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8-Bit Banter with DjjD: ‘Wintertunes’

DjjD here.

In my time here as a blogger, I’ve had the opportunity to choose my own album reviews, chat with some really great artists, and explore creative opportunities I would’ve otherwise been unable to without the help of Chiptunes = WIN. For this entry, I called upon another chip advocate, my girlfriend. At some point in the middle of – I think – a discussion about programming, I asked her, “If you had to choose one chiptune album to listen to, what would it be?” Puzzled, she searched around her hard drive for the next few minutes and came back to me. On one hand I have to say, I’m not entirely surprised at the choice she had made. On the other hand, I’m glad it was another album released through Ubiktune.

That’s right, the Ubiktune love train keeps-a-flowin’ in this article. I really can’t help myself, it’s too much goodness for one label. With that, the decision was made. She chose ‘Wintertunes‘, a compilation of chill and refreshing tunes from 11 different artists.

You have quite a full range of tunes to choose from on this one. Whether it’s light and fun, or darker with a much more ominous tone, the mixture of things is quite pleasant, save for a few tracks.

The album starts out perfectly, “Magic Snow is White and Slow“, generates a light-hearted, whimsical resonance with a flute-like chip that embraces the brisk, invigorating draft just as you take that first breath outside, just before the sun rises. The impact of it all sends a chill down your spine and by the second track, the sun has set; you’re in survival mode battling harsh arctic conditions and yetis as the snow waves crash over the mountainside. You can almost picture a wind sample playing the background. *end wind.wav*

Derris-Kharlan’s track “Reconciliation” feels like the conclusion of the odyssey even though it’s the 4th track on the album. It’s a great tune, but feels very unnatural in the course of the album. ’Cough Syrup Overdose’ wins the top spot in the album for me. Jazzy? Yes. Chiptunes? Yes. Chord progressions a plenty, this tune certainly goes all over the place; it’s lively, easy to groove to. It’s like if Vince Guaraldi had access to a tracker, this would be some of the music represented in the Peanuts NES game.

Bordering on 4 years old, if you’ve never heard this album since it’s release back in 2010, you’re missing out. Each song has its own unique essence to bring to the table, and while some of the songs might feel weird from time to time, it’s an enjoyable album. With lots of very talented artists such as Blitz Lunar, coda & surasshu, and a $0 price tag, there’s no reason you shouldn’t get this. I’ve listened to this for years and since I haven’t seen any reviews of it online, this is my gift to you. Please hold your applause.

But seriously, today’s my girlfriend’s birthday. Happy birthday, Parvathi, ya 23 year old goofball. :)

Thanks for reading.

Stay Classy,
DjjD

P.S. This will be my last article for a month or so, gonna take a small hiatus for makin’ more music. \m/

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8-Bit Banter with DjjD: ‘The Glory Days’ by Big Giant Circles

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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.

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Beautiful.

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.

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Stay Classy,
DjjD

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8-Bit Banter with DjjD – ‘Motorway’ by Fearofdark

Yo, sup all. DjjD here.

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Yes, this album did come out in 2012.

It always astounds me how much one can do with older software. Originally called ModPlug Tracker in 1997, it allowed users to listen to several music modules from file extensions such as .it, .s3m, and .mod. For its time, it was one of the most unique and well optimized audio trackers released. In 2004, the source code for the ModPlug was released and maintained under an open license; eventually, paved the way for OpenMPT: a newly designed, Windows interfaced tracker with VST plugin compatibility and ASIO support.

Amazing.

From the first track, you imagine a vivid sunrise from the deck of your futuristic Corvette. Top down, you stare at the glare in the rear view mirror and look forward to see the city approaching, hundreds of miles ahead. The road is long, but your mind is clear. The city moves closer. What this composer does, he does incredibly well. and every song gives you a calm uncertainty. Just know that every melody is filled with a unique complexity that will challenge the headphones of even the most high-tech audiophile listener. It has that power.

You might say that the album qualifies as dated but, I say it’s a just a damn good album. Before this review was even written, Hoodie and I discussed if it was too late to talk about; it ultimately came down to: it’s never been reviewed here at ChipWIN HQ. As confident as I am to say you’ve probably all heard it, this album is worth discussing again and again. Fortunately, we were able to contact the man himself and ask a few questions!

…a.k.a. Steve.

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DjjD: I think I first heard your tune, “Pancake Department” back in 2012, but how long have you been composing and producing for?

FoD: I guess there’s technically more than one answer to this question. I started sharing and releasing my own compositions in public as “Fearofdark” in 2009; nearly 5 years ago! However, I’ve actually been making music on trackers since 2004 or so, tho I never shared them over the internet. In addition, I’ve been studying the piano on and off for longer than I remember.

