Those who follow Pixel Mixers are surely familiar with Alek Fleischer‘s glitchy, granulous, intricately textured synth sounds and ambiences. Well, he just released his EP “Aliased Road”, where he surely delivers the electronic goodness you’d expect from him.
I live in Washington and I’m 18 years old, but I was born in Oregon and have been making electronic music in some capacity since I was only nine. (It understandably didn’t sound that good at the time). I think a lot of Pixel Mixers started with covers right off the bat and are only recently branching out into originals, but I went through the opposite process. Generally I see original music as my main musical focus and VGM covers as a side gig (albeit a very rewarding one!), so I’m excited to share it here.
I’ve done a couple tiny game soundtracks (including for my own solo development). These include “Quality Television”, an absurd puzzle game I made about hypnotizing guards with a TV, and “OVERFOWL”, an action-focused jam game by a collaborator about overflowing your stats. Early on, I spent a lot of time making bizarre little demos. You can find some of these in an earlier album, “Vertical Slice”. It only covers a fraction of that; you’ll likely see more of it in future releases. But over time, I’ve become a lot more focused and consistently happy with my production. These abandoned tracks become less and less common the more recent in the project file list you look.
That progression culminates in “Aliased Road”, which is entirely comprised of tracks made this year for specifically this purpose. It’s a glitchy synthwave EP. Even though it’s a short album, I tried to take the listener on a journey. It opens with a banger, but that first track unexpectedly ends with breaking down into glitchy breakbeats. The album gets wilder as it goes, and was a lot of fun to experiment with! That first track’s followed by pseudo-ambient pieces with modular percussion, melodies made from glitch sounds, and intense tracks reminiscent of French EDM. But however weird it gets, it never loses sight of its synthwave roots. I hope you enjoy it!
You can listen to “Aliased Road” on Spotify or purchase it on Bandcamp or iTunes.
Alek’s Social Media:
Danilo Ciaffi, a regular Pixel Mixers‘ member, known for the quality of his arrangements and mixes, but also for his composer skills, has released his 1st EP “Gravity“!
I am 25 years old and, after many years around Europe, I settled to live in my home-town, Rome.
I just graduated in pure mathematics while being a part-time freelance composer, and I’m now trying to make these two passions of mine coexist in the world of sound technologies.
I started making music at the age of 15, when I picked up a cheap guitar with the intent of writing down some songs ideas I had in mind.
Through the years I played and composed in pretty much any genre, until at the age of 20 I started getting into narrative music and soundtracks. I am currently scoring a video game and working on my own concept album.
Inspiration can come from literally anything: a picture, a sound I like, a story I want to tell or I just wake up with a motif in mind.
In any case I tend to start with very small seeds and grow them until they become a full piece (or more). The most part of the process comes in fact after the sparkle, at the time to expand on your little fragment of music, to choose the sound you want and to work on making your idea into a finished track.
“Gravity” was born when some friends asked me to write the music for a side-scrolling game set in a space station.
The game got cancelled eventually, but I got really interested in the kind of sonority I was exploring and kept working on it. I took inspiration from the sound of 80’s synths, but I also wanted my tracks to feel modern and “digital”, which was a very instructive and fun challenge.
You can listen to Gravity on Spotify:
Or buy it on Bandcamp:
Danilo’s Social Medias:
First of all, we make free albums, like OCR but unlike Materia Collective or GamelarkRemixes. Which also means we do not license our albums.
We are still new and we do not have the reputation of OCR or Materia Collective that benefits from a great number of active and “famous” members.
We also try to stay “beginner friendly” and help new members to learn to improve their mix and arrangements.
Finally we do organize monthly VGM contests where the people who might “not be ready for albums yet” can practice and improve and benefit from feedback from the other contestants.
Pixel Mixers Discord Server:
Pixel Mixers Albums organization:
For that you have to keep an eye on what’s happening in the PM community life, either on Discord, VGCover Reddit or our social media. There will be announcements of the next projects to come and other announcements when those projects start.
From then, just follow the guideline in the project announcement to join in.
Pixel Mixers Albums hosting:
– Why not use Bandcamp for Pixel Mixers Albums?
As you know, Pixel Mixers does free VGM Tribute Albums, we do not sell. The problem with Bandcamp is that the number of free downloads is really limited, even more so with a free account. We would likely reach that limit in less than one day after the release of a new album. And so, people would be forced to pay to download our Albums and we do not want that.
– Why does Pixel Mixers use Mediafire for hosting its albums?
Because, so far, Mediafire is the only website that have those following qualities:
completely free to use, unlimited free downloads, viewable download stats, ability to edit a file while keeping the same link, no file size restriction and storage restriction of 51GB (which is more than enough for our needs).
– Aren’t Mediafire links dangerous for my computer?
