Posted on November 23rd, 2013
Back in June we
already mentioned that our friend and artist Jay Tholen launched a Kickstarter for his video game called "Dropsy". Unfortunately, that campaign wasn't successful.
In the of October Jay started another Kickstarter, and this time it was perfectly funded. While there are just a few hours left before the end of the campaign, you still can support Jay and help him to achieve the next stretch goal, which includes the involvement of animator Acacia Lawson. The previous extra goal was the addition of composer Chris Schlarb.
Visit Kickstarter for more information.
Posted on November 15th, 2013
Welcome to Big Steel Wheels — a fictional action music adventure, inspired by works of Vince DiCola, action movies, rock and metal music, chiptunes and the legacy of '80s.
Posted on November 11th, 2013
The artwork for upcoming C-jeff's album Big Steel Wheels was created by Russian painter and graffiti artist Sasha Swamp. The artwork is painted with oil on canvas.
Big Steel Wheels is set for release on November 14, 2013. An advance listening party will take place on the Noise Channel show of Arecibo Radio where listeners can tune in and hear the album in its entirety as well as submit their questions to C-jeff and TrueStar. Join the official event on Facebook to stay in touch.
The first track off of the album titled "Black Lock" is available on our SoundCloud. The track has a guitar appearance by Stemage.
Posted on November 7th, 2013
(video teaser produced by Shamoozal)
We are excited to announce the release of Big Steel Wheels — a fictional action music journey through heavy electronic progressive riffs and melancholy vibes — written and produced by Ubiktune founder Dmitry "C-jeff" Zhemkov.
Big Steel Wheels was inspired by film scores from the '80s, particularly those of Rocky IV and The Transformers: The Movie by composer and performer Vince DiCola. The album consists of 13 tracks containing about 55 minutes of music.
A number of special guests are also featured, including: Stemage, Danimal Cannon and Raz Ben Ari on guitars; Jeff Ball on viola; Alexander Brandon, Disasterpeace, George "norg" Nowik and Lamont Bellsarios as voice actors. Big Steel Wheels is mixed and mastered by Megus.
Set for release on November 14, 2013, an advance listening party will take place on the Noise Channel show of Arecibo Radio where listeners can tune in and hear the album in its entirety as well as submit their questions to C-jeff and TrueStar. Join the official event on Facebook to stay in touch.
Meanwhile, the first track off of Big Steel Wheels titled "Black Lock" is available on our SoundCloud. The track has a guitar appearance by Stemage.
Posted on October 25th, 2013
Encounters is the debut album from Zantilla aka Adrian Shegstad, that focuses on J. Allen Hynek's Scale of Close Encounters which relates to everything from UFO sightings, to abductions, and even communication between humans and extraterrestrial beings.
To paint this musical picture, Adrian chose a wide array of FM sounds, with some 2A03 additions. This, in combination with modern metal recording techniques and live drum sounds, give Encounters a very rich sonic palette using simple textures.
Posted on October 23rd, 2013
Today in Goodies we would like to share the debut album 2A03 PURITANS, released by the recently formed bitpuritans netlabel. The album consists of the works of 17 amazing authors, featuring a few that were previously involved with Ubiktune releases, such as Fearofdark, TQ-Jam, Moot Booxlé and Zan-zan-zawa-veia.
"A seventeen track odyssey through the material and immaterial, told by primal soundwaves and skilled storytellers old and new" — we have nothing to add for this headline, except that this album is highly recommended to every chiptune music fan.
2A03 PURITANS is available via Bandcamp, complete with additions of NSFs and original source files.
Posted on October 22nd, 2013
Today we share the artwork for Zantilla's debut album. It was created by Rufus Blacklock of Karrot Animation, who drawn and designed a number of our albums as Preschtale Variations, Chip Ship and Alter Ego: DreamWalker OST.
Encounters will be released on October 24th after the Noise Channel listening party. Do not hesitate to join the official Facebook event and check when this airs in your part of the world!
Meanwhile, the first track off of Encounters titled "7th Kind" is available on our SoundCloud:
Posted on October 16th, 2013
Chipmusic Heroes is a collaborative project, featuring a number of chiptune artists from around the globe (including Mads Aasvik aka Kartmaze). And now, they're back with their third release, titled Milky Way Tour. The album include brand new original tracks as well as collaboration efforts.
Milky Way Tour will be released on October 17th at 7PM PDT (or check time for your time zone) right after Noise Channel Radio listening party.
Meanwhile, you can find their previous albums via http://chipmusicheroes.bandcamp.com.
Posted on October 15th, 2013
We would like to welcome Zantilla aka Adrian Shegstad with his debut album titled Encounters!
Adrian's favorite "toy" as a child was an upright piano, giving him endless hours to discover thoughts and feelings through music. As he got older, his "toy" collection grew to include drums and guitar.
By high school, Adrian had acquired a very particular taste for electronic music and progressive metal. While conducting several electronic projects, he had secretly been trying to merge his obsession for synthetic sounds and dense, progressive compositions. Years later, after hearing Virt's FX4, he found his passion in the chiptune world. Thus, Zantilla was born. Inspired by progressive metal acts like Dream Theater, Animals As Leaders and Chimp Spanner, and a handful of chiptune artists as Virt, Shnabubula, coda, and Diad, Zantilla attempts to keep his works in both scenes.
Encounters is a collection of works that focuses on J. Allen Hynek's Scale of Close Encounters which relates to everything from UFO sightings, to abductions, and even communication between humans and extraterrestrial beings. To paint this musical picture, Adrian chose a wide array of FM sounds, with some 2A03 additions. This, in combination with modern metal recording techniques and live drum sounds, give Encounters a very rich sonic palette using simple textures.
The first track off of Encounters we would like to share is titled "7th Kind":
Encounters will be released on October 24th. Traditionally, TrueStar of Noise Channel radio will handle a listening party, and right after the album will be available to download.
Posted on September 27th, 2013
Jimmy Hinson aka Big Giant Circles, one of the composers from such famous titles as Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and Mass Effect 2, and the author of Impostor Nostalgia and Big Giant Christmas EP is running a Kickstarter campaign for his upcoming album The Glory Days.
As Jimmy explains, "The Glory Days, as the name suggests is a 2-way perspective of game music and life. Naturally, the first part is reflecting back on those days where my daily worries consisted of getting past the boss on level 4 or collecting enough coins or beating the game with a record number of extra lives. And as I relive those Glory Days, I remember that back then I used to sit and fantasize about what life would be like in 10 or 20 years.
I'd think of all the amazing things games and music would one day offer. I used to fantasize about how awesome Super Mario Kart would be if only it had hills instead of a flat track, or what kind of amazing sounds would exist as technology improved. And that made me realize, the Glory Days weren't just yesterday, they're all the time — we're in them now! We were in them yesterday! We were in them 20 years ago! And THAT is what this album is about."
The Glory Days will consist of 20 tracks containing ~80 minutes of music (regarding the maximum length the CD can allow). Additionally, an expanded version is planned, featuring a number of cooperative works.
The campaign will be live until Thursday Oct 24, 12:00 AM EDT.