Epic Bleep Bloop Lo-Fi Casio Dance Music?
February 8, 2005 9:05 AM   Subscribe

I absolutely heart Mark Mothersbaugh's "Ping Island/Lightning Strike Rescue Op" from the Life Aqautic Soundtrack. Does anybody make music like this?

Epic Bleep Bloop Lo-Fi Casio Dance Music?
posted by hughbot to Media & Arts (20 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
It's not as lo-fi or sparse, but Solvent does something similar. His new record is great.

You would do well to review the whole catalog of Suction Records, which is run by the guy who is Solvent.
posted by xmutex at 9:16 AM on February 8, 2005

Oh, BTW, that "new record" link has MP3 samples.
posted by xmutex at 9:18 AM on February 8, 2005

I really like Mark Mothersbaugh's tracks on the Rushmore and Royal Tenenbaums soundtracks, so check those out, too.
posted by driveler at 9:22 AM on February 8, 2005

Wow, xmutex- I usually _hate_ that kind of thing, but Solvent is awesome! Thanks.
posted by fake at 9:39 AM on February 8, 2005 [1 favorite]

You might also like Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, Tree Wave, and E*Vax. MP3 samples are available at each site linked here.
posted by mds35 at 10:29 AM on February 8, 2005

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - !!!!!!
posted by Quartermass at 10:35 AM on February 8, 2005


8-bit peoples

Commie 64, now Twilight Electric.

The genre is called 8-bit - In reference to old 8-bit console home video game systems - and has been going strong for 4-5 years now. I love nullsleep and commie64, and others.
posted by loquacious at 10:45 AM on February 8, 2005

posted by john-paul at 10:53 AM on February 8, 2005

You might enjoy Knodel (scroll down to the bottom, NB: not the same as Die Knodel, who are real Europeans and not time travellers "from future France" i.e. Oregon prior to the Louisiana Purchase) and The Moog Cookbook (30- second samples) as well.
posted by mzurer at 11:18 AM on February 8, 2005

This is awesome, I just finally saw The Life Aquatic this past weekend and knew I had to get that track.

You might also like Yippie off of Niun Niggung by Mouse on Mars.

I need a Lightning Strike ringtone.
posted by ulotrichous at 11:57 AM on February 8, 2005

I like Mark VII.
posted by Pretty_Generic at 1:42 PM on February 8, 2005

Polysics, who love Mothersbaugh like nothin' else.
posted by Katemonkey at 2:40 PM on February 8, 2005

This may be screamingly obvious, but in case everybody doesn't know, Mothersbaugh was one of the primary talents behind Devo.

He has a way cool site with more of this kind of music at www.mutato.com.
posted by bradhill at 3:22 PM on February 8, 2005

If you like those Solvent samples you might also like another Suction artist, The Mitgang Audio. Lovely mix between late 80's synthpop and the bleepy bloopy stuff here. Also, that Tree Wave stuff is great!
posted by 40 Watt at 3:25 PM on February 8, 2005

loquacious, I always thought they were called "chip tunes" because they were FM synthesized though... a sound chip. :)
posted by shepd at 5:30 PM on February 8, 2005

I'm overjoyed to see someone else single out the Ping Island track. I'll be all over these recommendations.

The closest I have found is Myrakaru's album Tammetoru, a low-key little instrumental electronica masterpiece, dreamy, light, gentle and cute without being twee. I assumed it was Japanese, because of the name and the philosophical quiet of the album, until an Estonion SoulSeeker pointed out that Myrakaru is an Estonian duo and that their nation produces lots of good electronic music. "Tammetoru", incidentally, means "acorn" in Estonian.

You might also like Junior Boys -- the sound is right, but it's a bit spineless overall, in my opinion. There's no punch to their beats.

By the way, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone isn't just Casio bleep music, it's lo-fi bedroom Casio bleep music with lots of background static. I never found it too appealing, myself.

And Mouse on Mars' Yippie is a great song. Great album, too.
posted by gentle at 10:43 PM on February 8, 2005

The Postal Service, Air, Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada, Soviet, I Am the World Trade Center, Mates of State, The Faint, Bloc Party, !!! (chkchkchk), Peaches.

Some of those might fade out of what you're looking for, but they're good nonetheless.
posted by nitsuj at 9:51 AM on February 9, 2005

There's also Fischerspooner.

And for a fun, scary, mind-bending experience, try The Moog Cookbook.

Katemonkey, how does Japanese noise rock relate to minimalistic casio pop?
posted by gentle at 11:56 AM on February 10, 2005

you might enjoy Stereo Total...
posted by hellbient at 12:16 PM on February 16, 2005

You might also want to check out The 8-Bit Construction Set. Very cool. [via /.]
posted by mds35 at 7:47 AM on February 21, 2005

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