Music Monday: Anamanaguchi – Endless Fantasy

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Anamanaguchi Official Site

Anamanaguchi is an American chiptunerock band from New York City, that “makes loud, fast music with a NES from 1985.”[1] The band has four members: lead songwriter and guitarist Peter Berkman, bassist James DeVito, guitarist Ary Warnaar and drummer Luke Silas.[2]

The name “Anamanaguchi” came about from a member in one of Berkman’s former bands pronouncing gibberish in the style of Jabba the Hutt;[3] the band has also explained it as coming from the members’ internships at Armani (Berkman and DeVito), Prada (Warnaar), and Gucci (Silas) while studying fashion at Parsons School of Design, though three of the four majored in Music Technology at New York University.[4]

Like other chiptune artists, Anamanaguchi creates music using video game hardware from the mid-to-late 1980s: namely an NES and a Game Boy. Berkman has stated that their music isn’t just based around video game music and that much of it is inspired by “[s]imple pop stuff, like Weezer and the Beach Boys.”[5]

The band composed music for the video game adaptation of the Scott Pilgrimgraphic novels, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game.[6] The soundtrack for the game was released on Amazon and iTunes by ABKCO Records on August 24, 2010.[7] The soundtrack debuted at No. 3 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart (aka Soundscan‘s New Artist Chart).[8] Two tracks from Dawn Metropolis (“Blackout City” and “Mermaid”) were also used for the Bit.Trip Runner soundtrack. In October 2010 it was announced that Anamanaguchi would appear in the music video game, Rock Band, with the track “Airbrushed”.[9] The band’s song “Jetpack Blues, Sunset Hues” is the current theme to Chris Hardwick‘s The Nerdist Podcast.[10] Anamanaguchi’s second LP Endless Fantasy came out on May 14, 2013 and debuted at No. 1 on the aforementioned Heatseekers chart. [11]

On May 3, 2013, Anamanaguchi provided a Kickstarter project for their album Endless Fantasy. In just 11 hours, their funding goal of $50,000 was reached. At the end of its run, the project was backed by 7,253 people who contributed to raising a grand total of $277,399,[12] making it the second most-successful music project to be funded on Kickstarter at the time, behind that of singer Amanda Palmer.[13]

Anamanaguchi was featured on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on June 17, 2013, where they played their song “Endless Fantasy” from the album of the same name.

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Music Monday: Lifeformed – Dustforce OST

So a couple nights ago last week, there I was… minding my own business and Steam (F-ing Steam) had a midweek madness sale for a fantastic new indie game called Dustforce. Dustforce is a fantastic new challenging platformer with fantastic art and animation but where it roped me in was the music from the trailer.

Lifeformed, the artist who’s first completed musical project being the Dustforce OST, is absolutely astonishing! You can visit his Soundcloud to listen to the tracks for free, OR you can be AWESOME and  pay the $4 to get your very own digital download copy of this beautiful, chiptune inspired work here at his Bandcamp. The soundtrack is also avialbe for purchase though Steam.

I really cannot express how much you need to listen to this soundtrack, as well as check out Dustforce, which you can expect an article on very soon!

 

Music Monday: 8-bit Beatles.

This is my first piece for #nerd and I was assigned Music Monday. Daunting task to me since I normally don’t delve into video game soundtracks or music and the like although I’ve always wanted to, so I saw this as an opportunity. I wanted to write about something that mirrored my experience as well. I was hoping there would be an 8-bit cover album of some of my favorite artists, maybe something like Daft Punk that lends itself well to the re-work to begin with (there is such an album). But when I stumbled upon this Beatles compilation of 8bit re-workings I was blown away. Exactly what I was looking for and hoping to share, a bridge for the traditional music minded into the growing scene of ChipTune(BlipCore). A lot of these re-workings ( a term I prefer to covers in this situation since they aren’t note to note interpretations) are extremely well done and an enjoyable and eye opening listen, but upon seeing my favorite Beatles tune, “Strawberry Fields Forever,” and instantly was curious as to how it was done. It’s normally a very calm and chilling song and many of those kinds of songs by the Beatles were worked into ChipTune stompers for this compilation, but I was hoping that they left Strawberry Fields Forever untouched and let it keep that amazing atmosphere. I was pleased, the 8-Bit reworking kept that calming atmosphere and even added a tinge of urgency brought on by that futuristic voice. Enjoy and hopefully your favorite Beatles song is included and you can have as much fun exploring as I did.

http://8bitoperators.bandcamp.com/album/wanna-hld-yr-handheld-vol-1

Music Monday: _node

Growing up on the sounds of a crackling Gameboy speaker seems to change you in a way that manifests itself in 8-bit chiptune music. Chiptune being synthesized electronic music often produced and performed on vintage video game equipment or computers like Gameboys and Nintendo Entertainment Systems. I have been a huge fan of chiptune for many years now, but recently had the pleasure of seeing it live last summer. _node put on a really great show and is chiptune at its purest. They have their music available for download over at http://nodetransmission.com. I was able to purchase a NES cartridge they sell with d3ad_form4t on to get the real sound of a mono console.