It has been a while my friends, but I am pleased to bring you another installment in this series! Again, what I am looking for here are chip musicians that I think make quality songs, and could use more love for their work. So, without further delay, let’s get straight into our first pick :).
It’s funny how some people in the chip community seem to almost balk at the idea of someone saying their music ‘sounds like Mario’ but if you really think about it, that’s quite the complement. We all know how popular his games are, and nobody denies the brilliant songs scattered throughout the series of games. So is it any wonder then that someone who uses it as inspiration to remix those tunes as well as compose original work would be a joy to listen to?
The first song that I heard from MooseSMW was rather neat. He had taken the main theme of Super Mario Land and arranged it with Super Mario World instruments. So what you get is a double dose of nostalgia that is both unique and familiar at the same time. Take a deeper look into his music and you’ll see that he has contributed to the fantastic SPC Echoes album which can be found here!
His is a classic style of video game music composition that is often overlooked in favor of other styles of chip composition. Do yourself a favor and stop by this man’s soundcloud page. You’ll be glad you did, I sure was!
Here we have a man who uses Deflemask, a multi-chip tracker to make Sega Genesis hip hop beats. The song choices he arranges are interesting because he takes lesser-known but wonderfully catchy video game melodies and transforms them by adding extremely crisp sounding drums underneath. He’s rather new to soundcloud and only has a few songs so far but all of them are solid and remind me a little of what you might hear from people such as Dj CUTMAN or Urban Flow. Except this guy is doing it all in a tracker designed to play back on a Sega Genesis. This means that he’s taking many of these tunes and not only arranging them in a new style, but remaking them to fit Sega Genesis limitations! In my opinion, he has far too few followers considering the high quality of his work. I highly recommend that you check him out and encourage him to upload more!
Finally, we have someone that I’ve been wanting to feature for a long time. Most likely, if you have taken the time to check out my own soundcloud page you’ll see that he’s in many of my Sega Genesis collaboration tracks and I am often re-posting his work. Not only is he an accomplished Sega Genesis musician, he’s also been known to tackle famitracker and make expert use of mod plug tracker to create more modern style tracks and even mimic the Capcom Arcade Soundboard CSP2 chipset which was popular in many mid to late 90’s Capcom fighters. Really, he has many interests ranging from pixel art to story writing along with his obvious talent for music. Basically, if you like my music you really should follow him as well because we influence each other constantly and you’ll find not only another great musician to enjoy, but someone who I find extremely easy to work with which means he is adaptable to just about any style. So yeah, what are you waiting for? Follow this man, I wouldn’t be the musician I am today without having the pleasure of collaborating with him :). If that doesn’t sell him to you, I don’t know what will. Here’s his soundcloud!
The most important reason I am featuring these guys is because to me they are all indeed hidden gems! Some are newer to the chip scene while others have been at it for a much longer period of time. It is my sincere hope that at least one of them is new to you. Honestly, one of them was new to me until recently thanks to the recommendation of a friend :).
I am always on the lookout to find new musicians. So if you see me around and want to share an artist with me, feel free! That’s what it’s all about :). Who knows. maybe you’ll see them appear the next time I decide to tackle this topic!
Remember to never stop composing and promote your fellow artists. Perhaps one of you is a diamond in the rough just waiting to emerge as a hidden gem!
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