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Gnomebitten
Mar 31, 2011

Shave Early. Shave Yourself.
Poked around and the old thread got archived it seems.

I'll waste no time, first up is Chromelodeon's final album, the Final Recordings, available for free here. While not extremely well-known, this is honestly one of my favorite albums from any band, never mind chiptune. From the opening track Polygon Sun to the final track of their final album Triangular I find the album a really succinct way to end a group. Not entirely chip, there's a lot of fusion sounds going on with guitar and in some of their albums even accordions. Somewhat like Anamanaguchi in that regard I s'pose only entirely more proggy.

Other albums of theirs of note is Heart of Sawdust, a nice heavy sorta prog metal album with accordions and Ninja Gaiden 2 - The Dark Sword of Chaos which is about exactly what it sounds like. They've also done some VGM cover work under the alias Sprite Slowdown, which some of which is on Archive.org.

Earlier this year saw the release of Disasterpeace's Rise of the Obsidian Interstellar, which you can find on their Bandcamp free to stream and for $8 if you like it a lot. In a trend you'll find in me, this is more proggy and actually a rather nice concept album. I think someone who didn't know what any of the songs were called or didn't know the album cover could figure out that this instrumental was about space stuff, but that's just my own guess. If you really like Disasterpeace but don't want to spend money, their old album Midnight Orphans isn't quite as chippy but free to anyone who wants it.

Oh, and just to avoid being a proghead completionist, have something a little housey in bits and glitchy in others. I just recently got my hands on Pixel Perfect by halc and so far I'm rather liking it.

Anyone got anything to share?

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moofin
Dec 25, 2006

goestotheinternet
Chromelodeon is one of the best chip bands to ever exist.

I'm from the NYC metro area and so I'm at the heart of the chip scene and basically live and breathe it! Good to see someone else talking about it.

Fresh off the heels of Blip Fest, I'm still worn out and a bit biased towards those artists, BUT WHO CARES!

Some of my favorite stuff ATM:

Knife City (Luke from Anamanaguchi) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqDHveF0pg0
Luke is one of my bestest bros and he's working on a full album (I think?)! It's gonna be awesome. He played some of the new stuff at Blip Festival which you can see at the bottom of this post

George and Jonathan - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zd7Z9SLoq64
These guys know how to bring the party. All of their music is available from http://georgeandjonathan.com + http://georgeandjonathan.com/thebestchristmas

Starscream (There new LP "Future Towards the Edge of Forever" is unbelievable) http://starscream.bandcamp.com/track/galeforce
Damon is another awesome bro. People were crying because his set @ Blip Festival was so beautiful.

Talk To Animals - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1Hryhz4tiQ
Never heard her until Blip Fest, but now I'm so hooked.

The J. Arthur Keenes Band - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4oXKg5l67w
So young and such a talented musician. Blends chip with real instrumentation of various sorts. This is a track off of his upcoming album.

Noisewaves - http://noisewaves.bandcamp.com/album/self-titled-e-p
Found out about these dudes right before they were announced for Blip. Awesome post-rock w/ a mix of NES.

There's so much more, but I'll leave that for another post!

All of Blip Festival was recorded and uploaded to YouTube by Emily of the Chip Music Chronicle. You can see the playlists HERE


OH! And check out the new Anamanaguchi songs! They're so loving amazing.

Snow
Prom Night
Space Wax America

moofin fucked around with this message at 01:55 on May 29, 2011

Gnomebitten
Mar 31, 2011

Shave Early. Shave Yourself.
Heh heh. New 'Guchi? All over that then, their summer releases were really great. Airbrushed is probably my favorite piece of theirs.

NYC for chippies must be great, I'm all the way out here in the boonies in Arkansas. Great if you like bluegrass or metalcore but not much else.

Guessing Blip Fest was great?

e: And scratch Pixel Perfect being pretty good, it's pretty darn great. Higher Reasoning has been in my skull all day.

take the moon
Feb 12, 2011

by sebmojo
Sweetness, a chiptune thread! I don't know all that many bands/artists so far, but hopefully that will change. I think Disasterpeace is my favourite so far. You guys probably know Neutralite (which I was made aware of via the recommendation thread) but in case you haven't it's pretty awesome: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muq73ADKp08&playnext=1&list=PLDC99D23DEEB3F773.

Anyway, some of my favourite songs I heard thanks to the Digital soundtrack:

4mat - Paperdolls

It's Dark, Raining and the Leaves Certainly Aren't Done Falling. Done by a user called ninetales on 8bitcollective, he's pretty sweet.

