HELLO! I’M AN ALBUM!

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I’ve just released a new album and his name is “HELLO I’M AN ALBUM” and this big square face up there is the cover art and you can listen to it or download it here: https://izioq.bandcamp.com/album/hello-im-an-album

I’m supposed to write here a very deep text about this album with preferably lots of key words and tags in order to help search engine to find this bloody page and get more fans and become the KING OF THE WORLD AND –

Well, what I can tell you is that I put a lot of myself into this album and a lot of work… so I really hope you’ll love it, cherish it and tell all your friends about it!

Thanks for being there!

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“World of izioq”: new album out!

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Guess it was time to update the blog a little bit so… welcome to this new journey into the world of izioq!
I’m super proud of this album and I really hope you’ll love this new mix of electro chiptune video game indie pop whatever music: I don’t even know how to name it but you’ll find here a lot of genre and influence to enjoy 🙂

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P.S: I really want to thank you all for your awesome feedback & support. This is just awesome: the world of izioq is yours!

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“New Songs for Old Kids”: new album out!

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I guess it’s time to tell you here that my new album is out since the 4th of January 🙂

It’s named “New Songs for Old Kids” and you can listen to it here: https://izioq.bandcamp.com/album/new-songs-for-old-kids

This is my third album: it’s pretty diverse and filled with passion & personal meanings!
I’ve opened my sound to lots of new things and if you’re into video games & geekery I guess you might like it 😉

Welcome to the izio-World!

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P.S: …and to all of you who support and appreciate my music: thank you so much, you rule 😉 !

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interzioq #4: Cyborg Jeff’s interview – Super CJ Land

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Hello what’s your name and how do you feel right now?
Hi Izioq, I’m Cyborg Jeff and i’m completely overbooked in my crazy life right now, as I’m waitin’ my 4th child !

Anything else about you that you’d like to share (age, country, favorite food, shoe size, etc.)?
Yep. So I’m… arf… 37 years old! I live in Belgium and for sure I eat Belgium Fries and drink special beers… No. In fact, I prefer drink wine and eat a barbecue with many friends! Gosh, In my young time my parents bought me shoes size 47. I hate that so I always lost them… Now, after a long work, I can buy size 44!
Well, for now I don’t have spoke about music, but that’s also my real life where music is just a part of all that crazy things I do like professional photo and video, playing old video-games and trying to be a Super Daddy!

What’s your last release and do you have something special to say about it?
My Last CD album was “Super CJ Land” and was released during Xmas 2013. It was around my 30 personnal albums… wow it’s incredible! And that album includes more than 30 tracks. It was a long, long project. I thought the first idea of this album came from 2004. At that time, I especially wrote Electro Dance/Trance music. But I already liked what we called Chiptunes Music for fun. I had in mind to do a new album around the idea of the oldschool Pixelised theme of “eMail to Elise” with a CiJibastian Bach using a crazy chipinstrument…
That folder stay many years on my computer and I’ve added and removed some new stuff from time to time. But “Electro Dance” was still the genre I mostly made till my first child was born. At that time I needed to change many things, and then during few years I didn’t wrote any music. Then in 2010 I came back, but only on a minimalist music style that realy fitted to this project.
So I wanted to change the concept of the album to “Super CJ Land” that really fitted to my new passion of oldschool video games. So I’ve asked my friend the talentous graphist Tohad to think about that for the cover while I was trying to finish to write songs and find an idea to create a whole ambient for the 30 songs (in fact, at first, there were 50 tracks !)

What software, gear, setup, etc. do you use to make music?
This album have something really special because the older track was written in year 2000. So I’ve used a patchwork of softwares. Impulse Tracker, Open Modplug Tracker, Schism Tracker, Jeskola Buzz Tracker, Goat Tracker and a Demo version of Renoise. I’ve often used just “samples” like the demosceners but I’ve also had fun with 8bits VSTi like Farbrausch V2, 4KLang, and Plogue Chipsound.

How would you describe your music, with words?
Super CJ Land : Welcome to my TinyWorld is not just a simple album about Chiptunes nor an album composed with GameBoys: this is a trip in Cyborg Jeff land with all those simple sounds and miniaturation competition from that universe. Tools have changed during this project! You’ll hear tracks wittten with the FM synthesizer well known in Demoscene world but also mood of the mythic C64 of my childhood… or some tracks sounding more Amiga and Nintendo Video Games. So I hope this diversity will be enjoyable! It’s fresh and happy !

