Posts Tagged ‘Danimal’

Progression: Music Theory 110 – Development, Motifs, and Repetition

Posted by

Hey dudes and dudettes,

I’m back in the writing room organising music theory tutelage for you folks, and it just dawned on me that I’ve been writing for this website for more than a year now. Life is good.

Last month we covered the idea of pivoting into seemingly unrelated key areas. As I’m sure you are all aware I will strongly advise you to go back and read through my previous articles as they will help contextualise what we know by this point. This month is an interesting one. This isn’t a music theory topic per se, but rather a skill for musical architecture. We’ll be covering the idea of motific development and creating music that cohesively builds on its musical material.

Let’s jam.

I’ve got a weird feeling that I’m clutching at straws with this whole “weird photos of sheet music” thing.

(more…)

Office Hours – Danimal Cannon ‘Lunaria’

Posted by

For the March installment of Office Hours I have the distinct pleasure of reviewing the just-released ‘Lunaria’ by Danimal Cannon. This album is exciting to me on several levels, as I first discovered Danimal shortly after learning LSDJ. His Youtube videos of guitar + Game Boy showed me the incredible potential of chip music and helped inspire me to get started making my own. I am also excited to hear new music from him, as 2013’s superb ‘Parallel Processing’ collaboration with Zef feels like an eternity ago!

If you are reading this blog about chip music, it is unlikely that you need an introduction to Danimal Cannon. His shredding guitar blends seamlessly with the Game Boy, providing both melodic and solo material as well as rhythm accompaniment when the pulse and wave channels are pushed to their limit. He has performed shows with Metroid Metal, Armcannon, Weaponex, and solo around the country and abroad. Finally, prior to the official release of ‘Lunaria’, President Hoodie published an interview with Danimal Cannon – it contains several interesting insights into the composition of this album, and should not be missed!


Danimal Cannon - Lunaria - cover
art by Minerva Mopsy
(more…)

Hoodie Highlights… Danimal Cannon!

Posted by

Sup y’all? =) Pres Hoodie here, somehow still alive post-MAGFest 2016 (damn, that was a crazy, wonderful adventure!). In the aftermath of such, I’m bringing you an interview with a cool cat that I’ve been acquainted with since my very first MAGFest (MAG 9). It also happens to be the event where he got his start performing live chipmusic. There’s a pretty good chance you’ve heard of him and his imminent sophomore album, ‘Lunaria’. Yup, of course I’m talking about Dan Behrens aka Danimal Cannon! Enjoy!

DanimalCannon4 (smaller)

Photo by Chiptography.

(more…)

Raw Cuts with Kuma #20: Chema64 & Atoms or Faeries (of 56KBPS Records)

Posted by

Welcome back to Raw Cuts, ChipWINners!  First and foremost, I’d like to take the time to thank you all for stickin with me over the past few months!  This is my 20th edition of RCwK and to help celebrate this special occasion, I decided to do something special and interview not one, but two very awesome artists who not only run an incredible netlabel, but have recently put out a stellar compilation that’s a celebration for them as well!

5 years ago, Chema64 founded 56KBPS, Mexico’s premier chiptune netlabel!  While his start off was small, with only a handful of artists contributing at first, Chema64 would soon be joined by another awesome artist by the name of Atoms or Faeries!  Working together, they not only put out albums that do the chipscene in their neck of the world justice, but they would go on to found and curate a chiptune music festival called Format.DF: a 3 day event that would go on to be the Blipfest of Latin America!

To celebrate, commemorate and immortalize the beauty of that festival and achievements thus far, the guys put out a bombastic 30 track compilation that manages to set itself apart from other chiptune/lofi comps over the past 2 years by being dynamic, diverse, culturally flavorful and easily accessible!  From the grimey sounds of Crab Sound’s “Nooby Clairvoyence” to the intermittent wubs of Coleco Music’s “Irak Undo” to the trance/house korg inspired goodness of Anwar Sanchez’s “What’s I O”, there is literally something on this album for everyone.  In short, this is one of the few times where an album so lovingly captures lightning in a bottle that the sum of the parts is truly equal to the whole.

