Chiptuned Rockman composer interviews

Rockin' In the Bleep World - Musicians on Chiptuning Mega Man from Jeriaska on Vimeo.

Just recently Jeriaska of nobuooo.com uploaded the above video from the recent Tokyo Game Show in where a handful of the remixers from the Chiptuned Rockman album, which was released at TGS, discuss their work on the album. The album is an amazing collection of Megaman (Rockman in japan of course) tracks remixed in classic NES style from both VG composers as well as chiptune musicians like Virt, Saskrotch, and chibi-tech. If you can hunt down the album, it is definitely worth a listen!

Also for more music news that came out of TGS this year, check out Jeriaska's post from earlier this month on GameSetWatch.

11Hz Robot releases Blurred and Crushed EP & Like Anything EP


Two new releases come to us courtesy of California based 11hz Robot. The first of which is Blurred and Crushed, a somber, mellow stroll through various sounds put together using Little gp Tracker on PSP. The six songs clock in at just under 20 minutes and provide a calm, yet interesting and catchy soundtrack to the peacefulness of everyday life. My personal favorite track is the upbeat Today and Yesterday We Fall, which opens softly, but builds a catchy beat into an uplifting piece.

Recently 11hz Robot has also released the five song, 15 minute EP Like Anything. This album takes a slightly seedier approach to 11hz Robots work on Blurred and Crushed. Overall the song emits the same upbeat and approachable tones of the aforementioned album, but slides in a hint of remorse and tension into some pieces of each song. My personal favorite track from this album is the gltch infused sounds of the cleverly titled bored or border. The chirps and bleeps gain a progressively crunched and glitchy tone, but the catchy main beat keeps things in line. This takes us to the out of tune build up that closes the song wonderfully.

I would like to close this article by saying that these two EPs are wonderfully relaxing and worth downloading. Both are available free at 11hzrobot.muxtape.com. Also check out the new video below for Start Again, the opening track from Blurred and Crushed.

11hz Robot - Start Again from 11hzRobot on Vimeo.

IAYD full concert set at Pulsewave - shot by 2 Player Productions

Found this amazing footage via Nobuoooo and posted at Offworld. On 06/27/09 IAYD (I Am Your Destruction) played at Pulsewave in New York, and REFORMAT THE PLANET filmmakers 2 Player Productions were there to film it all. So check out the footage over at the 2PP Vimeo page or just watch the embedded video below.

IAYD @ Pulsewave in NYC, 06.27.09 :COMPLETE SET: (1/2) from 2 Player Productions on Vimeo.


IAYD @ Pulsewave in NYC, 06.27.09 ::COMPLETE 40m SET:: (2/2) from 2 Player Productions on Vimeo.

Josh Whelchel releases compilation to raise money for cancer research and helping victims of cancer.


So recently video game musician Josh Whelchel contacted me about not just an important album, but the most important album ever! Well okay, maybe I am being a little over dramatic, but hopefully it has your attention, because it is something highly important none the less! The gist of it is that Josh Whelchel has collected some well known and up and coming musicians from the world of VG composing and VG inspired music to contribute to an amazing album. Artists like Mustin and Jay Tholen, not to mention VG composers like Kyle Gabler (World of Goo) and David Saulesco (Eternal Daughter). The album is solely dedicated to helping raise money for cancer research and helping victims of cancer. You can order the album right now at Whelchel's Relay For Life drive page. The album is ten dollars for a digital copy (which also comes with an exclusive bonus album of music by Josh Whelchel) and a donation of $25 gets you a spiffy physical copy to be proud of! Read Whelchel's words below for all the info and a full rundown of all the artists!

Relay for Life is a national event where participants all around the country raise money on behalf of the American Cancer Society and honor victims of cancer. The event is responsible for raising millions of dollars annually that goes directly to funding cancer research, lab materials, and to helping victims of cancer. In addition to raising money, participants in the relay spend the night walking laps adorned with luminaria commemorating survivors and victims of the disease. The event that we are supporting is through the University of Cincinnati and will be held on April 24th, 2009 at 6:00pm EST. It is our goal to raise over $1,500 by this time! (We can get there faster if you ask your company if they will match donations!)

