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herr_professor on 12/20/2011 at 11:21AM

TCTD 2011 FMA Favorites

TCTD 2011 Awards Gala via http://www.flickr.com/photos/loonakun/6310571568/

Another year is closing on the crushing behemoth that is the Free Music Archive, and to celebrate TCTD has made this mix of some of the best tracks posted throughout the year on the FMA blog.

Book ended by two great Christmas tracks from The 8bits of Christmas, this twenty-two track comp features all varieties of chip music from sickly funk to robust zx spectrum noise, to dudes yelling, to people rocking guitars.

 

Hope it meets you in the funkiest of holiday spirits, and stay tuned for more in 2012!

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herr_professor on 12/13/2011 at 12:24PM

Fuldataxman - Ralp's raw, awe-inspiring LSDJ techno

Gearing up for the end of the year is tough, the days are growing shorter, the todo list is getting longer, and whats worse 80% of the music you hear has added a sleigh bell track and called it Christmas music. The only cure for your seasonal blues, obviously, is raw LSDJ techno from the awe inspiring Ralp.

FMA fans may remember his amazing set from the Blip Festival posted here a few months ago and now he is back with Fuldatax, on the eclectic Lowtoy Netlabel. Rock it loud and hard to drown out the XMAS DEMONS, and check back here in seven for a roundup mix of the best chip the Free Music Archive has to offer. See ya!

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herr_professor on 11/01/2011 at 12:17PM

Blastpacks

After the harrowing horror of last weeks horrorchip, and still coming down from the Blip Festival Tokyo (there are tons of videos online from this btw), I felt like it was time to take it down a notch and enjoy a peacfull all saints day with some Hental Porn Techno from the amazing Blasterhead.

This Kilbots EP was released by Monotonik after a tiny CD-R run, and is super fun for you to enjoyment. Enjoy greatly, and see you back here in 7 for more chip music from the FMA.

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herr_professor on 10/25/2011 at 03:39PM

The Voluptuous Horror of Micro Black

"b-o-n-d-s...... B-o-n-d-s-s-s-s!!!"

Perhaps the only thing more terrifying than unchecked corporate greed, perhaps, is a 19 track chiptune horror compilation.


Microhorror Compilation Vol.2,  was organized by Dr. Von Pnok, whom you might remeber from the amazing Bleep or Die compilation we featured a while back.


The tracks run the gamut from smooth Carpenter-esque horrortracks to perky spooktacles, and nearly everything in between. Of particular note are the songs from Albino Ghost Monkey, Flashbob, Je Deviens Dj en Trois Jours, Mattisso, TristEndo, and yours truly, so nab it and rock it on your 300000w PA for all the boils and ghouls trick-or-treating your neighborhood this weekend, and we’ll catch you back here in seven days for some more arp-y chooness.

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herr_professor on 10/25/2011 at 12:00PM

The Voluptuous Horror of Micro Black

"b-o-n-d-s...... B-o-n-d-s-s-s-s!!!"

Perhaps the only thing more terrifying than unchecked corporate greed is a 19 track chiptune horror compilation.

Microhorror Compilation Vol.2 was organized by Dr. Von Pnok, whom you might remeber from the amazing Bleep or Die compilation we featured a while back.

The tracks run the gamut from smooth Carpenter-esque horrortracks to perky spooktacles, and nearly everything in between. Of particular note are the songs from Albino Ghost Monkey, Flashbob, Je Deviens Dj en Trois Jours, Mattisso,, TristEndo, and yours truly, so nab it and rock it on your 300000w PA for all the boils and ghouls trick-or-treating your neighborhood this weekend, and we’ll catch you back here in seven days for some more arp-y chooness.

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herr_professor on 10/18/2011 at 12:01PM

Big in Japan: Blip Festival Tokyo [mix]

FMA favorite The Blip Festival comes to Tokyo this weekend, and to celebrate we have posted a mix of some of the FMA performers who will be at the festival.


The Full lineup includes:
Bit Shifter [US] , Cheapshot [UK], The C-Men [NL], cTrix [AU], Hizimi [JP], Je Deviens DJ En 3 Jours [FR], Kplecraft [JP], Manabn [JP], M7Kenji [JP], NO CARRIER [US], Nordloef [SE], noteNdo [US], Nullsleep [US], Omodaka[JP], Role Model [SE], Sexy Synthesizer [JP], Virt [US], Xinon [JP]

You can find more music from these artists here.

If you cannot make it out to Tokyo this week, I've been told that there will be a full stream on their website, so check it out, and come back here next week for some spooky Halloween bleeps.

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herr_professor on 10/11/2011 at 10:14AM

Pixel Protection Program

Today's weekly chip music gem is from the criminally overlooked shoegaze NES'ers Noisewaves. The group is very different from their nearest "NES and a band" analog, Anamanaguchi, but share similarities with both them and the next biggest US band, Starscream. Check out their self titled EP debut for the unabashed Video Game music influenced Pterodactyl Squad, and see you in 7 to talk about the artists for Blip Festival Tokyo.

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herr_professor on 10/04/2011 at 03:46PM

Beep Beats

Bashful, yet powerful.

Apologies my little low-bit Lotharios, as TCTD has been away far too long with the updates. To sate your unquenchable thirsts, here is the amazing and stunning full length release from Mister Beep, A thousand furious bees

Made on one of the earliest 8-bit computers, the Spectrum (which we have covered before), is used here to crazy effect with single voice chips stacked and processed in ways impossible and improbable, and in great Mister Beep style, excessively documented. Check it out, and see you guys back here in seven for more bodacious arps.

 

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herr_professor on 05/17/2011 at 01:55PM

TCTD Awards and the Blip Festival!

Long time no talk muchachos, been gone a while, but I haven't a moment to spare. TCTD has been busily preparing for the awesome onslaught that is the 2011 Blip Festival and our own True Chip Till Death Awards. With the awesome news of the WFMU Stream, I thought it would be nice to go back and make a nice mix of both the 2009 stream archives on the FMA, and some of the FMA artists playing the 2011 version.

So enjoy the mix, catch the stream, and see you soon for a lot more chip music on the FMA!

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herr_professor on 03/29/2011 at 09:00AM

Roboter Revolution

Hello again free music fans! This week's chip music pick is from old friends Da! Heard it Records artist Tom Woxom. We mentioned him briefly in our label profile last year, but his previous release Kickstart was a really great up tempo ode to the lo-fi sample based sound of the Amiga. His follow-up, Robot, is a much different affair. An expanded soundset finds c64, Game Boys and vocoders in the mix, and the tracks have taken on a much mellower, almost dubby vibe. Take a listen to some of the following songs, and then check out his other FMA selections!

On a side note, TCTD is taking a hiatus from the FMA to focus on coverage of the Blip Festival! WFMU will be sponsoring the live stream, so expect some additional posts from us later in May, until then, see ya!

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