Ubiktune Latest Newshttp://ubiktune.com/Latest news of Ubiktune net-label.en-usIntroducing: Danimal Cannon's Lunariahttp://ubiktune.org/blog/2016/introducing-danimal-cannon-s-lunariahttp://ubiktune.org/blog/2016/introducing-danimal-cannon-s-lunaria
Danimal Cannon in concert. Photo courtesy by Chiptography.

Danimal Cannon is back! Three years passed since the release of Parallel Processing, a collaboration album with Zef, and now we are ready to unveil his new album titled Lunaria.

With this project, Danimal finally reveals his approach on chiptune and guitar combined in full force, something that many could have seen in his live performances, but very rarely on the record. This take on his sound with a strong treatment of progressive music elements definitely puts Lunaria one step ahead.

The album also features two vocal collaborations with Emily Yancey and a piano performance by our very own Samuel Ascher-Weiss, also known as Shnabubula. Artwork by Minerva Mopsy.

Behind Lunaria

We asked Danimal to give us a deeper background of the album and gave him a few questions to answer.

Lunaria is the album my fans have been asking me to make for 5 years. I've always performed my gameboy songs live with guitar, originally I thought it was a good idea to have my live show be something different than my album recordings. I experimented with adding guitar to a couple songs on my 2011 album Roots. It was surprisingly difficult to marry the 2 instruments together cohesively and I released most of the songs with no guitar on them.

It took me 4 years to really master how to write songs incorporating both the gameboy and guitar. However the wait paid off, this album really makes the 2 instruments sound like they're supposed to be together, like a new band lineup that really gels.

On his influences and overall stylistic approach.

This album is pretty metal, but there's a lot of different influences going on. I was heavily influenced by game music like the Shovel Knight OST, indie rock like Buke and Gase, industrial music like Nine Inch Nails and KMFDM, and orchestral music like Mozart and Eric Whitacre during the writing process. All of those musical flavors find their way into the album, some more than others, but they're all there.

On how Lunaria got its title.

I'm a huge science geek, I watch science lectures in bed every night before I fall asleep. The rough concept of the album is based around something called the "giant impact hypothesis" which is the best working theory for the creation of our moon. I thought it was an interesting story and I decided to dress it up by personifying the event and creating a character to represent the impactor/moon named Lunaria. Lunaria can also be split into "Lunar-aria" as in a vocal aria about the moon.

As we previously mentioned, the album features two guest stars.

For the vocalist I chose Emily Yancey, a professional singer who used to be my neighbor. I used to hear her practicing opera music through the thin walls of our apartment and I decided a trained singer would have the vocal timbre I was would expect to hear from my celestial moon goddess character.

I also asked my friend Shnabubula (Samuel Ascher-Weiss) to do a piano rendition of a song for this record. Sam is one of the most talented musicians I know, I also had him as a guest artist on 2011's Roots. Since his piano chops are astounding, I decided to give him the song "Axis" because it was the most challenging song on the record. Honestly I was just curious about what would come out if he tackled it, and he delivered a breathtaking version of the song. It also provides a nice contrast from hearing the song on a quirky digital instrument like a gameboy to a very traditional sounding one like a piano.


Listen to the first single from the album.

The release

Lunaria will be released on March 11th and currently is available to pre-order via Bandcamp. Beside digital release, the album is also available on CD and features the artwork poster.

UbiktuneTue, 09 Feb 2016 23:18:19 +0000
Introducing: zabutom - Redux34http://ubiktune.org/blog/2016/introducing-zabutom-redux-34http://ubiktune.org/blog/2016/introducing-zabutom-redux-34

Chip music veteran zabutom’s new album Redux34 takes his trademark chip wizardry and incorporates it into a wildly creative blend of electro, prog rock, IDM and folk-inspired compositions — all with excellent production and complex soundscapes that seamlessly blend 8-bit Nintendo bleeps with electric guitars, analog synths and spaced out delay textures.

Redux34 conjures up a retro-futuristic vision of strange new worlds and tells of a mysterious, somewhat melancholic yet hopeful story.

Redux34 album art by Anders Karlsson

About zabutom

Zabutom is Niklas Sjösvärd, a Swedish composer and musician born in 1985. He has been active since the early 2000s, being part of numerous demoscene releases and compilations and performing at chiptune events throughout the world.

He put out his debut release Zeta Force on Ubiktune in 2011 — a collection of shmup-esque tunes from his earlier years which has since become something of a classic in the genre.

