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Los Angeles is all set for a chiptune/chipthrash/thrashchip invasion this weekend, and the party is going all weekend! As the flyer above states, the big show, Frequency 2.0, is happening at The Smell January 19th and 20th, but for those who can't even wait that long for some chiptune action, there is also a preshow happening in Pasadena on the 18th.
Not content with the wild success of Weezer - The 8-bit Album, Pterodactyl Squad have released a similar tribute album, this time producing an 8-bit replica of Pink Floyd's 1973 album, The Dark Side of the Moon.
Although attempted numerous times before, Pterodactyl Squad have finally done the original album justice with the definitive 8-bit interpretation of Pink Floyd's progressive rock classic. Produced as an 8-bit mirror of the original, the music on this release was created using sounds from various old games consoles including the Sega Mega Drive and Nintendo Game Boy.
The release sees each track tackled by a different artist with contributions from Bit_Rat, EvilWezil, khades, Rabato, sergeeo, Videogame Orchestra, Jason Vincion, echosignal (C-jeff) and Temp Sound Solutions, and art by Steve Jenkins of Crystal Labs.
Just a reminder, Pizza and Chips 4, a free concert in the Los Angeles area, is happening tomorrow night! It is a free show of chiptunes and nerdcore, with tons of great performances! Full info on the flyer above, or through the event page.
A bit of bad news though, unfortunately Mr. Spastic has had to cancel his performance due to unforeseen circumstances, but taking his place is the amazing Jake 'virt' Kaufman! He has composed the music to Contra IV for DS, as well as the new game Shantae: Risky's Revenge (soundtrack available free) and tons more! Not to mention his brilliant chiptune music on his website Big Lion Music and his VG cover band The Smash Brothers. So be sure to check out his tunes before you see him rock the stage tomorrow night!
Also, many artists will have merch and we will be taking donations to help organize more chiptune events in the future, so be sure to bring a few bucks for some great merch and delicious hand tossed pizza!
Now check out some footage below of Wizwars performing at Pizza and Chips 2 to get yourself in the mood for tomorrow!
Come on out for an awesome free chiptune show in dedication of Rose City Pizza's one year anniversary in business! Not to mention a years worth of shows at this great venue! We will be having a fantastic Friday nights worth of nerdcore and chiptune music. Rose City will also be having some amazing pizza deals all day (which you can see below)!
Artists will include some amazing return performances by Wizwars, EvilWezil and more. We will also have some amazing new talent with WMX and the funky chiptune stylings of Mr. Spastic. With all these amazing acts it will definitely not be a night to miss. Be sure to get there soon as well, as space is limited.
And finally, GM4A will be taking donations at this event to organize even bigger and better shows, so bring some spare change to help these chiptune shows going in Los Angeles!
Friday, October 8 · 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Rose City Pizza 3588 Rosemead Blvd Rosemead CA. 91770 (In Rosemead Square Plaza)
Performances by awesome chiptune and nerdcore musicians:
Rose City Pizza will also be having some delicious deals as well!
- 2 for $5 slices all day.
- 14" specialty pizzas are $10
So come on out to this event on Friday, October 8th at Rose City Pizza in the Rosemead Square Plaza!
If you are in Los Angeles, CA this August 8th, and consider yourself pretty good at this game called Tetris, then come on down to the Classic Tetris World Championship and enter a tournament to go against some of the best in the world of Tetris (I may be entering also, so if you want to at least defeat me, it is possible!). Not to mention an amazing chiptune afterparty with LA chiptune artists Wizwars and EvilWezil.
You can find more details and pre-sale tickets for the event over at the official site or see the basic info below.
Where: 251 S. Main Street Los Angeles, CA 90012 When: Downtown Independent Theater August 8th, 2010. Qualifying round at noon, Semi-Finals at 3PM, Finals at 5PM. Rooftop After Party with chiptunes DJs at 6. Admission: $10 (includes one qualifying attempt. Additional attempts available for $3) tickets link
A few months back we received another amazing Pause release from EvilWezil. This time, in full length glory is Chronophobe. I'll let EvilWezil explain, in a manner of speaking...
