Phlogiston, Lutin, Blip Festival, Data Age, The Minibosses eBay auction, Child’s Play 2006

Phlogiston released a new album recently entitled Visions of a Robotic Wizard. The album is 6 tracks in length and available from Mega Twerp for the price of completely free. Track list as follows.

    1. Landing

    2. 17a

    3. Triangular Shapes

    4. Cryptesthesia

    5. Viral

    6. Aptly named 0

Another new Mega Twerp release coming from Lutin. His self-titled album includes ten tracks and is also absolutely free.

        Two HUGE concerts this weekend as well. We’ll start off in New York, New York where the MASSIVE

Blip Festival

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.” -

blipfestival.org

        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.

Data Age

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

The Flight Orchestra

. The

GM4A crew

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!

The Flight Orchestra Interview

This is the first interview I've ever conducted. I hope to be able to do this on a fairly regular basis. This is my first in a three band series of interviews. I hope you enjoy it! This interview is with David Wilson, better known as The Flight Orchestra. You can hear his music and check him out at his myspace. Name: My name is David Wilson.

Band Name: I make music under the name: The Flight Orchestra.

Where did you get the idea for your band name? Every band I've ever been in, the name had something to do with flight. And, I make a little joke about calling this, The Flight Orchestra, as I make the music myself, and usually perform as one person. I am scared to death of airplanes, but after touring a few times these past few years, I am somewhat cool with flight per se. Pills and Booze do the trick.

Where do you currently reside? Los Angeles, but soon, Portland, Oregon.

What was the first video game console you ever owned? What memories do you have with it? Hmmm, going way back...... maybe Commodore 64? An Atari, then Turbo-Grafx 16. Then of course NES. Everyone in the 'hood had one and I would be damned to be the exception.

I think I wore a couple of NES' out. ;) I remember fondly, as a kid, playing and getting into fist fights about NES Baseball and Tecmo Bowl tourneys that got way out of hand. I learned from a very young age that it was not a good ideato take other people's money, kid's money that was given to them by their parents. [You couldn't take kids money] and not expect there to be some kind of fight about it.

I learned to run swiftly from several neighborhood parents, but I spent that hard earned money wisely. On what? I can't remember. The arcades maybe? And I remember that Goonies was the best game ever! But I never beat it. Did anyone? I also really liked Baseball Stars, Kung Fu, Mike Tyson's Punch Out, and RBI Baseball.

What is your favorite console? Why? Tough question, at the moment I would say it's a tie between the PS2 and the Nintendo DS. PS2 for obvious reasons...games, games, games. And the Nintendo DS for being so progressive in it's interfacing and game designs. Go Nintendo! I might make some enemies here, but I am not terribly interested in the Xbox, too much blood.

What is your favorite video game soundtrack? Why? Katamari Damacy! And We Love Katamari! Two excellent soundtracks to couple two wonderful games.

What is your favorite video game? Why? Tough one, so many wonderful games.... The Katamari Damacy series is wonderful. All-Star Baseball 2005, I played along with the real Dodgers for an entire season (yikes, not proud of that)! Metropolismania, excellent quirky little game that I still play every once in a while. I must say my favorite developers are Namco, Square-Enix, Konami, Natsume, and of course, Nintendo.

Do you still play a lot of video games? Which ones have you been playing most lately? Yes, I play games frequently, my girlfriend and I are hardcore, avid gamers! At the moment she is really into Kingdom Hearts 2 and Animal Crossing for the Nintendo DS. Myself, I am splitting time between MLB 2K6 (though not too satisfied with it), Winning Eleven 9 (come on arsenal, go on England!), and Animal Crossing for the DS.

What type of music besides video game music is most influental to you? Music that inspires me is anything from The Band, to A Tribe Called Quest, to Elbow, to The Turtles, to The Kinks, to Then or Daedelus...on and on and on...

When did you first start making video game related music? I can say that I was exposed to video game style music through my club Dataage in Los Angeles. (I manage the club along with my friend Octavius). At dataage, people like 11Hz Robot, 8-bit Weapon, 2 Playa Game, and 8 Bit would use video game sounds to compose songs and it has been very inspirational to me in creating my own music.

What instruments and electronics do you use to make your music? I play all the "rock" instruments; drums, guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, sampler. I'm also proficient with software like Reason, Ableton Live, etc. etc. And I sing but do not dance;] . I do a lot of sampling, but you have to be careful these days, usually I sample myself, but...

Any advice to other people trying to make it in this genre of music? Stretch your sound as much as possible! If you recognize a sound, chances are someone else has made it first. So go that extra step to make your own sound! Be fearless, create out of love for art and never let a cynic's opinion damage your desire! Also, You don't need a "band" to deliver a powerful live performance! Get your laptop, scratch up a live set with Ableton Live and get your ass out there!!! No excuses! I'll see you at the club.

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Thank you to The Flight Orchestra for his time!

ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM SHIRTS, NEW REVY SONG, THE FLIGHT ORCHESTRA ALBUM, PUSH START ON GAME MUSIC RADIO

Entertainment System has new shirts for sale, going for $15. You can order them from their site, or by going to www.oceansoundmusiccandmore.com.


(Entertainment System shirt design)

Revy has a new song on his site, a remix of Player Two's track, Counter Couture, the song will also be featured on his upcoming EP "Outdoor Adventures EP" which will be released by Betamod.
The Flight Orchestra has recently finished his newest album. The Military of Fatima, it will consist of eleven tracks. Track listing is as follows.

fatimas march
daylight
i feel as if i am wearing the same clothes
how fast the fast fast with trepidation
bbbbauutifulll white flags
windows
win one for the endless empire empire and the neverending day
the haunt
mediacrity
hopefiii
lightsout

TFO also has a new website coming soon at www.theflightorchestra.com.
Push Start is interviewed on Game Music Radio. To listen in, head on over to gamemusicradio.com and ”Listen Now” to the latest episode of The Next Level.
Also, remember to continue to check on the events section. We are constantly updating and adding new events.

MINIBOSSES TOUR, FIREBRAND_BOY SINGLE, WE ARE A ROOK, 1337 G33K B3AT

The Minibosses are kicking off their small west coast tour today in Phoenix and four more dates through Arizona and California until the 15th. You can check out the dates and stops in our events section or head on over to their site for details.

Firebrand_Boy has his forthcoming single, Orange, being published by Pale Fox Records and coming out this August. It will be available on a limited edition 7” single which can be pre-ordered on his site for 3 £'s (how much that is in America I have no clue). Along with the release of the limited edition single, Firebrand_Boy will be releasing Orange as a digital download. This digital release will include both A and B sides of the record as well as two remixes by JC909 and Sean Kerwin.

Chiptune Artists Elijah B. Torn and David Wilson of The Flight Orchestra have teamed up to create new group, we are (a) rook, head on over to their site and download their first single.
Also 1337 G33k B3at have just recorded a new song, 8Bitch, so head on over to http://media.putfile.com/8BITCH and have a listen.

CHIPCACHE GONE, NEW SONGS, AFFILIATE, NEWS

So after a brief vacation we are all back. I hope everyone enjoyed their July 4th here in the states. Lots of news to catch up on. Most importantly the Chipcache label has had to dissolve itself sadly, due to financial and legal problems. We wish the creators of chipcache all the luck in the world in their future endeavors, as well as all the bands residing on that label.

RIP CHIPCACHE.

So much other stuff to get into as well. Let us get all the new songs out of the way first. Dolegay, Geek Beat King, pIENESS: THE HARD CORPS, and Tin Soldier Empire all have new songs up on their respective pages.Push Start covers some Super Mario Sunshine and a Super Mario medley while Super Nintechno ably covers The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time’s Song of Storms. Temp Sound Solutions has a song from his last live show for your enjoyment. capitalSTEPS has 2 brand new remixes up. Finally, 2 new songs from the forthcoming album, March of Fatima, from The Flight Orchestra. Hope you enjoy all that good stuff.
San Antonio, Texas based Premium Games are hard at work on a free compilation CD and now have a myspace page dedicated to that fact. Their compilation includes bands and artists such as Spheres of Chaos, Tin Soldier Empire, XOC, Push Start, and The Minibosses. Check out their page for the full line up.
Just had to mention that Dataage has a new logo that I am definitely digging. Check it out.

We have a new affiliate in 2 Player Productions. These guys are hard at work on a VGM documentary. They are great folks and you should definitely check out their site.
Radio Sega now has an all Sonic radio channel running all summer to celebrate Sonic’s 15th Anniversary
Lastly, 8 Bit Weapon has announced that he is working on new material as well as producing ComputeHer’s forthcoming album.

P.S. Gamewave Podcast has a third episode up so tune in!

MORE GAME MUSIC NEWS

No lack of news going into this weekend. Push Start is going to be getting some air time on Spread Radio Live this Sunday, June 25th. So definitely check that out!
In new releases we have Twilight Division who has a new EP release on Betamod. Also good friend The Flight Orchestra has a new song available for download, It’s the title theme to his forthcoming album Military of Fatima, and is entitled Fatima’s March. So head on over to his site.
Spike TV recently recorded a half hour television special about Video Games Live which will be airing midnight July 1st on Spike TV show Gamehead. The show will also be viewable streaming on the internet starting July 2nd on the Gamehead website.
Some great giveaways happening. San Antonio, Texas based video game store Premium Games is having an awesome little giveaway of Halo Preview Comics tomorrow over on their contest giveaway page, More info there and more upcoming giveaways from them on the way. Also be sure to check them out because they are working on a great, free VGM compilation including several very good bands. Another great giveaway going on is with Radio Sega whom are celebrating Sonic’s 15th birthday by playing all Sonic tunes and giving away lots of video games and t-shirts. So be sure to head on over there!