DjjD: I’m really quite impressed how much you get out of trackers, what do you normally use?

FoD: My first and most common tool of choice is OpenMPT, in addition to several sample packs and things I can find. I’ve also been using Famitracker a lot since 2010. Other than Those, I use things like Beepola for making 1-bit Beeper tunes, and occasionally dabble in other things like Raster Tracker.

DjjD: About the album, I remember hearing a couple of tunes before ‘Motorway’ was released, such as “Surfing on a Sine Wave” or “Rolling Down The Street, In My Katamari”, were they always meant to be part of the release?

FoD: Yeah, pretty much. I made “Surfing on a Sine Wave” initially as a stand-alone track, but then once I started planning the album I decided to include it. “Rolling down the Street” was going to be an opening track but once I got really stuck into the album, the track order went through several changes, things got cut and so on.

DjjD: ‘Motorway’. These tunes certainly are the driving type but did you have any sort of theme in mind when writing these?

FoD: Not particularly. To me, as a whole, “Motorway” will always remind me of the idea of leaving home and traveling. Some songs were written with that idea in mind; “Fast City” was inspired by a trip to New York, for instance, and the final track itself. Others really weren’t, like “An Age of Planetary Pride.”

DjjD: Sort of an odd one but I’ve always wondered, why the name fearofdark?

FoD: It’s a username I came up with when I was really young. Since then, I’ve kinda stuck with it. It has nothing to do with Iron Maiden, as some people might be disappointed to know.

DjjD: To switch things up, I was kinda curious about the S3XMODIT Mania Entries. How did those all come to be?

FoD: S3XMODIT Mania was a weekly knock-out competition held by the Battle of the Bits community, which I took part in. Samples were provided by the members of Botb and each week we’d be given a random (and often ridiculous) sample pack, and then we’d be given about 4 days to submit an it/xm/mod/s3m. It was a pretty fun thing to take part in.

DjjD: Simple one: What are your influences?

FoD: Aha, a lot of things.. too many things probably. I suppose in chipmusic terms, I’ve been heavily influenced by the likes of Kulor, Blitz Lunar, virt, a lot of the regular Famicompo Mini entrants, a lot of the people from Botb and who were on 8bc before its demise (in other words, too many to name). As far as non-chipmusic is concerned, I like listening to and studying a fair amount of classical music – my favourites are J.S Bach, Debussy, Ravel, Stravinsky and Beethoven. I also used to listen to a lot of Funk and Prog-Rock (Tower of Power, Frank Zappa, King Crimson, ELP, Funkadelic and so on), but I’ve started looking at electronic music a lot more as well (again, far too many to name). I also get sidetracked by pop music from time to time too.

DjjD: Do you have anything planned for the future of fearofdark? Exciting new projects?

FoD: Hmm, maybe ;) I’m working on a couple of solo projects, which are slowly getting there and might not see their release until late 2014. I’m also working on a couple of things for compilations too. That’s really all I can say.

DjjD: If you had one bit of advice to give to future composers/producers aspiring to use trackers, what would it be?

FoD: Keep practicing, don’t be afraid to take part in competitions and community projects and most importantly, throw love, flair and passion into whatever you make.

DjjD: If you were a genie and a person asked you this wish, “I wish you would not grant me this wish” what would you do?

FoD: Divide by zero… or give them a cat; who doesn’t love cats?

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Steve manages to keep my attention throughout this whole album with little effort, but there’s more than meets the ear. You can listen to this album casually no problem, but listen a little closer and it will seem as if the song is yielding more notes than before. Layers upon layers, verses upon choruses ensures that this album never gets boring. Two weeks ago, I was on a trip that took me from here in Arizona, to Alaska (by flight), to Indiana (by car) and FoD was a most popular choice among the 3 MP3 players my friend, Jesse and I had.

This is an amazing album. By far, my favorite track was: Funknitium-99.

First off, I’m all about the journey tracks. If it’s longer than six minutes and sets you on an adventure, that to me equals perfect. I can’t speak highly enough of this one, guys. It’s super good ‘n funky.

Sure this album is a couple of years old, but why not give it some more attention. I love you, Ubiktune. Yes, that’s a personal statement of love. I come to you, looking for music and you kindly in return deliver things of the highest quality I couldn’t have possibly imagined.

Fearofdark is one hell of an artist, and if you’ve already heard ‘Motorway’, check out his latest creations on Bandcamp which include his S3XMODIT Mania Entries hosted by Battle of the Bits. A little different than ‘Motorway’ but equally as awesome. So diverse. I can only stand by and watch this guy perfect his craft. Highly recommended. All of it.

