Looking for a chiptune web-radio ?
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If you're like me, chances are you're not listening to any radio. NONE ! Because the only kind of music you really could listen to for hours upon hours is either Metal or chiptune/retro-V.G.M. This is why I wanted to share with some fine URLs if you're looking for good 8-bit demoscene-style music.
*** Nectarine ***
I first discovered Nectarine on an old French magazine about the Warez/Demo scene... It was just there, in a corner of the "Featured Websites" page at the end of the publications... Nectarine "Demoscene radio" is exactly that. It streams in pretty much any format known in the universe and the music featured here can go from obscure ym files (Atari ST soundfiles) to the latest tracker tunes you've heard when you last downloaded (legally of course) a game ISO. Definitely the best of the bunch if what you're looking for is variety.
ENJOY ! http://www.scenemusic.net/demovibes/
When Nectarine decides to have so much variety it streams nothing else but repetitive techno beats, I tend to go to Kohina. At least here you know what you'll get, NOTHING BUT 8-bit TRACKER music. So if you're a fan of Atari St, C64 and NSF files, you'll LOE Kohina. Just know that you're friends around might ask you why your listening to Ringtones from 2001. It remains the best place for 8-bit goodness you haven't heard a zillion times already...
ENJOY ! http://www.kohina.com/
*** ModFM & Chiptunes -DIGITALLY IMPORT- ***
Both being available at the same address: http://www.shoutcast.com/radio/Chiptune
Well first let's talk about ModFM. Well if you are not too much into chiptune and old school format, you might Don't know that MODs are the format used for AMIGA music. Therefore, ModFM is exactly what you think it is: MODs over and over again. Which can be refreshing after 5 hours of Beeps & Boops, because MODs have a much higher sampling quality. I personnally thinks MODs always sound very... unecessary fancy. Meaning that all these high quality samples can sound a bit "trendy" and not "hardcore" enough for an oldfag like me. But I'll admit ModFM often has a pretty good selection, and I have yet to get bored of it... The best one if you're running Windows on an emulator for AMIGA 1200.
As for the last one: Chiptunes - Digitally IMPORT -, it's pretty much just a "melting-pot" of every genre the term "chiptune" can englobe. Be warned that this implies you might often dislike the track featured on air, yet you also can expect the following one to be much different. What's the difference with Nectarine then ? Well Nectarine tends to VERY OFTEN have NON chiptune tracks there, as Demo-makers often create wacky techno remixes filled with easter eggs or stuff composed with current music softwares and samples... So let's say this is the one you want to listen to if you're only into chiptunes, but all kinds of chiptune music.
So tell me, what are YOUR FAVORITES ? Any good links to share ?
Benjamin DANIEL, aka Benzaie.
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