Micro music: Jam Without the Band

Eric Caoili
E. Caoili|03.20.08

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Lacking the friends needed to put together an Electroplankton/iPhone band? Too impatient for Korg's DS-10 release this summer? Don't let those trivial obstacles discourage you! You don't need a too-live crew to compose a rumpshaker, nor do you need expensive software applications. In fact, having a Nintendo DS isn't imperative either. As many chiptune musicians can attest, you don't need the latest handheld technology to lay down a boss track.

Take this artist in the video above, for example -- he's using Nanoloop, a homebrew synthesizer/sequencer available for both Game Boy and Game Boy Advance systems. You can download the program on the developer's official site for free! Of course, there are a few additional items required for the complete setup:
  • A mess of cables - $50+
  • Korg Kaossilator Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer - $200
  • Korg KP3 Kaoss Pad Dynamic Effect/Sampler - $400
Expensive? Sure, but listen to that music! These are the lush songs your android grandchildren will make babies to after watching the sun set on an alien world.

[Via Nicovideo]
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