This post is long overdue! Jimmy Hinson, also known as Big Giant Circles, is a BAFTA-nominated music composer, rexmier, gamer, and staff member at Overclocked Remix. He’s best known for his work on BioWare’s epic Mass Effect 2, but this post is about something equality as epic, but in a different direction…
Imposer Nostalgia is BGC’s tribute to the game music of old, utilizing samples and synths to create compelling and energetic ‘fakebit’ chiptune. For those not familiar, ‘fakebit’ is a term for music that sounds like 8-bit, but in reality has many more bits. so many bits! This 20 track album is the cream of the crop of chiptune style compositions, with killer production that exhibits BGC’s expertise for sound design and mixing. Imposer Nostalgia is not to be missed. I digress, on to the music!
The album is available from Bandcamp for $5, or $10 for a hard-copy. Follow Big Giant Circles on Facebook and Twitter.
A little slow on the uptake of this fine album from OCRemix, “25 Year Legend” is a collection of Zelda-inspired songs by some on indie gaming’s greatest composers. People like Disasterpeace, Joshua Morse, Big Giant Circles, MisfitChris, and SoulEye all contribute stunning arrangement in their trademark styles. This album stands out to me as a one of the finest examples of how a diverse set of genres can feel through cohesive thanks to a strong theme. The music of The Legend of Zelda is powerful on its own, in the hands of so many talented composers it truly becomes magic.
Composer Jimmy “Big Giant Circles” Hinson brings us some festive chiptunes perfect for bringing in the season. Created in the vein of his wonderful full-length Impostor Nostalgia, these tunes are light-hearted, upbeat, and definitely fun. I must admit, I am not much for seasonal music. As a kid I used to get motion sick on our annual drives to see the family, which resulted in a conditioned nausea when I hear Christmas music (too much Gameboy in the car, no doubt.) I am pleased to report that this album, with stealar arrangements and mixing, is not only allowing me to enjoy this wonderful tunes, but will also breathes new life in my holiday travels (and hopefully yours too!).
My favorite track would have to be Circle of the Bells, an chiptune / orchestral take on Carol of the Bells. It’s epic, emotive and genuine, as much as I’ve come to expect from Big Giant Circles. As an extra special gift, follow @bigGIANTcircles on twitter for a chance to grab a free download code!
The album is released by Ubiktune and is available from Bandcamp. Happy Holidays!
Working on my set for MAGFest, I came up with this at a coffee shop. Three days of listening to nothing but this, the final mix. is up for download. Please support the artists sampled in this mashup by buying their songs at the links below.