In 2014 he received his bachelor’s degree in composition and electronic music from the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Behind Redux34

The album stylistically is quite different from any previous zabutom’s releases. Niklas enters the territories already familiar to Ubiktune audience, such as progressive rock, but also brings even more variety with IDM and various electronic experiments, while chiptune sound basis glues it altogether.

We asked Niklas to tell us more about background of Redux34 creation.

Most of the music was written a few years ago in the form of plain LSDJ or NES chiptunes. It started off while I was beginning to perform regularly on chip festivals and events using Gameboys, around 2008.

I very much enjoy making LSDJ dance music, but I wanted to expand on the notion of chip music — incorporating other instruments and production techniques from other electronic music genres, while still keeping it close to the original intentions.

However it wasn’t until after making Zeta Force and New Beginnings that I felt like I’d learned enough to do those ideas justice, which is why some of the tunes have been left unreleased for a long time. I was working on the title track “Redux34” back in 2008, and the LSDJ cartridge crashed just while I had finished the groundwork of the track, erasing all of the music data. I had to recreate it all from scratch; thus the name “Redux”, and “34” because of the time signature.

It became a recurrent theme while working on the other tracks of the album; lost patterns, settings and mixes that repeatedly had to be redone from scratch. It was a very long and time-consuming process, especially producing and mixing the album. It’s also about finding my way back to my chip music roots after making excursions into other scenes, and doing all sorts of different music-related stuff for the last few years, like doing experimental electronic music (Friktion, Scratches and Petals), modular live techno (Buchla Boys), art installations, and as a guitarist/vocalist in folk-inspired acoustic acts (with Fowlcloud and Léonore Boulanger).

Redux34 also features the art by Anders Karlsson, a concept artist and painter from Norrköping.

The release

Redux34 is available through all major shops and streaming services, as well as on physical CD.

UbiktuneFri, 18 Sep 2015 17:58:16 +0000
C-jeff - Still Flyinghttp://ubiktune.org/releases/ubi000-c-jeff-still-flyinghttp://ubiktune.org/releases/ubi000-c-jeff-still-flying

Still Flying is the first C-jeff's album. It was written during 2002 on a real ZX Spectrum in Pro Tracker 3 music editor. The album tagline is "lyric music novels".

UbiktuneMon, 08 Jun 2015 23:34:42 +0000
Shnabubula Streaming Live Piano Every Weekhttp://ubiktune.org/news/2015/shnabubula-streaming-live-piano-every-weekhttp://ubiktune.org/news/2015/shnabubula-streaming-live-piano-every-week

Shnabubula is back! He has started a new project, for a fun challenge and also to learn lots of new material.

Every Friday on Hitbox from 12PM-8:30PM EST (GMT -5) Sam will be taking requests and learning whatever is asked live on the stream, then two days later, he will perform a setlist of all the songs that were requested, Sunday at 4PM EST (GMT -5).

Here you can see a recording of him performing the 14 songs he learned just last Friday:

You can download the individual songs as an album here:

UbiktuneMon, 18 May 2015 23:26:39 +0000
Kickstarter: ZX Spectrum book and upcoming album by C-jeffhttp://ubiktune.org/news/2015/kickstarter-zx-spectrum-book-and-upcoming-album-by-c-jeffhttp://ubiktune.org/news/2015/kickstarter-zx-spectrum-book-and-upcoming-album-by-c-jeff

Today Bitmap Books launched a Kickstarter for their new book "ZX Spectrum: a visual compendium".

The book is available with many additions, such as cassette versions of new ZX Spectrum games, posters by Retronator, and also CD+poster edition of C-jeff's upcoming album called "ZX". Only 50 copies are available!

UbiktuneFri, 15 May 2015 22:01:23 +0000
Goodies: Realm of Mind - Moonshine Island (Feat. Trev Wignall)http://ubiktune.org/news/2015/goodeis-realm-of-mind-moonshine-island-feat-trev-wignallhttp://ubiktune.org/news/2015/goodeis-realm-of-mind-moonshine-island-feat-trev-wignallCheck out this amazing jazz-fusion collaboration of chiptune artist Realm Of Mind and electric violin player Trev Wignall.

UbiktuneSun, 10 May 2015 21:38:42 +0000
Zantilla - Star Bridehttp://ubiktune.org/releases/ubi084-zantilla-star-bridehttp://ubiktune.org/releases/ubi084-zantilla-star-bride

About a year and a half has passed since Zantilla's (Adrian Shegstad) Ubiktune debut album Encounters was out, and now we're glad to present for you his next release called Star Bride.

