Episode 51 of the Gamewave Podcast is special for a couple of reasons. First because it's presented by Chad Williams, creator of The New Adventures of Captain S (something Mike and Joe first talked about on Episode 26), and second because Chad talks about his experience at the Blip Festival 2011, which took place in May. Chad plays some live tracks from the event, and we also hear from cTrix and Inverse Phase who were both present. Check out this great episode, and then take a listen to Chad's regular podcast, JumpMen Podcast - a show about video games, movies, and everything AWESOME!
In news this week, I think the biggest thing is Events, events, events! Looks like the guys at Nerdapalooza have announced a ton more artists. Same goes for the east coast rockers at Bit Gen Gamer Fest. Finally I am glad to announce our own show next month in Los Angeles. WEST COAST WIGOUT 2! You can find more details, including grab some presale tickets through this link. Now onto the news!
- Nerdapalooza announces a ton more bands via Nerdapalooza.org
- Bit Gen Gamer Fest 5 Announces artists and date
- Mega Man Music: The Blue Bomber Meets Blip Festival via 1UP.com
- Reviews: Next-Gen Nerdcore From Krondor Krew, Dr. Awkward via Wired.com
- Super Chip Tune Samba Band Research (video)
- http://pixelh8.co.uk/childhood-remixed-trailer/ (video)
- Games + Graffiti: New York's First 'Street Art Arcade' via Motherboard
Late last year well known Australian chiptune musician little-scale dropped an album on the quickly rising Handheld Heroes netlabel. The sixth release from said netlabel, Nothing Has Been Left Unspoken is a twelve track collection of amazing ambient chiptunes.
Starting with the album opener, You Have My Dignity, the music washes over you with a mood of listlessness and nostalgia. The song fades out with a simple catchy drumbeat and leads right into the crunchy follow up in Elsewhere. The title track, Nothing Has Been Left Unspoken, is a short and simple, reflective track that reminds one of seeing a beach from an old black and white film. The ending completely reverses this, with a distant beep that builds into the upbeat battle tones of Worldview. The battle is rough but continues to be encased by the same grainy black and white world of the previous song.
A few tracks further in we come to my personal favorite song from the release. Wake Up, Space Cadet! continues the nostalgic quality of the album, and infuses it with chiptune church organs playing a heartening reprise for what one would assume is an awakening astronaut newly returned from a far off world. Another stand out track for me is Recollections at the Edge of Denial. From the same church like atmosphere of Space Cadet, we hear the faint organ like beeps, but this time alongside the granular push of the drums. All in all this is a stellar release that will be getting repeated listens from me for some time. This release also keeps up the high quality of music from both little-scale as well as Handheld Heroes.
Another thing about little-scale I failed to mention is that with last year's Blip Festival, little-scale became the first Australian chiptune musician to perform at said event. Whilst enroute to New York for the mecca of micromusic, a short album was composed to fill the time. I.F.E. is the result. The four track EP is available via little-scale's blog and contains a nice sampling of warped beats and warbling beeps. The tracks, simply titled after their track number, show a nice range of ideas, but 03 is a particular stand out to me with it's clapping drums, monotonous bassline, and uneasily flowing leads. The track puts a slightly discomforting feel in your mind that is hard to shake, but creates an intensive piece of music that forces you to take notice.
So the brief synopsis is, two incredible works of art by our cohorts from Australia. Grab both the albums, lie back, and soak them in.
Look up above, today's art is not a painting, but a very cool clay sculpture done by artist unicornstrike, and simply entitled Roselia. Be sure to check out more of her impressive video game inspired sculptures as well!
In GM4A news, if you look over to your left, you will see an advertisement for our next concert! It is called Pizza and Chips 2, and will feature amazing music by several great VG inspired musicians. More info for that on the event page.
