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      News — retro chiptune music

      Deflemask January Showcase

      Deflemask January Showcase

      Spring is just around the corner. And what better way to celebrate than by making a fresh new playlist! So buckle up and we're going for another round of showcasing artists from YouTube who work in Deflemask!

      Click on the GIFs to hear the masterpieces our creators made!

      Chemical Plant Zone from Sonic 2 by Uhrwek Klockwerx 

      Our first song is a re-remix of Chemical Plant Zone from Sonic 2 by Uhrwek Klockwerx. It's always incredible to revisit old projects and see how you've improved over time, and this is a super fun upgrade. It's a very fitting way for them to celebrate a 2K follower milestone. This is also a graduation of sorts to move on to making more original content. Can't wait to see what they make next.

      Turnaround by Melo 

      With its intricate baseline, it would fit right in as the soundtrack for a high-speed chase through a futurist city, or as the battle theme in a creepy dungeon. This is an original piece for their new FM album, and it sounds like this is just the beginning of something truly incredible.

      Area F by Evolução Gamer

      This song is from Mega Man ZX, which was set 200 years after the Mega Man Zero Series events. This remix makes the song even more mysterious while staying true to the original.

      Lost and Saddened by n1k-o 

      For the next piece on our list, we have Lost and Saddened by n1k-o. This is part of the soundtrack they wrote for a game called Misplaced, which is a meditative puzzle platformer for the Mega Drive. It's got an incredible beat, and it's the perfect background for all your puzzle-solving needs.

      Dream Land by 3-UP 

      Hope you're ready for another incredible entry. From the 2022 Battle of the Bits advent calendar, this song is by 3-UP, called Sega's Dreamland. That day's challenge was choosing Game Boy or the Sega Master System on Deflemask. They imagined an alternate timeline where Kirby had been on the game gear instead of the Game Boy. You can hear the Kirby-like tunes throughout this one. It's certainly an adorably fun re-imagining of the series.

      South Side Smooth by Haberchuck 

      It's time to change the vibe with this next piece by Haberchuck. This song is from the Scum City Skull Busters soundtrack and is called Southside Smooth City Street Stage. Although it may be a bit of a tongue twister, it's a super chill song with many funk and hip-hop influences from that iconic genre. It's truly an ode to retro-beat him-ups.

      Space Junk Galaxy by MattJHart 

      It's time to explore space peacefully with this cover of Space Junk Galaxy from Super Mario Galaxy. MattJHart has used the Mega Drive and Genesis sounds to make a playful, retro-inspired homage to the original. It lovingly showcases the nuances of the original songs orchestral, nature, and grace.

      Sonic 2 Underground Zone V1 by Kade the Cathog 

      This piece is an absolute treat, and Kade has put a fun spin on it while staying true to the heart of the original. As always. You can't go wrong with putting an excellent Sonic cover like this on your workout playlist if you wanna put an extra spring in your set.

      Jupiter by Geebone 

      Now it's time for a recent original song made by Geebone. This piece is called Jupiter and is made in Deflemask using the Genesis and Mega Drive chipsets. It has a mysterious-sounding synth that reinforces the song's name and a space-like feel to give an incredible otherworldly experience.

      Letter Ambience by The Emotional Guy 

      Our final piece of the day is The Emotional Guy's recent original song, Letter Ambience. They experimented with ambient and downbeat tones to make the stark-natured techno piece. Many of their trademark instruments, such as the strings and FM trumpet, are still used, but the lower octaves bring a refreshing new sound style.

      Watch the video here:

      Before you go, do you like chiptunes? Cats? Maybe Mimi or the Sega Genesis? Well, if you do, let's have a catjam together! Join us on Discord and subscribe to us on YouTube

      Deflemask December Showcase

      Deflemask December Showcase

      It's a new year. The holidays are over, and winter weather is in full swing, so there's no better time to find some fresh new tracks for your 2023 playlists. So buckle up and we're going for another round of showcasing artists from both Soundcloud and YouTube who work in Deflemask!

