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Old-school charm from Alveola Ämting of Härnösand, Sweden

The 8-bit charm of “Kvinnodan” by Alveola Ämting benefits from the sounds out of which it is constructed registering as household objects as much as they do as old-school side-scrolling fun and games. It isn’t just the gee-whillikers buzz of arcade activity, but also alarm-clock beeps and desk-bell rings. There isn’t a lot in the manner of development as it proceeds along its five-minute course, except that the beeping gets a little glitchy at times, its internal structure becoming slowly apparent as the beep is granulated into a series of component parts.

Alveola is based in Härnösand, Sweden. Track originally posted for free download at soundcloud.com/alveola. Track found via a repost by soundcloud.com/super-miracle-dream-team.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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  1. Miranda
    [ Posted March 12, 2013, at 7:56 pm ]

    Hi, Marc: Reposting this was a very cool thing to do–I orginally reposted Alveola Ämting’s piece on Soundcloud, and then Twitter, where I have a grand total of 11 followers! I just wanted people to hear this song that I fell in love with on first listen. The energy positively lifts me everytime I hear it. I guess everyone who loves music experiences this feeling. (One year, I played A Love Supreme almost every single day–another case of being in love with a particular piece of music). Thanks for helping spread the word!

    • Marc Weidenbaum
      [ Posted March 12, 2013, at 9:35 pm ]

      Well, you can make it 12 followers now. I hadn’t previously associated your Twitter and SoundCloud accounts.

  2. Alveola Ämting
    [ Posted January 6, 2014, at 4:51 pm ]

    Hi Marc!

    I didn’t see your very sweet text about my track until now, but I’m totally delighted with it. Thank you very much for listening and for taking the time to review it.

    Gratefully Alva

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