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The real world is '80s inspired chiptunes, apparently


WillRock eats the red mushrooms
Dec 30
// Darren Nakamura
I have been a part of the "real world" for a few years now, and I can say from experience that it certainly is not as glamorous as William "WillRock" Harby's new album Welcome to the Real World. We have previously seen a snip...
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Big Steel Wheels

Download a free track from C-jeff's Big Steel Wheels


C-jeff's 'A Thousand Bridges' coming through your CB radio
Nov 14
// Darren Nakamura
Ubiktune has impressed us in the past with its chiptune bundles and its various other published albums. As it turns out, the founder of Ubiktune Dmitry "C-jeff" Zhemkov is not just the Ubiktune founder; he's also a membe...
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Chiptune metal

Pray at the altar of NES chiptune metal with Diad


Rock hard tasty abs
May 12
// Tony Ponce
Chiptunes are cool and all, but you know me -- I gotta have that little extra edge. When chip music emulates face-melting metal, it's one of the nine most beautiful things in the world (maybe some day I'll tell you what the o...
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Chiptunes

Chiptunes plus '80s electronic music is quite delicious


Quite Operational from Ubiktune
Apr 21
// Jayson Napolitano
Ubiktune is at it again, this time with a new artist named Monomer who's debut album, Quite Operational, combines '80s-tinged electronic music with 8-bit accents. While I'd normally pass on something that so heavily emphasize...

