This week on Twitch & Shout, I’m taking a bit of a different approach by shining the spotlight not on a caster, but on what makes a Twitch broadcast. There are many programs, applications, and utilities a caster can use in order to make their stream more appealing. However, there is one aspect of every stream that stands out to me second only to the casters themselves: the music.
While most casters have a heavy level of participation with their viewers, there are always those silent seconds in between gaming decisions, or those ten minute breaks where the deafening null can creep in and give an eerie feel to a cast. To avoid this, casters would play soft music in the background while they broadcast. Today I’m going to be looking into a chiptune artist that I first discovered on Twitch, and has since been part of my every day music library.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I’d like to speak for a moment about Saska Ayris, known to those on Twitch as Tiasu.
I first became aware of Tiasu’s music through a number of streams I have been watching recently, and when the track switched over and those first notes would play, my interest would run to the song and I would need to know who had made this wonderful piece. The name was tossed at me a number of times, and I was dismissive for a number of weeks. Sure the odd tune was great, but I was a metal head. What interest could I have in 8-bit music?
Enter ExcessiveProfanity, likely my all time favorite caster. I (and a great many others along with me) was recommended to go and visit Tiasu’s Bandcamp to sample his work. I was immediately blown away once I did. To hear Tiasu recount it, Excessive Profanity has always been an adamant supporter of his music on Twitch, and one of the first people to support him.
Saska’s music is made in a style known as chiptune, a form of 8-bit music reminiscent of that found in retro video games. The majority of the songs he has support a strong bass with a light, quick melody. Instead of simply holding a repetitive beat such as many chip tunes do, Tiasu’s music is often unpredictable. He adds a much faster verse or replaces it with a bar of bass track. These slight changes are just enough to liven up the melody of the song, adding a surprising element that causes the fifth listen to be just as insightful as the first. Clear comparisons can be seen in many of the songs, such as his song Flashback, which made me feel like I was listening to the opener of a jovial Disney song from Alice in Wonderland prior to hearing the beat drop and being immersed into an intricate world of techno. Each song is crafted with its own care, with a touch of light or darkness that seemed for the most part inconceivable in an 8-bit track.
Bottom Line: I adore the music Tiasu has brought to gaming, and I feel that given the chance, his creations could greatly benefit the gaming world. If he had been crafting music in the days of the SNES, there would no doubt be droves of composers influenced heavily by his style.
In recent days we’ve seen a return to our love of retro gaming, and I hope to see Tiasu’s name scrolling in the credits of some brilliant work! Anyone wanting to check him out should head over to http://tiasu.bandcamp.com/ and show him some support.