Heartfelt Midi-Jams by CGI Gold™ 複合, presented by Bogus Collective.
Home Theater is an adorably nostalgic project with both feet firmly planted in historic midi sounds. Harkening back to the days of home computers and retro Roland sound modules. CGI Gold incorporates several of these motifs that you may just recognize.
Even if the riffs are not familiar, the uninitiated listener will still feel a unique energy from the chords and tones used. Huge synthesized drumkits smash and bash behind artificial yet wholesome midi tones. Sound wise – everything is ripped straight from the 90’s, soaked in strange summer vibes of yesteryear.
It’s a fun listen from start to finish, with plenty of energy and grooves to keep things interesting. While not necessarily Vaporwave, Home Theater sees use of many techniques like conservative sample flipping, chopping and stuttering. The core midi flavor is never unhinged however, no matter how hazy or sliced the sounds are, they always find their way back to those nostalgic rhythms and tones.
The 11 tracks steam by at light speed – making this one perfect for repeat listens. You can stream and download the project now via Bogus Collectives Bandcamp Page.
Dawn of Claymation is a new 6-Track synth project by Zach Dolin brought to us by Ingrown Records. Hovering somewhere between chiptune soundtrack of your childhood favorite video game and long-lost solo project of *insert 70’s Prog Rock Keyboardist name here* – and the result is quite satisfying! Utilizing the Roland SC-88 Pro, Zach taps into the tones of the late 90’s, manifesting a strange world of freeware monster sprites zooming around the listener. Combined with the suggestion of “Claymation”, it is not hard at all to imagine these songs bumping behind some earthworm-jim-esque PC platforming. It’s triumphant and wholesome, with just enough substance to entice listen after listen. Giving this one a massive recommendation – you can pick up the digital version of the album via Bandcamp.
Orange Milk Records of Columbus Ohio never fails to bring some supreme goodies to the table, and this time around is no dissapointment. Ramifications is a phenomenal 8-track project from Gora Sou, soaring to melodic heights and churning depths. Sit back and close your eyes, let the inspiration flow into you…
Favorite Track: 3. Fregata
Germany’s Marc Übel, aka Gora Sou, follows up his fantastic Living XXL album with Ramifications, an increasingly composed and masterful hybrid of ethereal synth abstraction and new MIDI sounds. The music is direct and effortless, seeming to arrive fully formed with few overdubs, even if we know that not to be true. In fact each instance of ambiance, rhythmic movement, and pure sound texture is labored over in a conscious effort to emphasize arrangement. According to the artist, Ramifications is about dealing with problems and changes and accepting them as something constructive, opposed to looking back all the time.