January 28, 2015
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8BitLA sampler previews Frequency Festival 4

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2015-01-26 - comments
Chip music scene 8BitLA will be bringing the fourth annual Frequency Festival to Downtown Los Angeles on January 30 through February 1. A Bandcamp sampler is currently available for "name your price" in your file format of choice, featuring lo-fi music by 8 Bit Weapon, Crashfaster, Grimecraft and Fighter X.
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Maltine Records shares ᘐЯᓮᗰᕮ☾ᖇᗩƒ☂ EP

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2015-01-17 - comments
Tokyo-based dance music netlabel Maltine Records starts off the new year with the release of the ᘐЯᓮᗰᕮ☾ᖇᗩƒ☂ EP, composed by Bay Area game cover artist Grimecraft. All four tracks from the upbeat future bass concept album are free to download in mp3 format, sporting futuristic cyborg cover illustration by Tokiya Sakba.
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Toy Company posts "Automate" Chipspeech songs

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2015-01-14 - comments
The organizers of Toy Company's lo-fi techno music parties have posted a compilation of songs utilizing the Plogue chipspeech vintage voice synthesizer plugin. Coinciding with the release of the electronic vocals tool, Automate Songs can be downloaded for free from Bandcamp, featuring music by Goto80, Cuckoo and C-jeff.
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Matt Simmonds on the design of 4mat chipmusic

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2015-01-13 - comments
Cambridge-based composer Matt Simmonds participated in the Amiga demoscene in the early '90s, placing him in a unique position to contribute to the growth of chip music as a popular genre. In this interview the musician discusses the interplay between developing games and recording for 4mat studio albums.
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Wally Chantek's Option Fire demakes Gradius III score

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2015-01-08 - comments
Wally Chantek's Option Fire album rolls back the clock on the music score to Gradius III, converting the shooter soundtrack for the Super Famicom and arcade cabinets to an NES score built using FamiTracker software. Composed by the Konami Kukeiha Club, the album is streaming on YouTube and free to download.
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Trax & Dragons arranges Puzzle & Dragons

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2015-01-06 - comments
Phase Trax Records of Taipei, Taiwan has released the compilation "Trax & Dragons" for free download, with a five-minute crossfade sample streaming on SoundCloud. The album treats various themes by Romancing SaGa composer Kenji Ito from the GungHo mobile title Puzzle & Dragons to dance music arrangements.
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The Month in The Ongaku: January 2015

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2015-01-02 - comments
The Month in The Ongaku for January 2015 provides a selection of remarkable game-related albums, available for free download or "name your price." This edition includes lo-fi music by Slime Girls, Hizmi, lpower and Orloc, as well as chamber orchestra recordings from Crystal Dynamics and prog rock by Matheus Manente.
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Abinox III concludes lpower's album trilogy

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-12-28 - comments
Abinox III concludes Canadian composer lpower's album trilogy inspired by 16-bit game scores, posted today for free download by netlabel Pterodactyl Squad. The Abinox series uses classic consoles and nostalgic synths such as TurboGrafx-16, Sega Genesis, NES, OSCar and Yamaha DX7 as the basis for its sound.
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Eiko Ishiwata shares "Kefka" Christmas rendition

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-12-25 - comments
Vancouver-based game composer Eiko Ishiwata has made her acoustic rendition of Kefka's theme from Final Fantasy VI available for free download over the holidays. The musician's Final Fantasy VI Acoustic Renditions album is due out in 2015, featuring arrangements of music by series composer Nobuo Uematsu.
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Maltine Records shares Cat Cafe by Yoshi & Komono

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-12-23 - comments
The latest release by pop and dance music netlabel Maltine Records wears its game soundtrack influences on its sleeve, literally sporting a Hello Kitty Dreamcast and Jet Grind Radio jewel case on the cover art. Cat Cafe EP by Austin-based expats Yoshi & Komono features a remix by 15 year-old prodigy Chindamo and is free to download.
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Simogo presents The Sensational December Machine

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-12-21 - comments
Simogo, the Swedish developer responsible for the iOS narrative applications Year Walk and The Sailor's Dream, has made "The Sensational December Machine" available for free download over the holidays for Mac and PC. Interactive music for the storybook is by DEVICE 6 composer Daniel Olsén.
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Hizmi's Dendel Voile EP built on Sharp workstation

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-12-19 - comments
Tokyo-based electronica netlabel Bunkai-Kei Records has published Hizmi's Dendel Voile EP, currently streaming online and available for free download as a zipped archive of mp3 files. Built on a X68000 model Sharp workstation that was released in 1987 in Japan only, the five-track album features cover art by utabi.
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Orloc's YOAKE debuts on 8bitpeoples catalog

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-12-18 - comments
This week 8bitpeoples updated its chip music catalog to include free flac and high quality mp3 file downloads. Coinciding with the website's renovation, Tokyo-based Game Boy artist Orloc (Yuko Coova) shares YOAKE, a deceptively complex lo-fi soundscape with remixes by flady (Bunkai-Kei) and onArAchAckAmAns (Maltine).
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Matheus Manente shares Illusions Dimension album

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-12-17 - comments
Brazilian musician Matheus Manente has contributed to numerous game arrangement compilations, among them Heavy Troopa is Ready to Launch, Hydorah Arranged Tracks and Rokko Chan Soundtracks. His debut album, entitled Illusions Dimension, is now available for "name your price" through Bandcamp.
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Lara Croft: Temple of Osiris music free to download

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-12-13 - comments
Crystal Dynamics has posted the soundtrack to Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, the four-player co-op action game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Available for download as individual mp3 files through SoundCloud, the chamber orchestra score is composed by Wilbert Roget II and Paul Houseman.