8-Bit Indie Rock: Download The Beacon e.p. For Free

Most folks who know me from around these parts are probably only familiar with my writing and video game-related work. Prior to making a go of being a writer, I spent many years as a musician playing in bands, putting out albums, doing shows, touring, etc. I don’t do much of that anymore, but I recently got back into writing and recording tunes while doing research and interviews for Geek Beat Manifesto. While exploring the ins and outs of LSDJ and Nanoloop, I also dusted off a few old guitars and started playing. Happy with the sounds I was making, I sat down and started recording everything. The result is my first instrumental 8-bit indie album, The Beacon, which I’m releasing today through my website as a free download. You can freely download all six tracks over at the album’s page here. If you enjoy the music, please consider making a $3 Paypal donation via the button found underneath the download links to help support future albums I’ll be writing and releasing. Please feel free to pass around the linkage and spread the word. Thanks for listening.

Chip Bits: Starscream – The Space Years

From out of nowhere,  Starscream has come rocketing into the chiptune stratosphere with a blend of spaced-out 8-bit rock that’s hard to resist. With a drumkit, a Game Boy, and a Commodore 64, this duo crafts a melodic and often haunting landscape of blippy sounds that drills its way into your brain like a sonic sniper bullet. They moved the floor like hell at Blip Fest 2009, and cemented their already strong hold on my eardrums.

Their just-released, two-song E.P. The Space Years is a concept record of sorts that showcases the sounds of the C64 more heavily. Both of the tracks are epic-length affairs that amount to a combined 15+ minutes of experimental bliss. This ultra limited release (only 200 copies were made) is already sold out, but you can check out the second track over at their MySpace page. It’s definitely worth a listen, as is the band’s previous album released as a free download over at 8bitpeoples.