Various Artists – [2011] BACKUP11

Exceptional chiptune compilation for Platine Festival in Cologne. Great contributions from well-known artists.

If you want to saviour a varied selection of different classic 8-bit as well as modern interpretations of the genre, look no further. From classic pure console sounds to blends of chip and studio music you can feel served. I can fully recommend each of the 10 tracks, yet will only showcase you the habitual two here:

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Bit Shifter – [2006] Information Chase

Essential chiptune album from the (g)olden age of Creative Commons music.

Six 8-bit style tracks produced on the Game Boy, the album itself an oldie by now, coming from one of the genre’s great names. While I don’t recommend to listen to hours of chiptunes in a single run, the nostalgic vibes one can get out of this genre well justify exposing your ears to raw sawtooth, blank noise and only mildly filtered sine waves…

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Virt – [2003] FX EP

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Classic(al) chiptunes. Virt is one of the great masters of this genre. Chiptunes are about taking the limited resources of old audio hardware and trying to bend the space of what is possible within these constraints. This EP (and it’s successor, FX 2.0) are soundtracks to imaginary NES (Nintendo Entertainment System, 1980s) games. And then there’s this bonus track… Continue reading “Virt – [2003] FX EP”

Various Artists – [2009] Netaudio 2009 – Acroplane and The Centrifuge

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Classic netaudio sampler. Nowadays, netlabel Acroplane release new albums on Bandcamp. Unfortunately, they did not move all their releases there. Fortunately, their back catalogue is archived at my favourite well-known place. This compilation has 18 diverse tracks from chiptunes over breakcore to glitchy IDM. Continue reading “Various Artists – [2009] Netaudio 2009 – Acroplane and The Centrifuge”

Superspink – [2010] Elements

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Chiptunes meets techno rock. 8 bit nostalgia goes dance floor, but so well. Conventional beats, fat bass lines are juiced up for an elementary experience. The four greek elements plus void make five tracks, each different but all together danceable. Thanks go to the Japanese netlabel Bumb Foot that has been publishing great electronic for years now. My two favourite tracks from this release and the download link are below. Continue reading “Superspink – [2010] Elements”

Anamanaguchi – [2010] Power Supply

Yummy chiptunes from New York! Powerful beats, juicy chords and lovely melody lines show what sound can be made from those old 8 bit sound chips from vintage computers and consoles. Seven very different tracks make this one of the few chiptune releases that I like to hear from start to finish without getting bored.

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Various Artists – [2011] SOUNDSHOCK: FM FUNK MADDNESS!!

What happens if you let chiptune artists create Funk music? This compilation, I would say. Stuffed with citations from classic video games, this 18 track long release well states that chiptune music has evolved much since its initial days. Too broad is the span of music styles, so that the two presented tracks are only spotlights. If you like what you hear, listen on! Continue reading “Various Artists – [2011] SOUNDSHOCK: FM FUNK MADDNESS!!”