Halo 4 OST Volume 2 is everything I wanted out of Halo 4

Apr 15 // Jayson Napolitano
Top PicksHALO 4 ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK VOL 2.Release Date: April 8, 2013Price: $9.99Availability: Halo 4 Soundtrack WebsiteArtist(s): Neil Davidge and Kazuma Jinnouchi[embed]250730:48105:0[/embed]I’ve been waiting for this album even though I never knew it was coming. I enjoyed the Halo 4 soundtrack, but did feel it was a bit too cinematic. It contained only a fraction of the in-game soundtrack and was meant to tell the story of the game through sound. That makes Volume 2 the perfect place to explore the amazing atmospheres that Neil Davidge and Kazuma Jinnouchi were able to create for the game. This album is much darker and much more atmospheric, featuring lots of orchestral elements with interwoven electronics.Half of the tracks are provided by Jinnouchi, who was mostly absent from Volume 1. His opener, “Atonement,” will have you thinking of Halo soundtracks of old with its use of choir, and he even goes as far as to remix a past Halo track. From there, we launch into chugging electronics with heavy-hitting bass in percussion in “Intruders,” “Mantis,” with added glitchy percussion, and “Gravity” with its ominous pulsating bass synths.Davidge returns with similarly-cool soundscapes. “Kantele Bow” and “Pylons” give off a very bad ass vibe along with “Convoy,” which really gets down to business and reminds me of some of my favorite Halo moments. I love the siren-like sounds in “Escape,” the reverberating electronic tones in “Swamp,” the familiar tribal percussion in “Push Through,” and the Metroid-esque ambiance of “Foreshadow.” Finally, “Aliens,” my favorite track on the album, sports deep bassy tones and exotic female chanting.Halo fans who didn’t appreciate the Halo 4 soundtrack last year will want to give this album a try. It more effectively combines the old and the new quite nicely, and having played the game, I knew these moments were in the game despite not appearing on the soundtrack album, so I’m happy to be able to enjoy them outside of the gaming experience.FINAL FANTASY XI: Seekers of Adoulin Original SoundtrackRelease Date: March 27, 2013Price: 2,000 Yen ($21)Availability: CD JapanArtist(s): Naoshi Mizuta[Official soundtrack samples]We posted about this album a few weeks back, and with its lovely packaging and over 50 minutes of new music, I have to say this is the most excited I’ve been for new Final Fantasy XI music in a while.After an upbeat orchestral opener titled “A New Direction,” the album launches into a number of playful tunes including the adventurous “Breaking Ground” with its funky slap bass, the fun rhythmic pizzicato strings in “The Pioneers,” the prehistoric vibes of “Into Lands Primeval – Ulbuka” with its bongos and bell tones, and the relaxing tropical escape, “Mog Resort.” My two favorites are “Water's Umbral Knell” with its abstract use of water drops and metallic bell tones that are dark and unsettling and the decisive and foreboding “Hades.” Two bonus tracks, likely from content updates between major expansions, are also appreciated inclusions.This price is right with this one. Naoshi Mizuta continues to grow with the series and shows off some of his best.Magical Chase Original SoundtrackRelease Date: February 26, 2013Price: 2,625 Yen ($27)Availability: CD JapanArtist(s): Hitoshi Sakimoto and Masaharu Iwata[Official soundtrack samples]Get ready for a history lesson. Back before Hitoshi Sakimoto and Masaharu Iwata became known for their orchestral RPG scores for Ogre Battle and Final Fantasy Tactics, they worked together on this PC Engine shmup title that earned quite a following for its vibrant visuals and upbeat and bubbly soundtrack. Yes, Sakimoto and cute videogame music.If I had to pick a title that this music most closely resembles, it would be Fantasy Zone, which I also love. From the incredibly catchy chorus section of the first stage theme, “Rampish Chase” to the playful “Ripple’s Theme,” there’s lots of sticky sweet melodies to enjoy. Then there’s the rambunctious “Azure Way,” the decisive “Waltz of Meditation” that hints at the Sakimoto/Iwata that would appear in later years, the chippy final stage theme, and boss themes that will have you bopping your head. The ending theme is also incredible.And that doesn’t even touch on the 26 minutes of arranged and unused tracks provided by Basiscape Records to commemorate this album. There are five arrangements in all, updating the retro sound of the originals with orchestral or electronic sounds, although Sakimoto’s Sakimoto-esque version of “Ripple’s Theme” is probably my favorite. The undiscovered tracks are similar to other tracks found on the album, so no biggie.I’d always heard about this game and soundtrack. After listening and watching some gameplay videos, I want to play it. If you’re a fan of Hitoshi Sakimoto and Masaharu Iwata, you need to pick this up. It’s a piece of history and it’s amazing that it’s finally out there.Other Releases[embed]250730:48106:0[/embed]Alter Ego Dreamwalker OSTRelease Date: March 21, 2013Price: Name Your Own PriceAvailability: Bandcamp via UbiktuneArtist(s): Ken “coda” SnyderYogurtbox is back. Well, at least half of it. We’ve featured coda a few times here on Destructoid, and this time he’s bringing his chiptune magic to a game soundtrack courtesy of Ubiktune. In addition to providing some upbeat and pumpin’ chiptune action with a swagger (the pop-oriented and super catchy “Sweet Home” and powerful epic final stage, “Void,” being my favorites), there are also some fantastic remixes from other artists including the amazingly talented kulor, Madbrain, Blitz Lunar, and DJ Bouche. All for name-your-own-price, so do it now.[embed]250730:48107:0[/embed]Fly’n OSTRelease Date: November 9, 2012Price: $4.99 EURAvailability: Ankama ShopArtist(s): Guillaume PervieuxWe need to give Ankama’s Guillaume Pervieux some love. He wrote a lengthy and amazing score for the beautiful Islands of Wakfu a couple years ago, and his latest work for Fly’n will also surprise you with its eclectic and abstract electronic soundscapes. The meandering and gamey opener, “Adcoffe,” hints at aural joys to follow which include the tense yet playful “Andndamm,” the bassy chill-fest “Yservat,” the Radiohead-esque “Sonwide,” the comical and mischievous “Fucus,”and the dreamy and psychedelic “Oysicide" and “Carbonic.” There’s lots of gamey stuff and other more serious electronic music, but it’s all great, and there’s nearly two hours of it. Check it out.Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory Sounds of that other GamindustriRelease Date: March 21, 2013Price: Not for SaleAvailability: NISA Online Store (Sold Out)Artist(s): Nobuo UematsuI admit that my primary draw to this game was its soundtrack by Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu. I’ve since found myself interested in the game’s world and characters more so than the music!What you have is a lot of bubbly electronic music and typical JRPG rock themes. That’s fine, as that’s what we know and love Uematsu for, but this isn’t his most inspired work. The upbeat tunes fit the game’s visuals and quirky sense of humor perfectly, but the sticky-sweet melodies lack substance and memorability. Aside from several character theme remixes from previous titles (“Rom's/Ram's Theme ver. V” is particularly cool), you’ll mostly want to keep your ears peeled for the Japanese-flavored “The Rock Garden” and the Earthbound Papas rockfests, “4th Dimension” and “Invader 1960,” but I wouldn’t feel too bad if you missed out on this one.[embed]250730:48108:0[/embed]The Mystic Quest For MetalRelease Date: July 12, 2012Price: $4Availability: BandcampArtist(s): Daniel TidwellFinal Fantasy: Mystic Quest is one of my favorite games (ridicule all you want!), and that’s in large part due to the game’s amazing soundtrack. In fact, one of the highlights of my many years writing about game music was an interview with the composer about this game.It’s heavy metal rock in game music at its best, and Daniel Tidwell (previously of Lords of Thunder) has given it a fitting tribute with some amazing guitar solos and great metal production work. You get the game’s three battle themes as well as the epic final dungeon and rockin’ “Lava Dome." Thanks to Nubuwo for turning me on to this one.NanoSweep 15 / overdrive hell 9: Hizumi Tengoku Moeru MaharajaRelease Date: December 31, 2012Price: 500 Yen / 325 YenAvailability: LimitedArtist(s): SuperSweepHere’s another round of original electronic music from SuperSweep Records.In what’s probably my favorite NanoSweep to date, I loved the hell out of the dreamy chillout track, “Focus,” and the super funky “Oscillation” which features some great rhythmic electric piano. Ayako Saso’s appropriately-titled “Patchwork” combines a lot of different ideas, the most interesting of which is a modified female vocal section that reminds me a lot of The World Ends With You, while Hosoe himself closes out with “Killing Terramorphous,” a hammering electronic track that gallops along with mind-crushing bass synths.Overdrive Hell 9 yields an ethnic experience focusing on what sounds to be Indian music. Lots of vocals abound with the lovely “Ethno Vibration,” which is pretty tame by overdrive hell standards. “Curry Burns,” “Screaming Yoga,” and “Go Go West” get back on track, however, with crazy effects on the vocals and throbbing bass drums that never let up.As always, these are hard to come by as they’re sold at events in Japan, but they do exist![embed]250730:48109:0[/embed]Sidetracks - Music from SidescrollerRelease Date: June 25, 2012Price: $9.99Availability: iTunesArtist(s): High Frequency BandwidthThis month concludes my look back at the PixelJunk franchise. Sidetracks is similar in style and even borrows a few tracks from PixelJunk Shooter (including an even more laidback version of “Fotographik,” my favorite track from that album). There’s the grungy opener, “Dog is No Hero,” which combines rock and electronic elements, but aside from this and the glitch rock track, “Zodiac 3 Arts Klub” with its catchy male chorus section, it’s mostly an icy trip-hop affair.“More or Less” is a perfect example of chill hop with its snazzy hip hop stylings, while “Planet Thanet” brings in alien-sounding synths, “Ghetto World” gets funky bass and percussion, and “MNP” goes for a spooky vibe with lots of weird sound effects and organ. The two remixes featured of “Planet Thanet” and “More or Less” get more icy ambiance and reverb, and are nice additions.As my favorite tracks from Shooter are also presented here, this is definitely by favorite PixelJunk soundtrack to date. We’ll see what the future brings![embed]250730:48110:0[/embed]TOMB RAIDER ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACKRelease Date: March 5, 2013Price: $15.51Availability: Sumthing Else Music WorksArtist(s): Jason GravesWe reviewed the limited edition soundtrack disc last month, and this is the follow-up review of the stand-alone release containing twenty tracks as opposed to ten. Everything said last time remains true: this is a wonderful soundtrack full of tense moments that covers the Tomb Raider setting perfectly.Key tracks from the beginning and end were featured on the other album, so this fills out things in the middle with plenty of great moments that include the ominous “Exploring the Island,” the ambient percussion and bassy didgeridoo of “Infiltrating the Bunker,” the buzzy and tense “The Scavenger’s Camp,” the emotionally-tinged “On the Beach,” and the fantastic rhythms of “The Oni.” This is the definitive way to enjoy this soundtrack if you have the LE and wanted to hear more, if even better, if you don’t own the soundtrack at all.
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Note Worthy 014: Soundtracks you should be listening to!
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Chiptunes for charity