What inspires you ?
For sure there are many things that inspire me, especially in this album that have many many references during those long years. There are inspiration coming from the great Commodore and Amiga compositors : Alister Brimble, Barry Leitch, Chris Huelsbeck, Jeroen Tel, Rob Hubbard or Laxity.
There are also an important inspiration coming from the Demoscene World like Bzam, Dubmood, Zus, KB, Rez, Ultrasyd, Maf for instance… and some of them are also now compositors for Indie Video Game like Frédéric Motte and Jake Kaufmann.
There are also just simple moments, like Xmas mood, like Fukushima fears, like discovering the Pix’n’Love books or some melodies from Owl City at the radio…
Finaly there are also people that have given to me some special power to get inspired from. My Brother Pype and his Bilou video game, my friend Pierrick who teached me how to make music with a computer, Zavie and LLB from CTRL-ALT-TEST that waked me up to write music again, my wife, my children,…

Any musician, famous or not, we should check?
Well, about other musicans, there are 3 new artists I’ve discovered and they would be my forthcoming inspiration: Lindsey Stirling, Caravan Palace and “Les Déménageurs”…
I could also invite you to listen to the last album of Zus, izioq (ed.: thanks! ^^) and Ben Landis if you’d like to hear something in the mood of Super CJ Land. All of them have written kwel chiptune albums:
https://zusmusic.bandcamp.com
https://izioq.bandcamp.com
https://music.adventuresinpixels.net

Tell us about a movie, a book or a video game you liked recently…
Oh yeah, I read a lot of books about old video games. I’ve read a lot Pix’n’Love and for now I’m reading “Le Petit livre des Jeux Vidéo” from Marabout Edition. I though it was not interesting, but there are a lot of games from the seventies and early eighties I’ve discovered!
I can speak about “Player One” from Ernest Cline that was for sure my favorite book till I’ve finished Harry Potter! It’s a story about Virtual World and a quest for Atari’s artefacts. You should read it!
For now I’ve just bought a Master System, so I’m discovering some 8bits Sega games !

Please describe your actual haircut.
Hehe… I’m realy proud of my haircut. Vegeta and Sangoku have tried to do the same… but mine is better!

Any other links you’d like to share here(youtube, twitter, etc.)?
Well till 2000 I’ve seed my CD albums around the web… there are a lot of free CJ’s music on Jamendo and Bandcamp… One day, there will be a quest to collect all the 1200 tunes I’ve written on big open massive game… or not ! You should may be start it now?
Thanks Izioq for your interest about my work. For now I’ve a lot of ideas in my head… But I don’t have the time to give them birth… see you soon!

(english) http://www.cyborgjeff.com
(french) http://blog.cyborgjeff.com

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Jim Guthrie – “Children of the Clone”

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I guess there is no need to introduce Jim Guthrie, the genius craftman behind the Sword & Sworcery LP – The Ballad of the Space Babies OST.

However, it is not about this (awesome) video game soundtrack that I want to talk today but about his beautiful “Children of the Clone”.

Entirely recorded on a Sony Playstation (one) using MTV Music Generator this is a plainly inspirational album.

Finding this little gem was very important to me because it made me realise that it was possible to release a record made with a pretty “sequenced” sound without it being dance, house or techno music. I was personaly messing with music trackers and small pieces of sampled sounds since I was a teen in the 90’s but I’ve always thought that my “cheap sequenced” sounds couldn’t be share around… I don’t know why… Apparently I was completely wrong and, as always, technology doesn’t matter in the end: only the talent of Jim Guthrie, his musical ideas and an old playstation game are enough 🙂

The compositions on Children of the Clone are very original and, in a way, video-game sounding but, at the same time, they really got a “rock’n’roll attitude” you know… an “indie DIY” feeling… no doubt because “home is were the rock is”.

It is also interesting to note, for example, the evolution of a simple but beautiful track such as “Light Flute” from its early form here to its final appeareance under the name of “Dark Flute” the opening track of the Sword&Sorcery LP.

I definitely recommend you to check this very charming album. It is deep and raw at the same time, honest and brilliant!

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Windfallen – “In Season”

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Few weeks ago I’ve stumbled across this beautiful 5 tracks EP “In Season” by Windfallen: http://windfallen.bandcamp.com/releases

Windfallen is the project of Ben Steed, based in the Midlands, England.
This EP mixed perfectly smooth chiptune melodies with peaceful piano in a very original way.
Furthermore, the first notes of the opening track remind me the prelude of Final Fantasy VII which is always a good thing 🙂

Last but not least, it’s free… so go check it, you won’t regret it!


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RETRO LIFE

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RETRO LIFE is my first album and it’s 100% chiptune.

You can download it here: https://izioq.bandcamp.com/album/retro-life

This album is dedicated to all the 80’s & 90’s kids and teens!
This is a compilation of chiptunes modules made with a tracker in the “old-fashioned” way.
They are short, they are sweet and full of sine, square and triangle waves.

I hope you’ll enjoy the track titles and find all the references on the cover art (I made it. I’m proud).

A little useless egotrip here: I’ve sent an email about this album to Rich Vreeland (a.k.a. Disasterpeace, the mastermind behind the awesome FEZ soundtrack: http://music.disasterpeace.com/album/fez-ost) and he was kind enough to reply the following message about my album. I couldnt resist to share it with the world:

Cool! Some old school demo scene vibes here. I can tell you put a lot of work into it. Nice work 🙂
– Rich

That made my day 🙂

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