Stay classy,
DjjD

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8-Bit Banter with DjjD: ‘Departure’ by Freezedream

Gotta hand it to Hoodie, this interview exists basically because of him.

Throughout the course of this month, I had a hard time finding something that really “clicked”. You know the feeling, right? The feeling you get when you’ve listened to a ton of music but upon further self-revision of your collection (regardless of how big it is), you start to feel uninterested.

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Don’t get me wrong, I can never get tired of listening to some specific albums, especially the ones I’ve had the opportunity to review. But there comes a time in everyone’s life in which one must experience something new, fresh, and refined. Thankfully, despite my troubles in unfolding something to write about, Freezedream fills the void with a calm, sophisticated collection of elaborate yet tasteful tracks under his new album release via Perelandra Records, ‘Departure’.

Upon hearing all six tracks, I felt I should contact the artist for further understanding of what made him take on this task. This is what resulted.

DjjD: Well, first off, I just want to take a moment and thank you for taking some time to answer some questions.

I understand you’ve been in the chiptune/tracker scene for some time now. How did you come up with the name, Freezedream?

freezedream: I’ve been releasing music on the internet and giving CDs to my friends since around 1999. When I first started making music on the computer I was creating .mod files on an Amiga and I used the name Wonky Mods (written as \/\/onky /\/\ods) because the first music I made was not very good and a bit “wonky”. To be honest there’s no real story behind the name freezedream. As far as I can remember I just wanted a new name after I started using Fasttracker II on the PC and thought up something that sounded cool and had the same feeling I wanted to impart through my music – ideas of dreaming, escaping reality and using your imagination.

DjjD: I see that you’ve also created music with various trackers throughout the years but this album was made with Renoise, a popular digital audio workstation that has its roots in tracking. What did you find to be the best part of Renoise and why did you choose to use it for this project?

freezedream: Well, for pretty much all my non-chipmusic work I am now solely using Renoise. I was still using Jeskola Buzz up until a couple of years ago, before it was being updated again, but it was buggy and I wanted to get back to a more pure tracker interface. Since I’ve been using trackers for years, I find it the easiest and most creative way to make music right now. It’s true that Renoise is popular and I think it’s because it’s so powerful – you really can do absolutely anything with it. In particular it has great native DSPs for affecting sounds and a nice way to shape the volume, pitch and filter envelopes of samples, so it was perfect for this project.

DjjD: When developing a tune with just single sound sources like recording a 56k dialup modem or using a kick drum sample, did you find manipulating the sounds to be more challenging or easier than just manipulating sounds in a VST?

freezedream: I found it a lot more intuitive to approach a raw sound and sculpt it into something more complex and interesting, and really enjoyed working with only samples for this EP. I do usually use VSTs but I’m not really much of an expert and don’t often fully explore every feature of soft synths. I think I prefer a simpler approach with less parameters to tweak; a more limited set of options but getting as much as possible out of the simple source material.

DjjD: Man, I gotta say, “Graffiti in Chernobyl“ is such a calm track and sine waves have always been my favorites in terms of how calm of a mood they can create. Was there any outside inspiration for that track?

freezedream: Thanks! Yeah I love using sinewaves – the purest tone. For that track I was inspired by an interview with the Mexican photographer Jan Smith where he was talking about his experiences capturing images of the city of Chernobyl in Ukraine. The city has been abandoned since the nuclear disaster in 1986 but artists have recently begun painting graffiti of people and children, characters and silhouettes within the city. It’s like a melancholy shadow of the people, families and children who used to live there.

DjjD: We all have our bumps in the road when it comes to sticking with an idea, let alone developing a 6 track EP. What (if any) hardships or misfortune did you encounter when writing during this 7 month….departure?

freezedream: Well for me and I know it’s the same for a lot of digital composers, it’s fairly easy to create the first minute or so of a track. The first ideas just flow and I’d be left with a loop of maybe 20 to 30 seconds. After that I would create a bit of a sequence out of the loop and have the beginnings of a track. Then creative block usually sets in and I don’t know where to take it from there. At that point I usually start on something new and after a few weeks of listening to the one minute track I might have some fresh inspiration and be able to add something new or finish it off. Often by the end I have to struggle to finish everything off, though and make myself put the finishing touches on everything to make it complete.

DjjD: A bit of a side question, not pertaining to the album…what has been your favorite piece of audio you’ve ever created?

freezedream: That’s a tough one since I’m happy with most of my released work. I usually have drums in my music but I was very happy with the result of the two ambient pieces from my album Linker, where I purposely excluded drums: Volans Part II – In Dreams and Electronic Butterflies. I’d like to try to create more ambient music like this in the future.

