Andrew Hung Made His New EP on a Game Boy

Andrew Hung, one half of Fuck Buttons, is putting out his first debut EP, the joyously titled ‘Rave Cave’. What’s the USP? It was written and arranged on a Nintendo Game Boy, that monument to portable escapism that was discontinued over ten years ago.

Unorthodox production and release methods (you’ll be able to download it for free off Mediafire on 23 March) are increasing these days, so it’s not strange to see an artist’s accompanying statement explaining his/her decisions. Hung’s goes like this:

In a world with an ever-increasing emphasis on packaging and delivery with seemingly infinite resources and techniques to carry these things out, there is a danger of us losing our vision in a fog of presentation.

Whilst touring, I needed an outlet for writing music; it drives me nuts to not have access to a means to making things. I’ve tried making music on laptops; carrying tiny peripherals around the globe, but this still wasn’t a portable solution. I’ve tried tablets but having my fat fingers play keyboard lines on a touchscreen isn’t very fun. In the end, it was the decrepit obsolete games console, the Game Boy, that opened up possibility for me again. Limiting but liberating, the emphasis is on fun.

The Plane (Rave Cave level 1) is the first song we’ve heard from it. It’s four-to-the-floor house but, thankfully, isn’t as packed with as many 8-bit-seizure-melodies as you might expect.

[via Pitchfork]

 

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