      Click on the GIFs to hear the masterpieces our creators made!

      Vain Aspirations by subpxls

      Frequently in subpxls work, there are callbacks to songs from other games, and this one is no different. Keep an ear out for references to pieces from Atrium Odyssey, Cross Code, and Grand Knight's history, as well as a few others. This piece has a calming melody that is reminiscent of daily life in a far-off fantasy land. Put this on your playlist while you make some new memories and adventures of your own this year.

      Memories by Zeir the Fox

      It's time to shift the vibe with this next piece called Midnight Memories by Zeir the Fox. The mysterious tones in this piece and the incredible baseline really set the tone for an exciting adventure or a late-night mission. So whether you're battling aliens on a captured space station or sneaking across the rooftops to deliver a secret message, this Genesis-inspired piece has got you covered.

      Mecha Green Hill Zone by Evan Shenfield 

      Evan Shenfield has brought us back to hang out with our pal Sonic once again, this piece is a 16-bit remix of Mecca Green Hill Zone from Sonic Chaos using the Mega Drive Chipset in Deflemask. This song is incredibly robust compared to the original and is definitely an amazing upgrade. It would be perfect in a remake and fantastic to listen to on a loop as well.

      Jumping Finn by Maximus 

      Maximus is making their debut on our list today with a simple Deflemask cover from Jumping Finn. It's an adventure time game by Cartoon Network that is nostalgic for many fans of the show. This is a fun and peppy song just like the show and this cover really adds to it quite nicely while giving it somehow an even more retro feel.

      Black Metal Courage II by Newcanaanite 

      Let's mix things up again with Newcanaanite and their piece called Black Metal Courage II. It's a funky and exciting piece with a lot of styles and added player. Consider adding this to a workout playlist or just as something to play on a loop while you work on your goals in this new year to give you all the motivation you'll need.

      Lava Rock by Ethan Quach 

      This is a short and intense song that has their signature kick drum pattern, and an incredible guitar solo near the end. Lava Monsters beware because this song has all the inspiration you need to win a fiery victory.

      The Game Boy Militia Marches Fourth with Toy Weapons by Hunter Van Brocklin 

      It was made for Battle of the Bits during their advent calendar event last month. The requirements were that a song would be made each day based on a new prompt and format. This particular one was made using the Deflemask Game Boy Chip Set. It has an incredible, unique, and ominous feel, which lends itself well to the visual of a toy army going on the attack. 

      Electro Sakura by Yuncom BGM Channel 

      It's made in Deflemask and is inspired by the idea of an arcade-style horizontal shooter. The melody is short, but super upbeat and fun and would be great for grouping in the background as you blast your way through level after level.

      A Dark Sickness by RevvoBolt

      This moody piece has an incredible baseline and a fantastic progression that keeps you guessing about what will happen next. Give this mysterious piece a try for yourself.

      Check out the video here:

      Oh before you go, do you like chiptunes? Cats? Maybe Mimi or the Sega Genesis? Well, if you do, let's have a catjam together! Join us on Discord and subscribe to us on YouTube

      Deflemask November Showcase

      Deflemask November Showcase

      Holiday dinners may be here, but I hope you saved some room for a few Tasty Jams! So buckle up and we're going for another round of showcasing artists from both Soundcloud and YouTube who work in Deflemask

      Click on the pictures to hear about the masterpieces they made!

      Reiko GoldenBoy by A M 4 N 

      This song is inspired by episode five of the classic anime, Golden Boy. It includes various voice lines from the character Reiko Tarayama, a rich heiress who is obsessed with her Bimota Tesi 1D motorbike. This piece goes hard in the absolute best way possible with a fantastic baseline and an incredible progression that will leave you wanting more.


      Verdant Expanse by subpxl

      It's heavily inspired by another song from an indie game called Project Terra. This charming piece will whisk you away to a land of fantasy and adventure and capture your heart along the way.


