Pokemon x Destiny’s Child is something I did not know I needed, but hey, life is full of pleasant surprises.
When the going gets tough, the tough bring chiptunes.
Yesterday we pointed out that the Dallas Stars of the NHL now play Street Fighter themes whenever things get a little rough on the ice. Turns out there's more of a video game connection here than meets the eye.
And so it was that two new albums were released unto the world, and they featured sounds inspired by the video games of ago. And they were good. Lo, they were bitchin', even.
For chiptune aficionados, the original soundtrack to Mega Man now is available through the Capcom store, part of the Blue Bomber's 25th anniversary year. The album is $8.95.
Chiptune music is all well and good, but I like to give my ear something to hold onto along with all the bleeps and bloops. So I very much enjoy Aivi & Surasshu's new album "The Black Box," which mixes the keyboard chops of pianist Aivi Tran and the chiptune stylings of Surasshu.
"I had a rough night, and I hate the fuckin' Eagles, man."
Hey, I already thought Cher sounded like some sort of robotic diva angel-monster in her unstoppable 1998 anthem "Believe." But what would she sound like if she really was a robot? Chiptune artist Ro-Bear found out in this winning cover performance at Philly's monthly 8Static chiptune event, as captured by albotas.
If you're just casually interested in chip music, it can be tough to track the work of groups like 8 Bit Weapon. First a solo project by Seth Sternberger that added Michelle Sternberger (a.k.a. "ComputeHer") to the mix, 8-Bit Weapon and ComputeHer have been making chip music for more than ten years.
It's gotten easier and easier to make chiptune music (or at least, music that sounds like chiptune music), but for the most part, you'll still need to have some sort of digital audio workstation like Logic or Pro Tools.
"You guys might need some earplugs."
–Nullsleep, Blip Fest 2012
Saturday evenings, either by design or accident, is when the biggest "holy shit?!" moments go down at Blip Festival. Last night, day two of Blip Fest 2012, continued the traditional and then some.
Blip Fest 2K12 is officially in effect. As previously noted, we'll have a nice and meaty rundown once the dust has settled. But for those who have not purchased their tickets yet, or simply cannot attend for whatever reason, here's a small sampling of how night one shaped up.
We've heard all of the Super Mario Bros. themes performed by an orchestra. Simon Viklund's blood-pumping update of the Bionic Commando soundtrack is still on my workout playlist. And this version of Tecmo Super Bowl's opening cinematic makes me eat lightning and crap thunder. The great NES chiptunes of the past have…
Two friends put their hobbies—creating beaded sprites, and making chiptunes tracks—together to form this awesome stop motion video inspired by some of their favorite games and graphic novel characters.
Watch as the beaded sprites go on a stop motion adventure in this six-months in the making video.
Are you guys excited about the Blip Festival Tokyo? For those of you who are, we've got an interview with one of the artists who will be playing during the shows dates of October 22-23rd, 2011. His name is Kenji, or better known as "M7Kenji." A mobile app designer, M7Kenji has played in two Blip Festivals alongside…
Presented by 8bitpeoples, the second annual Blip Festival Tokyo brings a hard-hitting group of low-tech musicians and visualists to Japan to lay down an arresting distillation of the energy & spirit of the global chipmusic underground. ▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓
With hairpins jabbing into my brain, an assistant director yelling "Hold the noise!" and a vegan Rice Krispie Treat sitting on the edge of my keyboard that may have actually been a prop, I'm writing this from the set of an independent film—a project that never would have found me if it hadn't been for video games.