Obsolete presents 8 Bit Weapon, ComputeHer, Bubblegum Octopus, and Yatagarasu August 6th in Los Angeles

A new month means a brand new Obsolete! This Saturday, head down to piXel [+] freQuency for a star studded night of chiptunes. LA's finest, 8 Bit Weapon and ComputeHer are joined by elite out of towners, Bubblegum Octopus and Yatagarasu. All this will be bookended by the beats of DJ Mike Haggar.

Doors open at 8:30, and tunes will be bumping all night long, costing a recession friendly price of $5 at the door. For directions and more information, head over to the official site obsolete.fm.

ComputeHer - Modemoiselle album release

Los Angeles based chiptunestress ComputeHer has recently dropped an amazing album on us. Modemoiselle is nine tracks and two demos worth of catchy, club style breakbeat chiptune dance music. Kicking off with some of that classic modem sounds before resounding into a harp like build, then right into the crowd moving first song SysOp. The catchy rhythms are found through out the album, with funky tracks like Twilight Byte or the pulsating sounds of my personal favorite track from the album, Naughty Bits.

The album is available through the newly redesigned computeher.com, in both physical form, in a fancy floppy disc styled case, or via digital means through Bandcamp. If you like your chiptunes with a heavy dose of catchy rhythms, this is definitely an album worth putting on your dancing shoes for.

Also, I have word that if you click through this link here, you can download the album, absolutely free, but only for a very limited time, so hurry up!

Tron Tribute EP - 8 Bit Weapon

Tron Tribute
A new EP has just been released by the great 8 Bit Weapon (and ComputeHer, of course) featuring 5 tracks all in homage of the classic 1982 science fiction film "Tron". You get to hear Wendy Carlos's scores redone in a 8bit remix version that still carrys the intense, nostalgic, climatic feeling.  The 5 tracks feature three different mixes called Tron Scherzo and two mixes of the Theme + Ending.  Each mix are named after the characters from the movie.  My personal favorites go out to Sark's Revenge Mix and Flynn's Fare.

The Tracks are...

1) Tron Scherzo(Sark's Revenge Mix)

2) Tron Theme & Ending (Flynn's Fare)

3) Tron Scherzo (Solar Sailor Mix)

4) Tron Them & Ending (Yori's Game)

5) Tron Scherzo (Clu's Game Boy Mix)

With the help of a Commodore 64, Nintendo NES, Nintendo Game Boy, Apple II, and Atari 2600, you are now able to hear the quirky remixes and get pumped for the new Tron: Legacy film which will be released on Dec. 17th.  Download this now and get sucked into a system of 8bit signals that will trigger nothing but the feeling of content all around you.

(Also: Don't forget! They are still doing their Disko Apocolapse Tour and fundraiser! Check it out and donate some cash to help these two out! MCP...that stands for "More Chiptune Music!" right??)

8 Bit Weapon & ComputeHer announce Disko Apocalypse Tour

Just today, Los Angeles based chiptune artists 8 Bit Weapon and ComputeHer have announced their new multi-month cross country tour. Known as the Disko Apocalypse tour and kicking off this Saturday the 24th in Los Angeles, California at the next UGTL event. From their homebase the duo will be spreading across America to perform in Nevada, New York, Oregon, and more.

Of course as many a chiptune musician, cross country tours are not exactly a trivial matter. To this end 8bw and ComputeHer have created the Disko Apocalypse Tour Kickstarter Fundraiser. To help close the gap on their final tour expenses, they have started taking donations, which at the right levels can get folks exclusive MP3's, T-Shirts, and even copies of their upcoming albums.

Current announced tour dates are after the break, but to keep in the know with the most recent tour additions and updates keep an eye on ComputeHer and 8 Bit Weapon's respective websites. TOUR DATES AND LOCATIONS:

April 24 : Street Fighter 4 Tournament Rec Center Studio 1161 Logan St Los Angeles, CA 90026 Happy hour from 2pm to 5pm! 18+ to enter / 21+ to drink

May 22: Pulsewave Pulsewave / The Tank 354 West 45th Street (Between 8th & 9th Avenue) New York, NY Open mic 8pm; show 9pm

June 3 : 8 Bit SF DNA Lounge 375 11th Street San Francisco

July XX: TBA Check Back for Update

July 31: Classic Gaming Expo Classic Gaming Expo The Tropicana Hotel Las Vegas, NV

August 1: Classic Gaming Expo Classic Gaming Expo The Tropicana Hotel Las Vegas, NV

September XX: TBA Check Back for Update

October : Ground Kontrol Ground Kontrol Portland, OR

Christmas Regifting: 8 Bit Jesus, An Overclocked Christmas, 8bits of Christmas and more.