Chiptunes are awesome.

Silber
Feb 28, 2008

relax, enjoy
I feel like Chiptune should be classified as a guilty pleasure of mine. Before this thread though, I only ever listened to Anamanaguchi. I searched around for a bunch of other 8-bit stuff but never found anything I really liked. However, that said I'm really digging Disasterpeace now that you cats have provided me with that. Its a lot like Anamanaguchi in a way, at least in my opinion. I listen to a lot of folk and alternative rock but when I work out I listen to doomy stoner rock when I lift weights and I almost exclusively listen to Chiptune when I do cardio. I nabbed the free Disasterpeace album and bought another one. This is some great stuff. I'm also really liking 4mat and Starscream.

Ah, gently caress it. I'll buy that Starscream album, too.

Imapanda
Sep 12, 2008

Majoris Felidae Peditum
Tettix's Earths Assault on the Central AI will always have its special place in my library. :slick:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSp0j7vXDYk

Disco Pope
Dec 6, 2004

Top Class!

Silber posted:

I feel like Chiptune should be classified as a guilty pleasure of mine.

Not to single you out, Silber, but it seems a lot of people see chiptune as a guilty pleasure and nothing more. It's maybe partly down to the retro-cute image a lot of the artists use, but there is some pretty neat stuff out there that doesn't really gel with the 'cat ears and rainbows' image chip tune seems to get.

Comptroller http://www.cmptrllr.co.uk/ is one such person who seems to aim to make some pretty nightmarish sounding music (Z-Bombs) as well as some neat 'boss music' sounding stuff (Galactic Hero, Heavy Crab).

The Tin Foil Hat Brigade http://www.myspace.com/thetinfoilhatbrigade has an utterly terrifying live show which sadly doesn't quite come off in his recordings, but they're still pretty deranged.

I'm quite partial to Patric C as well. I love the 90s brand of cyberpunk paranoia his music evokes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXN0UgkA330

snackcakes
May 7, 2005

A joint venture of Matsumura Fishworks and Tamaribuchi Heavy Manufacturing Concern

Diligent Deadite posted:

Not to single you out, Silber, but it seems a lot of people see chiptune as a guilty pleasure and nothing more. It's maybe partly down to the retro-cute image a lot of the artists use, but there is some pretty neat stuff out there that doesn't really gel with the 'cat ears and rainbows' image chip tune seems to get.

I'm glad you mentioned Comptroller. Whenever I see a Chiptunes thread I always try to drop that name because of how much I love his "Challenge!" album, particularly Galactic Hero and Heavy Crab as you mentioned. I love them so loving much. I never really got into his other things but I'm seeing the nightmarish sound that you're talking about in Z-Bombs.

If you know of more chiptunes that have a similar sound to "Challenge!" I'd be forever grateful to hear of them.

Also that Patric C. song is exactly as Cyberpunky as you said it was. Awesome.

edit: Actually let me throw in my own recommendation too.

Sabrepulse. Not a huge fan of all his things but he's got some neat stuff. Check out Hyperion as an example.

snackcakes fucked around with this message at 23:32 on May 28, 2011

ANTIMISANDRIST
Apr 14, 2011

by Fistgrrl
I'm not going to fault anyone for enjoying a particular aesthetic, but isn't it rather weird to group together quite musically dissimilar artists on the basis that they all use synths that sound like old video games? If that single characteristic trumps all other compositional factors enough to warrant this, then it strikes me that the people who enjoy the genre must have a rather shallow relationship with the music. If not, why not discuss each artist in their respective genre thread as indicated by the music's other qualities, rather than lumping everything together on such a superficial basis?

(Apologies if this has been discussed before in the old thread, but I don't have archives.)

Disco Pope
Dec 6, 2004

Top Class!

ANTIMISANDRIST posted:

I'm not going to fault anyone for enjoying a particular aesthetic, but isn't it rather weird to group together quite musically dissimilar artists on the basis that they all use synths that sound like old video games? If that single characteristic trumps all other compositional factors enough to warrant this, then it strikes me that the people who enjoy the genre must have a rather shallow relationship with the music. If not, why not discuss each artist in their respective genre thread as indicated by the music's other qualities, rather than lumping everything together on such a superficial basis?

(Apologies if this has been discussed before in the old thread, but I don't have archives.)

You're right, but I think there's a couple reasons for this that I've witnessed:

I think there's a portion of the audience who do enjoy chiptunes because it sounds like video game music. That's fine for those fans, but it kind of undercuts the acts who don't produce music that sounds like it belongs in a game or it sadly discounts acts like Fuel Diva http://fueldiva.com/ who have a cello player and sound like The Fall in places.