But don’t take my word for it; sit back and relax with it as I take the time to talk to Chema64 and Atoms or Faeries about their music, the scene, the album and what comes next for them.


Kuma:  So lets get started at the beginning.  How’d you guys first get started in chiptune and how did you two meet each other?

Atoms or Faeries (AoF):  Would you like to go first Chema?

Chema64:  I accidentally came across chipmusic in 2005, I don’t even remember how, but the first chiptune I heard was by Tugboat. I made my first tunes by 2007 and in 2009 I founded 56KBPS Records, because there were no Spanish-speaking presence at the time.  I met Marco (Aof) in 2013.  He’s only been part of the net label since 2014 but so far he has been a invaluable piece to the label.

Kuma:  I think that’s the most brief history of someone’s background in chiptune I’ve ever heard. XD Well done, Chema! What about you, Marco?

AoF:  I’ve always loved videogame music.  I used to listen to it every day and sometimes I just played a game because of its tunes.  I studied Music Production and while I was doing so some of my electronic music teachers told me the music I made sounded like something out of a retro videogame XD  I started making bitpop in 2010 under the name Atoms Or Faeries.  I released my first EP on May 2013 and I came across Colectivo Chipotle.  I contacted them and met Chema in person during the FORMAT DF.  We got along really well and sometime later a curator position was available at his label. I jumped at the oportunity and here we are today.

Kuma:  Now correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t Format DF that shindig Virt performed at down in Mexico?  If so, I’m glad it was you guys who organized it, because if this album is any indication, you guys must have kicked ass live!

Chema:  No, those were different guys, we brought Danimal Cannon, IAYD and MENEO to a 3 day free music festival, Format.DF. It’s the biggest event of its kind in Latin America so far.

AoF:  It was great bro!  We played at an abandoned chapel that belonged to the Spanish Inquisition.  And it was sooo cool!  I wish you were there!

Chema:  The ambiance was magical, all brotherly love and all!

Kuma:  Oh man that still sounds awesome! like a South American Blipfestival or 8static Fest!  I’m so glad the chip love is spreading and that you’re making it happen!  Are there any plans to include more overseas artists in the future to the event or for you guys to travel into the US and play up north in NYC or Philly?

Chema:  I’m going to do some visuals next week in SXSW, thanks to IAYD.  It’s going to be my first show outside of my home country!

AoF:  Regarding this year’s FORMAT we’d love to invite international musicians again, of course!  We’re still in the early stages of planning, though.

Chema:  And talking about bringing people, we are making slow but steady progress for this year’s Format.DF. We already selected some musicians from South America and United States.  Last year we wanted to bring someone from Japan but it didnt happen

Kuma:  Do you have plans on inviting some of the artists on this compilation?  Cause I have to say, a lot of the people on it I’ve not heard of and I feel bad for saying that cause this albums really legit!  And if so, are there any in particular you liked working with that contributed to the label that you’d like to see have more exposure?

Chema:  Yes, I guess the Chilean artists have a record of exporting excellent music.
They are very professional and from what I know, they need more exposure.  Talking about mexican artists, we get some top quality acts, starting with Crab Sound, such a young artist, but one of the best.

AoF:  Most of the people who participated in the album will play on this year’s festival.  I can’t say I enjoyed working with any one person in particular.  Everyone was great in their own way and though there are people who are way more developed than others I enjoyed working with them all.  A chip labor of love!

Kuma:  I’m glad to hear there’s as much love where you guys are as there is where I am, and I’m glad to hear that love is starting to become more interconnected and international. Going back a bit to interconnect that idea, how did you get your gig to do visuals for SXSW, Chema?  And how long have you been doing visuals for?  Is it something you took up after getting involved musically or something you always did beforehand?