DjjD: Are there any new projects that you’re currently working on?

freezedream: There always is, but who knows if and when they’ll be completed and released. I’ll keep you posted! ;)

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The man is clearly influenced by leaves.

Who knew such recordings could be so peaceful? From the first track alone the serene atmosphere will move you into a heightened state of nirvana and leave you questioning your humanity halfway through the progression. As stated in the interview, my favorite track is “Graffiti In Chernobyl”. Now let me tell you why: those simple sine waves can really change a person’s emotional condition and it makes you really wonder how even the slightest change in any sound ever created can ultimately make something as ethereal as what Freezedream has created.

It’s been tough the past few weeks packing for a trip to Alaska, however, no matter what I was doing, I could always turn on this album and feel relieved; content to proceed with my task at hand. General frustration and anxiety mixed with stressful deadlines and multiple tasks? None of that mattered with this album playing. I could not have imagined a better time for me to listen to this and certainly couldn’t have predicted how perfect the album name/artist name combination works.

If you haven’t figured this out already, this album is phenomenal and if you’re anything like me – being the person who missed out on this artist, until someone came to me recommending it – then you should most definitely give this a shot. It’s relaxing, deep, sometimes unpredictable, but above all a major accomplishment by an artist who took a ‘Departure‘ from his normal style and made something incredible outside his comfort zone.

Oh right! I forgot: last question I asked:

DjjD: If you could describe yourself as a food, what food would it be and why?
freezedream: A food?! Are you serious?

Thanks for reading!

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8-Bit Banter with DjjD: ‘A For Amiga’ by cTrix

Yo, yo, yo. DjjD here.

Before we begin, let’s just look at a couple of the comments I’ve found on the internet whilst listening to this amazing piece of work:

“I’ve been freaking out about how good ‘A for Amiga’ is. Jammy yet musical, bouncy yet methodical, calculated yet playful…” – Phonetic Hero (Pete Lepley)

“this album is fucking GOOD” – Luke Keever

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Classy statements, for a classy album. However, this fantastic Bleepstreet release does for me what I have not been able to find in other recent collections: pure, unadulterated vehemence. In a number of ways, cTrix manages to conceive extreme twists and turns in an immensely enjoyable and thrilling expedition down memory lane back into the early 90s. How he manages to pack such nostalgic, complicated rhythms and such wonderful, prodigious leads in each song, off of an Amiga 500, is just beyond words. The radical melodies generated from this machine (and its user), are just incredible.

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When I saw this first, I had flashbacks of After Burner.

To really understand what the background of ‘A For Amiga’ was, I asked Chris Mylrae (cTrix) for a few moments of his time to explain how he got to this concept and how he carried out his project:

A for Amiga is a project which started life as an “album-on-a-floppy” Amiga musicdisk. The Amiga’s tracking system was what had launched me into the world of digital music production when I was a kid. The aim was to make tunes using samples from the original floppies which came bundled with “The Ultimate Sound Tracker” which was one of the first Amiga trackers (late 80′s). I also decided to use some of the samples I spent weekends of my childhood finding at computer swap meets. Pre-internet / pre-sampler that’s how I got my sounds!

Best part?

“…I’d love to give you a philosophical reason to why I made these tunes – but it was mainly a technical challenge purely for fun. Once I got going I spent a long time on some of the melodies and chordal structures… but it all came down tunes that were fun to make.”

No deeper meaning than that, folks. He did this because he wanted to test his limits and make something badass. Personally, I can’t stop listening to “DX Heaven”. It’s super smooth, has some really great dynamics, and this is probably just me, but it totally reminds me of Epic Pinball.

I can’t speak highly enough of this album; it’s just THAT good. Each track is a descent farther and farther into a simpler, far more pleasant past. You’ll be thinking about those good ol’ days where all you had to think about was games, sipping on lemonade, and occasionally treading outside of your dungeon/castle/fortress (yes, your house) to hang out with friends. You owe it to yourself to listen to some damn good music, Christmas was tough.

…and no I’m not just saying that because I waited until the day before Christmas to buy gifts. (don’t judge me)

Stay classy. :)
-DjjD

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8-Bit Banter with DjjD: Ugress ‘n Bits

Hey all, DjjD here.

Been a while since my last post here at Chiptunes = WIN HQ. After a fallout with a couple of interviews; a couple dozen hours spent in a digital audio workstation… one finds oneself stuck in a pickle. Thankfully, playlists are heroes. When you least expect it, you’ll find one song that you like… and start replaying all the memories from when you first heard it. The power of music, right?

