Way back in the 80s a synthesizer was created that was insanely versatile, majestically expressive and meatier than a truck full of steak. However, you won't find it in any second hand music store because it lived inside a tiny home computer called the Commodore 64.
While there have been many releases to exclusively use the sound of the SID or SID emulators, not many have managed to capture the powerful feel of compositions by the likes of Rob Hubbard, Martin Galway, David Whittaker or Fred Gray. They always hark back to a simpler, jollier version of the c64. An unrecognizable c64 without teeth, full of happy compositions and no musical shocks or surprises.
Thing on a Spring (also known as Keef Baker) presents an album not just influenced by the sounds of the c64 but also the compositional ticks of the bare-toothed Hubbard pieces, the detailed constructions of the Galway epics, shocks and surprises intact.
But this is not a pure chiptune album, more voices have been used than the c64 was capable of. Effects such as delay and reverb and equalization have been used to try and turn it into the c64 music that lives in your head the way you remember it.
From 12 minute detailed epics, to angry, almost death metal-like blasts and everything in between, this album attempts to exhibit the whole palette of music from that generation with a modern twist.
released February 24, 2017
All Tracks by Keef Baker
Mastered by R.Galbraith
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