herr_professor on 09/21/2010 at 09:32AM
After a nice month off, we are back with a request from our FMA readers. Rushjet1 is on of the undisputed masters of the 2a03, the little sound chip you can find in the Nintendo Entertainment System and the Famicom.
However unlike many musicians, who choose to use relatively user friendly tools like Famitracker or Midines, Rushjet1's platform of choice is the enigmatic and arcane world of MCK/MML. Predominantly common to Japan, Music Markup Language, or MML, is basically a programing language that is like HTML for Music.
There are MML compilers for a variety of platforms from Midi to various game consoles but all of it is merely a technological curiosity unless the resulting songs are entertaining, and Rushjet1's songs are some of the best composed of all the modern NES musicians.
His Sounds of the 2a03 may be one of my favorite releases on the 8bitpeoples netlabel. What is even more amazing is when you think of this mid-western US musician writing these tunes in notepad during commutes to and from work, basically entirely in his head. Checkout the songs in this EP and explore the rest of his music online that I have posted in his FMA profile, and see you guys in seven days!