Secondly, it can be pretty hard to find a music community to fit into. I this can lead to fairly disparate acts playing together as they won't fit onto a bill at the local rock club, but three acts might get together and do a pretty good gig at some shared art space or something. I always think it's great when you see someone totally new to chiptune enjoy an act and then later realise what they've been dancing to.

Really, the idea of chiptune as a genre is almost as silly as having 'guitar music' as a genre, but there's a few hurdles to get over before that can happen.

take the moon
Feb 12, 2011

by sebmojo

Thornes posted:


Sabrepulse. Not a huge fan of all his things but he's got some neat stuff. Check out Hyperion as an example.

Sabrepulse is awesome. I'm partial to the Manhattan Transfer myself, but really Turbo City is just an awesome album the whole way through, I think.

moofin
Dec 25, 2006

goestotheinternet

ANTIMISANDRIST posted:

I'm not going to fault anyone for enjoying a particular aesthetic, but isn't it rather weird to group together quite musically dissimilar artists on the basis that they all use synths that sound like old video games? If that single characteristic trumps all other compositional factors enough to warrant this, then it strikes me that the people who enjoy the genre must have a rather shallow relationship with the music. If not, why not discuss each artist in their respective genre thread as indicated by the music's other qualities, rather than lumping everything together on such a superficial basis?

(Apologies if this has been discussed before in the old thread, but I don't have archives.)

I've had this discussion before with other people (Damon is that you?), but at the end of the day chip is a little different. It's hard to explain why. Yes, it is not a genre, but it is something more than just a similar usage of instruments.

The best I can do to explain it is this: I loving LOVE ukuleles (this isn't for arguments sake, I really do). Ukulele's sounds don't really change much. They have a certain aesthetic. No matter where they are used I'd like to hear them. Therefore I like to check out songs that feature ukuleles in new and exciting ways.

I like the general aesthetic that chip brings to the table. As a lover of music I also like MANY different genres. Therefore I have an interest in hearing the sound of chip, which I love, mixed with other genres of music that I love. I like to see what happens when someone takes their banjo and mixes it with chip synths.

It's not a genre, but it is an "instrument", if you will, that I am attracted to just as much as I am to ukuleles!

Cobweb Heart
Mar 31, 2010

I need you to wear this. I need you to wear this all the time. It's office policy.
Let's not forget that "chiptune", when taken literally, refers to the general method of creation, which is even less descriptive than what "instruments" are used.

People think that "8-bit" means chiptune, but this song is a chiptune song as well. Would you even guess that it was chiptune if you didn't know beforehand what it was made with? What about this song?

Basically what I'm saying is that "chiptune" is even less descriptive than "guitar music". It's like saying "music made in the UK". I'm not suggesting that this thread is unnecessary or anything, I love the idea! But it's just ignorant to say that all chiptunes have a sound in common, just as much as saying that all music from the UK has a sound in common.

Cobweb Heart fucked around with this message at 18:59 on May 29, 2011

Johnny Landmine
Aug 1, 2004

PURE FUCKING AINOGEDDON

Diligent Deadite posted:

Comptroller http://www.cmptrllr.co.uk/ is one such person who seems to aim to make some pretty nightmarish sounding music (Z-Bombs) as well as some neat 'boss music' sounding stuff (Galactic Hero, Heavy Crab).

I can't believe I hadn't heard this guy before! Thanks, I've been looking for artists who go for a harsher Game Boy sound lately.

the Bunt
Sep 24, 2007

YOUR GOLDEN MAGNETIC LIGHT

Cobweb Heart posted:

Let's not forget that "chiptune", when taken literally, refers to the general method of creation, which is even less descriptive than what "instruments" are used.

People think that "8-bit" means chiptune, but this song is a chiptune song as well. Would you even guess that it was chiptune if you didn't know beforehand what it was made with? What about this song?

Basically what I'm saying is that "chiptune" is even less descriptive than "guitar music". It's like saying "music made in the UK". I'm not suggesting that this thread is unnecessary or anything, I love the idea! But it's just ignorant to say that all chiptunes have a sound in common, just as much as saying that all music from the UK has a sound in common.

Your example kinda defeats your point for me. it sounds just like 8-bit tones even without someone telling me so.

Cobweb Heart
Mar 31, 2010

I need you to wear this. I need you to wear this all the time. It's office policy.

the Bunt posted:

Your example kinda defeats your point for me. it sounds just like 8-bit tones even without someone telling me so.

