Cuckoo - We Got (chip) Love

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Andreas Paleologos is an animator who creates music under the name Cuckoo. Based in Oslo, Norway, the artist makes club-friendly electronic pop music and published his first full album recently on the Impeller Recordings label. Called "Ringalingading," the twelve-track album is available internationally on iTunes.

Cuckoo's first game cover came in February of 2009, a Mega Man 2 remix of Flash Man's stage music. Part of a music video that included his own animations, the movie depicted the artist dancing in the background of several of the game's Robot Master stages. Around the same time, Cuckoo started a podcast series on the making of retro game music, describing the techniques employed by 8-bit era chip musicians like Hiroyuki Iwatsuki. In 2009 Cuckoo teamed with Swedish iPhone game developer Bambalam to create soundtracks for their growing library of iPhone games.

Beginning with the video "Chipsounds Live," Cuckoo began demoing Plogue's Chipsounds plugin tools, which allow musicians to create authentic sounding chip music on personal computers. The live online edition of the Ringalingading track "Lady Cheri" was performed with Chipsounds as the sound source and Ableton Live 8 Looper, controlled with the Evolution e-keys and nanoKONTROL.

"We Got (chip) Love" is inspired by Iwatsuki's Stage 1-2 theme from Japan-only Famicom sidescroller Mitsume ga Tooru. The pop vocal track is thematically linked to the 8-bit Famicom game by the use of the Plogue chip music plugin, while the lyrics reflect the ambitions of the IWADON compilation in sharing love for classic videogame music.


Cuckooが最初にゲームの曲をカバーしたのは2009年の2月で、ロックマン2 Drワイリーの謎のフラッシュマンステージの曲のリミックスだった。彼のアニメーションも見ることができるそのミュージックビデオでは彼がロボットマスター(ボスキャラ)のステージのバックグラウンドで踊っているシーンを見ることができる。


チップサウンド・ライブのビデオをきっかけに、Cuckooはパソコンで本来のチップサンドがつくれるPlogueによるプラグインを使用開始。ライブバージョンのリンガリンガディングからの曲"Lady Cheri"はチップサウンドを音源として演奏されており、Ableton Live 8のルーパーをエボルーションのe-keysとコルグのナノコントロールで操作している。

We Got (chip) Loveは岩月氏のサイドスクローラーファミコンゲーム”三つ目がとおる”の第1第2ステージのテーマ曲に影響を受けた曲である。歌部分はPlogueのチップ音源のプラグインを使うことで、8bitのファミコンゲームにテーマ的につながる物であり、また一方で詞の内容はイワドンコンピレーションの熱い意志を反映し、クラシックゲーム音楽への愛情を分かち合うものになっている。


from IWADON: Hiroyuki Iwatsuki Tribute Album, released July 23, 2010
Composer: Hiroyuki Iwatsuki
Arranger, Performer: Andreas Paleologos (Cuckoo)


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