Chema:  I started doing visuals in 2011 because the chiptune shows require it.  Being a graphic designer really helps in this department.  I absolutely love doing them, it`s like a natural extension of the music and the way I do it is really like playing a live instrument. IAYD was kind enough to invite us to his hometown, and what better time than during SXSW.  He also got me the gig, I’m so exited to see Danimal, IAYD again and get to know the Tx Chiptune scene.

AoF:  IAYD is such a great guy!  He’s very talented and friendly and he parties like there’s no tomorrow!  It was difficult to keep up with his partying levels I’ll tell you that XD

Kuma:  TxChip is pretty legit.  From Kloudygirl to Star Fighter Dreams and CHICKENANDROFLS!, plus all the videogame music guys like Amanda Lepre and the Descendants of Erdrick crew.  They’re all wonderful.  And yes, they all party hard, especially IAYD.  That being said, as a curator for the Format.DF festival, are there any artists you’d really like to have perform with you guys, Marco?

AoF:  Yes. I have a list that’s longer than Santa’s.  I especially love bitpop, so Fantomenk, Dunderpatrullen and Bossfight are high on the list.  I really love Omodaka‘s work as well, the way he combines traditional japanese folk music with electronica and chiptune is so original and fantastic!  I like to include hints of Mexican folk music on my music so I feel really connected to Omodaka in that sense.

Chema:  Yeah I was thinking exactly that, Marco.  Also in the graphic department the “Mexican style” is pretty evident.  It’s not about nationalistic feelings, but about the style, that you don’t see very often in chiptune/demoscene.

Kuma:  Those are some big names, and of those, I’ve only seen Omodaka, but I can def say he alone is worth the cost of a ticket if you guys can get him to come to play for you. That hint of the traditional was something I did notice in your music on your Soundcloud page, AoF, and I thought it was pretty cool to hear something with a somewhat traditional flavor in chip.  Conversely, I gushed over how typically chip Chema’s Shatterhand remix was, so I’m glad I got hear a bit of both from you guys.  That being said, was diversity something you were def going for when you put the compilation together, or did you have other feelings/thoughts in mind when you put it together?

Chema:  I knew from the start, with this many artists, it was going to be a mess in form and style. The only criteria for this albums was: “Let’s invite our friends that make the most awesome music in the area”.  I guess quality was the definitive criteria.  I can finally be confident that the scene in this part of the world really matured in the last couple of years

AoF:  Thanks Adam!  And yeah, the music from our friends is so diverse there was no way we could’ve limited it in form or style if we wanted to remain true to what FORMAT was about. Yep, I concur with Chema.  Quality was the main criteria in this case.

Kuma:  It def shows.  Every song on the album is a lot of fun to listen to, and even some of the songs that are in styles I generally don’t listen to are still rather enjoyable. The whole compilation is just dynamic and it’s something I love and want to hear more of in the future from every net label that puts out collections like this.  That being said, once again, I’d like to thank you guys for your time.  Is there anything you two would like to say in closing before we wrap this up?

AoF:  I personally enjoyed working on this compilation very much.  It was great to experience such diversity and growth from our friends at the scene.

Chema:  I would say we still have a long road ahead of us and that this is only the beginning.  I also wanna thank you and Brandon for the interview!  It means a lot!

AoF:  Thanks so much for having us Adam!  It really means a lot to us.  We’ve been struggling to get a footing on the international scene and I feel like we’re finally making it happen!  Chip love for everyone!  Also, have you heard the phrase “Chido-Chip”, Adam?

Kuma:
  No, I can’t say I have.

AoF:  Chido is a slang word that is very similar to “cool”.  So Chido-Chip means something like Cool Chip and it carries all the energy and enthusiasm we feel for chipmusic.  I feel it represents really well the feeling and state of the Mexican scene.

