Weirdness: An Album You Can Remix On Your Game Boy Advance
Posted by Conor McMahon
Making music with an old friend
The charming blips and scratching synth of chiptune soundtracks has never really lost its appeal among gamers and musicians alike, with many examples of retro sounds being used in new projects even today. From Anamanaguchi to I Fight Dragons, there's plenty out there to discover, and now electronic pop maestro Doctor Popular is enabling anyone with a Gameboy Advance to do a little remixing of their own.
His latest release has been created almost entirely on Nintendo's device, using a synthesizer card to manipulate those awesome gaming sounds into a ten-track album named Destroy All Presets. It's available now on his Kickstarter campaign for a donation of your choosing, but if you pay $88 then you can get yourself a physical copy of the album...on an actual GBA cart.
Plug it in to any kind of Gameboy Advance and you'll be able to remix every song using the same pre-loaded toolkit and resources that Doctor Popular himself utilised. It's a great start for anyone looking to try their hand at electronic music, and if the project reaches a total of at least $11,000, the good Doctor will even release a series of video tutorials to guide you along. The album's release is already funded, as it's passed $8000 (with a target of $6500) with 16 days to go, at the time of writing.
Check out the video below for more information and a suitably wacky few clips of sample tracks. If you've been itching for a simple way to start remixing, then this might be a fun option to consider.