So to put it bluntly, there is no new music here, hence the "regifting." Let us revel in the holiday spirit though, and call these albums something of a tradition. Also, if anyone is feeling in an especially gift giving mood...well you see that contact link over there.

We kick things off with one of my personal favorites from a good pal. Let us all get reacquainted with Doctor Octoroc and his album 8-Bit Jesus.

Doctor Octoroc - 8-Bit Jesus

Available through the album page on doctoroctoroc.com, 8 Bit Jesus is Doctor Octoroc's first foray into chiptunes, and the results are quite amazing. With over a dozen christmas inspired chiptunes. Personal favorites of mine are Have Yourself a Final Little Fantasy and Little Drummer Nemo, the latter of which you can get in the free nine song album sampler

Next up we can't forget the classic compilation from well known label 8bitpeoples.

The collection of 8 tracks which comprise The 8bits of Christmas include tracks from seminal artists like Nullsleep, Bitshifter, GOTO80, and several more. Well worth a download any time of the year in fact!

Finally we have a classic from the OverClocked Remix community.

Their tribute to the season is An OverClocked Christmas. This is ten tracks of ReMixed christmas tunes as only the OCR community can do it. Another great album worth checking out, and as with all OCR projects, completely free to download.

I would also like to point folks to the recently released 8 Bit Weapon/ComputeHer Christmas album It's a Chiptune Holiday. Or if you just want to relax with some great winter themed songs, head over to Slightly Dark's album list and scroll down to "S" to find all seven SlightlyDark Christmas Mix volumes, or check out the amazing Sea of Ice compilation released at the end of last winter on Pause.

Kick off the holidays with 8 Bit Weapon & ComputeHer - It's a Chiptune Holiday! EP release

8 Bit Weapon & ComputeHer - It's a Chiptune Holiday!

Kicking off the holidays with a brand new EP is the Los Angeles based chiptune duo of 8 Bit Weapon and ComputeHer. Together they present a brand new EP of very classy holiday classics dipped in chiptune goodness. It's a Chiptune Holiday! is eight songs that you would be unafraid of busting out at your next Christmas party. The album is available via both 8 Bit Weapon and ComputeHer's sites for $9.95 (including shipping) and the album is "hand crafted out of a rare authentic frosty light grey colored 5.25" floppy diskette".

Kicking off with the nostalgic sounding (and my favorite track from the album) Ave Maria (Well-Tempered Clavier) which contains somber bleeps and bloops amidst a flourish of sounds. Then we get the robotic God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen which starts off basic enough, but kicks into one drum filled sing along that would feel at home in any 8 bit racer. We also hear from songs like Greensleeves, Joy to the World, Deck the Halls and then some.

We can't forget another favorite of mine from the album, the surprisingly funky Jingle Bells (One Horse Open Sleigh). With it's robotic tunes, laser like effects and head bobbing rhythm, this is definitely worth giving a listen to. Also, unlike other albums focusing all on Christmas, in this collection we get a fun quick footed rendition of Hanukkah (Festival of Lights).

8 Bit Weapon and ComputeHer certainly show off a myriad of styles in these remixes, with a good few of them easily getting stuck in my head. So remember to check out their respective websites and grab the album! The ears of the people putting up with that same old Christmas carols CD your friend bought in a bargain bin 4 years ago will thank you.

8 Bit Weapon Electric High EP (limited edition) and 8BW's Sony Loops Library release

Recently 8 Bit Weapon released their newest effort, the Electric High EP, in limited edition and hand numbered 5.25" Floppy Disk. The six song EP is full of awesome sounds made from all the great classic systems including the Commodore 64, Atari 2600, NES, Gameboy, and then some! You can check out some of the tracks as well at 8 Bit Weapon's myspace page. The album is available for $9.95 at 8 Bit weapon's official site store. Check out the track listing below.