Kuma:  Nice man!  Chido…I’ma have to remember that.  I’ll def spread the Chido-Chip love and vibes here, man!  Thanks again to you both for the interview!
——————————————————————————————————————–

Thanks for tuning and keeping up with us on the blog, and especially for sticking with my derpy butt for 20 issues of Raw Cuts!  It’s been a truly fantastic ride and i can’t wait for what the future brings!  That being said, don’t forget to check out 56KBPS as well as Chema64 and Atoms or Faeries individual work!  And if you’re at SXSW, check out the chiptune and vgm showcases this week for a chance to meet Chema as well as some of the other awesome artists from across the world who are performing there!  ‘Til next time!

\m|♥|m/

Relevant Links:

56KBPS Records:
Facebook | Bandcamp | Soundcloud | Twitter

Chema64:
Facebook | Bandcamp | Soundcloud | Twitter

Atoms or Faeries:
Facebook | Bandcamp | Soundcloud 

56kbps logo 2013

ChipWIN Track #7: The Lunar Whale by Danimal Cannon

Posted by

Sup y’all? =) Hoodie here. SO, the Expansion Pack has been very successfully released (THANKS AGAIN, GUYS~ ♥ ^_^ ), & thus it’s time for the ChipWIN blog to go back into hibernation until the next project, right?

WRONG.

Over the past few weeks I’ve assembled a team of chip-loving, fantastiexcellent, crack(head?) writers who’ve been charged with keeping this baby alive & hopping with content!! This will continue to include the ChipWIN artist/track write-ups (which has been increased by 24 more chipmusicians with the Exp Pack… o.O ), but also reviews of live events and other various forms of chippy goodness. In other words, we’re FINALLY going to turn this puppy into a legitimate blog, one post at a time! =D

And here to (re)start things off with a bang is our latest writer, Adam D Seats, fresh from his CRAZYTIMES Geekbeat LeRadio multi-chipartist interview, with a write-up on ChipWIN artist #7…

Danimal Cannon

So you’re just coming down off of the high from PixeLove, and then all of a sudden you’re hit with this jerkiness. It sounds almost mechanical and a little mysterious, like you’re in a small clunky spacecraft flying around the moon. This continues for about a minute, until out of nowhere it opens up! It starts to sound almost hopeful, like you’ve caught sight of the elusive beast, the Lunar Whale, off in the distance. It’s just chilling, lazing around, because hey, what else is a space whale gonna do, right? But somehow, you lose sight of it and the music returns to a variation on the first theme. Until suddenly the music speeds up and you’re face to face with the moon whale. The music swells to a grand climax as you bear down on the whale. As you’re hit with these soothing arpeggios, out in front of you you notice a whole pod of lunar whales. You just stop your spaceship and stare at this awesome sight.

Okay, so maybe that’s all just me, but every song’s got a story, even if there’s no words. And if you’re gonna name your song “The Lunar Whale”, you’d best believe I’m going to be thinking about whales in space!

This ChipWIN track comes to you from the master blaster himself, Danimal Cannon. Maybe you’ve heard of him? It’s not like, oh, y’know, he plays guitar in Armcannon & Metroid Metal and bass in Weaponex or anything like that. Or the fact that he has a genre redefining album on Bandcamp called Roots, which is a neat blending of chiptunes with the occasional guitar accompaniment. In fact, let’s go take a listen to that, shall we?

“Danimal Across America” has got to be my favorite track off this album. A lot of the other songs are really low energy but technically stunning, and then you get to this and suddenly WHAM! You wanna get up and dance! What’s really great is the way Dan plays around with all sorts of different genres. He’s even got a haunting rendition of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, which would be all the more beautiful if I wasn’t stuck remembering the level in Earthworm Jim 2 that had it as the background music (you know what I’m talking about, don’t lie to me).

In any event, Danimal is, as he says, “the man.” The man with the power. What power? The power of chiptunes. Chiptunes? Yes fool!!

Next up, You & Him by Whitely!

\m||m/

Danimal Cannon links:
http://danimalcannon.com/
http://danimalcannon.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/danimalcannonmusic
https://twitter.com/armcannon