Pterodactyl Squad’s Joe Allen on 8-bit, Internet labels, and worldwide collaboration
Net-based label Pterodactyl Squad is devoted to video game-inspired music, be it imaginary soundtracks or original 8-bit compositions. Late last month, the label released an 8-bit tribute to Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon. That tribute is a follow-up to last year’s 8-bit tribute to the music of Weezer. (Where that album was a compilation of songs spanning Weezer’s career, the new release is devoted to one album.)
We spoke to label co-founder Joe Allen via e-mail — he’s based in Japan — about 8-bit vs. chiptune, and the logistics of running an Internet-based label that’s worldwide.