Attention residents of 3052. I, the future’s EvilWezil, have travelled back in time to free my past self from your unbreakable ultraprison. Together, we bring the destruction of your valuable time line. Those of you who continue to exist, you will not remember the world as it now is known. We shall erase your ancestors, Summer Sage, and your Chrononauts is not match for our armada which has all the splendid villains of history. We do not desire the money already. We pursue only vengeance, and times are on our side. EvilWezils cannot be stopped!!!
And with that kicks off 15 tracks of glitched out, over the top chiptune mayhem. From the futuristic and ominous tones of the opening track Operation Timeout we are sent on a cybernetic journey through time. The genres and styles swirl in a glitchy mix of moody tones and fast paced walls of sound throughout the album. Metal in the Microwave starts out with an ambient discord, before slowly building into a villainous battle song. Then there is personal favorite track Some Times Roll Hard which throws together high rhythms with a glitchy lead track that creates an ever churning unease that leads you through the song.
Another stand out track is Nothing Ever Changes, a dreamlike track which washes over you with a wave of chip sounds and sporadic effects to create a feeling of almost nightmarish discomfort. The album closes with Singularity Falls, A rough reprise that creates an almost space western type feeling as the glitchy rhythms lumber forward over a nostalgic lead which takes hold of the song, and slowly finishes off the album.
Clocking in at nearly an hours worth of music, Chronophobe is definitely a strong experience that will leave you depleted through it's stirring tones and glitches. Once again you can grab the album through the Chronophobe download page. You can also see EvilWezil performing live next week at our concert West Coast Wigout 2.
Yup, one week away from a huge all star night of video game inspired music. So for those who are not up to speed or need some more info, or persuading to come on out, here is the rundown. June 15th at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, CA there is going to be an epic night of video game rock, jazz, hip hop, and chiptunes! We call it West Coast Wigout 2!
It's a full night dedicated to some of the best in video game inspired music!
Who's playing? Check out this list!
A_Rival (San Francisco, CA) – rivalrivalrival.bandcamp.com
The Megas (Los Angeles, CA) – themegas.com
Random AKA Mega Ran W/ K-Murdock (Phoenix, AZ) – megaran.com
WizWars (Los Angeles, CA) – myspace.com/wizwars
EvilWezil (Los Angeles, CA) – myspace.com/evilwezil
Tanuki Suit Riot (Los Angeles, CA) – tanukisuitriot.com
Quarter Circle Jab (Fresno, CA) - myspace.com/qtrcirclejab
You might recognize A_Rival better as OCReMix artist AE who remixed the classic SF2 title music as Clamato Fever in SF2THDR. Well guess what, he raps about video games too, and you better believe his raps are as epic as his remixes!
If you read GM4A then you already know who The Megas and Random AKA Mega Ran are. If you don't know though, I think their names give enough of a hint at what they are all about. The Megas tell a tale of a man, a mega man, in rock n roll fashion. While Mega Ran on the other hand raps from multiple perspectives and about every gaming topic under the sun and then some!
EvilWezil and Wizwars are two amazing chiptune artists who perform not with a guitar, or vocals, but armed only with their respective Gameboys to rock things chiptune style.
Finally the last block of awesomeness is the amazing VG jazz group Tanuki Suit Riot who jams out to everything from Zelda, to Mega Man X, to F-Zero. Last but not least is Quarter Circle Jab, who have been around for years but are gaining much more notoriety thanks to their debut release kickbutt.exe (free download). Yup, that album includes some more great SF2 music, as well as other great games like Final Fantasy and Earthbound.
So this will definitely be some night to remember!
The event will take place at Gallery Nucleus. Doors open at 6PM, and show goes until midnight! We will have everything for video game fans and music lovers alike. Nerdcore, Chiptunes, VG Cover bands, and then some! Come on out after E3 to see how video games have influenced art and music over the last twenty five years.