      Select an Option by The Emotional Guy 

      Having a hard time trying to choose what to listen to. This next track might just help you out. Select an option by The Emotional Guy would be the perfect background soundtrack for decision-making. This Genesis-inspired piece is incredibly chill and perfect for looping no matter how long your decision takes.


      Leafy Woods by ZeirTheFox01 

      This piece is an original tune made with the Sega Master system chipset. Its thrilling and mesmerizing nature makes it perfect for looping over and over again.


      My Dear Cyclonis by The Emotional Guy 

      The emotional guy makes our list again with an original piece called My Dear Cyclones. This song is somewhat of a Halloween-Esque boss theme. It took inspiration from Shinobi III’s My Dear D and Alien Soldiers' Lurk!!!. Give this spooky piece a try for yourself.


      The First Ladies Song Arrange by Ritz the lazy artist 

      Our next song is brought to us by Ritz, the lazy artist. This is called The First Ladies Song Arrange.  It's an incredibly fun rearrangement of a piece sung by Dot Warner In the Animaniacs reboot. They used instruments and samples from the original SEGA Genesis game to give it that retro feel.


      Run Through The Winter Wonderland by Ethan Quach 

      This psych Genesis piece uses a lot of instruments from Sonic Three and Knuckles with a heavy drum and bass vibe. The sound of the instrumental melody solidifies that chili feeling you'd get from a perfect ice-level theme.


      Sinobi Mission 1 by lunoka

      Don't let our next song sneak past. This is a cover of Shinobi Mission 1 by lunoka. It uses the PC engine chipset instead of the Sega master system this time around. It's much more robust than the original while retaining that perfect air of mystery and action.


      Check out the video here:


      Oh before you go, do you like chiptunes? Cats? Maybe Mimi or the Sega Genesis? Well, if you do, let's have a catjam together! Join us on Discord and subscribe to us on YouTube

      Deflemask October Showcase

      Deflemask October Showcase


      It may be November already, but we hope you're ready for a treat for your ears alongside all that leftover Halloween candy. We're up for another round of showcasing artists from both Soundcloud and YouTube who work in Deflemask!

      Click on the pictures to hear about the masterpieces they made!

      Fizzled by Aleksandar Milović


      This piece is based on a mix by Abstract64 that was made for Battle of the Bits, Summer Chip 11, and as a unique twist, it also happens to be one of the demo songs included in Deflemask. It's fun, inspiring, and incredible to see how each artist can add their own unique style.

      Stage by Verum Corner

      This piece was made for a homebrew game project called Space Cobra. It's a 2D pixel art, platformer, and action game about space pirates. Before you know it, this song will have you hyped to Swashbuckle your way across the galaxy.

      Impossible Love by Tane


      This is an original song heavily based on endless love from the 3DS Port. It's borrowed the style of Fantasy Zone II DX and has other influences thrown in as well. Give it a listen and see what you think.

      Veritas by Xiggy

      This version was made in Delflemask by Xiggy and was composed by Presti. Deemo is a score-based music video game. The plot centers around a little girl who falls from an open trap door in the sky and a mysterious black being who plays piano music to help the girl return to her own world. The retro style of this cover lends an extra air of mystery and intrigue.


      Quick Race by Ethan Quach

      This is a 16-bit cover of Battle Quick Race from Sonic Heroes. It was made in Deflemask using instruments from Sonic 3 and Knuckles Balloon Park, which is also by the same original composer. What a fun way to showcase a composer's unique style.
      Gunky Thing by Rayjkayj

      Are you ready for a funky little looptoberjam? Rayjkayj brought us a little neo- geo inspiration with this fun and original little gunky thing loop, and we can't wait to see what it turns into.

      Space Battle by Scowsh

      Put your astronaut costumes back on! This is an original piece that was composed using the NES sound trip by Scowsh. It's exciting, mysterious, and absolutely out of this world.


      Tidal Rush by Ethan Quach. 