No, as long as the file is safe there is no danger at all. And we can guarantee you that we take great care of our album files and that since we started in early 2016 there was not a single complaint about our albums being corrupted or having viruses.
You guys probably already know Mind Waker, a core member of the Pixel Mixers Community. He made artworks for bunch of our albums and he is one of the most respected and active musician in Pixel Mixers.
Well, he just released his new Original EP called “Electric Dreams“!
I’m a Finnish dude who is soon turning in to his 30‘s and likes Sci-fi stuff and fantasy. I like working on arts and moving images, so as a day job I freelance in Visual Effects and at nights I work on music and digital painting.
My project is called “Mind Waker” which started as a Progressive Metal band but slowly turned out to be my solo project for which I’m currently writing 3 albums worth of material and stories. Because coming up with whole worlds and story archs takes a damn long time I make covers and other type of music to keep me inspired.
My creative process is all over the place, but I guess the main thing I find to get “juiced up” is just to find a sound I like and build from there. What most inspires me to work on huge album concepts is the work of Arjen Lucassen whose story archs can span multiple albums. Inspiration sources for the smaller things like covers and singles I take inspiration from bands I like to listen from day to day, like Snarky Puppy, Vulfpeck, she, Bernhoft, meganeko, Major Parkinson and many more artists and bands…
The Electric Dreams EP was pretty much inspired by Deadmau5 and a handful of chiptune artists I mentioned earlier. Listening to Deadmau5 made me realize that I wanted to get back to composing electronic music which I actually did quite a lot when I first got my hands on my first DAW “Reason” back in 2006 or somewhere around that time.
You can listen to Electric Dreams on Spotify:
And you can also get it on iTunes:
Mind Waker’s Social Medias:
Here are the top 5 most upvoted covers on our VGCover /subreddit during June 2018.
We’re still trying to push for new artists to appear on these lists so please try to remember to upvote the covers that you’ve enjoyed on the subreddit.
- 1st) Eldon Reeves – Trailer Theme from Fire Emblem Three Houses
- 2nd) Gunderslam/Tremendouz – Ryoshima Coast from Okami
- 3rd) Ro Panuganti – Main Theme from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
- 4th) Danilo Ciaffi(feat. Pixel Mixers Members) – Ballad of the Windfish from Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
Danilo’s cover is also from our Legend of Zelda Tribute Album: Hylian Downfall
- 5th) PeyCa Ft. Kiaran, ChrisMan, and xMEIYIN- Schala’s Theme from Chrono Trigger
Thank you for voting this month and please remember top upvote newer covers on the subreddit so we can hopefully see you in the top 5 for July!
My dear friends, it’s time to release our newest project: “Shattered Memories” a tribute album to XenoGears music!
We made this tribute album to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the game, release in February 1998. We gathered more than 60 musicians and re-arranged 36 tracks from the OST!
You can download our album for free by clicking on this picture =>
Or directly with this link: http://www.mediafire.com/file/ukgcaijuhbms49f/Pixel+Mixers+-+Shattered+Memories+%5BXenoGears%5D.zip
The soundtrack was composed by Yasunori Mitsuda, the famous composer of Chrono Trigger & Chrono Cross. If XenoGears still has some of his musical signature, the global mood is more serious and dark than CT&CC, due to the main themes of game, being really mature.
The Length of this album is almost 2 hours and 20 minutes, we covered most of the tracks from the OST (36) and tried to give a new “life” to those VGM gems!
Once again we tried to bring as much as variety as possible, with: prog rock, metal, classical, jazz, folk, Celtic rock, fusion, EDM and more!
If you want a taste of our album before downloading, here is a trailer:
And a huge THANK YOU to every one of you who downloaded this album 😀
– Project Director: Hashel https://www.youtube.com/c/Hashel
– Artwork Main Design: Michael Walker https://twitter.com/Solgabane?s=09
– Artwork: Mind Waker https://www.artstation.com/mind_waker
– Album Mastering: Ro Panuganti https://www.youtube.com/user/Swiggles1987
If you want to follow our future projects (Secret of Mana, Castlevania, Shovel Knight, Donkey Kong Country, Indie Games Vol. 2…) or even join them as a musician here are some nice places for you:
– Pixel Mixers Reddit https://www.reddit.com/r/VGCovers/
– Pixel Mixers FB https://www.facebook.com/PixelMixers/
– Pixel Mixers Twitter https://twitter.com/Pixel_Mixers
– Pixel Mixers Discord https://discord.gg/2YmK66G
Now some polls to elect your favourite songs per disk 😉
– Disc 1: Alpha => https://www.strawpoll.me/15999680
– Disc 2: Omega => https://www.strawpoll.me/15999705
Hope you guys will enjoy our XenoGears album 😀
Don’t hesitate to check all of our other albums: https://pixel-mixers.com/2018/04/08/pixel-mixers-albums-list/