#011: Goodbye Wi-Fi DIY
5 artists bid farewell to Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection on the brink of its closure, using the DS music-making software that made good use of its features - WarioWare D.I.Y. - to craft their goodbye songs.
#010: sirqueue - WWW
Curating an obscure netlabel for obscure pieces of electronic music might not seem like a rewarding endeavor, but finding impressive works like WWW in my inbox has always been a treat. When sirqueue, a Helsinki filmmaker with two Warioware DIY albums already published on his Soundcloud, reached out to me asking if anyone was still making music with Warioware DIY, my interest was piqued. Since releasing the MEGA micromusic compilation and mathgrant's 30s30d in 2010, I had not heard of anyone working with this software in earnest. What I discovered upon playing the tracks was nothing short of extraordinary. sirqueue has apparently spent years honing his skills with the RecordMakerMatic, pushing it and bending it beyond what I ever thought possible, using only the raw sounds directly from the program. From the plucky arpeggiated bleeps of "Animals..." evoking Yoshi's Island or Fez to "Omar's Birch Basses" evolving slowly into a deranged swaying dancefloor stomp, you never know what's going to happen next on WWW. sirqueue's work serves not only as a shining example of what this program is capable of, but moreover, evidence of the following lesson: a great artist is not limited by their tools.
#009: Japanese Wallpaper - war peace rocket ships
“war peace rocket ships was recorded in various beds across three continents in the first half of 2011. The idea was hatched on a stormy wet day in downtown Jerusalem, where I spent the last few months of 2010. After a sudden bout of inspiration, I set about to gather some things I could use to create music. Armed with several wooden floorboards, an ancient Casio keyboard, a microphone, laptop and a dated copy of Ableton Live, I set out to record. The result is this EP, inspired by war, peace and rocket ships.” — Japanese Wallpaper
#008: 1 SECOND CHIPNOISE COMPILATION VOL 2
A compilation of 1 second chipmusic tracks by artists from around the world. Stream the continuous mix right here.
#007: Decktonic - Stereo Effects
Decktonic takes a step back from the dancefloor for another experimental ambient track. This one is based on two KORG DS10 samples and three Ableton Live instruments, with some interesting effects applied.
#006: mathgrant - 30s30d: A Month's Worth of Composing
During the month of November 2010, mathgrant (AKA Grant Fikes) started and finished a project called "30 Songs in 30 Days", in which he challenged himself to compose one new song every day for 30 days. These are the 30 songs mathgrant made in those 30 days, including 19 NES chiptunes, 10 WarioWare DIY tunes, and 1 ImpulseTracker tune. If you choose to pay at least $1, Grant will send you the .FTM, .NES and .IT files for you to learn from.
#005: MEGA micromusic
A collection of songs made entirely with Warioware DIY's Record MakerMatic, featuring a variety of artists and musical styles.