Without further ado or stalling, I present to you track #9 from the original Chiptunes = Win compilation by none other than…
The nice thing about this track is that it provides a counterpoint to the rest of the collection. Most, if not all of the other 50 songs, are fairly upbeat if not insanely upbeat. Yet when you first start listening to Elevation, you’re not hit with chiptunes. You’re not even hit with anything particularly upbeat! You’ve just got a solo guitar doodling away in a bluesy fashion, which slowly picks up a bassline, and then finally some chip bloops. While the guitar slowly gets more and more complex, the bassline and beat pretty well stay the same. It’s very soothing. Later in the song, you hear a clip of astronauts talking about blowing smoke rings in zero gravity. You might imagine this song to be the soundtrack of someone just floating around in space next to a space shuttle – at once, serene and calm, but with enough going on for you to take in that nothing seems boring.
Basically, I love this track, even though I thought I was going to hate it. I’m very much the “MAN I NEED MY BEEPITY BOOPITY TUNES FAST AND THUMPING AND CRAZY!” But the more I listen to this track, the more I realize that smooth, slow tracks like this have their place too. It’s like anything, you’ve got to have some sort of balance to really appreciate the differences.
Looking at SMILETRON’s extended library of music (which he’s thankfully got compiled in one place on his website – a dot-org, I might add, meaning he’s super fancy), you see the ability to express a theme over several songs instead of just one. There is a great deal of variation in his work – there’s something not only for the people who like super upbeat music like me, but there are a great deal of calmer tracks, be they in the same vein as Elevation, or more of a trance kind of feel. For an album that has a pretty good balance between flavors, check out Equinox, which you can find…oh, right under this paragraph. How handy is that?
Also, keep on the lookout – over the past month or so, ol’ SMILETRON’s been all over the Intertubes, spreading chippy goodness. You can often find him in his own jamspace on his website, which he’ll use to live stream some sets, which is awesome!