This month, we were graced by a new Cheapbeats release written and produced by UK electronic artist, Gesceap. Released on May 4th, the seven track album is full of glitchy percussion and hypnotic melodies composed with Nanoloop. With a variety of digital elements comes a strong song structure created from from samples and soft synths. Interestingly enough, this was the first Nanoloop iOS album ever released on Cheapbeats, so on top of the sound being sublime, listeners can hear history unfolding right before their ears.
When I listen to a record, just like how when I make one, I tend to listen and check my mixes on both my studio speakers and headphones. I’m currently on the road and, as I write this, I’m limited to my iPhone speakers. Just from hearing it from this extremely limited audiosource, I can say the album’s mixes are done very well. The percussion cuts through perfectly, and the bass holds its own space without creating a centimeter of mud. While an album isn’t just about a great mix, I can honestly say that each track was wonderful to listen to and the album itself was easy to listen to at one time. As a whole, it was unique and beautiful, and I can see why Cheapbeats proudly released it.
Emmy nominated composer Gil Talmi recaptures the imaginative wonder of stepping into your first arcade with the soundtrack to ‘The Lost Arcade’, a documentary about Chinatown Fair, the last arcade in New York City, the people whose lives were shaped there and after its closure, the struggle to rekindle the lost sense of community through a re-imagined, updated arcade.
Watch the trailer and breathe deep into that sense of community you got from being a part of your local arcade:
Still hovering your quarter over the coin slot? Jump into the full soundtrack review below:
Whatup ChipWIN! Been too long. Having had a lot of time to ponder over this next review, I really wanted to explore a unique facet of talent among the community. There’s a ton of creative material out there being produced at an exponentially increasing rate, and while that’s incredibly awesome, it isn’t without a sense of struggle. The more material equals the more time listening which equals a more specific approach to writing these reviews. You can’t write it exactly the same way every time, variation is key. And while I’m sure you’re reading this because either you’re genuinely interested in a proficient artist or because you just like reading about all things chiptune, just know that I hope you all gain a new perspective, and challenge yourselves to find music that’s outside of your comfort zone. Gain new, different ideas about music you wouldn’t normally listen to.
Through endless searching and a few suggestions thrown my way, here we are, reviewing ‘Insomnia‘ by tiasu.
Shirobon is quite the shapeshifter. Making the most out of modern production plugins and old school synths, ‘The Arcade Dream’ stands as a testament to how differently we as humans understand sound and utilize it to create something much larger, much more in-depth, and much more complex than the decades preceding. It’s magical – but more importantly, proves evolution. That’s right, I just said this album proves evolution. Sure, we could go down the more literal path, and say, he hit all the right notes, but it’s something more than that. The detail, the nostalgia you didn’t know you had, it’s here, ‘The Arcade Dream’.
Relive the good ol’ days, hit up your local arcade and bust out those quarters.
Composer, arranger, performer, health nut, net streaming personality.
Quite the character, Ben has been composing and producing music for the past decade in an effort to achieve super stardom. Starting out at OverClocked ReMix, he moved up the ranks of remixers with an impressive collection of re-imagined video game tunes; sometimes collaborating with fellow artists and creating newbands in the process.
Yes, Ben has been around for quite a while. Having worked with the guy in the past and coming to know him as a great friend over the past 2 years, I can certainly tell you he was determined about one goal throughout the years, far above the others: being a video game composer. Ben has picked up quite a lot with his time spent in FL Studio. Utilizing his abilities to create originals and video game remixes alike, his skills grew exponentially. When he had told me he got a gig as a video game composer, I knew one of his lifetime achievements was met. (more…)
Hey all, DjjD here. Whether you’re a chiptune fanatic or someone who prefers massive, epic sounding anthems, there’s probably a very big chance you’ve heard of Jimmy Hinson a.k.a. Big Giant Circles. As a major influence of mine, this is an article I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. His music? Excellent. Those who know him have nothing but high praise for the man. For over a decade he’s been contributing numerous video game remixes and original material; his presence in various communities has not gone unnoticed. He has been a judge in OverClocked Remix and worked on major AAA games, all while contributing to various groups such as Desert Bus for Hope and Songs For The Cure.
Back in Sept. 2013, Jimmy unveiled his plan to unleash a Kickstarter campaign to crowd-fund his new album. The concept was sound and the album was already finished before the campaign had begun. This allowed him to create various perks and a promotional video. However, ‘The Glory Days’ being a spiritual sequel to ‘Imposter Nostalgia’, I’d be lying if I said my expectations weren’t ridiculously high. That being said, with BGC what we see with every album he generates are the products of a dynamic, evolving artist. Sure, this isn’t strictly chiptune but, this 21-track compendium of rich, thick, and slick tunes is sure to fill your nostalgic appetite with a wide array of melodic bliss.
Taken from Ubiktune: “As Jimmy explains, “The Glory Days, as the name suggests is a 2-way perspective of game music and life. Naturally, the first part is reflecting back on those days where my daily worries consisted of getting past the boss on level 4 or collecting enough coins or beating the game with a record number of extra lives. And as I relive those Glory Days, I remember that back then I used to sit and fantasize about what life would be like in 10 or 20 years.”
To me that implies, it was his intention to create a sentimental trip down memory lane and explore the human connection with how video games are an integrated part of life. Ideas to memories, story-driven albums are a powerful thing. When you spark an idea, and travel down the paths it leads you, you’ll be amazed to find out how complicated and intricate that one concept can become. I genuinely believe this album brings people together in a special way.
There’s such a huge lineup of awesome songs here. It’s no coincidence, there’s some straight up tributes to specific video games here. “Wintory Fresh,” while bearing the last name of another video game composer, took me to familiar aqueous environments for at least a few brief moments. With all this said I can’t really decide on a favorite track and I’m sure if you’ve yet to listen, you’ll share this same dilemma soon enough. There’s just so much good in this, it’ll require multiple playthroughs. If I absolutely had to choose though, it would be between “Houston” and “Vindicate Me“. One of them is an growing phenomenon that, to me, feels like an evolution of sound. It’s an ever-changing entity for just over 5 minutes; a euphoric narration of organic, subtle development.
This is – hands down – one of the best albums I’ve heard this year so far, and as it’s been for the past several years, I always look forward to what Jimmy is coming up with next. This is one of the longest albums I’ve reviewed and it was a pleasure to listen to. Track by track, I was amazed by how much diversity was presented in every single tune. None of the tracks ever felt like a hassle; it was all smooth as butter. I highly recommend this album to anyone taking a long journey or for looking back at your life; reminiscing on the good times, the once in a lifetime opportunities, and thinking about the people you’ve met along the way. Take it from me, it’s how I felt 2 days ago when I went to Video Games Live for the first time in 9 years.