Posts Tagged ‘free music’

Some Recommended Chiptunes

After mentioning 4mat, one of my favorite chiptune musicians, I thought I’d note a few others that I’ve come across in recent years.

 

Tugboat: Man of the Year

For some time, this album was available only on CD-R, directly from the artist. (I have a copy, its title hand-written in permanent marker.) But you can now download the album here for free.

Tugboat announced in 2008 that he wasn’t creating this type of music anymore, and I haven’t come across anything else by him, but I think this album is excellent.

 

Peer: Dances

Belgian composer Pierre Slinckx released a chiptune album under the name Peer. It’s unique and very good. You can find it here.

And you can find more of his music here.

 

8BP050

This one isn’t by a single composer–it’s a compilation of 50 songs by many different artists. I think it’s available only on CD and not as a download.

I have the CD set and I highly recommend it, but if you’re just looking for free music you can download the 20-track “bonus disc” here. These are songs that didn’t make the 2 CD set, but I found them to be just as good as the ones that were included.

I could list many more, but I suppose this is enough for one post.

 

Matthew Simmonds (4mat)

In the early 1990s, I liked to collect and listen to MOD music files. Some the best ones I came across were by 4-mat of Anarchy.

About twenty years later, I discovered that 4mat (now without the hyphen) was once again releasing new music. His 2010 album Decades was excellent, and has since been followed by several more. His latest, Sans Titre, was released just yesterday. Simmonds is prolific, but manages to maintain a high level of quality.

Although his music falls within the chiptune genre, there is more variety to his work than that label might suggest. There is a consistent “warm” sound to many of his songs that, in addition to their catchiness, distinguishes them from a lot of other chiptunes out there.

To sample his work, I’d recommend starting with Decades and just moving forward through the releases. As for individual standout tracks, these are a few of my favorites from the first two albums:


Simmonds also does sound design for video games. I was interested to learn that he worked on Silent Hill: Origins and Silent Hill: Shattered Memories (both of which I enjoyed, especially Shattered Memories).

You can find an interview with him here, in which he talks about his music and his work on games (including a game that he created himself).

 

LAKE R▲DIO and “Witch House”

Even after a little research, I’m not sure exactly what qualifies music for the “witch house” genre, other than often including triangles in names. But I’ve now come across two things I like that are apparently in that genre. I probably would not have given them a chance had I heard the genre name before I heard the music.

The more recent of these two discoveries is Lake Radio. Lake Radio is Caden Moore, and I came across his album Dream House while looking for interesting free music at Bandcamp.com one night.

Here are a few other albums on the same label, all of them worth a listen. Musical styles vary, and they are all either free or pay-what-you-want:

I also recommend these two sampler albums, which include songs by the artists listed above and others (some of which may well deserve to be mentioned specifically as well–I’m still making my way through them):

I mentioned that I’ve come across two so-called witch house musicians that I like. The other is an Australian who goes by Horse Macgyver (and who has in the past been known as ///▲▲▲\\\ and _v_o_i_d_).

I don’t know of an official download source for Horse Macgyver’s music. (The Bandcamp page seems to be broken as of this writing.) But you should be able to find something if you search for Horse Macgyver Void EP.

Here’s a sample (Youtube link) that might help you decide whether it’s something that would appeal to you.