On this day five years ago, Skywave Effect was released. Some context: at this point, I had never seen a live chip music performance. Heck, I'm not even sure if I had met face to face with anyone who was interested in chip music. The original release of this album was like the punctuation at the end of that part of my life: less than a month later I'd attend MAGFest for the first time, see my first live chiptune performances (with Note! being my very first), and lay the groundwork for the collaboration that became Marshall Art.
While I've learned, grown, and accomplished a lot as a hobbyist musician in the five short years since the album came out, these songs still hold a special significance for me: these were my among first attempts at writing original chip music, and my first attempt at something so ambitious as a full-length album.
So, in celebration of this fifth anniversary, I've remixed and remastered the original album from the stems I exported years ago, and compiled some alternate versions and a few incomplete demos that I've scavenged from backup discs from that time.
The real treats here, however, are the bonus remixes. AutoReMi-PK, Temp Sound Solutions, and my Marshall Art band-mate streifig have prepared their own interpretations of songs from the album. It's such an honor to have such great musicians tackle songs I came up with when I was really only cutting my teeth on songwriting.
Hope you enjoy this anniversary release!
released December 18, 2015
Anniversary Edition credits:
All songs written, arranged, performed, mixed, and mastered by Jeffrey Roberts.
Written by Tim Soete.
Originally performed by The Fucking Champs. ©&℗2002 Soete, Green, Smith.
Written by Greg Hann and Lanny Cox.
Originally performed by The Disengagement. ©2009 Make Records.
"Smells Like Airports"
Arranged, performed, and mixed by streifig.
"Circuit Man [Open This Pit Up]" and "Through The Ringer [AutoReMi-PK remix]"
Arranged by AutoReMi-PK.
"Locked Groove [bloodrain rmx]" and "Broken Chord [lotus witch rmx]"
Arranged, performed, and mixed by Shawn Phase.
Endless thanks to Remy, Shawn, and Mikhail for contributing their amazing remixes and covers and for their friendship.
Shoutouts to 8static, Electric Philly, MAGFest, and The Shizz.
All songs (cc) 2009 - 2011 Jeffrey Roberts
except “Chorale Motherfucker” ©&℗2002 Soete, Green, Smith
and “Counsellor” ©2009 Make Records
M. Zuzow, D. Arley, J. Hernandez, & A. Kelley
for hosting the various competitions where many of these songs began.
check them out at thasauce.net
P. Todd for creating the various NES templates and sample packs I scavenged from.
F. Martin for helping out with the release and being an all-around awesome dude.
J. Bentley of CalmDownKidder for graciously offering to release this album.
The Musicians, Bands, Composers and Composists
both Chipmusic and non-chip alike, who provided the inspiration for this album.
The people of The Shizz and OverClocked ReMix for being unbelievably awesome.
Special Thanks to:
Tim Green and Tim Soete for permitting the inclusion of
“Chorale Motherfucker” from the album V, released in 2002 on Drag City.
The Fucking Champs rule.
Check them out at www.myspace.com/thefuckingchamps
Lanny Cox for permitting the inclusion of “Counsellor”
from the album Masters In Escapism, released in 2009 on Make Records.
The Disengagement rules.
Check them out at www.thedisengagement.com
Some rights reserved. Please refer to individual track pages for license info.