Star Bride is funk heavy tribute to Adrian's significant other. It combines early and modern funk influences into a non-stop groovin' chiptune ride. As Adrian himself says, "in other words, it's a motherfunkin' riot".

UbiktuneWed, 29 Apr 2015 21:57:58 +0000
Zantilla to release Star Bride on April 29thhttp://ubiktune.org/news/2015/zantilla-to-release-star-bride-on-april-29thhttp://ubiktune.org/news/2015/zantilla-to-release-star-bride-on-april-29th

About a year and a half has passed since Zantilla's (Adrian Shegstad) Ubiktune debut album Encounters was out, and now we're glad to announce that his next full-length called Star Bride will be released on April 29th.

Star Bride is funk heavy tribute to Adrian's significant other. It combines early and modern funk influences into a non-stop groovin' chiptune ride. As Adrian himself says, "in other words, it's a motherfunkin' riot".

We also welcome the designer Leah (Professor) Oakes in the chair of art director.

The single called "Tentacle Tea Party" now is available on our Soundcloud. Enjoy and stay tuned!

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UbiktuneFri, 24 Apr 2015 02:30:56 +0000
Stig - Velocityhttp://ubiktune.org/releases/ubi081-stig-velocityhttp://ubiktune.org/releases/ubi081-stig-velocity

Velocity is the first Stig solo release for Ubiktune. A single album length composition in two parts, Velocity is not about speed, it is about movement and displacement.

UbiktuneSat, 18 Apr 2015 21:09:06 +0000
Welcome, Stig!http://ubiktune.org/news/2015/welcome-stighttp://ubiktune.org/news/2015/welcome-stig

We are happy to welcome Stig aka Stephen Patterson to Ubiktune with his album titled Velocity!

Stig is an electronic composer from Newcastle upon Tyne in the cold, coastal North East of England. One of Stig’s first toys as a child was a Commodore 64. By the age of 6, he was typing basic programmes and learning the language of 8-bit computing. At the age of 8, he was given a ZX Spectrum+ 48k which began a life long love affair with computer and video games.

In 1991, Stig first experienced sound created for the Sega Mega Drive’s YM2612 FM sound chip and music written by Yuzo Koshiro, Norio Hanzawa and Motoaki Takenouchi among many others. Feeling a strong connection to the pure frequency and the rhythmic and melodic perfection of chip music and FM synthesis, he dreamed of making his own work in this style.

However it was eventually the work of Mike Oldfield, famous for his Tubular Bells that made him decide that music was what he wanted to do with his life. Inspired by Oldfield’s creation of complex and layered arrangements by studio intensive overdubbing, Stig realised he could combine his love of chip music and his admiration for instrumental and progressive rock music using a computer and Stigmusic was born.

He completed his first full album at the age of 14 using a basic General MIDI sequencer and has since continued to write and record music in a number of styles and with a number of methods, including acoustic overdubbing, module tracking with Impulse Tracker, electronically manipulated field recording and traditional rock songwriting and performing. Stig studied for a degree in Music Technology at Leeds College of Music and has since worked as a producer for folk and rock bands and played with a number of acts, as a sound engineer for Theatre and 4D Motion Ride programmer.

In 2009, Stig composed the original soundtrack for Ubisoft’s Monster 4x4: Stunt Racer for Nintendo Wii. In 2014, Stig composed two discs of amibitious music for Gunther Von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS Vital exhibition at Life Science Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne.

In 2013, Stig’s album Biodiversity was selected as the soundtrack for the British Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition and he was subsequently commissioned to write an original work for the 2015 exhibition, which became Velocity’s immediate predecessor, Opacity.

In 2014, Stig formed his own five piece band, High Reactive, to play Stig music live. He sings and plays guitar and synthesiser.

His wide range of influences include Christian Vander of French jazz rock band Magma, minimalist composers Steve Reich, Terry Riley and John Adams, singer songwriters such as Joni Mitchell and John Martyn, progressive rock bands such as Genesis, Gentle Giant, Rush and King Crimson, the jazz of John Coltrane, Return to Forever, Steely Dan and Weather Report, the electronica of Kraftwerk, Wendy Carlos, Boards of Canada and Aphex Twin and games composers such as Koji Kondo, Nobuo Uematsu, Rob Hubbard, Tim Follin, Yasunori Mitsuda and Hitoshi Sakimoto, among countless others.

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Official website

UbiktuneSat, 18 Apr 2015 20:38:14 +0000