Minikon – S/T


For about six months, from my 12th birthday to the following spring, I was obsessed with Kirby’s Pinball Land. I had received the game and required Gameboy as a gift after much begging. Not only did I play Kirby at home, I snuck the portable console into my backpack and took it to school. Math, Science, World History – they meant nothing to me. I was more concerned with the seemingly real possibility that I might be able to not run out of extra Kirby pinballs. I imagined I would be able to keep Kirby afloat forever in the creamed spinach colored world in which he lived. And then there was the Kirby’s Pinball Land soundtrack. I had to have the music on in order to play well. The music would bounce along at a frenetic pace, allowing me (I believed) to be one with the Kirby’s pinball. The music guided me on my path to victory, a digital battle cry coming out of a square-inch speaker.
Like I said, this obsession lasted for six months, after which I sold my Gameboy to my cousin for 15 dollars. Though Kirby’s Pinball Land is in my past, I’ve never forgotten that music. I’ve often wondered allowed “Who could come up with that?”, ‘that’ being the seizure-inducing electronic blips and beeps found even on regular NES Kirby games.
Perhaps someone like James White, the mastermind behind Minikon. Minikon can best be described as electronic pop. It’s computer-based music that would be out of place in a club but right at home on the soundtrack of the latest (bloodshed free) PS2 game. If you were listening to Minikon on your headphones while walking down the street, you might find yourself jumping on random bricks, hoping to shatter them and collect precious gold coins. CHINNG!! 1500 POINTS!
Minikon is fun. There are no vocals (well, a snippet of Japanese) to speak of, which is good. Computer-based music with vocals often ends up creepy in a K.I.T.T. way. With song titles like “Hollywood Rabbits,” “Snowball,” and “Kitti-Kitti,” Minikon is all about the good times. Each song seems to bleed into the next, bopping up and down like a kindergartner on a sugar binge. There are some distinctions from track to track. For instance, while “Milk” has a lot of “bip bip bips,” “Champion Sound” has more “bup bup bupps.” Eh.
While I don’t know much about music of this genre, I can say I’m pleasantly surprised. If you are an old-school video game soundtrack fan, or a fan of light music intended to bring a smile to your face, you’ll dig Minikon.