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YMCK / Nintendo Pop

Like it or not, old video game music sure was catchy. So catchy, in fact, that an entire music scene has been built around the sound. And it's getting more and more popular.



Say hello to YMCK, a Japanese trio who make the absolute cutest hyperactive pop videogame music ever. Evar.

Yokemura and Nakamura hack away at the video game consoles and Midori sings.

It's a bit hard to find much about these folks, but I think their music speaks for itself. If you want to feel all fuzzy and warm and giddy, click here:

The Magical 8-Bit Tour.mp3
Yellow, Magenta, Cyan and Black (Theme from YMCK).mp3
Does John Coltrane Dream of a Merry-Go-Round?.mp3

As well as making excellent, cheerful, friendly, cute-as-a-button music, they seem like really excellent, cheerful, friendly, cute-as-a-button people too. On their webpage you can download a software synthesizer plugin they wrote which emulates the old Nintendo 8 bit sound chip. And they've started doing short radio programs for their internet fans. On this one they speak some English as they interview COVOX, a swedish chip musician.

Thanks to Tokenrove, my chipworld correspondent, for letting me know about them.