We will be hearing from amazing acts such as the one and only mega man rock band The Megas, chip hop extraordinaire A_Rival, amazing underground rapper and nerdcore champion Random AKA Mega Ran. We can't forget the amazing chiptune stylings of Los Angeles artists Wizwars and EvilWezil. Also for the classier folks in attendance we have the incredible video game jazz of Tanuki Suit Riot.
All this great music in one night, not to mention free giveaways courtesy of the great folks over at Capcom!
You can order tickets for the awesome price of $10 right now via this gallery nucleus page, and hurry up because tickets are limited and the day of the show tickets go up to $15!
I am preparing quickly for PAX East as of this time, but there is still lots of news to dole out in large quantities to eager listeners. I want to quickly plug this tidbit for you all! Looks like Los Angeles based chiptune artist EvilWezil (who you may know from his releases on iimusic.net) will be on KSPC radio in Claremont, CA. Full info below!
Chiptune artist EvilWezil will be a guest and live performance on ‘The Video Game Music Show’ this Friday March 26th from 4 – 6pm on KSPC 88.7FM Claremont, CA. You can listen to the live webcast at kspc.org
So be sure to tune in and support a great show! Not to mention listen to some live chiptunes courtesy of EvilWezil. If just hearing him live isn't enough for you though, be sure to set aside some free tim on April 8th, and head out to Rosemead, CA where EvilWezil, alongside Wizwars, Zealous1, and SXEZSKOZ will all be performing free at Super PIZZA and CHIPS 3!
At this point you may or may not have heard about GM4A's upcoming little chiptune show Pizza and Chips 2. Well now you have and we are all clear on the matter. In more detail, this is a free chiptunes and nerdcore concert taking place Thursday, February 18th, in Rosemead, California at Rose City Pizza. Full details are available on our Pizza and Chips 2 event page.
Not only will we be having fantastic music from the above artists. We will also be raffling off a series of great prizes and one of a kind video game inspired artwork by incredible local artist Sasha Palacio! We'll also be giving out random smaller prizes no less!
Buying one or more of the raffle tickets will put you in the running to win one of the following prizes (of which you can see full pictures via the event page).
- Classic DMG-01 Gameboy (Clear shell)
- Nintendo 64 (Black) w/ 1 Controller, Super Mario 64 game
- Super NES w/ 1 Controller, Super Mario World game
- Nintendo Entertainment System w/ 2 controllers, Orange Zapper lightgun, Super Mario Bros. 1, 2, and 3 video games
2 Grand Prizes
- 1 Custom NES artwork by Sasha Palacio
- 1 Custom SNES artwork by Sasha Palacio
So to recap, great music, awesome prizes, delicious food, and more! Like I said, full info at the event page. Also, if you plan on coming out or want to help spread the word about this show. Tell us you are attending or let people know about the show via your preferred social networking site. Facebook or Myspace.
Tomorrow night, from 6-8, test your luck with a special Friday the 13th show with Los Angeles chiptune extraordinaires EvilWezil and VGM Remix DJ BeethovenBoy for an evening of Gameboy fueled rock and delicious pizza. The show is at Rose City Pizza and is free to enjoy, so come right on in, and chat with the artists, bring some friends to have a delicious pixelated dinner and just have a great time!
Hope to see some awesome local chiptune fans there!
Rose City Pizza
3588 Rosemead Blvd
Rosemead, CA 91770
PS. First few folks who come in with a printed (or even a picture of the) flyer from this site will get a free slice of pizza while it lasts! Also the flyer says WizWars is performing but unfortunately can't perform due to illness. Get well soon WizWars!
Make no attempt at adjust your quadravisions. This transmission is received every channel. Allow me to make introduction myself. My name is Evil Wezil. I have kidnapped your precious supermodel-president, Summer Sage. I will terminate her existence if five million giga-yen is not delivered to non-traceable cyber account in five day. If any rescue attempt, bombs planted will detonate in Technotokyo, Neo York and London 2. Do not attempt to defuse bombs. Do not attempt rescue. Evil Wezil cannot be stopped!!!
Well, it's clear he can't be stopped, so your only option is to head over to the appropriate II (pause) page, and download this amazing free album, unless you want Summer Sage to be no more!