Tag Archive | Originals

Like an Island in the Pixelated Sun. Weezer Chiptune Tribute

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Do you remember that dream you had, where the sound chips from the beloved games consoles of your youth all got together and formed a Weezer tribute band? Yeah? No? OK. That dream is about to come true whether you had it or not.

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Hey! Listen! Pause

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Pause is not a band, but rather an amazing chiptune label with a roster of some of the most talented and original musicians I have ever had the chance to hear. Let’s take a brief look at their catalog together.

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Here Comes a New Challenger II Turbo

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So with all the hubbub over Street Fighter IV, MvC2, and King of Fighters 12, fighting is definitely on peoples minds. Not just in games, but in music too!

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Hey! Listen! I Fight Dragons

 

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Some bands write songs about video games, some bands reinterpret the music from video games, and still other bands show their love of video games by simply cranking the NES to 11 and rocking out. I Fight Dragons resides in that final category.

I Fight Dragons (ifightdragons.com) is a relatively new band in the VG inspired music scene, but the infancy of the group should be no indicator on their prowess as musicians. The group has been working hard to gain a lot of ground in such a short amount off time. They have released their first EP Cool is Just a Number, as well as several amazing singles such as a remix/remake of Imogen Heap song The Process, and a fun rendition of the Zelda theme live from a recent concert. They have been doing plenty of shows around their hometown of Chicago as well and even getting local play on the radio stations there.

ifdliveThe group formed about half a year ago out of a love of video games, chiptunes, and just plain rocking. The band is comprised of Brian Mazzaferri, Mike Mentzer, Hari Rao, Laura Grene, Dave Midell, and Bill Prokopow. Most of the group rocks their own instruments, plus random modified video game consoles and controllers. This includes NES Zappers, the Power Glove, an NES Advantage, Rock Band controllers and more. As you can imagine, their live show is certainly something to see.

Their debut EP, Cool is Just a Number, is the best indication of their style, which they describe as NESRock. The album goes from an intro of propping in an NES game to several extremely catchy and rocking songs, to a slow and soft closing song all in a handful of tracks. Their debut album is available free for a limited time from their website as well for those interested in hearing the full album. It is definitely one not worth missing! The band will also be playing this summer at Nerdapalooza (nerdapalooza.blogspot.com), so that may be a great chance to see their amazing live set!

For now I will leave you with the new music video for their song Money from the Cool is Just a Number EP.

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Hey! Listen! OverClocked ReMix

ocrlogoNow, above most all else, this is the number one site I expect all gamers to have bookmarked. Whether you are casual or hardcore, retro or new school. No matter who you are, if you love video games in any form you have to know about OverClocked ReMix.

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The Final Recordings by Chromelodeon

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There is a band that broke up just about two years ago this month. Chromelodeon is that band, and even to this day their impact on video game rock and chiptune musicians and fans is still felt. Because of the anniversary of this band’s departure from the world, I feel it is my duty to highlight their last album, The Final Recordings.

If you were to survey most folks in the video game inspired music community, you would be hard pressed to find a person with anything but respect, love, and reverence for Chromelodeon, and if you listen to this album, you will get a great idea of why that is. The final album was released to much anticipation at their final show ever, and only 100 copies were made and all of them sold out at that show. Almost exactly one year later, the chiptune label II (pronounced “pause” iimusic.net) re-released the album as a free download (which you can download through this link) to all the eager folks who were unable to secure one of the original copies.

The album opens with the upbeat Polygon Sun. The song is a great introduction to the Chromelodeon sound, and is a fun synthy trip through any variation of a video game world. This song leads to Higgeldy Piggeldy, a track that kicks off heavy and drum driven but leads into more soaring sounds and come back down to some mesmerizing guitar work. Wackadelly is the third track, and dives into it’s gentler tones right away and has more of that high in the sky feel that all the tracks seem to have in common.

G.A.H. kicks off the second half of the album with some great drum work, and some synths that would fit perfectly into the cave area of any classic 16-bit RPG. It builds to a pitch that makes you feel like you’ve reached that dungeons final boss battle. It then abruptly fades out into Aluminum. It starts with a spacey theme that will remind you of soothing views of galaxies and distant planets. It doesn’t stay that way for long though, as the full song kicks in. With the sweeping guitars you suddenly fill as if you are blasting off among those same planets and stars. This song builds and dives into the closer. Triangular is the final song on this amazing bands final album. It surely does not disappoint. Also the longest track on the album, it kicks off with a lot of energy which is maintained throughout the song, while the guitar and chiptune sounds are free to experiment and play over the track. At about a minute from the end the track slows as instruments fade off coming to an amazingly somber end to the album.

Chromelodeon were together from 2000-2007 and established themselves as an amazing band, performing with many other seminal video game and chiptune groups. They are definitely a defining band in this short era in this small subsection of music and everyone should give them a serious listen. You can download their album free at iimusic.net and I hope you do. I will surely be doing a lengthy write up on this band as a whole in the future as well. Also, you can enjoy the following youtube video of a performance of Polygon Sun live.

 

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VideoGame Inspired Music Theater: Elfonso

Did you just say you don’t hear enough folk songs about video games? What? No? Well maybe it is just because you haven’t heard the band Elfonso then. Elfonso is a folk band from the UK who sing songs exclusively about video games. An odd mixture of ideas to be sure, but you can’t deny their catchy music and interesting approach to VG inspired music. Read on to check out their music video for the Zelda inspired song Retirement From Hyrule.

Elfonso have created songs dedicated to the likes of Sonic, Nights, Shadow of the Colossus, and more, but they hold a special place in their hearts for the Zelda series among all else. Watch below for the well done music video for the game The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess called Retirement from Hyrule. Afterwards be sure to check out more of their VG inspired songs at www.myspace.com/elfonsomusic

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