If you hear "8-bit tones" in this song, you are imagining things. I'm sorry.

I suppose a better comparison might be saying "songs made in the 80s". I can accept that all chiptunes are lo-fi to a certain extent.

take the moon
Feb 12, 2011

by sebmojo
I don't know if I agree with your point, but the songs you've posted have been awesome, so keep it up! :)

nordavind
Mar 25, 2008
Philter - 8-Bit Smiles

This song just makes me so happy, it's like my childhood rolled up in one great track.

The rest of his album The Beautiful Lies is also amazing, although not as chiptuney.

Cobweb Heart
Mar 31, 2010

I need you to wear this. I need you to wear this all the time. It's office policy.
Alright, one last video to make the case for me: This is "Uralvolga" by Bruno, a member of the Anarchy team, who has since sadly passed away. I couldn't find a normal video of the song on YouTube, so have some footage of two German kittens to go with it. :3:

Anyway, I'm sorry I brought it up. Have some musics to make up for it.

A remix of the theme song for Neverending Story by Lizardking, who normally does more techno-esque stuff.

The adorable Weather Girl by Radix.

And what remains my favorite chiptune song ever: Satellite One, by Purple Motion.

I guess what my point really is is that chiptunes are awesome and you should listen to them.

Disco Pope
Dec 6, 2004

Top Class!
Any UK Goons who like chiptune should probably look into this (free!) festival, http://ultrachipfestival.blogspot.com/ there was a cool variety of acts last year and some really fun, informative work shops. Also I love Edinburgh.

Gnomebitten
Mar 31, 2011

Shave Early. Shave Yourself.
Just poppin' in, got reccomended an EP and it's pretty great. SLOP cuts a real deep groove, something' I usually don't hear in beepin' boop musics.

Man. Wish I could go to a chipfest, but Frogfuck doesn't get a lot of beep boop fans.

infinity2005
Apr 12, 2005
y halo thar lol
Cobweb Heart if you like cracktro music there's a big channel full of them here: http://www.youtube.com/user/cpccrackers

There were some great SNES ones back in the day.

take the moon
Feb 12, 2011

by sebmojo
Bumping this thread because a) I don't want to see it die and b) people should check out the 8bit People's Discography page which has the J. Arthur Keene Band's new whatever on it. I really like it.

urbster1
Apr 13, 2005


y⊙U aRE b⊙RING
Check out the Pause catalog for (some) free releases by Disasterpeace, Shnabubula, and others!

pctD
Aug 25, 2009



Pillbug
Razor1911's music group is pretty awesome these days. Chipdisk 4 is definitely my favorite, although it came out a while ago.

Bleepin and bloopin forever.

SpaceAceJase
Nov 8, 2008

and you
have proved
to be...

a real shitty poster,
and a real james
Valve released the Portal 2 soundtrack for free in two albums entitled "Songs to Test By"

Volume 1

Volume 2

It's not quite "Beeps and boops", but has a bit of a retro videogame ambience.

pog boyfriend
Jul 2, 2011

I do like chiptune music, but I'm not exactly a connoisseur of it. Anamanaguchi and Sabrepulse have already been mentioned, but I also like BLUENOISE by Protodome and Pixel Perfect by Halc. Lots of the stuff in this thread have been really cool, though, and my library has definitely been expanded!

StealthArcher
Jan 10, 2010




Ahhh, a thread dedicated to my more obscure of loved musical genres.

I'm wading through the entire collection of Keygen music releases, and I found this here beauty:http://www.keygenmusic.net/music/others/JMP-BricksofEgypt1.14+2trn.7z (The Love Trap, jule-p0ttp0rri)

It has no youtube or otherwise release and is still in .xm format, but drat, this one is good. really wish the guys who wrote the trainers that made these went into selling their music, cause I'd sure buy it.

Flynn Taggart
Jun 14, 2006

I've been a fan of the idea of chiptunes for a while now, but only really listened to Anamanaguchi. I've snatched quite a few things from this thread and am quite enjoying myself.

To contribute, I've been digging through the artists on 8bitpeoples tonight and I came across this album by rainbowdragoneyes. It's almost like a chiptune power metal album.

take the moon
Feb 12, 2011

by sebmojo
I'm so glad people are keeping this thread alive and I'm listening to everything people post.

To contribute, I think Animal Style is super chill and awesome. His eps are also up on 8bitpeoples.

cyboshellfish live

AndyElusive
Jan 7, 2007

Yay a chiptune thread.

