When I first heard this music, I thought
"WHAT??! is this??". Then, slowly but surely,
a smile came to my face, my foot started tapping, and
pretty soon I was hooked!
A few words that come to mind when
trying to describe this CD: "Zonk!", "Zap!",
"Bleep!", "Zinggg!", "Blat!",
This is music for the arcade game
generation. If you can nod in recognition when you listen
to this music, this is for you. Like me, you shouldn't
care what what normal people think about this music. It's
not for them. It's for us. We know better.
DesertPlanet is the artist name for
a crazy game freak called Jukka Tarkiainen. After having
already made a success as a guitarist in a semi-famous
rock band, he decided to go his own way for a while and
just do something outlandish and wacky. The CD Asteroid
Hopper is a brand new release of brand new music,
but with a strong resemblence to music from early video
games and arcade games from systems such as C64, Atari,
ZX Spectrum, Nintendo and Amstrad as well as early coin-up's.
Many of the sounds are totally authentic.
I must warn you against buying
this CD if you are not a game freak. If you are a
normal person, this CD will do nothing for you. You'll
probably wonder what's going on. Do not buy this
without listening to the sound clips first. Don't say
I didn't warn you. But if you're from the same "old school"
gaming generation that I am - you'll love this
CD. What fun to play this CD at a house party!!! Awesome.
Here are some words from Jukka himself
about his CD:
"I've made a succesful
career as an indie rock guitarist in Jalla Jalla. We´ve
been gigging in London and Berlin and some of our records
have been released in England, Germany, Spain and USA.
This time I wanted to do something "for fun". I decided
to release it all by myself, so I didn´t have to think
about any record company's opinion what it should sound
like. So I had total artistic freedom in everything.
I´m very happy with the result: I call it game-pop,
electro-pop inspired by classic video games."
- Jukka Tarkiainen