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herr_professor on 10/20/2009 at 12:00PM

Hard Line Policies

This week's chip music artist is the avant traditionalist, The Hardliner. His main output has seen release on a number of netlabels in the mid to late 2000's, although he remains active to this day. To me, he always been a sort of bridge artist, connecting the early demoscene style to the later tech innovators with his releases for labels like starpause's 20kbps records. The label focuses on low-bit encoded releases from lofi electronic producers and is not limited to chip music, with a eclectic array of noolders and bedroom producers.

These types of low-bit rate focused lof-fiedlity netlabels suited the early Internet when storage wasn't as cheap as it is today. The problem with that, however, is the persistence factor, and as these free services fall off the net there is the risk of the material being lost, especially when the artist doesn't have a strong netpresence, which is one of the reasons I've uploaded this weeks release by The Hardliner, something like bitter-bitter symphony. The Hardliner's catalog is poorly known, even within the greater chip music community, so give the ep a listen, check out his mental music video for his Relax Beat single Zoloft Blues after the jump, and catch you guys in seven.



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