That is about it from me this week, except for the unrelated but very sad news that Conan O'Brien has walked away from the Tonight Show, but hopefully he will be popping up soon with something new and awesome. Anyway, check out the links below for this week's news! NEWS
- Interview with Chuck Russom via Game Sound Design and Nobuooo
- Interview with BOSTON8BIT via Together Boston and Nobuooo
- Bytejacker coverage of Blip Festival 2009 via Bytejacker
- "A world premiere of Castlevania music will show everybody how it’s done right, by true fans for fans!" Interview with David Westerlund via GameMusic.net
REMIXES Latest Remix:ThaSauce releases
- Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney 'If All Was Wright in Chicago' by Gario
- Tetris 'Peddling Blocks' by DZComposer
Latest OCReMix releases
- Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney 'Trance Turnabout!' by DigiE
- Sonic the Hedgehog 'Absolution Comes in Dreams' by Cyril the Wolf, M-One
- Unreal Tournament 'Forgone Rejuvenation' by Phr4kture
- Fittest 'Morse's Morsecode' by Joshua Morse
Other singles and releases
- The Legend of Zelda: Minish Cap 'Royal Valley' & 'Royal Valley Sounsdscape' by Zelda Reorchestrated
VIDEO This weeks video comes courtesy of the one and only MAGFest. This year's series of performers really outdid itself with tons of amazing songs, and performances. This is but the smallest of highlights below. Armcannon covers the amazing Chrono Trigger soundtrack with their arrangement of Zeal, orginally from Bad Dudes' Chronotorious album. Also be sure to see one of their latest debuts in their amazing F-Zero medley, which came very very close to being this weeks video, considering my endless love for the music from F-Zero. In the end though, the amazing guitar solos in the below video just edged it out for video of the week.
Remember to leave a comment with awesome articles, songs, videos, art, etc. for next weeks round up as well!
We got two brand new and as always very epic releases from 8bitpeoples. Since Blip Festival 2009 is happening RIGHT NOW, I figured it would be a good time to point them out. Also a good time to mention that ZenAlbatross has written up his own Unnoficial Guide to Blip Festival so be sure to check that out as well! Now on to the releases! First up is Minusbaby, marking release 101 with the new EP Left.
The first time I listened to "Left" I was 6,000 feet above sea level being driven in a car navigating the winding roads of the Himalayas. The last time I listened to "Left" was a few minutes ago while watching some writers at the 5Pointz graffiti spot in Queens. Both times I was mentally transported to a place between those two extremes – the majestic and the everyday. Can something be both timeless and fresh? It can when the bass is the base and each snare truly ensnares.
Once again, minusbaby has shown us the proto-urban; an audio space where an imaginary city is built in the mind's eye from the rawest materials and yet still seems to be polished and eternal. Please, enjoy, as I do, the reductive/constructive paradox which is minusbaby's perpetual rhythm machine and sip and nibble from one of the most inconspicuously nuanced suppers ever to disguise itself as a snack. Simplicity was never so deceptive.
Second up is the amazing, not to mention sexy new EP from Saskrotch, I'll Have You Naked by the End of This ROM
In the early summer of 2007, the first demo from I'll Have You Naked By the End of this ROM, an 8 second loop from Mustard, was played for Nullsleep over tinny DS speakers. Thirty months of discarded demos, obsessive re-writes, and at least three mastering sessions later, one of the true innovators of chipbreak brings you 5 tracks of high speed guilt trips and over joyous ceremony. This is Raw. This Is Saskrotch.
With only a few weeks left before Blip Festival, possibly the largest gathering of chiptune performers from all over the globe, the organizers of said event have finally released the full schedule of concerts and events that will be taking place from December 17th-19th at the bell house in Brooklyn, NY. Tickets are available with full three day tickets at $40 and one day passes for $15. There will be several great workships as well throughout the event, with prices ranging from free for movies and chiptune making tutorials to a $65 A_SID Synth Workshop that will have you going home with your very own "working usb controllable breadboard A_SID Synth, and the knowledge to begin using it."
Not only this, but also good pals at Gaijin Games have announced that they, alongside fellow chiptune loving game developers Robotube Games are having the first ever Battle of the Brands! A collaborative battle to the death to release a brand new game in one day during Blipfest! Throughout the day of the battle both companies will be constantly updating their sites, facebooks, twitters, etc to keep everyone on top of the latest happenings.
