes highly recommended. A spacerock feel gives you the idea of rocketing out of earth's orbit in mid October, or perhaps blasting through a hostile alien world that seems to be going through the same earth seasons we have back home. Five Minutes Of Autumn from Megus closes the album with a clacking metronome which is swiftly covered by ominous tones and winds. The song slowly builds until about a minute in when we hear the main theme come in. The song feels like an ending reprise and reflection on both the album, as well as the season and one long adventure. The gentle melody sways along adding guitars and effects along the way. The song slides it's way through several different moods as instruments drop in and out, finally bringing things to a close with an abrupt somber end.

We can't leave out chiptune staples like Temp Sound Solutions with his glitched out rained in Phrt, with it's plodding pace, claustrophobic feel and great use of samples, this one will definitely stick with you well after it is finished playing. Or Alex Mauer's Gentle With The Hand, a stirring piece that slides from intimidating blasts of sound to high relaxing notes. As if coming in and out of consciousness.

And that is only a small handful of what is encapsulated here! Nearly an hour of finely crafted chiptunes to mourn the end of fall, and step into the cold of winter. Did I also mention the album, as with all Ubiktune releases, is free? Well it is! So head over to the Autumntunes page and download it right away!

Also click on through to see the full list of songs and artists.

01 Megus - Five Minutes Of Autumn 02 Alex Mauer - Gentle With The Hand 03 Zinger - Ashen Emotion 04 Joule - Bursting Bubble Boy 05 Kulor - Doorbellsplosion 06 Malmen - Flirt Talk 07 Blitz Lunar - Heavenly Spores 08 Shnabubula - Use A Rake 09 Virt - Mecha-Kukai Travels to Chang'An 10 Manwe - Rotagilla 11 Syphus - Drop Table 12 Coda - Harvest Moon 13 nq/skrju - The Whiskey Has Been Drinking, Not Me 14 Zan-Zan-Zawa-Veia - Fixt Path 15 Temp Sound Solutions - Phrt 16 C-jeff - Last Minutes Of Autumn

Gamewave Podcast post Chiptune Alliance Tour 2008 video

The Gamewave Podcast has just posted some video footage from the Chiptune Alliance Tour 2008.


Now in its second year, the Chiptune Alliance Tour recently hit the road, bringing some of the world's finest chiptune artists to the attention of UK fans. We filmed some footage on the night and have uploaded some of the best bits to the podcast feed (go to the Episodes page for direct links to the video). The video comes in two parts, but download both to witness live sets from Sabrepulse, Random, Spheres of Chaos, Firebrand Boy and syphus!

Also, be on the lookout for a special guest host episode of the Gamewave Podcast from the team behind the Letters vs Numbers podcast!

And check out this Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Chemical Plant Zone cover by Spheres of Chaos from the same show (this song soon to be featured on GM4A's Sega Genesis/Mega Drive Tribute compilation).

Chiptune Alliance Tour 2008!


The Chiptune Alliance Tour is an annual event which seeks to bring the biggest international talent within the chiptune community to the shores of the UK!

September 2007 saw amazing performances from USK, Maru, Calis, Sabrepulse, Random, Syphus, Little Penguin and Flanboy.

August 2008 will showcase the talents of Anamanaguchi, Random, Sabrepulse, Firebrand Boy, Syphus, Henry Homesweet, We Are The Future, Spheres of Chaos and Unicorn Kid. Be sure to check the artists for each night as the line-up will vary throughout the tour.

SUNDAY AUGUST 24TH @ GLASGOW CATHOUSE - CLICK HERE

MONDAY AUGUST 25TH @ EDINBURGH THE HIVE - £5 Pay on the door!

TUESDAY AUGUST 26TH @ NEWCASTLE CARLING ACADEMY 2 - CLICK HERE

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 27TH @ SHEFFIELD CORPORATION - CLICK HERE

THURSDAY AUGUST 28TH @ BOURNEMOUTH iBAR - CLICK HERE or HERE

FRIDAY AUGUST 29TH @ VENUE TBC

SATURDAY AUGUST 30TH @ LUTON THE HAT FACTORY - CLICK HERE

SUNDAY AUGUST 31ST @ VENUE TBC

As you can see, a couple of dates still need venues, so if you can help out, get in touch with Sabrepulse.

For more info, visit myspace.com/chiptunealliance.