I am a big fan of the band 8 Bit Weapon, I have even used their music in The Retroist Podcast, so I am very pleased to announce that just over a week ago, the dynamic digital duo released their new album, “Bits with Byte”. Crammed full of music, the new album has a whopping 17 tracks that take 8 bit Weapon to new heights with new sounds and style embellishments that are a treat for the ears and the brain.
1. Bits with Byte 03:01
2. Galactic Invasion 03:03
3. Apple Core II 01:57
4. The Art of Video Games Anthem 03:12
5. Miami Dub Bounce 02:39
6. We Fight for the Users 03:05
7. Drive Grinder 03:11
8. Escape from Xenon 03:08
9. Goodbye Cochise 01:36
10. Closer 2.00 2:45
11. Micro Boogie 2.0 03:45
12. Chip On Your Shoulder (Electric High Mix) 03:20
13. Closer (8 Bit Bandit Remix) 06:02
14. Chip On Your Shoulder (Sanxion7 Remix) 03:30
15. Bits with Byte Demo 02:54
16. The Art Of Video Games Anthem Demo 03:16
17. Galactic Invasion Demo 02:54
There are multiple options for picking up the album. You can sample the album and purchase it in multiple formats at Bandcamp or if iTunes is more your thing, you can get it there as well. Either way you decide to get it, you will not be disappointed. 8 Bit Weapon has been together for over a decade now and “Bits that Byte” brings to bear the pair’s exceptional (almost unprecedented?) genre experience and talent. I have had the album running on a loop for over a week and a half now and if you like chiptune, 8 bit and 16 bit music, you will as well. So pick up a copy of Bits that Byte today.
I am far from skilled when it comes to music, but I do no know what I like when I hear it and whenever I hear 8-Bit Weapon, I like it. If you have some music skills and retro sound (and have an old Apple), you might want to check out their Apple II D.M.S. Drummer Chipmusic Drum Machine Software.
The DMS Drummer is the only wavetable based Drum Sequencer for the Apple //e, IIc, IIc+, and IIGS computers. It comes complete with 8 drum sounds: Bass, Snare, Rim Shot, Hand Clap, Tom, Hat Open, Hat Closed, and Lazer. DMS Drummer also has a massive sequencer built-in for song writing or just some creative noodling. The DMS Drummer monophonic sequencer patterns have 16 spaces. You can create up to 16 unique drum patterns and arrange them into 256 available arrangement slots. Each drum sound can also be re-pitched or “tuned” to the users preference inside the “Tone” section of any pattern. For example, you can take the single tom sound and create a rich sequence of multiple toms in various pitches like in our demo song. Each song sequence can be saved on disk as well for safe keeping.
Here is the 8-Bit Weapon dynamic duo themselves, demonstrating their wonderful software.
What if I were to tell that on Xbox Live Arcade right this minute from its Indie Games there is possibly the most challenging and addictive title that I’ve played in a long while…for a mere 240 Microsoft points? That title I would be talking about is from Norwegian based developer DeRail Games, their latest game is entitled Panic Attack-Devil’s Favorite. There is so very much to dig about this game. It has a simple concept, get the smiling yellow ball (That looks a bit like Pac-Man to my eyes) from the starting position to the end in the time allotted so you may advance to the next stage. In your path are spikes, buzz saws, flying bullets, falling platforms, and flamethrowers. Take a look at the video of some of the stages below.
Friends, when I mentioned above that it was challenging I was not kidding. I downloaded the game last night from returning home after work, I was just going to play for a bit and then hit the hay…two hours later I was still playing. There is a counter on the title screen that records how many deaths you’ve had, I made it to level 6 with about 100 deaths. So Panic Attack is challenging, like the original NES Mega Man, but they have captured that magic in a bottle that makes you want to try just one more time each time your little ball goes splat. It could have been the lateness of the hour but I thought at one point I did indeed hear the chuckling of Old Scratch himself!
Panic Attack also has some very, very nice music provided by none other than 8 Bit Weapon and ComputeHer! So you can be sure you’ll be bobbing your head to the wonderful beats as you curse yourself for running into another buzz saw.
I’ll let DeRail Games speak for itself with this summary of their wonderful title:
“Panic Attack – The Devil’s Favorite Game is now available on Xbox Live Marketplace under the Indie Games section and features 56 high speed levels, including 25 additional Director’s Cut maps and 4 Pain levels filled with absolute madness.
Panic Attack is based on the same principles as their first title, but with a twist to it: instead of navigating one screen maps the player must survive 56 deranging scrolling levels constantly hunted by slaughter knives, flamethrowers and tons of clever deathtraps. To ensure that Panic Attack is one of the fastest and most challenging games on the marketplace, DeRail Games have included 25 additional Director’s Cut levels and 4 maps of pain, maps that only a few gamers have been able to complete.”
So hop over to the Xbox Live marketplace and give the demo a try and see what you think.
Do you like the awesome music of 8-Bit Weapon? Do you like Tron? Well, of course you do, so how about a music video merging the two into one foot tapping and eyeball pleasing experience? Make sure to head over to the 8 Bit Weapon site for a chance to snag some of that wonderful music for yourself!
Sony Creative Software has released 8 Bit Weapon‘s loop and sample library and they are calling it, “8 Bit Weapon: A ChiptuneOdyssey”. The library contains real sounds from each of the following computers/consoles: Apple II, Commodore 64, NES, Gameboy, and the Atari 2600. Each system library has everything from drums, bass and synth to special effects. Oh and if as a bonus both Michelle (aka ComputeHer) and Seth have featured song demos built into the collection to boot!
The sound library works with ACID, Ableton Live, Cubase, Garage Band, Logic, Soundtrack, BeatMaker for iPhone and more!
Users who purchase the “Green” Downloadable version of the Sony loop library will also get the full MP3 release of 8 Bit Weapons “Electric High EP” plus an exclusive track “Break Beat Bonanza” as an added bonus!
More info at Sony’s Official Page OR Pick up a Copy at Amazon