These past couple of weeks I’ve been listening to GOTO80’s latest album, ‘80864’, released via ‘DATA AIRLINES’. This was the first release from GOTO80 that I have listened to. Honestly, I never really got into his distorted, glitchy style of music, however with ‘80864’, GOTO80 brought the iconic ‘Roland 808 drum machine’ into the mix, so I thought I definitely should pick this up and give it a listen.
‘Autre’ by xyce is one of those “YOU GOT CHOCOLATE IN MY PEANUT BUTTER” moments if the peanut butter was a grassy meadow of adorable frolicking chip-bunnies and the chocolate was a giant head-bangin’ bridge troll shoulder-checking said bunnies into a mosh-pit style frenzy.
Get hooked with this intriguing mix with the title track ‘autre’, then jump into the article for a closer look at the full album ‘autre’ by xyce!
What’s up, chip peeps? This month, I’d like to bring your attention to a duo specializing in the creation of refreshing music made from vintage gear and classic synthesizers. That duo goes by the name of Conquer Monster. I look for artists who love what I love. Groups of people who hang out in the underground scene. Those who would rather own a synth than a car, who spent time circuit bending when other sounds become standard and stale, and those who just feel their sole purpose on the planet is to express themselves through sound.
CM released their album, Metatransit, on October 16th, 2015. It serves as the score for the comic book Purge Worlds , written by Joshua Oman and illustrated by Chris Black. This concept album refers to tragic hero Brandon Lao’s adventure to seek revenge for his partner Anna’s death, through the exploration of different planets. The album is dark, futuristic, while also beat driven and nostalgic. Metatransit explores the themes of the comic with 80s style drum beats, chopped voices, catchy riffs, great melodies, and inspiring sound design work. So, without further ado, let’s enter the world of Joshua Faulkner and Daniel Romero, of Conquer Monster.
Welcome back to the regular edition of ‘Office Hours,’ where school is in full swing and fall weather is finally just around the corner. A great deal of quality chip music has released over the past six weeks, and today I have the privilege of reviewing a brand spankin’ new release from For Astronauts and Satellites titled ‘Then, By the Light of Our Own Creation.’
Released on September 12th via chipmusic netlabel extraordinaire Cheapbeats, ‘Then, By the Light of Our Own Creation’ is an ambitious blend of traditional chip sounds combining seamlessly with guitars and live drums to create a lush, inviting sonic landscape. Formed in 2013, For Astronauts and Satellites [F.A.A.S. henceforth] are a post-rock trio from London whose members have been playing together in various incarnations since 2002. One of my favorite things about this album is the way that the Game Boy and Commodore 64 blend seamlessly with the live instrumental elements in all six tracks. Many musicians who blend chip sounds with live instruments attempt to give equal attention to each layer, but often end up with somewhat unbalanced textures, such as ‘guitar solo + Game Boy percussion’ or ‘chip sounds crazygonuts + one guitar chord.’ F.A.A.S. appear to have mastered (no pun intended) a true balance between these disparate elements, and I would love to hear how the group handles these challenges in a live setting! Rest assured that the next time my wife and I are in London, we’ll be looking these lads up and hoping for a show.
I was so excited when I received a notification from Bandcamp, informing me of a new soundtrack by 4mat. From the UK, he claims a unique style that makes him one of my FAVORITE artists ever, across all genres of music. His ability to be not only technically innovative in a sense where he literally creates his own space sonically, but also with his storytelling compositions, creates the perfect balance. I knew he created audio for games, so knowing that his style would be melded to suit visuals for a soundtrack was enough for me to drop what I was doing and put everything else on the back burner. (more…)
Hey, what’s up everybody! Welcome back to RCwK! I’m BronxKuma — Kuma for short — and this time around I managed to get a hold of a bonafide legend! A founding father of the Philly scene, this guy’s been making tracker music for nearly 20 years and is proof that time, dedication, and hard work doing something you love can pay off in the long run. Here to talk to us about his journey through chip, some of his more recent and notable projects, and the future, I’m proud to present my interview with one of the very best artists the community has fostered: Alex Mauer!