Why are they doing this? Well Alex Neuse of Gaijin Games states, "We can do whatever we want! It’s our freakin’ deal, so shut up if you feel like it!" Oh, and the rules? There are no rules! Well except these ones.
1. Try to make a game in one day while at Blip Festival 2009 all the way over in New York City 2. Drink lots of coffee 3. Release the end product to the public, even if we fail miserably
Of course, the main reason to be at Blipfest is the tons of amazing artists and visualists that are just far too numerous to mention. But if you head past the break or go over to blipfestival.org you can check out the entire list of scheduled events and concerts taking place. Concert Schedule
Dec 17 Thursday 8:00 Silent Requiem With visuals by Jean Y. Kim 8:40 failotron With visuals by Paris 9:20 Leeni With visuals by VBLANK 10:00 minusbaby With visuals by Enso 10:40 Chromix With visuals by The C-Men 11:20 Je Deviens DJ en 3 Jours With visuals by NO CARRIER 12:00 Albino Ghost Monkey With visuals by outpt 12:40 Eat Rabbit With visuals by Rosa Menkman
Dec 18 Friday 8:00 Disasterpeace With visuals by Enso 8:40 Starscream With visuals by Jean Y. Kim 9:20 Fighter X With visuals by outpt 10:00 little-scale With visuals by Rosa Menkman 10:40 I, Cactus With visuals by VBLANK 11:20 Nullsleep With visuals by Rosa Menkman & Paris 12:00 Rainbowdragoneyes With visuals by The C-Men 12:40 Patric C With visuals by NO CARRIER
Dec19 Saturday 8:00 The J. Arthur Keenes Band With visuals by Rosa Menkman & Enso 8:40 tRash cAn maN With visuals by Jean Y. Kim & Paris 9:20 Bubblyfish With visuals by NO CARRIER & outpt 10:00 The Hunters 10:40 glomag With visuals by The C-Men & VBLANK 11:20 Bit Shifter With visuals by outpt & Enso 12:00 David Sugar With visuals by NO CARRIER & VBLANK 12:40 Psilodump With visuals by Paris & The C-Men
Workshops & Daytime Events
Film Screening - Blip Festival: Reformat the Planet * Date: Friday, Dec 18th, 1pm-3pm * Location: Main Room, The Bell House * Price: $5 at the door
A_SID Synth Workshop: A usb/serial controllable chip based C64 SID chip emulator * Date: Friday, Dec 18th, 2pm-5pm * Location: Front Lounge, The Bell House * Price: $65 (includes materials & necessary tools)
Film Screening - Reformat the Planet 1.5 and Curated Music Videos from 2 Player Productions * Date: Saturday, Dec 19th, 1pm * Location: Main Room, The Bell House * Price: Free
From Classic Sound Chips to Virtual Instruments with David Viens of Plogue * Date: Saturday, Dec 19th, 2pm * Location: Front Lounge, The Bell House * Price: Free
Open source solutions for live visuals - presented by Don Miller / NO CARRIER * Date: Saturday, Dec 19th, 3pm * Location: Front Lounge, The Bell House * Price: Free
The ever craftful folks of 2 Player Productions have unleashed the official promo video for Blipfest 2009, which is taking place December 17-19 in New York. Find the huge list of performing artists on their site, and even check out the new blipfest blog for info and interviews with many of the performing artists!
Trash-bin symphonies and ray-chasing pixel pushers herald the explosive return of Blip Festival New York City. The three-day music and arts festival returns to Brooklyn's Bell House December 17th, 18th, and 19th and is presented by Manhattan arts organization The Tank, in partnership with NYC artist collective 8bitpeoples.
Entering its 4th year of celebrating the best and brightest from the realm of chipmusic and its related disciplines, the festival showcases the use of the former heavyweights of computing such as the Commodore 64 and Amiga, the Atari ST and 2600, and the Nintendo Entertainment System and Game Boy to create arresting music and visual art.
