Post Rock is a term that appeared somewhere in the 90s for bands who use guitars and drums but throw out all the other conventions of “rock music”. They use guitars to create delicate, moody compositions that don’t follow the rigid structures of normal rock. You’ve probably heard post rock whether you realize it or not. It’s often features in the background of TV show and movies. Think of it as rock music you can listen to while studying for a test or writing code.
The melodic content of this style merges very well with Chiptunes. Here’s some great bands that capture the spirit of the classics while merging them with the intense brooding of post rock.
The Revengineers top my list of excellent post-rock chip bands. They use an NES to provide melodic lines over their amazing guitars and stand-out drums. The Revengineers rock the hardest of all these bands. They’re great live and have never relased a bad track in my opinion.
You may have heard of Brad Smith for his contribution to 2a03 Puritans comp or his amazing complete cover of The Dark Side of the Moon on a NES cart. Clearly, Brad is all about professional grade, authentic retro experiences on the NES. He’s even written some utilities and modules for Famitracker!
Now, Brad is putting his chiptune and professional game development experience to work on a brand new game for the NES called Lizard. He’s running a Kickstarter here and it’s a project we’d really like to see succeed. Read on for details about the playable demo.
Aeon Genesis has completed their 10-year ROM translation project of Konami’s 8-bit NES sci-fi 1991 RPG Masterpiece Lagrange Point.
Lagrange Point is one of the most advanced NES games ever to come out. On a technical level, it uses Konami’s VRC7 sound chip to create FM synthesis on the original NES. The soundtrack has a character all its own and the FM Synths really lend themselves to the game’s space theme.
Read on to get everything you need to emulate it!
We’re always stoked to hear new music from Grimecraft, the trap turned FutureBass producer who’s got a sound all his own. This track takes a turn to the happier side of dance music, with a undeniable fun and danceable take on Secret of Mana’s Color of the Summer Sky. The remix is available for streaming on Soundcloud, and downloads are available for only $1 on Loudr, iTunes and Google Play.
You can listen to more of Grimecraft’s remixes on Soundcloud or follow him at the links below. If you enjoy this remix, be sure to support Grimecraft & GameChops by purchasing a download.
Download Color of the Summer Sky
Download on Loudr
Download on iTunes
Download on Amazon
Download on Play