Through the course of art history, there have always been artists or projects that defied the norm. I welcome you to this new column, titled ‘And now for something completely different!’, where we will take a look at Chiptune related acts that get themselves out of ordinary boxes and into uncharted territory where they can blossom.
As we are now several weeks removed from Super MAGFest 2018 and our various bouts of norovirus and other con-plagues have passed, it’s time to sit down and do the yearly reflection on MAGFest’s chiptune and videogame offerings.
What better way could there be to keep your creative engine firing on all cylinders post MAGFest than full faced immersion in the fruits of musical collaboration. Chip Music Heroes brings together two continents of talent to create just that in ‘Doomsday Device‘, the fifth collection released by the collective. This collection has a wide enough range of styles to have something that everyone’s bound to enjoy. So much so that I could only provide a glimpse into the damned good tunes that are contained within. Jump on in to get a peek at my favorite tracks and stick around as some of the folks behind the collective answer a few of my questions for your entertainment.
As I first came to know of Toni through ‘Chiptunes = WIN: Volume 3‘, his first impression was a lasting one. I can count at least on 50 different occasions showing that track specifically to friends (who were really never too keen on electronic music in general) that there’s a lot that can be done in the genre. While most just turn towards popular artists and whatever is blaring on the radio, it’s amazing what you can find with just a little research. Now, being a part of this community, I guess it eases the amount of sifting through unpleasant tracks because, by and large, this place is filled with talented musicians and amazing composers. We come here to hear new tunes but we stay for the wealth of knowledge that gets passed around. Now then, ladies and gentlemen, I present Toni Leys.
With a cover like that, you can tell at least one of two things.