A preemptive happy New Year to everyone in the Chip Realm! Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I had the luck of stumbling across TRIaC’s sophomore release, ‘Powers of Two’. Hailing from Dresden, Germany, TRIaC’s been playing music live since 2009. Coming out a little more than a year after his first release ‘Eat your Bricks’, ‘Powers of Two’ showcases TRIaC’s growth both as an artist and as a master of nanoloop. There’s a lot to love in this album, so let’s hop the fold and get to the heart of the matter.
Named for the version of nanoloop the album was produced with, ‘One Point Seven’ gets the show underway with a hyperactive potency. At first, the kick stands alone, and even that is enough to compel the most sedentary listener to tap their toes. The first instrument that joins in, a bouncing bleep infused with that unique nanoloop flavor, sets the base energy of the track to a high level. From there, the track explodes into its full potency. The auditory blast wave is sufficient to carry a listener right up onto their feet and jumping around for the full duration of the track. Even at the end, in a brief flirtation with a vague hint of tameness, that underlying drive never ceases.
‘Prosthetic Love’ opens with a bit of trepidation, a sort of cautious curiosity towards the unknown. The opening swells, transforming into a feeling of focus and determination until the track blossoms with a feeling of hope and purpose at the minute mark. That overarching sense of hope merges into a feeling of resolve that becomes the core of the piece. The music flows smoothly and purposefully, with a sense of drive that pushes it on toward its conclusion. While not as explosively danceable as ‘One Point Seven’, this is still music that will keep a listener moving.
‘Gravity Assist’ is effervescent with an irresistible energy. The tenor of the instrumentation is otherworldly; a mix of slightly spacey sounds with hints of clanging metal. When played with the particular sense of drive TRIaC brings to his music, the result is surprisingly focused. A central theme emerges as a world of wonder and excitement rocket past around the listener. There’s the barest of moments to take in the scenery before the beat unrelentingly pounds on to its conclusion.
Closing the album, ‘Robot Century’ holds on to the liveliness that permeates every corner of ‘Powers of Two’. True to title, the instrumentation crafted for this track has a clear mechanical feel, invoking the charge of a factory operating at full speed with electricity racing through wires and data being processed as fast as the CPUs can cycle. Built around resolute energy, ‘Robot Century’ will fill one’s heart with purpose and limbs with the urge to move. The track cuts out rather suddenly, setting the perfect end note for the album, a collection of highly energy music meant to get the audience moving.
Any one of these tracks serve as a great representation of the hard work TRIaC put into this release. As a whole, this album makes for a fine addition to any collection of eminently danceable chipmusic. I highly recommend popping on over to Bandcamp to grab a download. Further, if you’re at all curious about TRIaC as a musician, you can scratch that itch with an interview he did with HATHLOS over at her blog.
With that, I’m going to close the Forge for this month.
So Happy Holidays Chiptopia, now go enjoy them chiptunes!