Tag Archives: creative commons

8bc collection

For those of you who have been into Chiptune music for a while, you probably remember the website 8bitcollective.com. Plagued with site issues like downtime and a finicky uploader, 8bc held a special place in my heart, it was an incredibly active portal for free chiptune music. Every submission was downloadable, and its where I learned of many of my new favorite artists, included Smiletron, MisfitChris and Electric Children.

At the end of last year, 8bc went down for good. Luckily, some crafty people took the time to create this: a torrent file of every song on the 8bc database. Just over 18GB, this torrent is massive chunk of chiptune history, and includes some songs that can’t be found anywhere else. And the best part, this torrent is entirely legal under Creative Commons.

For those looking for a new Chiptune fix, check out uCollective, a website started in the spirit of 8bc, with much more attentive developers ;)

Smiletron – Solstice

Smiletron brings us a message on the summer solstice.

This free EP is available from Smiletron.org and is licensed under Creative Commons. You may also support Smiletron by naming your price on the player below. Direct Download (ZIP/MP3).

Follow Smiletron on Facebook and Soundcloud. Download more Smiletron on Bandcamp.

8-BITchin’tendo – Lo-fi World

I first discovered 8-BITchin’tendo on MySpace (of all places.) His jams picked me up by my heart and brought to a place full of funky Nintendo riffs. The only thing that hurt was the quality of the MySpace stream, but thanks to NoiseChannel.org, you can download NINETEEN of his tracks for free in any of Bandcamp’s high-quality audio formats! Awesome!

The opening track, Princess Toadstool, is one of those tracks I just can’t shake from my head. When I first heard it, I played it on repeat for over an hour. The whole album is an exceptionally programmed NES masterpiece, with quality recording and an authentic chiptune sound. Released for free under Creative Commons, 8-BITchin’tendo’s Lo-Fi World is not to be missed!