Music: Random - "Sitges Savepoint"
Independent game developers, Gaijin Games, who I was glad to catch on to with their well received launch title Bit.Trip Beat, has announced a release date for the third game in their series of retro inspired chiptune infused titles. Bit.Trip Void will be coming to the US Wii consoles through Wiiware on November 23rd. As with Bit.Trip Beat and follow up title Bit.Trip Core which featured music from Bit Shifter and Bubblyfish respectively, The new Bit.Trip Void will feature music from well known seminal chiptune musician Nullsleep.
What do these incredible chiptune artists have in common besides great musical ability and being featured in the Bit.Trip series? If you said they will be performing at this years Blip Festival in New York you would be correct. In that vein Gaijin Games has decided to support these artists and the chiptune community by helping sponsor Blipfest this year. If you would also like to show your support and get some 8bitpeoples goodies as well by also becoming a sponsor through the Blipfest Kickstarter page.
The second bit of news from the folks at Gaijin is the announcement that Bit.Trip Beat soundtrack is now available for digital download at iTunes, CDBaby, and many other online retailers. The soundtrack not only includes all the in house music for the levels and cutscenes, but also includes amazing theme music from Bitshifter. So for chiptune fans as well as supporters of great independent titles and fans of Bit.Trip specifically, I suggest you grab the album and the game and have quite the retro Thanksgiving.
Recently the fine folks at 8bitpeoples have launched the brand new 2009 edition of the Blip Festival website. Along with that they have also revealed both the Blip Festival 09 dates of December 17th to the 19th in New York at Brooklyn's Bell House. They have also revealed some of the first confirmed acts for the show, which includes some of the best that chip music has to offer, and spanning all over the globe, including the first Australian chiptunist in little-scale! The full run down is below.
But before that, sadly things aren't all sunshine for the festival. Looks like the grant they used to fund the show in prior years is no more. The good news is that you, the loyal chip loving fan can help part those gray skies by heading over to Kickstarter for the The People's Fund to Support Blip Festival 2009 and donate a few dollars to make sure this mecca of micromusic can continue for another year. Of course 8bitpeoples is more than happy to give a little back by offering plenty of awesome incentives for different donation levels. Head over to see what's still available.
ARTISTS CONFIRMED AS OF THIS POST
The J. Arthur Keenes Band
Je Deviens DJ En Trois Jours
It seems like just recently superstar netlabel 8bitpeoples was celebrating their momentous 50th album release, but lo and behold here we are at release 100! To celebrate this huge event, 8bitpeoples, with production from 2 Player Productions of REFORMAT THE PLANET fame have worked together to bring us the live double disc set Blip Festival 2008 compilation. 32 live tracks from artists all in attendance last year at the seminal Blip Festival which takes place in New York every year. The album is available for the price f $15 for the amazingly well done physical copy. You can also purchase it as well as hear it in it's entirety over at 2playerproductions.bandcamp.com.
This is another huge milestone not just for 8bitpeoples, but for the fans and chiptune community at large as well. These days it is just amazing step after step with chiptunes and I couldn't be more excited! Here is the official word from the 8bitpeoples site concerning the album, including full tracklisting and artists!
Official Blip Festival 2008 live performance double-CD compilation. Produced by 2 Player Productions, and featuring one track from each of the festival's 32 musical performers. Professionally recorded, mixed, and mastered; the phenomenon of live chipmusic has never before been so pristinely captured.
From the liner notes:
"For a scene and a subculture not known to put a great emphasis on the physicality of an album or an EP, a scene which thrives and prides itself on the free exchange of digital music, this is the right record to make tangible. Milestones should be marked by monuments, and this is the second time 8bitpeoples have done so: with the 2xCD 8BP50 CD after the first Blip Festival, and now with this; 8BP100 — so you can see just how far it's all come. Now take this artifact in your hands, press play on your system, inspect the pretty parcel it came in until you've unlocked its every secret, then turn up the volume, close your eyes, and picture yourself there."
