- A bit of a chiptune update, here at GSW, since there's a whole bunch of interesting stuff out there - starting with the announcement of a chiptune tribute to Kraftwerk, '8 Bit Operators', which is now actually coming out on Kraftwerk's U.S. label, Astralwerks.

The nice folks at Astralwerks sent me over an advance CD, and there's everything from NES and C64 to Amigas and beyond showcase on there, with guest vocals - some favorites for me were Role Model's Showroom Dummies (ST-00 instruments in full effect!) and 8-Bit Weapon's Spacelab (awesome cover of a more obscure track). Some of it plays a bit 'straight', but it's an effective straight, darn it.

Apparently, the tracks were actually approved personally by Kraftwerk, presumably while they were cycling across the autobahn, and the MySpace page has links for the following: "A 12” single (and digital download equivalent) will precede the CD launch and will feature Glomag’s exclusive 8-Bit Operators' mega-mix version of “Pocket Calculator” (featuring 0x7f, Bit Shifter, Bubblyfish, firestARTer, Hey Kid Nice Robot, Ladybug, M-.-n, Nullsleep, Psilodump, Random, Sidabitball, and David E Sugar) plus an exclusive version of “The Robots” by L.A.’s 8-BIT."

Elsewhere in the chiptune world, I'm delighted to note that the 8BP050 2xCD compilation has been released to buy, with the cream of the chiptune scene - this release is themed around the recent Blip Festival, but is now available for purchase. And as well as the 50 tracks on the double CD, there's an extra 20 tracks available for free download, including tracks from Chibi-Tech, Trash80, Zabutom and many other neat artists.

[An addendum to a previous post - not only is the Beck UMD for Guero pretty interesting as a video/audio medium, it has some really good chiptune remixes with custom videos, I found on further persual. These are only on the Guero bonus DVD and UMD, and include neat stuff like the video for Paza's remix of 'Girl'. Anyone wanna compile a list of where they're viewable online?]