The Auditorial: Daft Punk Meets Chiptune on Da Chip
How do you turn a supergroup of electronic/dance music fame into something even more electronic? Turn their music into chiptune and pretend you’re hearing it for the first time out of your brand new NES system of course!
Well that’s what Da Chip has done. Through two free albums you get to hear a plethora of music by Daft Punk, arguably one of the most popular electronic music duos out there, all completely remixed in a chiptune-style (sounds like retro music off on the original Nintendo Entertainment System) by an assortment of artists. While it may disappoint some that the Robot Rockers haven’t had a hand in the remixes themselves, the variety of remixers keeps each album fresh and interesting without ever getting really dull.
For those unfamiliar and scratching their heads about who Daft Punk is…welcome to Earth, nice of you to finally join us! They’ve created such songs as “One More Time” which you’ve probably heard in all kinds of commercials and movies, “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” which you may have heard remixed by Kanye West on his song “Stronger”, or you may have heard their music in the movie Tron: Legacy, because they produced the entire score. Anyone still unfamiliar, they make music robots want to bop their heads to.
Da Chip came together when two french artists Je Deviens DJ en 3 Jours and Zombectro created a competition on the website 8bitcollective.com back in 2008. Chiptune remixes of Daft Punk songs were entered and the finalists were put together on the first volume of Da Chip. The rest is history. Four years later, a second volume has been released and you can download both of them for free at the link at the bottom of this page.
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Regarding the quality of the music, if you’re a fan of both Daft Punk and chiptune music, you should dig most of what’s on here. Many of the remixes are clear counterparts of their original with only a few tracks seeming to take a brave new step into turning the original into something different. My favorite’s have been spread throughout at the page.
It’s worth noting that there are barely any vocals on these tracks, which I understand, but it’s still a little disappointing. Also, considering that Daft Punk is already “Electronic” music, creating and listening to the entirety of these chiptune albums can be tough. Though the remixes are good, and many spot-on, they seem almost stripped down versions and many just don’t compare to the original tracks (isn’t that with most remixes though?)
As a lover of chiptune music and a listener of Daft Punk, I was pleased to see this released. And for free, it’s a great assortment of songs to have around. They may not compare to the originals, but Da Chip is definitely worth a listen.
Go to the website NOW and check it out!