“Ankara Misket Dance (Chiptune Electro Swing Version)” became my second song to hit 1.000 plays on SoundCloud. As expected Turkish audience have a nice contribution on the arrangement of this classic Turkish folk dance.
Let’s recall, Misket Dance (Misket Havasi) is an interesting folk dance from Ankara region of Turkey with a melody appearing only on off-beats. 3rd and 4th 16th’s are also used a lot to embellish melodies. Originally the dancers accompany the music with a special rhythm played with a couple of wooden spoons in each hand (Here, the same rhythm is played with small finger cymbals).
A few number of authentic songs of this style are very popular at Turkish wedding celebrations. 10-20 minutes of sets made of Ankara style dances are played at almost all wedding celebrations. In addition to that, still there is a great number of songs created using the same musical style, its own urban subculture is already emerged especially around Ankara the capital city of Turkey.
Originally the piece is made on request for a video game for children on iOS, “Misket ile Kismet, Bir Ankara Macerasi” (Misket and Kismet, an Ankara Adventure) by Zbam Games and Municipality of Ankara.
In 2012, I made three Amiga inspired retro pieces for the soundtrack of the game Rad Skater Apocalypse. The game has now been released in a FREE version “Rad Skater Apocalypse Boom!”. Now it’s a universal build that works on iPad and iPhone.
Rad Skater Apocalypse is the first game of independent developer Murray Lorden (Muzboz Games) from Australia. Murray has worked for 10 years in the Melbourne games industry, and has now packed his knapsack, and set off for his own indie adventures.
Check it out, if you haven’t played already. It starts off gently, and introduces the new baddies, hazards and powers as you clock up some more point, so give it a go for a few minutes and things start to heat up. Once you’ve unlocked stuff, it stays unlocked, so you don’t have to sit through the quiet bit after that.
And here is the soundtrack EP that I made for Rad Skater Apocalypse. It includes all the three tracks from the game plus the bonus track “I Miss My Amiga 500”, a vintage tribute to the Amiga era. Check the download links below for your favorite mp3 source.