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Chip Music Artist of the Day: Nagz PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brett Brewer   
Saturday, 10 November 2007

In an attempt to introduce a few of my friends and associates to my new favorite genre of music known as "chip music", I'm starting a little "artist of the day" feature which will really be more like an "artist of the whenever I get around to posting a new artist" feature. 

Anyway, the artist of the day is David Halmi who hails from Hungary. On the tracker scene he goes by the name Nagz

If you like chip music that borders on hip-hop and crosses over into non-chip territory frequently, you'll love Nagz. In fact, I'm somewhat hesitant to even call it "chip music" because it's waaaay better than most chiptunes you may have heard. Like most of my favorite music, it is highly beat-centric. But unlike most of my other favorite artists, Nagz ranges over a vast mix of styles that can go from sounding like The Residents Commercial Album then to a pure videogame soundtrack, then to an ecclectic and spacey moog-like experience, then back to an angry dance beat.  You just don't know from one song to the next what you're going to get, except that it will probably be interesting and listenable.

Nagz also had the distinction of being featured on the excellent "BBS The Documentary " video series by Jason Scott, which is a MUST SEE for any true geek! I like to tell people, "you ain't l33t until you've seen BBS The Documentary", but I digress. My old-school geek-cred pwns you doesn't it? I can tell. I can feel myself pwning you now.

Backstory: A few months ago I discovered the genre of music known as "chip music" and began sifting through the archives of the Amiga Music Preservation Society website. They have over 40 GB of music in their public archives.  The music is in whatever format was used by the artist who wrote it. Depending on what kind of computer and tracker software was used to write the music, it can be in any of a dozen or more file formats which require special winamp plugins or other software to listen to it. Song files are generally referred to as "modules" . Anyway, the database of modules at is fairly huge and most of the songs suck ass. Sorry, but they just do. Fortunately, there's a handful of AMAZING artists on the site and it makes sifting through the huge archives quite rewarding. I used wget to download the entire gzipped archive which amounts to over 10GB of tracker modules. I've been slowly listening to each artist as I have time and have discovered a few worthy artists. 


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