- Nathaniel Adams
1. noteNdo: Spelling Numbers (Live)
2. Graffiti Monsters: Letter B (Live)
3. IAYD: Acute Monocular Beam (Live)
4. zabutom: Endroll (Live)
5. Tonylight: Happy End (Live)
6. M-.-n: Mangash (Live)
7. Sidabitball: Kids On Acid (Live)
8. Unicorn Dream Attack: 4l0n3 (Live)
9. Animal Style: 2 of 9 (Live)
10. Low-Gain: Summer Fun (Live)
11. Cheap Dinosaurs: Hot Plate (Live)
12. Role Model: Pop5 (Live)
13. glomag: 4shame (Live)
14. Bit Shifter: Easy Prey (Live)
15. minusbaby: Minha Caipirinha É Ótima (Very, Very) (Live)
16. Meneo: Fica La Figa (Live)
1. Jellica: Man Two (Waves Of Fear) (Live)
2. Mr. Spastic: FXLP (Live)
3. Bubblyfish: Metaphysical Dreams (Live)
4. Sulumi: Sweetly (Live)
5. Cow'p: Stush Boy (Live)
6. Nullsleep: Limit Break (Live)
7. STu: Singing Robot / mYMelody (Live)
8. Dubmood: Saturé Nights Part.1 (Live)
9. Starscream: Andrew Jackson (Live)
10. Lissajou: Blibdoolpoolp (Excerpt) (Live)
11. Syphus: Pennies / Fuelship (Live)
12. nordloef: The Ugliest Boy In The Class (Timebomb) (Live)
13. Ikuma: Jealous (Live)
14. Anamanaguchi: Dawn Metropolis (Live)
15. USK: Boot Up (Live)
16. Trash80: Missing You (Live)
I recently received an email outlining the artists and set times for the biggest chiptunes festival anywhere ever, Blip Festival. Watch the awesome Blipfest 2008 trailer below then check out the insane amount of bands and when they are performing. If you are anywhere near New York, like say, Earth, then you have to go!
Blip Festival 2008: The Promo from Richard Alexander Caraballo on Vimeo
The Tank @ The Bell House at 149 7th St. Brooklyn, NY 11215
About the Show:
Archaic game and home computer hardware is recast into the unlikely role of musical instrument and motion graphics workstation in the BLIP FESTIVAL 2008, a four-day event showcasing nearly 40 musicians and visual artists occupying the international low-res cutting edge. The Blip Festival takes place DECEMBER 4—7, 2008 at The Bell House, and is presented by Manhattan art organization THE TANK and NYC artist collective 8BITPEOPLES.
Thursday December 4th - Doors @ 7pm, Show @ 8pm, $15, All Ages
Mark DeNardo and the Graffiti Monsters
Unicorn Dream Attack
Friday December 5th - Doors @ 7pm, Show @ 8pm, $15, All Ages
Saturday December 6th - Doors @ 7pm, Show @ 8pm, $15, All Ages
Sunday December 7th - Doors @ 5pm, Show @ 6pm, $15, All Ages
OPEN MIC @ 5PM!
WITH LIVE VISUALS ALL FOUR NIGHTS FROM:
The C-Men (NL)
Paris Treantafeles (US)
DAYTIME EVENT SCHEDULE ALSO ANNOUNCED:
Saturday December 6th
12pm-3pm: Make Your Own Visualist – electronics building workshop
This 3 hour workshop will allow participants to build their own 8x8 pixel motion graphics device. The project will center around a portable 64 pixel LED array and microcontroller that can be carried or worn. Participants will learn the basics of soldering and kit-building, and will build their own programmable LED device. The battery powered device can be worn and programmed via buttons to make simple changing graphics. This is a beginner electronic workshop. All tools are provided, and kits are included in the workshop fee.
12pm - 1pm: Surrealtime 2: 8-bit Demo Show
Phoenix (MindCandy DVD, Hornet PC demo archive) returns to showcase the latest and greatest demos on Atari 8-bit, C64, Vic-20, ZX Spectrum, and more. New this year will be demos made on homebrew 8-bit hardware and the DTV joystick, delving a little into the "circuit bending" phenomenon. You'll be amazed by the visual effects and music that can be wrestled out of primitive hardware.
