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Really nice

It's good to see an 8-bit artist on iTunes. Most of the tunes are great, but I can't help thinking that (I never thought I'd say this) the album might be stronger if everything were a little shorter. Songs that rely so much on simple melodies, but lack the richness of timbre found in trance or minimal techno (due to the 8 bit format), really need to be short to have longevity. Anyway, I hope Adventure doesn't change his palette too much in future releases. He's got the ear for satisfying little catchy melodies, and the 8 bit format captures a certain zeitgeist that is spoiled by more modern-sounding additions.


Yet quite original..

It's Time For Adventure!

My brother recommenced Adventure for me. After listening to the first song – "Loredo", I immediately fell in love with the album. Adventure may seem simplistic (and tonally it is), but the compositions created by this 8-bit musical group are complex. The short catchy songs both energize and pacify. As I listen to songs, like “Travel Kid”, I am reminded of those early video games that I played as a child. So in a sense, Adventure also carries a nostalgic quality with it.
Adventure is considered under the genre of 8-bit, which is a reference to the old video games played on 8-bit processors. This should not be confused with the 8-bit’s used in early computer music. The computer music term “8-bit” is in reference to the number of bytes that model the amplitude of a sine wave. It is represented through binary and is computed to produce sound. Adventure’s 8-bit is not musical, but an allusion to old processing capabilities of video game consoles. Either way, Adventure’s approach is simplistic and is a throw back to primitive technology. Furthermore, the computers that processed information for video games consoles were not highly sophisticated, thus the 8-bit music does sound tonally like maybe an early Max Matthews’ piece. The melodic elements created by Adventure I can liken most to the wonderful works of Wendy Carlos from her Switched-On Bach album. Carlos’ pieces like Adventure’s rely solely on a synthesizer. Both Carlos and Adventure also have elaborate melodic structures in their pieces. Carlos, however, has a wider range of tones (due to the use of a moog) and is using Bach as a template. Therefore, her pieces are more intricate and have a wider array of tones.
Adventure becomes kind of an addiction, because the songs are short and catchy. The pieces provide wonderful inspiration for doing work (i.e. this review). The album is also great for lighting up your day. Again it is the simplicity that works so well for Adventure. There are no words. There is only one instrument – a synthesizer. There is not a great variation in tones. The beats are rudimentary and pulsating. But although it seems so simple, these elements are incorporated into masterful works. The melodies of Adventure are intense and intricate. When listening, I tend to follow the simple tones through elaborate dances as they intertwine with various melodies and beats. I truly feel as if I am on an auditory adventure as I listen to these songs.
This is definitely not an album for everyone. Some people will probably see this as a gimmick. They will probably say that Adventure is just playing off the nostalgia associated with early video games. Some people might not like how simple it is. Songs sometimes seem to blend together. I know my roommate finds this music annoying and he is confused as to why I listen to it. It is also very repetitive. Sections of songs seem to repeat over and over, and the song then starts to drag.
All in all, I really liked Adventure by Adventure. It reminded me of my old Black-and-White Gameboy and it filled me with delight. It is an auditory adventure and a connection to the adventures I had in my youth. I would give the album an 8.5/10.


Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s, '10s

After relocating to Baltimore from North Carolina, beatmaker Benny Boeldt started hanging out with Wham City, a loose performance art/musical collective including Dina Kelberman and Dan Deacon. Making music under the pseudonym Adventure and signed to Baltimore's Carpark Records (home to several Wham City-related acts), Boeldt carved his self-titled 2008 album primarily out of the 8-bit aesthetic. He continued this sound on a split 12" EP with Deacon, and sang on his album Bromst, both of which appeared...
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