I can't believe I'm the first one to mention FantomenK - http://youtu.be/uY6xrEFh7WQp. Most of, if not all of his tracks are available for free from https://8bc.org/members/FantomenK/. I just discovered his work this week and I love it.

I highly recommend readers of this thread checking him out.

ohthatdan
Jan 10, 2007

...Soldering Iron...

moofin posted:


I'm from the NYC metro area and so I'm at the heart of the chip scene and basically live and breathe it! Good to see someone else talking about it.

Fresh off the heels of Blip Fest, I'm still worn out and a bit biased towards those artists, BUT WHO CARES!


As someone who works in and lives near the city, I've always wondered where I could catch chiptune live performances and interact with some of the artists. I had a friend who had been to a few, but they seemed to be these ridiculously low key basement shows that would be hard to find out about without a foot in the door. Now that I know about Blip Fest, are there any other festivals or ways to find out about shows around here? I've tried meetup.com and some Google searches, but a lot of info is out of date or just completely irrelevant.

Konec Hry
Jul 13, 2005

too much love will kill you

Grimey Drawer

pctD posted:

Razor1911's music group is pretty awesome these days. Chipdisk 4 is definitely my favorite, although it came out a while ago.

Bleepin and bloopin forever.

I like Chipdisk #2 http://www.lastfm.se/music/Various+Artists/Razor%2B1911%2BChipdisk%2B%25232

But only because I'm on it :c00l:

Yeah, I tracked for some art groups and even got some tunes somewhat known. This is how I wasted my teenage years :smith:

nigga crab pollock
Mar 26, 2010

by Lowtax
I found a group on spotify called "liquid ham" while trying to search for kanye west, and they are by far the most comically ridiculous, over-the-top, and possibly terrible group I have ever heard. I love them (as long as they're doing it on purpose).

It's like lovely 80's movie music with some new wave thrown in. And a little bit of big band for good measure. But chiptunes.

It's apparently too obscure to have youtube videos, so have this spotify url in hopes that at least one of you has it installed.

Their myspace has a few songs too: http://www.myspace.com/liquidham

nigga crab pollock fucked around with this message at 13:55 on Aug 12, 2011

nigga crab pollock
Mar 26, 2010

by Lowtax

Cobweb Heart posted:

If you hear "8-bit tones" in this song, you are imagining things. I'm sorry.

I suppose a better comparison might be saying "songs made in the 80s". I can accept that all chiptunes are lo-fi to a certain extent.

It's 16-bit tones. It's still clearly made on a video game console.

cthulhukid
Jun 1, 2001

Flynn Taggart posted:

To contribute, I've been digging through the artists on 8bitpeoples tonight and I came across this album by rainbowdragoneyes. It's almost like a chiptune power metal album.
Well that's because it's exactly what it is. You should check out his other project Magic Hammer, it is glorious. The dude also drums for Swashbuckle right now.

I'm glad that the straight gameboy beep boop post-Bit Shifter chip scene is fading away and we're getting more crossover stuff like rainbowdragoneyes, Talk To Animals, Nullsleep's newer industrial-ish stuff, etc.

New Makeup and Vanity Set album just dropped, and it's suitably chippy but not completely adherent to the formula. Check it out http://makeupandvanityset.bandcamp.com/album/never-let-go

The Cleaner
Jul 18, 2008

I WILL DEVOUR YOUR BALLS!
:quagmire:
Although not strictly limited to 8-bit only, I know Volt 9000 tries to keep things pretty low-fi chiptune-influenced, vocals included..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zMyRrIXtSU&feature=channel_video_title

Flynn Taggart
Jun 14, 2006

cthulhukid posted:

Well that's because it's exactly what it is. You should check out his other project Magic Hammer, it is glorious. The dude also drums for Swashbuckle right now.

holy poo poo that Hank III cover came out of nowhere and it just totally blew my loving mind. Thanks for this.

take the moon
Feb 12, 2011

by sebmojo

The Cleaner posted:

Although not strictly limited to 8-bit only, I know Volt 9000 tries to keep things pretty low-fi chiptune-influenced, vocals included..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zMyRrIXtSU&feature=channel_video_title

I had no idea what was going on but whoaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

edit: this came up in the recommendations after the video (skinny puppy - assimilate (extended 8-bit remix))

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Imapanda
Sep 12, 2008

Majoris Felidae Peditum
Would Mux Mool be labeled as chip-tune?

I guess this is chip-tuney.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IExfiDYHuQ4

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