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Chipmusic • Interviews

Mega Man Music: Interview with Hally

1UP: Can you tell us a little about your personal histories with this particular game series?

Hally: I’ve been following videogame music since I was young, and I’ve found Mega Man music has always had a singular quality to it. It has a purity that appeals to many listeners. I’ve actually written articles on the history of Mega Man background themes, based on interviews like this one. I felt the burning desire to uncover just what it was that made these tunes what they are. (This is something Ippo-san and I have talked about on numerous occasions.) I ultimately came to the conclusion that while it’s something very distinctive, Mega Man music ultimately evades being pinned down and described in words.

Ryo Kawakami: I remember playing Mega Man back in elementary school and loving it. I even recorded my NES on cassette tape and had to experiment through trial and error to edit out the buzzing sound of the boss’s life bar filling up. Mega Man ZX was my first experience writing music for the series, and it sure did bring me back. It was an emotional moment for me.

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Chipmusic • Free Music Archive

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Live Events • TCTD 2009 Awards

TCTD Awards 2009: Best Live Performer

Live performance is a bit of a dirty secret in electronic music, and perhaps more so in chip music where far too many artist are happy pantomiming and summoning, and few have the talent or charisma to pull off a genuinely charismatic live performance. This list is far too short, as there were a number of great performers active this year, and those left off were done by the barest of margins. Here are the nominees for Best Performers of 2009.

Graffitti Monsters

Sorry for the older video, but even in it’s current incarnation as a two-piece (soon to be three piece), GM are one of the most energetic and fun chip shows around.

tRasH cAn maN

Charisma, CHECK, great tunes CHECK, enigmatic and entertaining crowd seductery? CHECK.

The J Arthur Keens Band

Youthful musical genius overcomes the odds to become breakout performer at industry showcase. IT HAPPENED.


The world’s best just got better, forever.

Bud Melvin

Last year’s nominee keep it rocking with good times, rad tunes, and live music fade-outs.