Ugress, is friggin’ crazy. With an ever growing list of amazing tunes (396 currently on his Soundcloud), he’s certainly a diverse fellow. While I initially started listening to his music due to my love of all things “Spider Man“, I learned that was just the beginning of the rabbit hole.

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What I was most interested in was when I encountered his ‘bleep-bloop’ chiptune side project codename, ‘Ninja 9000‘. Via this alias he spawned 3 EPs: ‘Bit Collapse’, ‘Bit Escape’, and ‘Bit Awake’. ‘Bit Awake’ is the newest installment but considering these are all 20 mins or less, it might be best if I just covered them all!

Bit Collapse‘:

This album has a very raw feel to it, but in a good way. It utilizes noises from the Amiga and C64 from how it sounds. Some of the songs have vocals but I gotta say for me, it’s all about the song “Katoku Pokus”. That pluck mixed with a dreamy arpeggio and finally filled out with guitar chugs and slides: beautiful. Parts of this make me think of SMILETRON, not by sound, but by that abstract yet cohesive idea that can only really be heard by listening to the full song. It’s a journey, and if you start, you gotta finish out the ride until that train stops.

Bit Escape‘:

Wow, this album already has a much darker feel, right off the bat. It feels like an ominous, future world, one that has been overcast with the stench of decay and corrosion for over 200 years. Society has been threatened for ages, ever since the dawn of the *insert creative alien name here*, because of the fallout caused by *insert apocalyptic event here*. Really interesting stuff. Trekking through bleeps and bloops never felt so mysterious.

Bit Awake‘:

This one is much more upbeat from the get-go. You’ve synth guitars wailing and a random face staring at you via the mesmerizing artwork. Gotta say, this is probably my favorite out of the 3. Can’t help but groove to the 2nd track, “Vaporform”. It has such an eerie yet danceable feeling and only continues throughout the rest of the EP. “The sun rises over a vast canyon, for the people are now growing healthy; aware that their enslavers are destroyed, they start a new life, one of peace and prosperity.” Got all that from “Raster Curtains”.

These are ALL free tunes and all are very well worth your time. This artist is awesome and so are all of the songs from all of his personas. If you’re looking for music that tells a story, I’ve just painted a picture but…this is but one perspective. You could experience the same adventure and have the same set of tools but ultimately tread a different path. Enjoy and thanks for reading!

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8-Bit Banter with DjjD: ‘Diad’

Hey everyone, DjjD here. Actually, first time here! As I’ve been involved with producing, composing and video game remixing in the past, I figured now was as good a time as any to write about music that I like. I contacted President Hoodie to tryout for the blog, and voilà! I can now haz blog! And on that note, here’s my review on ‘Diad’!

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There is a reason Ubiktune is hugely revered. Featuring artists such as virt, Blitz Lunar, and Shnabubula; contributing a series of undeniably fantastic albums, they’re a force to be reckoned with. Offering quite possibly the best of what the chiptune macrocosm has to offer, this (fairly) recent release by Diad, a combination of chipartists Heosphoros and Tadpole, continues that trend with the best of two worlds: chiptune and progressive metal.

It’s one of the best chiptune albums I have ever heard. The combined euphony of chip guitar riffs and dreamy leads is mind-boggling. The truth is no one can be told what Diad is. You have to hear it for yourself. However, as a blogger I will do my best to convey my feelings of this album to you in a language you feel most comfortable with. It goes something like this:

“h0LY 5h17, 7h15 15 AN aw350M3 aL8UM.”

But if I had to go into a few tracks…

First track: “Pillars of Creation”

This is my favorite track off this album. With an intro that screams a quest on a faraway land, wisps of cool air; ocean breeze on the horizon, you can already tell it’s off to a great start. As the track continues, the progressions change, the mood swells with diversity and the atmosphere is so thick you could stand on it.

Second track: “Dimension-Reversing Dualities”

One of the most high energy tracks of the bunch; this one is nuts. Taken from Bandcamp: “Set in the 1930s, Dimension-Reversing Dualities takes you on a journey within the life of a depressed suicidal housewife and the outcome of her untimely death.” Deep stuff. This track has its fair share of variety, going back and forth between more intense phrases and the more subtle background pads.

…and then it was covered by VikingGuitar!? Holy…

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If you’re looking for a mind melting experience, I highly recommend this album. It’s loud, it’s mean, and I can’t say I’ve heard anything quite like it. The instrumentation is so good, it’ll leave you wanting more. Unsatisfied? Try some links at the bottom of this page.

Get this album and understand the truth for yourself.

Stay Classy.
-DjjD

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