      This is a 16-bit cover of Tidal Rush from Splatoon two. It's done in the style of Sonic 3 and Knuckles. And honestly, it feels like we really missed out on having a 16-bit version of Splatoon

      Check out the video here with Mimi! 

      Oh before you go, do you like chiptunes? Cats? Maybe Mimi or the Sega Genesis? Well, if you do, let's have a catjam together! Join us on Discord and subscribe to us on YouTube!

      Deflemask September Showcase

      Deflemask September Showcase


      Up for a musical ride? Hop in! For today, we're showcasing artists from both Soundcloud and YouTube who work in Deflemask!

      Click on the pictures to hear the masterpieces they made!


      Insect Level by Tobikomi

      This fun piece was made for a game called Do the Same by Rico59. Do the same is a SEGA Master system-style puzzle game involving picture matching of many different types of objects. This particular song is for the insect-themed level, but there are others involving fruit, flowers, and more. The poppy melody is the perfect puzzle-solving motivation.


      Network Transfer 2020 by subpxl

      Subpxl has given us another amazing track with lots of nods to the series we all know and love. It includes inspiration from games like Megaman Battle Network, Megaman X five, Cross Code, Kuro no Kiseki, and Sora no Kiseki FC, among others. Their Genesis era tracks like this never disappoint.


      Speed Demon - Michael Jackson by Diggo Silva 

      This is a Deflemask cover and arrangement. It would absolutely be a great addition to any road trip playlist. And if a retro racing or GTA-esque game were to be made based on the music video, this cover would set the perfect mood.


      Lordess of the Flies by RRThiel

      Are you ready for another track from the new indie shoot 'em up Stellanova? Last month we got to hear a piece from Act 1-1, and this time it's the boss one. The funky beat on this is super hype and I honestly can't wait to see what the actual boss fight looks like when it finally comes out. Hopefully, we'll get a sneak peek when the first demo comes out soon, but in the meantime, you can throw this on repeat and dream of the possibility. 


      Revenge of the Id by Flapsandwich

      This next piece is for an upcoming indie game. The game is called Revenge of the Id and is made in the style of Commodore64, and the song is titled the same. It's a moody piece that sets a serious and determined tone, and it will be exciting to see how it integrates into the game once it's released.


      Menu by TobiKomi

      This piece is the menu theme of Do the Same by Rico59 and feels super nostalgic to the master system era. Put your thinking caps on because this song will have you ready for whatever fast-paced puzzles this game will throw at you.


      Mystic Cave Zone from Sonic 2 by 4sythe

      It wouldn't be a Deflemask showcase without at least one track from a Sonic game, right? This piece is an arrangement of Mystic Cave Zone from Sonic 2 and it pulls inspiration from Bobby Brown's "We are back", and the origins version of Mystic Cave Zone. Its super funky baseline creates a perfect vibe of adventure and exploration.


      Android 808 by TobiKomi

      This Jazzy Track was released for 808 day. 808 day is a celebration of the iconic Roland TR 808 drum machine, which is an instrument that was incredibly influential on modern contemporary music. TobiKomi has made a fantastic tribute piece that showcases it perfectly and is incredibly fun to listen to.


      Death From Above by Legobuzz

      This is an original piece that was made in Deflemask and styled after the battleship theme from Thunder Force IV. They wanted to create a greater sense of urgency while still maintaining the essence of the original and really hitting the mark during an intense space battle. This song will definitely have you on the edge of your seat.


      Proto launch-based Zone from Sonic 3 by Cartoons Animate

      It rounds out the sound of the piece quite nicely with the addition of some extra elements from the PC and the Origins versions as swell. It's upbeat and a really fun time if you're looking for a bit of sonic nostalgia.


      And that's all we have for this month's showcase! If you enjoyed these artists, definitely go check them out and stay tuned for our next Deflemask Showcase!


      Check out the video here with Mimi! 


      Oh before you go, do you like chiptunes? Cats? Maybe Mimi or the Sega Genesis? Well, if you do, let's have a catjam together, and subscribe to us on YouTube!