There are specialty netlabels, and then there are truly fixated netlabels. There are, in other words, those netlabels that select to focus on a clearly named aesthetic (noisejihad.dk/netlabel), on field recordings (wanderingear.com), or on individual songs (ambulatore.com/yoyo), for example. And then there is Hexawe (hexawe.net), the releases on which have just one simple thing in common: they’re all made on a specific piece of software, the Little Pig Tracker (littlegptracker.com), which is designed to work on game platforms but comes in other builds as well, including for Debian-based systems, as well as Mac- and Windows-based machines.
A “tracker” is about as simple a sequencer there can be, locating musical tidbits along a basic time line. In Little Pig Tracker, all the instructions are handled in a user interface that looks like it powered the payroll at the DMV during a previous gas crisis. How bare bones and old-school is Little Pig Tracker? Well, just for starters, it counts in hexadecimal. See the screenshot below, which is borrowed from the software’s instructional wiki, wiki.littlegptracker.com:
The most recent entry from the Hexawe netlabel as of this writing is “You Put a Smile on My Face” (MP3), a lo-fi, lo-rez bit of lovingly routinized dance music by sm0hm (more at sm0hm.blogspot.com). It’s all club vibes, pixelated hand claps, and zoned out beats. “You Put a Smile on My Face” is release #21 from Hexawe, but true to the label’s name, that’s in hexadecimal (counting backwards it follows on releases #20, #1F, #1D, etc.).