Everyone knows that the holidays are meant to be a time for selflessness, love and celebration. And no one embodies the spirit of the season quite like the international chipmusic community, who year after year gift the general public with a giant Santa-sack of free music. Therefore, in keeping with tradition, I present to you four holiday-themed albums from a variety of chipmusicians that are sure to liven your holiday festivities with 8-bit cheer.
1. Rush Coil - ‘8-bit Christmas’
The newest addition to the internet’s growing library of 8-bit holiday albums, 8-bit Christmas features holiday favorites like ‘Carol of the Bells,’ ‘What Child Is This’ and ‘Auld Lang Syne’ done over in the style of vintage console soundchips… with a couple of interesting twists, of course. The album is streaming for free on Rush Coil’s website, and for a mere $4, you can download the whole thing in crystal-clear, DRM-free MP3 format. What’s more, all the proceeds from the album’s sales are being donated to Child’s Play
, the children’s charity organization started by Gabe and Tycho of Penny Arcade.
Listen/Buy: 8-bit Christmas
2. V/A - ‘8bitcollective Advent Calendar’
This collection of holiday chiptune jams was assembled over the course of 24 days by artists on 8bitcollective.com, a community-based chipmusic media sharing site. It features some pretty hilarious permutations of holiday classics that certainly warrant downing a couple glasses of egg nog prior to listening. Stealthily slip a few of these tracks into your relatives’ holiday playlists during that boring family gathering and see what happens.
Download: 8bitcollective Advent Calendar
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3. Doctor Octoroc - ‘8-bit Jesus’
Last year’s lo-bit holiday hit is still going strong. Assembled by arrangement artist Doctor Octoroc, 8-bit Jesus re-imagines 9 holiday favorites using the compositional styles of classic videogame composers. With insane mash-ups like ‘Carol of the Belmonts’ and ‘We Three Konami,’ this one’s sure to please holiday party-goers for years to come.
Download: 8-bit Jesus
4. V/A - ‘The 8 bits of Christmas’
Old-school 8bitpeoples! This album represents one of the earlier compilations of the artists on the 8bitpeoples netlabel. Hally, Bit Shifter, Nullsleep, Goto80, Yerzmyey, Vim, Paul Slocum and Dma-Sc deliver eight heavily-stylized jams that float and sparkle like the winter snow.
Download: The 8 Bits of Christmas
My dearest Destructoiders: Have a safe and pleasant holiday season, and a joyous New Year. See you in 2010!