Following our preview of Korg’s upcoming Nintendo eShop synth, here’s the one and only, incomparable CardiacTrance all the way from Japan to show it off.

Trying to tell someone there’s a Korg M1 for the Nintendo handheld doesn’t really do this justice – or even make intuitive sense. But it is actually good news. Somehow, the combination of sequencing features, transforming the game system into a workstation, with the silly-small design makes the result more than the sum of its parts. And in the hands of a producer/musician, they become a lot more. Modern gaming, game music aesthetics, and some re-conceived retro ingredients turn into something new. I can tell you that running across this amidst the world’s biggest music industry show is refreshing – it’s something other than what the rest of the industry is doing. Gonzo hipster Messe coverage continues as this week goes on… (insert hashtag hipster Messe here…)