1pm - 2pm: 2A03 Workshop - Crash Course in FamiTracker with Baron Knoxburry
A one hour adventure through FamiTracker's abilities to program the Nintendo Entertainment System's 2a03 audio chip. Baron Knoxburry shall expound upon the qualities and limitations of each voice, how to build instruments, explore all the effects commands, and try to maintain an open forum for discussion in the process. And for anyone
who thinks they know it all already -- there will be a one hour competition starting 10 minutes before this workshop begins, so you can compete with the Baron of Knoxburry as he tries to teach a class! These fresh tracks, programmed within an hour, will be played back during the final 10 minutes so we can hear a variety of different
2pm - 3pm: Beyond Vegavox: NES albums and music on real hardware
Presented by NO CARRIER (Don Miller)
In 2007 Alex Mauer released Vegavox, the first NES music album distributed on actual carts and made for playback on the classic Nintendo console. The man behind the code was NO CARRIER, or Don Miller. Others have followed, releasing their music in NES rom format via the internet. Now NO CARRIER will teach you how to take it to the next level, moving beyond your PC to the authentic sounds of the NES. This workshop will focus on a brief intro to NES audio, various methods of creating NES music, playing it back on hardware, and even creating cart-based albums of your own. After this workshop you'll delete your emulators and VST's and settle for no less than the real thing!
Sunday December 7th
1pm - 3pm: Screening: "Blip Festival:Reformat the Planet"
BLIP FESTIVAL: REFORMAT THE PLANET is a feature length documentary which delves into the movement known as chiptunes, a vibrant underground scene based around creating new, original music using old video game hardware. Familiar devices such as the Nintendo Game Boy and Nintendo Entertainment System are pushed in new directions with startling results.
Using New York as a microcosm for a larger global movement, "...Reformat the Planet" maps out the genesis of the first annual Blip Festival, a four day celebration of over 30 international artists exploring the untapped potential of low-bit video game consoles. With floor-stomping rhythms and fist-waving melodies, trailblazers of the chiptune idiom descend upon Manhattan to pen a new chapter in the history of electronic music.
I just got word that 2 Player Productions has hooked up with cool new video hosting site Vimeo and threw down a ton of footage from the last two Blip Festivals. The footage is very high quality too. Widescreen, some HD, all that good stuff! In case you don't understand, you HAVE TO see these amazing videos! Here are the links to check them out!
Here is one of my personal favorites from the collection of beautiful footage. THough I have yet to watch them all. Enjoy!
Depreciation Guild // Blip Festival 2006: The Videos from Paul Levering on Vimeo.
Blipfest, the huge East Coast chiptunes musical festival that we mention quite a lot around here, has been featured on World News Webcast, the online arm of ABC News. The quite good but sadly non-embeddable video can be seen through this link here. It features some live footage of the concert, talks about both the audio and visual aspects of the show, and even includes a small interview with the one and only Nullsleep. So head over and check it out!
Thanks to Zach Fannin Editor/Producer from World News Webcast for the heads up on the story!
Our friends in 2 Player Productions have released a trailer for their latest DVD entitled Blip Festival 2006: The Videos. The DVD was released on November 29th, this year, at Blipfest 2007, with online purchasing coming soon. Check out the press release and trailer below.
In December of 2006, Manhattan art space The Tank and New York artist collective 8bitpeoples gave birth to the Blip Festival, a four-day celebration of over 30 international artists exploring the untapped potential of low-bit videogame consoles and home computers used as creative musical tools.
2 Player Productions is proud to present "Blip Festival 2006: The Videos," a comprehensive collection featuring one video for each of the festival's 32 performances. The DVD also features a commemorative poster, a number of photo galleries, and bonus videos of moments from the New York chiptune scene that have since passed into legend.
In case you haven't heard already, this year's Blip Festival begins tomorrow. Here's the lineup, so if you're in the area, make sure to attend!
