kingmmm1234 on 07/19/2011 at 11:34AM
"WFMU-YOU GOT IT!" sung Anamanaguchi's Peter Berkman on their improvised WFMU jingle last Sunday for Beastin the Airwaves with Keili. The chiptune-punk quartet's 10-song set (including the jingle, plus a bonus Wavves cover!) of hyper-active and insanely tunes is now part of Anamanaguchi's FMA Profile.
Anamanaguchi integrate traditional rock instruments--drums, bass, and guitar--with the soundchips from early video game systems (in this case, a hacked NES from 1985) that make Chip Music unique. And with innovative releases like the immersive Dawn Metropolis and a new album in the works, they've taken the scene to new heights.
Once an underground phenomenon, chip's growing popularity could be tied in with nostalgia-fueled extended adolescence of today's Millennial Generation. Yet for the members of Anamanaguchi, video games were not the sole influence on their music as "a lot of influences come from stranger stuff," Peter Berkman said in a 2009 A.V. Club interview, "...just absurd stuff." And a simple listen to the range of chip-inspired music here on the FMA -- resources like True Chip Til Death, and the ever-expanding Blip Festival -- is enough proof to show that the genre of the new millennium will be infecting young minds well into the future.
There are certainly enough Anamanaguchi fans to sell out their upcoming shows at at Philadelphia's North Star Bar Thursday July 21 and the Music Hall of Williamsburg this Friday July 22. Get tickets while they are still available, and in the meantime, listen to this incredible live recording, engineered/mastered by Ernie Inradat here.
herr_professor on 11/23/2010 at 09:30AM
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.