Last year, I managed to raise over $800 for the American Cancer Society by offering my latest soundtrack to anyone who donated over $5. This year, I'm hoping to raise even more money, and I've got new plans to help me do so. In an effort to do so, I've gotten together with a selection of extremely talented composers and musicians to help assemble an exclusive album for this year's fund raiser.

Anyone who donates $10 or more will receive an exclusive digital copy of this album. Donating $25 or more will not only get you the digital album, but it will also score you a physical copy of the album that will be sent to you absolutely free. The entirety of your donation goes to the American Cancer Society, and all of the expenses are being covered out of our pocket. In addition, all donations are tax-deductible!

The exclusive relay for life album will contain music from:
Mustin of OCRemix.org fame and head of Mustin Productions,
Karen Kosowski, fabulous singer and producer,
Jimmy Hinson, talented composer and arranger for OCRemix.org (big giant circles),
Kyle Gabler, fantastic composer from 2D-Boy and for World of Goo,
Alec Holowka, composer for the successful independent game Aquaria,
David Saulesco, super talented Swedish composer known for the Eternal Daughter soundtrack,
Inez S. deDeugd-McComas, ultra-gifted composer from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music,
Vincent Parrish, composer featured on thesixtyone.com,
Jay Tholen, talented and multi-faceted musician leading a successful solo career,
Barry van Oudtshoorn, Australian Composer Extraordinaire!
Josh Whelchel from The Spirit Engine 2 and Bonesaw: The Game,
Jussi Nieminen, a progressive-rock genius,
David Thatcher, composer for indie-games,
James Starkey, collaborating with David,
Shane Lu, virtuoso pianist, and
David "Warrior Bob" H. from Trax in Space!

You've never had MORE reasons to donate!

This album will contain solo works and collaborations between these artists in a unique effort battle cancer. Last year, albums were delivered shortly after the event, and I guarantee to have the music delivered to you by April 26th at 9:00pm EST.

In addition to receiving this exclusive album, you will also receive a free copy of Josh Whelchel's upcoming album as a bonus gift. This means that you will be getting two complete albums of music for a donation of only $10 or more!

To take advantage of this incredible opportunity, and more importantly support the fight against cancer and show support to those who have and are currently struggling with this disease, you should head to my Relay for Life page, here. Again, this promotion will only be available to you if you donate $10 or more!

This offer is only available up until the Relay for Life event, on April 24th at 6:00PM (Eastern Standard Time)!

Thanks for your support,
Josh Whelchel!

And finally, Josh also informed me about the promotional video for the album, which you can check out below!

Relay For Life 2009: Indie Music Campaign from Josh Whelchel on Vimeo.

Madhatter - Overheat music video by PBC Productions


MadHatter's "Overheat" music video by PBC Productions from Mad Hatter on Vimeo.

Plain and simple this video ROCKS SO HARD. the song comes courtesy of MadHatter and his 2007 release 8Bit Bullshit. Be sure to download the full album for a ton of other awesome rap tributes to classic NES titles.

The video itself is from the amazing folks at PBC Productions (Captain S, Little Miss Gamer) and was recorded at MAGFest VII. This also means that there are a few awesome cameos in the video. Keep an eye out and see who those cameos may be! I definitely recognized a few folks, Including a certain someone who performed at West Coast Wig Out.

REFORMAT THE PLANET


REFORMAT THE PLANET trailer from 2 Player Productions on Vimeo.

Trailer for BLIP FESTIVAL: REFORMAT THE PLANET, debuting at the South by Southwest Film Festival in March of 2008.

The SXSW screening of REFORMAT THE PLANET will be supplemented by a showcase performance of chip musicians from around the world, featuring:

Nullsleep, Bitshifter, Anamanaguchi, Mark DeNardo, Tristan Perich, Treewave, Receptors, Bud Melvin, and Aonami, with Voltage Controlled handling visuals.

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.

The trailer features music by Nullsleep ("Salvation for a Broken Heart", "On Target"), Martin Galway ("The Neverending Story"), and Random ("Micawber's Moan"), all composed on classic video game consoles.


Not much more to add really. This looks like an amazing film by our pals 2 Player Productions. If you are attending SXSW in Texas this March, do not miss this film!

Blip Fest 2006/2007 Videos from 2 Player Productions

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!

Blip Festival 2006 Videos

Blip Festival 2007 Videos

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.