Things I Like: Anamanaguchi

Following up with the early 90’s theme from this month’s “Sunday Sense” series, this “Thing’s I Like” post brings back memories of 8-bit video games and music.

While popular culture brings us a world of realistic 3-D graphics and a digital musical experience, the 8-bit genre is music written with synthesizers emulating old-school video-game-system sounds.

New York chiptune band Anamanaguchi creates original songs that easily bring back nostalgic memories of Skywire and Mega-Man, but video games aren’t their sole influence. In 2006, Anamanaguchi released a free-download EP Power Supply.

Believe it or not all the songs on the EP are produced entirely from a hacked 1985 Nintendo Entertainment System. The band also has released a number of singles and provides music for the video game Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game. The game’s original soundtrack by Anamanaguchi was released on Amazon and iTunes by ABKC Records in North America on August 24, 2010, and was released internationally on August 30, 2010.

The Anamanaguchi interview with The A.V. Club provides closer look into the band and the growing 8-bit genre.

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