Video Games Are Influencing A Generation of Music Innovators

A lot of my drums are just people picking up new ammo and weapons in games. — Burial

Mixmag goes underground with our friends Ikonika, Tokimonsta, and–well, maybe someday–Burial in a grand expose on video game music’s influence on the latest sounds.

Rustie is another artist who flipped perceptions of dance music on their head and ushered in a new generation of producers with his 2011 record ‘Glass Swords’ arriving stylistically similar to, and packed full of hyperactive noises from games such as Zelda.

Of course, Mmmmaven’s five-year mission is to support the unification of music and technology, and articles like this make every sense in the world.

Just take this quote from Make It New alum Ikonika: “My life feels more like a game than a movie. Music is the biggest game I’m playing.”

Much, much, MUCH more at Mixmag.

Afrodjmac’s Classic Video Games Ableton Pack

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Songwriter, producer, sound designer, Afrodjmac is always sharing his latest creations. One of his recent hits is his classic video game samples. If you’re looking to add some nostalgia to your tunes, read on. If you’re looking for some interesting sounds and effects to play with and make your own, read on. If you don’t know what you’re looking for, might as well read on.

Afrodjmac divides the many features of the pack into four categories: effects, drums, simple waveform synths, and complex multi-layered synths. The effects are useful to give things an 8-bit feel, and they can be used on any sounds even if they are not from the pack. There are 20 drums and percussion instruments that include basic drum sounds as well as glitches, pops, FX, and more. For flashbacks to those late nights hunched in front of a screen, play around with the simple waveform synths. These are taken directly from the NES and Gameboy. The multi-layered synths are more complex, tweaked versions of the simple synths.

To get the sounds out of the NES, Afrodjmac used MIDINES, a custom cartridge with a MIDI cable coming out. And for the game boy he used Synthboy by Ninstrument. Ninstrument will actually custom make this product for any classic video game system.

Listen to these sounds in action:

When you buy the pack you can also view the Ableton Live Sets for all these songs and hopefully get some good ideas of how you can use the sounds. The pack is only 19.99 and you can buy it below! You can also read more about this pack here.

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