"I didn't set out to make an album that dealt with my formative years, but that's largely what it became. About half of the songs concern things from the late 80s and very early 90s, and Plastic Spaceships goes all the way back to first grade! The whole project turned out far more personal than I had ever thought. As a non-vocalist, I depend on telling stories purely through melodies, harmonies, rhythms and soundscapes. It's challenging but very exciting because every listener interprets my work differently."
- Amplitude Problem
Retro Promenade Presents
Amplitude Problem - Blue Bots Dots
Amplitude Problem is Juan Irming, a San Diego producer, composer, sound designer and keyboardist with a focus on synthwave, chiptune, soundtracks, hip hop, video game music and sound effects.
Juan got his start on the European demoscene in the late 80s as the composer for world-famous and humble Atari ST demo crew SYNC, placing first in several demo music contests. Since attending Musicians Institute in the early 90s, he has composed and produced evocative, video game inspired synth and chip soundtracks for a number of projects and records, the most significant being his recent work for legendary geek rapper YTCracker's cyberpunk album Introducing Neals. Juan also writes piano, orchestral and cinematic themes for video games.
Juan's notable influences include Rob Hubbard, Ben Daglish, Martin Galway, Maniacs of Noise, Damokles, Public Enemy, Kraftwerk, JM Jarre and Nine Inch Nails. His sound is probably the latter three careening into the same Moog Modular 55 at high speed, crashing on the floor in a confused, groovy, melodic pile with synthesizer bits all over the place.
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This is a donation based effort on the part of these artists and Retro Promenade.
The Suggested donation for the digital album is $4.00
This album is released under a Creative Commons
CC BY-NC-SA 2015
As a fun bonus, here are links to zip files containing 4 exclusive ringtones for you phones and tablets
Zip file (5.3MB) of MP3s for Android users
Zip file (4.4MB) of M4rs for Apple IOS users
released February 10, 2015
Composed and produced by Amplitude Problem
Mastered for quality and dynamics, not mere loudness, by Trevor Sadler of Grammy Award winning Mastermind Productions
3. Echoes from Neals
Featuring the voice talent of YTCracker
9. A Squadron of Plastic Spaceships
Featuring String Operation on guitars and the voice talent of Kaela Caron
Lyrics to Track 5 - Blue Bots Dots
can be found by clicking on the individual track title and will be displayed in the description on that track's page
Cover art by Amplitude Problem and Kenzo Art
Pixel art/animation by Valenberg
Blue Bots Dots by Amplitude Problem is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License
Copyright © 2015 Juan Irming
Some Rights Reserved
Thank you Bryce Case Jr, Anders Ekström and Darren Davenport
Dedicated to Peter Christensen
Album website: bluebotsdots.com
Artist Patreon page: www.patreon.com/amplitudeproblem
"Amplitude Problem's new album slays." - YTCracker
"... wildly impressed with the polish and charm of the album ... Full of catchy synth and that soon to be classic Amplitude Problem sound. From fast paced upbeat songs to some darker stuff this album has some range but flows together so nicely." - Punch Nerds
"... you DO NOT want to miss out on this release!" - Neon Vice
"A delicate balance of 80s and 90s synthpop with a focus on groove spiced with insane melodies." - Elijah Lucian
"Amplitude Problem should have been a SEGA composer in the early 90s because damn, this is excellent." - tanner4105
Retro Promenade thanks Synthetix.FM
, Beyond Synth Podcast, Synthetix Sundays, Project Friday, Neon Vice, & all of the fans for the support thus far.