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Nintendo Korg DS-10 Album from DS-10 Dominator (MP3s)

The MP3Death netlabel has done the Nintendo Korg DS-10 a great service by releasing Cheap Dirt, a 20-track album by DS-10 Dominator (aka Rutger Muller). The DS-10 is a port of a proper Korg synthesizer, which has been fully reproduced as a cartridge for the ubiquitous portable Nintendo gaming system. And no one has previously made available such a wide range of fully considered DS-10 music as Dominator has here.

While much of Cheap Dirt consists of party-ready techno, there’s some heady listening: the downtempo industrial sway of “Sea Son” (MP3), the 8-bit dance noise of “Garage Party” (MP3), and the clanging thrills of “Dubstep Gives Me Food” (MP3).

[audio:|titles=”Sea Son”|artists=DS-10 Dominator (Rutger Muller)] [audio:|titles=”Garage Party”|artists=DS-10 Dominator (Rutger Muller)] [audio:|titles=”Dubstep Gives Me Food”|artists=DS-10 Dominator (Rutger Muller)]

Muller says of the release’s conceptual purity: “No post-processing of the audio has been done. All sounds are synthesized, there’s no sampling involved.” Get the full set at More at and

The Korg DS-10 cartridge runs on the Nintendo DS and the newly released Nintendo DSi. I’m looking forward to what folks with the new Nintendo DSi do with the DS-10, given that the DSi has some advanced internal sound-transformation tools. The DS-10 includes the ability to create a master-slave relationship between multiple DS machines. The DSi’s sound-tweaking tools mean that a second machine will now also be able to capture segments of the music and allow the musician to alter them. This is especially promising.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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  1. DS-10 Dominator
    [ Posted April 9, 2009, at 2:55 pm ]

    Wow, I’m reviewed. Thank you.

    ps. The name is ‘DS-10 Dominator’ hehe.

  2. Marc Weidenbaum
    [ Posted April 9, 2009, at 3:26 pm ]

    Glad to have. It’s a great example of the DS-10’s potential. If you fiddle with the DSi at all, I’d like to see what you come up with.

    I’ll fix the name. Sorry about that.

  3. Brian
    [ Posted April 10, 2009, at 7:49 pm ]

    Marc, my kid Wilson has been saving up for the DSi and the only way I’m letting him get it is if he lets me play the DS-10 on it. Of course if and when anything serviceable comes out of it, I’ll put it on DRD.

  4. DS-10 Dominator
    [ Posted December 26, 2009, at 12:38 pm ] is up, new album coming january!

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