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Retsyn and Tokenrove Go to Sweden!



Or not really... More like: "Retsyn and Tokenrove Descend Into A Basement Full of Old Computers."

A couple of months ago, I did a phone interview with two guys from St. John's, Newfoundland who make "Chiptune music" -- a kind of music where "all the sounds are synthesized in realtime by a computer or video game console sound chip, instead of using sample-based synthesis." [wikipedia article] So that means these guys drag out their old Commodore-64s, Ataris, Gameboys, and Nintendos and produce music on them.

What they did that weekend was lock themselves in a basement, eat bad food, and make chiptunes.

Retsyn and Tokenrove's chip music, at first, sounds harsh, squeaky, and almost exactly like a crazy old video game. Not exactly everyone's favorite atmosphere. Eventually though, if you open yourself to the idea of chiptune, some of the innocence and cuteness and beauty (!!) shines through, and you find yourself actually liking these tunes a little. Or more. Or more more.

You can hear my interview with them here: retsyn-tokenrove-interview.mp3

And here are the tunes they made that weekend:
01 - tokenrove - Weekend in Sweden.mp3
02 - Retsyn - Baroquenaphobia.mp3
03 - Retsyn - Raped by Elves.mp3
04 - tokenrove - Space Fortress Cruisin'.mp3
05 - tokenrove - Call in Tim Follin.mp3
06 - tokenrove - A Sight for Sore Thumbs.mp3
07 - Retsyn - HighwayZak (Now Leaving Sweden).mp3
bonus - tokenrove - Snail's Theme.mp3
bonus - tokenrove - crimson to black.mp3