1. Closer (Bitpop Mix)
2. Kiss My Bits (ComputeHer Mashup Mix)
3. Chip on your Shoulder
4. FUNDAnalogue
5. Chiptune Attack 2600 AD
6. Macro Disko (Minimal Mix)

On top of the new release, 8 Bit Weapon has also been hard at work creating an amazing sample library for use by all up and coming chiptuners and folks who just enjoy playing with those classic console sounds.

Sony Creative Software has released our loop and sample library called, "8 Bit Weapon: A Chiptune Odyssey" today! The library contains real sounds from each of the following computers/consoles: Apple II, Commodore 64, NES, Gameboy, and the Atari 2600. Each system library has everything from drums, bass and synth to special effects. Both Michelle (aka ComputeHer) and I have featured song demos built into the collection to boot!

The sound library works with ACID, Ableton Live, Cubase, Garage Band, Logic, Soundtrack, and more!

Users who purchase the "Green" Downloadable version of the Sony loop library will get the full MP3 release of our "Electric High EP" plus an exclusive track "Break Beat Bonanza" as an added bonus!

Click the link to see Sony's official page: http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/8bitweapon

Micropalooza '08 - Ground Kontrol

Nerdapalooza isn't the only awesome nerdy music festival with 'palooza' in its title you know! Micropalooza is taking place over the 7th and 8th of August this year at the Ground Kontrol arcade/bar in Portland, Oregon. There's a great lineup of chiptune artists involved and at $10 per day or $15 for both days you can't go wrong. And if you do get bored with the music you can always go and play some Galaga.

Day 1:

Covox (Stockholm, Sweden) 1:00am-2:00am

Square Wail (Seattle, WA) 12:05am-12:45am

Two Playa Game (Sacramento, CA) 11:10pm-11:50pm

Starpause (San Francisco, CA) 10:05pm-10:40pm

Trash80 (San Diego, CA) 9:15pm-9:50pm

Harbour (San Francisco, CA) 8:25pm-9:00pm

Wyatt Gurp (San Francisco, CA) 7:25pm-7:55pm

Fighter X (Everett, WA) 6:40pm-7:10pm

Kids Get Hit By Buses (Everett, WA) 5:55pm-6:25pm

DJ Moonchild is going to kick things off at 5:00pm and will be spinning in-between all of the sets.

Day 2:

8 Bit Weapon (Los Angeles, CA) 1:00am-2:00am

ComputeHer (Los Angeles, CA) 11:50pm-12:30am

Leeni (Seattle, WA) 10:55pm-11:35pm

Air Fortress (Portland, OR) 10:00pm-10:40pm

MC Firedrill (Olympia, WA) 8:50pm-9:30pm

Operation Mission (Portland, OR) 7:55pm-8:35pm

Spamtron (Portland, OR) 7:00pm-7:40pm

DJ Moonchild is going to kick things off at 6:00pm and will be spinning in-between all of the sets.

The event is 21+

Check out groundkontrol.com for more info.

Nerdcore International Tour 2007

This coming Friday May 4th, in Glendale, CA at The Scene Bar will be the start of the Nerdcore International Tour. This very ambitious tour is rocking it's way throughout the US and Europe. This first show will be kicking off with the likes of 8-Bit, Bark Bark Bark, ComputeHer (Performing her own opening set plus performing with 8 Bit Weapon), 8 Bit Weapon (w/ComputeHer and Melbot)and possibly even more to be announced! If this isn't a concert I don't know what is. You can find more info about the concert at any of the bands respective sites or at totallynerdcore.com.

EDIT: Fixed an error in bands performing.


Chiptune artists 8 Bit Weapon and ComputeHer are currently working on starting a new chiptunes label/ video game company named “Floppypop” and even plan on releasing a new game for the commodore 64 next year!
VGM label Megatwerp are currently working on new albums and CDR’s. More news on that to come.

Artist The Skeleton has released a new album entitled “I Want To Eat My Pikachu” and you can go to his site and contact him to order.
Track listing is as follows:

1. I Want To Eat My Pikachu
2. Robotron
3. Skate or Die!!
4. Dead Baby (In My Laundry Basket)
5. Jolt Party!!!!
6. Katamari Damacy
7. Fruit Snack Attack!!
8. Double Dragon
9. Can’t Get Up
10. Ramen

And finally, Artist Syntax Cataract has a new song up entitled “Gilles de Rais” on his site, so head over there and check that out.