Posts Tagged ‘demoscene’

America Has Demoparties?: Demosplash 2017

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If you’re a twenty-something in America like myself, you’ve probably never been to a demoparty unless you’ve got the money to fly to Europe. (If you do have the money to fly to Europe for a demoparty, well…take me with you?) While I’d heard tales of these events where nerds huddle together around ancient computers and make music videos that fit on floppy disks, I never thought I’d get the chance to go to one myself – which is why when Inverse Phase asked if anyone wanted to go with him to Demosplash in Pittsburgh, PA, I jumped at the opportunity. What follows is a postmortem of my time at the event. Join me, won’t you?

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Aydan Appreciates: ‘The Signal’ by Wojciech Golczewski

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Floating through nebulae and flying through space are typically associated with a sense of excitement and discovery, perhaps a sense of wonderment concerning what kind of life may lie beyond our own limited scope. ‘The Signal’, an album written by demoscene and horror movie score-writing veteran Wojciech Golczewski of Poland, provides a stark contrast to the optimistic ventures of aspiring astronauts. It paints a picture that evokes enigmatic and frightful visions of the cold and desolate void that is our universe, interspersed with brief, touching moments of optimism. Before we head off on our excursion, do note that this is an atmospheric, ambient album; this is best listened to in one sitting, preferably in the dark, in order to better experience this artist’s vision. Now, come. The signal beckons us.

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Chip Bit Sid Takes on: 2016 – 3 songs that grew on me!

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2016 has been an truly eventful year, with both positive & negative things happening all around us. Chiptune has been a huge part of this year, especially for me. I have reviewed so much music that I was practically reviewing a new album every other week, so it’s obvious that I would have come across some chiptune music that didn’t quite hit me, but when taking another listen later on down the line, a few gems have blown me away. To sum up, here are 3 songs that have grown on me over the year 2016.

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Chip Bit Sid Takes On: GOTO80 – ‘80864’

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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.

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Chip Bit Sid Takes on: Zabutom – ‘Redux34’

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For this review I’m going back in time to last year with Zabutom’s ‘Redux34’ released via Ubiktune. Zabutom is an artist who resides in Gothburg, Sweden with his main styles being based around electro, vgm & progressive music, finally taking his roots from the swedish demoscene. Not tied down to a single instrument, Zabutom uses a variety of different hardware, ranging from the iconic game boys, to more technical musical instruments, such as FM Synths.

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Chip Bit Sid Takes On: Skybox – ‘Stardust’

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‘Stardust’ (released through ‘Madmilky Records’) is the latest album from musician ‘Skybox’ (formerly ‘Shoujo Kiss‘) and has been creating chiptune music for the over 3 years. Hailing from Kansas City, Skybox’s weapon of choice is the lowly Game Boy, relying on LSDJ to produce love stricken powerpop songs. Here’s the synopsis of ‘Stardust’ and a good look at some of tracks off the album.

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