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herr_professor on 12/14/2010 at 10:35AM

TCTD year end round PT II shout-out invitational

Art Design!

Amazingly, we have reached the end of our first full year here on the FMA. I would like to say the posts you have seen here are the result of lots of hard work, but in reality the hard work has already been done for us, and I want to give a few thanks to these people in this little year end slot.

The first and biggest thanks is to all the artists, who made such great music available for download, and allowed it to be republished here on the FMA. We must also give respect to the hardworking devs and admins of the FMA, without the hard work of Jason and the gang none of this would be possible. I also want to thank the other staff members of TCTD who have helped me out, especially Brady Leo for his overall awesometudity.

And the biggest thanks of all has to go to you, the reader, who has been extremely receptive to this blippy pablum. We are taking a break for a few weeks but will be back in late January.

In the meantime, listen to our mix of the last few months of 2010, and let us know what you like and what you'd like to see more of in 2011.

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herr_professor on 12/07/2010 at 09:30AM

TCTD Year-End Round-Up Hypa-bration Pt-1

As the year draws to a close, us curators sit back and reflect on how they have done this year. Personal stuff has made me a distant poppa these last few months, but with distance comes over compensatorily LAVISH GIFTS.

So much, in fact, that I have had to break-up the mix round-up this year into two parts. Here ya go with part one:

We will be here again in seven days for the excitementorial part two, along with some amazing text that fans of shout-outs should not miss, so see you then! Until then, tata!

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herr_professor on 11/30/2010 at 09:30AM


live at Blip Festival 2006

At last! After a long year of digging the proverbial chip e-crates, we have come to the final TCTD upload of 2010. And it is one of my owm personal favorites, a full length by Tokyo's Kplecraft entitled KNMS-001

Released in late 2005 by Monotonik and described by their label as a "deliciously alternative blend of Game Boy bleep and jazz-techno improvisation", the release is a densely layered journey to the intersection of skronky free jazz, ambient electro acousticism, goa, and tribal flavors in a mix that is hard to find in most electronic provocateurs, let alone chiptune producers.

Enjoy all 51 minutes of this Chiptune Cosmic freak-out, and catch us back here in seven for Part I of our 2010 best of mixes. Excitement!

Kplecraft - "NNNN" (05:23)
Kplecraft - "NNNN" (05:23)
Kplecraft - "10-0000" (06:20)
Kplecraft - "10-0000" (06:20)
Kplecraft - "rupa" (05:42)
Kplecraft - "rupa" (05:42)
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herr_professor on 11/23/2010 at 09:30AM

Shifting Sands

Live at Blip 2007

Sometimes I dig too obscurely in the Chip Music vaults and overlook the obvious inclusions. Earlier this year you saw me correct one such omission with the upload of Anamanaguchi, and this week I fill in another gap in the archive with an upload from 8bitpeoples member Bit Shifter.

For those already a fan of chip music, he probably needs no introduction but to the casual observer, it should known that Bit Shifter, aka Joshua Davis, is one of the most skilled and popular purveyors of the "Game Boy Blasting Awesome Crowd With Phenomenal Sound System" school of chip music. His songs run the gamut from chirpy pop punk influence anthems to doomy drum and bass freak outs, and he does so entirely within the framework of the sound set of the Game Boy.

The EP we are featuring this week is his first for 8bitpeoples, Information Chase, but you can always check out his previous FMA upload, his awe-inspiring set from the 2009 Blip Festival. Enjoy, and catch you guys next week.

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herr_professor on 11/16/2010 at 10:00AM


Today we are diving back to an artist we covered back in the post for the Best of the AHX Vol 1 comp. Also from monotonik is Geir Tjelta's AHX To Excess. Powered by the Amiga but influenced by old school Commodore64 era SID tracks this is a great example of the first wave of serious chip nostalgia for the earlier tools that is still being seen today in the form of VST plugins and iPhone apps.


Have an Arpy Tuesday, and see you back here in seven for more blippy goodness.

