Emotional Chiptune Music
September 19, 2010 9:33 PM   Subscribe

Beautiful Chiptune Music?

I really love the music that Penny Arcade TV uses and stuff like the music in this video.

What are some other examples of really good emotional chiptune music?

(Bonus question, any other good emotional instrumental songs that sound similar which may not be chiptune).
posted by empath to Media & Arts (18 answers total) 30 users marked this as a favorite
 
YMCK
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 9:46 PM on September 19, 2010


Kind of Bloop, an 8-bit tribute to Miles Davis.
posted by furtive at 9:54 PM on September 19, 2010


Kind Of Bloop
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 9:56 PM on September 19, 2010


Anamanaguchi
posted by Merzbau at 10:00 PM on September 19, 2010


Response by poster: Anamanaguchi

Yes, more like this.
posted by empath at 10:05 PM on September 19, 2010


Definitely click on some random links at the 8 bit collective.
posted by _superconductor at 10:08 PM on September 19, 2010


Ugh, sorry about that, here's the link
posted by _superconductor at 10:10 PM on September 19, 2010


You might like Jake Kaufman, aka virt, aka MetaFilter's jake. (He's one of the guys on Kind of Bloop.) Here's my favorite track.
posted by danb at 10:12 PM on September 19, 2010


http://www.caffiend.org/
posted by lee at 10:18 PM on September 19, 2010


8-Bit Jesus if you're into Christmas songs.

Dark Side of the Moon.

(Meanwhile, was that entire map beaten out one block at a time? Jesus.)
posted by griphus at 10:52 PM on September 19, 2010


There's a whole free album of Weezer chiptune covers. You can probably follow on the individual bands from there.
posted by Nelsormensch at 10:57 PM on September 19, 2010


I'm lovin the Anamanaguchi! Such a great sound :)
posted by yaemes at 11:25 PM on September 19, 2010


My personal favorite in the 'emotional chiptune' range is Wax Stag, aka Rob Lee, who makes beautiful and breezy chiptune stuff that's soaring and yet sometimes slightly melancholy:

"And How"
"Folk Rock"
"Short Road"

Unfortunately, I only know of one self-titled record he put out two years ago. It's classic stuff, though, and worth getting a copy of, particularly since it's in all the usual places (iTunes, Amazon, etc).
posted by koeselitz at 11:32 PM on September 19, 2010


Definitely check out MOON8 (the Dark Side of the Moon cover linked above). It's quite an achievement.
posted by Lazlo at 12:19 AM on September 20, 2010


Minusbaby, Balun. And they're not my thing, but you might like Crystal Castles.
posted by box at 5:45 AM on September 20, 2010


This I, Cactus EP is my favorite chiptune album. It's very emotionally evocative.
posted by One Second Before Awakening at 7:19 AM on September 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


Much of the work of Alex Mauer.
posted by Lifeson at 7:37 AM on September 20, 2010


(As an aside, I am still utterly shocked by the appearance of Balun in anything English-oriented, but I guess it should make sense. From what I can tell since I last heard them, they have gotten a lot better and more interesting. Still, wow, Puerto Rico still doing well on this front I see.)
posted by lizarrd at 4:01 AM on September 22, 2010


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