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Danimal Cannon writes music with a guitar and Game Boy

Guitars and Nintendo handhelds are a fruitful combination - there's the Guitar Boy, which combines the two into one instrument, and more impressive still, Danimal Cannon's video game-tinged compositions.

Fusing the art of Game Boy-powered 8-bit soundtracks with serious guitar chops, Danimal creates music that nods its head to chiptune, metal and everything in between - as the man himself says, "This is not a gimmick. This is a unique way to make music."

In the video above, Danimal shows you how he put the track Axis together - it's taken from new album Lunaria, which is available from Bandcamp on 11 March.

Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is editor-in-chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He's spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, and a decade-and-a-half performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.