Alex Mauer (Philadelphia, PA)
Anamanaguchi (New York, NY)
Bit Shifter (New York, NY)
Bodenständig 2000 (Germany)
Bokusatsu Shoujo Koubou (Japan)
Bubblyfish (New York, NY)
The Depreciation Guild (New York, NY)
Gijs Gieskes (Netherlands)
Glomag (New York, NY)
gwEm (United Kingdom)
kiken.corporation (visuals) (Argentina)
Loud Objects (New York, NY)
Mark DeNardo (New York, NY)
Markus Schrodt (Austria)
minusbaby (New York, NY)
Neil Voss (New York, NY)
No Carrier (visuals) (Philadelphia, PA)
noteNdo (visuals) (Baltimore, MD)
Nullsleep (New York, NY)
Otro (visuals) (France)
Saskrotch (Chicago, IL)
Tree Wave (Dallas, TX)
Virt (New York, NY)
Voltage Controlled (visuals) (New York, NY)
Yes, Robot (Spain)
+ more to be confirmed
A four-day music and multimedia event taking place in New York City November 29 - December 2, 2007. Focusing on the modern artistic exploration of primitive video game and home computer technology and featuring 40 musicians and visualists from around the world, the Blip Festival showcases artists adopting and repurposing familiar but forgotten hardware - such as the Commodore 64, the Nintendo Entertainment System, the Atari game console and home computer line, and the Nintendo Game Boy - exploring their untapped potential and unique aesthetic character.
Good pals 2 Player Productions have done some work with MTV and released a short, but still quite informative video of the insanely huge Blip Festival held back in Nov.-Dec. 2006. Unfortunately for all lazy people visiting this site, the video is not embeddable so you will have to make the trek over to mtv.com for the fantastic footage from the festival. Hit up this link, http://www.mtv.com/overdrive/?id=1556230&vid=145271#, and check out all the diversity and awesomeness that is chiptunes and gameboy music.
Also, 2 Player Productions is having a private screening in NYC for the Blipfest movie on the 29th of this month. After the premiere screening, the movie is off to the glamorous movie festival circuit so we can get some mainstream recognition up in this piece! We'll try to get more info on the private screening and festival showings as soon as possible! Hope the MTV footage can hold you folks over until then!
Two HUGE concerts this weekend as well. We’ll start off in New York, New York where the MASSIVE
is being held from November 30th-December 3rd. We’ll let them explain.
“THE TANK and 8BITPEOPLES are pleased to present the Blip Festival, a four-day celebration of over 30 international artists exploring the untapped potential of low-bit videogame consoles and home computers used as creative tools. Familiar devices are pushed in new directions with startling results — Nintendo Entertainment Systems and Game Boys roaring with futuristic floor-stomping rhythms and fist-waving melody, art-damaged Sega hardware generating fluctuating and abstracted video patterns — and that's only the beginning. An exploration of the chiptune idiom and its close relatives, the Blip Festival is the biggest and most comprehensive event in the history of the form, and will include daily workshops, art installations, and nightly music performances boasting an international roster larger and more far-reaching than any previous event of its kind. Small sounds at large scales pushed to the limit at high volumes — the Blip Festival is an unprecedented event that is not to be missed.” -
The list of performers must be seen to be believed. So if you are in New York DO NOT MISS IT. Also, if you are there let us know how it went (especially with plenty of footage and photos!)
The next big concert is happening over here on the west coast in Los Angeles, CA.
is throwing a big show of their own this Saturday, December 2nd. A good amount of electronic and VG inspired musicians will be in attendance including good pal
will also be in attendance at the Data Age show so we hope to see you there!
One more thing. The Minibosses are having an eBay auction which includes a cornucopia of goods to benefit Child’s Play. The bid is pretty high right now but it is all for the children so give it a look. And of course donate what you can to Child’s Play!
Spheres of Chaos have released their first album this past Friday the 13th. The self-titled album is ten tracks long, and you can purchase the album through their official site, or a free download through Megatwerp. Track List below.
3. Save The City
4. Impaled On Spikes
8. Desert Torque
9. Space March
10. Bounty Hunter
Chequered Records have also released a new EP from Temp Sound Solutions recently. Isolated Warrior EP is up for download free and consists of eight songs. TSS is also hard at work on his new album Now Youre Playing With Powar 6. With over 100 songs spanning 2 discs he certainly has his work cut out for him.
Also be sure to check out the info for the new Blip Festival. More news on that as we get it.