The One Ups – Songs for the Recently Deceased

The One Ups, godfathers of video game jazz bands, have just released a 13 track album dedicated to themes from horror video games. Songs for the Recently Deceased covers music from Silent Hill, Resident Evil, Castlevania, Splatterhouse and more, and with Mustin’s legendary production this might be the best sounding One Ups album yet. Songs for the Recently Deceased will chill your bones this Halloween, and it’s available now on Loudr.

The One Ups - Songs for the Recently Deceased

Tracklist
01 Dance-Off at Silent Hill [Silent Hill]
02 Tristram und Isolde [Diablo]
03 The Bane of Kanto (Gotta Kill ‘em All) [Pokémon Red and Blue]
04 Bedtime is Deadtime [A Nightmare on Elm Street]
05 Someday My Vince Will Come [Final Fantasy VII]
06 The Ballad of Raccoon City [Resident Evil Outbreak]
07 Vampire Roadshow [Castlevania Symphony of the Night]
08 Ghouls ‘n Ghosts ‘n Goblins ‘n Gypsies [Ghosts 'n Goblins]
09 Demonic Rainforest [Castlevania III Dracula's Curse]
10 λαβύρινθος [The Legend of Zelda]
11 Hardest Working Duck in Show Business [DuckTales]
12 La Noche de los Muertos [Zombies Ate My Neighbors]
13 Blood-splattered Rose [Splatterhouse]

Download Songs for the Recently Deceased on Loudr

Mega Flare - Hunter - GameChops

Castlevania Chiptunes from Mega Flare – Hunter

Today we’ve got a new release from Baltimore based chiptune musician Mega Flare. This time he turns his focus to the dark melodies of Castlevania. Using his Nintendo Gameboy running LSDj, Mega Flare collaborated with Dj CUTMAN to record each channel of the Gameboy’s sound-chip separately to mix them using Ableton Live. The result are two huge chiptune tracks with massive bass-lines and crystal clear leads. You can hear the influence of Baltimore’s clubs in Mega Flare’s drum programming. Download Hunter on Loudr or iTunes.

Download Hunter on Loudr or iTunes.

Watch 3 Days of Chiptune Music from Philadelphia’s 8Static Festival

This weekend was Philadelphia’s second annual 8Static Festival featuring some of the best chiptune musicians on the continent. Acts include Gameboy heavyweights Danimal Cannon and Trey Frey, and chiptune pioneers Trash80 and Cheap Dinosaurs. A personal highlight of mine was Radlib, who closed out day one.

Stream the entire festival below, courtesy of the Chip Music Chronicle.

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OldStyle: Baroque Remixes by Chris and Emily Davidson

OldStyle: EDM Remixes of Classical Baroque Music

My sister, baroque cellist Emily Davidson, and I teamed up to reimagine her early music repertoire as Electronic Dance Music. Below is more info via our press release.

October 20, 2014 – Boston, MA

OldStyle is a new album of classical music that’s been remixed and reinterpreted. It’s a collaboration between Emily Davidson, a classically trained baroque cellist, and brother Chris Davidson, a music producer who makes his living remixing video game music.

The brother/sister duo fuses two opposite sides sides of the music industry to create a work that reflects both their passions. Emily comes from rigorous training, receiving her Bachelor’s in Cello Performance and her Master’s in Early Music Performance. Emily’s experience in historical performance inspired her to seek new ways to share this repertoire to a broader audience. “I think the more we explore music, the more we see how much of it is the same,” says Emily. “The more I study baroque music, the more I find parallels with present day. It’s remarkable that something created 300 years ago can still convey a human experience.”

Chris worked for years as a sound engineer in a recording studio in Ithaca, NY. After moving to Philadelphia, he began DJing as a way to continue working with music. An avid gamer from childhood, Chris was attracted to the music of video games, and began remixing under the pseudonym Dj CUTMAN. “I’ve always loved the classical feel of old video game music,” Chris explains. “With a rising popularity of electronic music today, it’s cool to hear some of the best songs were written 20 years ago by composers working on video games.” Chris owns the online record label GameChops, which specializes in reimagining classic video game soundtracks through remixing.

OldStyle includes both 17th and 18th century selections, multiple nationalities (Italian, French, German), high Baroque composers like Bach and Vivaldi, and other favorites like Couperin and Ortiz. The album highlights the differences of these genres by arranging in various styles like pop, house, trap, and hip hop. Chris’ video game influences can be heard as the 8-bit chiptune sounds ornamenting the baroque arrangements.

The album is available for immediate download at http://oldstyle.bandcamp.com and will be making its way to iTunes in the coming weeks

A blog covering video game remixes, original chiptune music, and the world between, edited by Dj CUTMAN.

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