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herr_professor on 11/09/2010 at 09:38AM

Conditions of Control

Tholen, center.

Jay Tholen is certainly one of the more unique voices in the world of chip music. A platform that has struggled to have an intelligent message or voice, has already seen a number of interesting concept releases from the young artist. It is his most recent release on the previously covered Ubiktune label that is probably his most interesting to date.

Control Me is an "honest expression of my love for the Gospel", whose description make the secular hipsters amongst us snicker in derision, but the results belie his convictions, both musically and spiritually. The songs are lusciously produced and peppered with eclectic instrumentation, and the gospels therein are of a decidedly personal and unique expression.

One need only sample the included selections such as the sprawling "Hashivenu", the ambient sounds of "Prayer", and the blippy banjos of "Be Alright" show this is a remarkably inventive and sprawling declaration of love for both music and spirituality. Check out the release on the FMA, and catch you back here in seven days for more chip music favorites.


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herr_professor on 11/02/2010 at 08:31AM

Facets of Time

Regular readers of the column will know by now that Pause is indeed an awesome spot for next level, proggy weirdo beardy chip music, but you can go even MORE technical and more left field over at their peers, Russian netlabel Ubiktune

The label is a mix of chiptune legends and newer innovators, and the first album of theirs on the FMA is Teleidofusion's debut, Around Past.

The band is the project of Ubiktune label honcho C-jeff and partner Megus, and the music is a spicy mix of progressive, jazz, classic chiptune, and heavy riffage, some of which you can view in their Moscow performance above. Both artists have a long history in the chiptune and demoscene, and they bring that history and their considerable chops to bear on all ten tracks of their release. Check out the video above, and some of the songs below and join us back here in seven for more from the world of chip music. 

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herr_professor on 10/26/2010 at 07:32AM

Wither the Wizard

This week's chiptune entry features one of the rising voices of the west coast chip music scene, LA's WizWars.

Delivering exactly on the title's promise, Game Boy Rock!! is five  (six if you buy the cd) tracks of carefully mastered LSDJ goodness. For fans of Bit Shifter especially, the tracks have a confident full swagger and slight post production that accentuates rather than distracts from the raw chip sound. Check it out above, and catch you here in seven for some more bit skronk.

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herr_professor on 10/05/2010 at 10:03AM

Detroit Rot City

In all our discussion about competitions the last few weeks, we shouldn't forget to mention Battle of the Bits. The website is a kind of chipmusic/breakcore/social networking anarchism that is the result of many years of hard work from its developer, chip musician Baron Knoxburry. BOTB Compos tend to be the some of the biggest tents in the world of chipmusic, with classic game style reproductions nestled amongst experimental lofi noodling and everything else conceivable under the chip noise sun .

The Baron's own music can be as eclectic as some of the BOTB compos, with varying degrees of chip blips, profane samples, ukulele, funk bass and other oddities that would be probably more at home on a Beefheart tribute than what you'd might expect from a typical chip music release. One need only sample Ready 4 Battle Run Santyx Error, a collection of various BOTB releases, to realize that electronic music has yet again burped up another new genre that can be best described as Chip-Skronk

Enjoy the following tracks with caution, mortals, and catch us back here in seven days for more chipmusic mayhem. Taa-taa!

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herr_professor on 09/28/2010 at 09:39AM

Time Crunch

Photo via Zen Albatross

As mentioned last week, the chip music scene often engages in challenges and competitions with their peers for fun and such. Perhaps stemming from its demoscene roots, you can still find it today in events like Japan's NES composition competition, Famicompo, and on forums like's 48 hour challenges. It was the latter that inspired The J Arthur Keens Band (whom we covered last November) to take the idea one step further and try to do an entire EP in 48 hours

Vol 1 (which we have uploaded to the FMA here) was so successful it has since inspired two more volumes. The songs are surprisingly well produced with tons of extra sonic layers that one might not expect from the common chip musician, but have come to enjoy from JAKB and his prolific catalog. Check these songs out, and grab the other two volumes as well, and see you guys again in seven days. 

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