mode8 #33: chip-retu(r)n

No episode last week, but this week I felt like returning to mode8’s roots and playing some chiptune tracks again! Picture of Bob Odenkirk and David Cross unrelated.

Youtube Playlist!

Last Goodbye (Extended Version) — SiIvagunner (Undertale remix of Air On Line)
Linda’s Castle // Snowboard Kids
Come Along — Posy
RUSH JOB — Siren (Alexander Brandon)
midnight ride on my vespa — tohomoko
Judgement — Kubbi
Objection! — MERCURIUS FM (Ace Attorney club mix)
Into the Neverwood — tohomoko
Orange Juice Overload — ProtoDome
Y So Secretive — Zackery Wilson
(T-T)b — Anamanaguchi
Slimers — (T-T)b
Splash Nebula — Slime Girls
Four — Disasterpeace
Paper Dolls — 4mat

Mobius 2023.09.18

Minimum Syndicat – The Bloop
Perc – Fire In Negative
Foreign Policy – Watching Existence (SARIN Remix)
Hypnoskull – Kommando Entertainment
Codex Empire – Vanquisher
Starving Insect – That Ought To Crawl (Minimum Syndicat Remix)
Ayats-Thorvald – Lune Atroce (Erotico Poetico EBM)
Perc – Destroyed By Jazz
DJ Varsovie – Devil In Love
Dima – Washing Machine
000 – Lonely Flower (Tham Remix)
trym – It’s Better When We Fake It
Schwefelgelb – Es Zieht Mich (Crystal Geometry Remix)
Marshall Masters – E-Day (Body Sushi Remix)
Minus Magnus – Inside Pax (Might Be Twins Remix)
Maedon-X – Psychic Vulture
Rendered – Initial
Ancient Methods feat. King Dude – I Am Your New King
Ancient Methods – Knights & Bishops

Sub Saharan Vibes — Sept. 18, 2023

  1. Nahawa Doumbia  —  Kanawa
  2. Amadou & Miriam  — Sénégal Fast Food
  3. Hailu Mergia  —  Tezeta
  4. Miriam Makeba  —  Choo Choo Train (Shuku Shuku)
  5. Sorry Bamba — Yayoroba
  6. Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars — Living Like a Refugee
  7. M’Bamina – Mbongui
  8. Arya Starr  —  Rush
  9. Kokua Kanza  —  Mungu
  10. Lokua Kanza  —  Yoka
  11. Leon Keita  —  Diarabi Mana
  12. Cheikh Lo — M’Beddemi
  13. Sona Jobarteh  —  Fatafina

Playlist for Lost in the Stacks, Sept 15, 2023 (“Digital Instruction, Digital Learning”), Episode 573

Hear the show at

“Warsaw” by Joy Division

Interview with Justin Ellis, Digital Learning and Instruction Librarian at Georgia Tech

File this set under SB453 .P6:
“Green Fingers” by Siouxsie and the Banshees
“Outdoor Miner” by Lush

Continued interview with Justin Ellis

File this set under Z104 .K76:
“Athol-Brose” by the Cocteau Twins
“Machine Gun” by Slowdive

Continued interview with Justin Ellis

File this set under LB1044.87 .I534:
“Soon” by My Bloody Valentine

“Black Planet” by Sisters of Mercy

continental drift 9/11/23 – cabo verde

Today, we’re switching back over to the Western hemisphere to talk about Cabo Verde! You can find the playlist here and listen back to the episode here.

The Republic of Cabo Verde is an island country off the west coast of Africa, consisting of a ten-island archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean. With a population of almost 600 thousand, its population is 172nd in terms of size, but interestingly, far more Cabo Verdeans exist outside of Cabo Verde than in it. The official language of Cape Verde is Portuguese, though most Cape Verdeans additionally speak a Portuguese-based creole language which is actually significant from a linguistics standpoint as the oldest extant creole language.

The islands that make up Cabo Verde were actually completely uninhabited until the Portuguese set up shop on the island of Santiago in 1462. Eventually, as more Europeans started jumping on the transatlantic bandwagon, Cape Verde began to flourish economically, as their placement made them very useful for the slave trade. As tends to occur, the slave trade led to the fusion of European and African cultural elements, resulting in an emergent cultural identity that includes the music of today’s episode.

Funaná Segment

Bitori Nha Bininha // Bitori

Ká Bô Bem Dzoriental // Tchiss Lopes

Odio Sem Valor // Pedrinho

All 3 of the previous songs belong to a genre of music called funaná, which is very heavily associated with accordions that are usually accompanied rhythmically by an instrument called a ferrinho (literally, “little iron”), which is a metal bar that you can whack or scrape with another metal object. On top of that, though, it has a sort of characteristic rhythmic element to it. There’s multiple types of funaná, but the most popular type has a rhythmic setup that looks something like the picture below this paragraph:


A common funaná rhythm

All of this episode’s music genres have some kind of characteristic rhythm to them, as we’ll see the further we progress.

Batuque Segment

Dispidida // Mayra Andrade

Maria Julia // Gil Semedo

Batuque is characterized by a triple-meter rhythm that looks like this:


Batuque rhythm

Batuque encodes a 3:2 polyrhythm in the songs, either implicitly or explicitly, so there’ll be one percussion part keeping 3/4 time, and then either the rhythm of the song or a second percussion part will highlight a secondary rhythm that completes 2 evenly-spaced beats every time the main rhythm completes 3 evenly-spaced beats. The other Cabo Verdean genres don’t have this tendency, so it’s cool to see it arise somewhere!

Coladeira Segment

Tchapeu di padja // Simentera

Beju Cu Jetu // Rene Cabral

One of the more recent Cabo Verdean genres is coladeira, which tends to have a somewhat lively tempo and lyrics. Its rhythmic pattern can vary, but in general will tend to look like either of the following patterns:

Coladeira Rhythm 1

Coladeira Rhythm 2

Coladeira is unique among this episode’s genres because it actually gets its sound from a different Cabo Verdean genre known as morna.

Morna Segment

Petit pays // Cesaria Evora

Pontin Pontin // Bana

Both of the artists featured in this segment are well-known internationally; Cesaria Evora herself is the best-known Morna artist outside of Cabo Verde. Morna is like the “signature” music of Cabo Verde, simply because of how popular it and its performers are both inside and outside of the country. Morna tends to have a slow, somber feel, with wistful, emotionally heavy themes like love and longing and missing your home. Morna and coladeira are actually pretty similar rhythmically, it’s just that coladeira is played with a faster tempo.

Last Song Because I Wanted It But Couldn’t Easily Categorize It

Afeto // Mayra Andrade

And that’ll be the episode!