Top chiptune talent teams up with Ubiktune for charity


Noisechan & Nugget: Adventures in Chiptunes
Apr 09
// Jayson Napolitano
We love Ubiktune. And now there's an even bigger reason to check out their upcoming release titled Noisechan & Nugget: Adventures in Chiptunes. An array of secret chiptune artists are joining forces with Noise Channel's c...
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Chiptunes and remixes

The Black Box: When chiptunes and piano collide


Awesomeness from Ubiktune
Mar 08
// Jayson Napolitano
We have come to know and love the excellent offerings from the Ubiktune netlabel over the years, and they've just unleashed an amazing album that combines chiptunes and live piano titled The Black Box. It features ...
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Take a ride with Ubiktune's Motorway and Interlude


Ubiktune's newest fantastic fusions
Nov 19
// Audun Sorlie
Fancy a swing on the funky road of chiptunes this week? Ubiktune's got you covered with another excellent set of releases on their never-ending chiptune label. Motorway is a jazz-funk chiptune album composed with changing tim...
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Pick up seven chiptune albums from Ubiktune for just $1


Sep 22
// Audun Sorlie
We've mentioned the Ubiktune netlabel a few times over the past year when discussing virt's FX4, the FM synth super compilation SOUNDSHOCK 2, and coda's retrotastic tracer. The netlabel has become well known fo...
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Ubiktune releases coda's retromazing tracer album


May 05
// Jayson Napolitano
Ubiktune, the same netlabel that brought you the Genesis-flavored SOUNDSHOCK 2 and virt's excellent FX4 albums, is back with a brand new release by Ken "coda" Snyder called tracer. I really think coda is one of the most talen...
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TtWaV video and remix update: Enter the Metal


Dec 17
// Jonathan Holmes
[Haven't heard about the Talking to Women about Videogames music video and remix project? Click here for the details. It could make you famous!] Good news! The prior remixes in this ongoing sound/video experim...

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