JustÂ receivedÂ word from our friends over at Ubiktune that Ken “coda” Snyder, one halfÂ ofÂ yogurtboxÂ duoÂ (along with theÂ recently discussedÂ Steven “surasshu” Velema) that are known for last year’sÂ Tree of KnowledgeÂ album, will be releasing his solo debut album tracerÂ within the week:
As weÂ previously announced, a new debut albumÂ tracerÂ by coda ofÂ yogurtboxÂ fame will be released on May 3. This album will be released as ‘pay-what-you-want’ and will be available right after theÂ Noise ChannelÂ listening party. Noise Channel listeners will be the first to hear the album from start to finish and then download it immediately afterwards.
Be sure to join the party and get in on the chat with coda and the other listeners over atÂ Arecibo Radio. Start time is 10PM Eastern, 7PM Pacific, 6AM Moscow time or May 4th noon for JST. More details are revealed over at theÂ Facebook event page.
coda’s EPÂ will consist of four tracks that promise a “half hour of chiptune-infused prog rock madness”. Viewing the trailer above, we feel inclined to agree with this statement and are excited to listen to his fascinating interpretation of chiptunes, which definitely strays away from any traditional chip music we have ever heard. Be sure to head over to Ubiktune or yogurtbox’s Bandcamp for tracer this Thursday,Â May 3rd.
Fresh out of Ubiktune, classic tracker composer Chris J. Hampton has just released a new album just in time for Valentine’s Day. AlsoÂ known by his alternate moniker beek, this 8-bit veteran has appeared in various Ubiktune releases such as Around Pastand Wintertunesfor a while now. beek’sÂ 7bit date: robot loveÂ sacrilegiously pushes the chiptune genre over the edge, in a frenzied flurry of chip sounds that manages to make our ears happy. Marked by retro influences from the ’80s and ’90s, beek’s work is a total blast to the past, actively transporting the listener to a time when chiptunes were prioritized as primary sources of composition and arrangement.
Describing 7bit date: robot love as aÂ “a varied collection of chippy goodness”, beek relates his own experiences with the album with special attention to resisting traditional chip sounds:
7bit date: robot loveÂ is a collection of chips I began tracking in 2008, with one song reaching as far back as 1998. In 2008, having recently graduated from university, I reexamined my chiptune past and decided to get back in the game. Life carried on, and years later, I remembered my original goal of a new chipdisk release.. Here we are today, 2012!
ForÂ 7bit date, I didn’t limit myself to traditional chip sounds. I make use of Amiga ST-XX samples in a few tracks â€” a process which rekindled some of my imagination, as I remembered this or that MOD from back in the day with each Amiga sample I came across. Another characteristic of my chips is to use no external/post-processing effects, just some occasional Schism filters, so the original .IT files will reproduce pretty close to the MP3.
While 7 bit date: robot love is available on beek’s Bandcamp, we’ve also included a few tracks to preview for you below. Go and get some chiptune lovin’ today!