LA8Bit presents chiptune shows in Los Angeles January 18-20

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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.

Check out LA8Bit.com and the associated facebook page for full info.

Pizza and Chips 4 chiptunes and nerdcore concert - Tomorrow 10/08 in Rosemead,CA

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!

Once again, full concert info can be found at the official event page or the Facebook event page. Concert begins at 5PM but feel free to come on in early to chat with artists or grab some pizza!

Now check out some footage below of Wizwars performing at Pizza and Chips 2 to get yourself in the mood for tomorrow!

Pizza and Chips 4: Chiptune and Nerdcore concert in Los Angeles 10/08/10

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!

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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!

8-Bit 'Splosion concert & workshop - August 14, 2010 in Los Angeles

Up and coming chiptune artist and performer KoolSkull has recently organized a free chiptune concert for all ages in Los Angeles, CA. The event kicks off Saturday at the Echo Park Library and includes performances from the following LA Based chiptune performers listed below, as well as a talk with the artists and a workshop for the tracking program LGPT (little gp tracker). It should be a great event for both long time chiptune fans and for those newcomers that are interested in learning more about the music and culture of chiptunes. And for this price there is no reason to miss out!

Full show details: When: August 14th, 2010 2PM - 5PM

Where: Echo Park Library 1410 w. Temple st. Los Angeles, CA, 90026

Performances by: the Silph Scope - Myspace.com/thesilphscope Rock Kandy - Myspace.com/8bitter Mike Bleeds - Myspace.com/bleedsss Wizwars - Myspace.com/wizwars Wet Mango - Myspace.com/thisiswetmango KoolSkull - Myspace.com/koolskull

Tetris World Championship & Chiptune concert August 8th in Los Angeles

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

West Coast Wigout 2 only 1 week away!

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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!

Full info about the concert through here.

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!

Once again more info through this link.

Game Music 4 All presents WEST COAST WIGOUT 2. Nerdcore, Chiptune, VG Rock E3 concert June 15 in Los Angeles

Game Music 4 All and Broken Tape Decks, with support from Nerdapalooza, Nerdy Show and Capcom are proud to present WEST COAST WIGOUT 2! Video game inspired music concert.

Full details and ticket info through the main WCWO page here.

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!

Week in Video Game Inspired Music 2/08 – 2/21

Unfortunately I missed last week's Week in VGIM but oddly enough it was quite the slow week for VGM news and wasn't too tough playing catch up this week. I do hope I did not miss anything though! Up above we have some fantastic artwork by GaryStorkamp aptly named The King of Kong. Also there are plenty new podcasts out from the past two weeks, as well as a good couple interviews and more. GM4A also had it's very awesome second chiptune show, Pizza and Chips 2, which was a pretty rousing success, and a great show was given by all the performers involved. Watch out for a bigger update on that soon. Now for the links!

NEWS

PODCASTS

REMIXES Latest Remix:ThaSauce releases

Latest OCReMix releases

Other singles and releases

VIDEO The video today is one I recorded myself, and is from our recent Pizza and Chips 2 show which was held February 18th in Rosemead, California. This is a performance by Wizwars of his awesome track "Intergalactic Disko Dance Party' from his Handheld Heroes release of Gameboy Rock!!.

Remember to leave a comment with awesome articles, songs, videos, art, etc. for next weeks round up as well!

Beep City Presents: Love Songs From The Future Vol. 1 album review

You may know Beep City from an earlier trek through the local 'burb. But if you haven't visited lately, you'll notice that things have changed quite a bit!

Beep City has released their first compilation to rousing success. The lovingly titled free download known as Beep City Presents: Love Songs From The Future Vol. 1. The album includes many heavy hitters as well as incredible surprises from up and comers from the scene. Let's hit the road to Beep City and find out what this "Love Beam" is all about then!

We drive up and down the streets to hear 12 incredible, brand new tracks from the town denizens. Starting off with it's smallest of creatures, the lowly but noble mouse, or Bit Rat as it were, and his show starter Warm Green Something. Things start off with a fuzzy step to it, as if heading into early traffic on the way downtown amidst the fog and noise. Things start to clear up though and a star like pulse infiltrates the song creating a more childlike atmosphere of beeping cars and breezy open roads. The song holds it's upbeat blips until the very catchy fading ending. This leads us right into a demon! No wait. Daemon. Daemon9623 no less, and his track Battle For Bifrost. Yes it seems we have stepped right into a climactic battle for the unclaimed souls of the city. A foreboding drum/lead riff quickly break into an over the top RPG like battle theme. With swirling highs and heavy lows all moving at an ever increasing pace. We hit a break of glitching riffs and double drum pedal badassery that builds into an ever escalating tension. This comes crashing down in the last 30 seconds of the track, as the music suddenly takes another turn. As if Daemon9623 has taken on another form, and makes his escape to battle another day.

The town slows down for a bit thanks to local highly respected citizen Alex Mauer playing the laid back Nicole Shippo. The song has a nostalgic windswept quality to it, reminding one of those hot summer days gone by in Beep City. Crunchy drums along with a relaxing lead and many small flourishes create a wonderful song to just purely enjoy. And now that you are nice and relaxed, let Nario tell you The Tale of A Pirate. The thumping bass/chip intro quickly throws you into the tale, with it's manly melodies and ship swaying rhythms. This song is certainly one of many highlights of the trip, especially as we get about a minute in and things get a bit fishy, and very funky for this band of pirates. This is one of the longer legs of our journey, but the song remains varied and entertaining through to the fantastic ending of this tale.

Enough dawdling though, time to get back to work! Who's work? Moldilox of course! What work? why he's a beekeeper at the Honey Hive! This song is quite fast paced, and upbeat, just like one of many buzzing bees zipping around. Perhaps my favorite track here as well. Things start smple enough with a catchy riff, that much like a hive, continues to gather layer upon layer to it's well made foundation. At about the 40 second mark, in comes a great wailing bit of chiptunery that that continues to build and wrap around itself as ever more layers are added throughout the song. Everything comes to a halt in the end though, save for that lovely little riff we started off with, but even that heads out too, and work is done for the day.

Looks like we aren't done with our labors yet though. We reach the longest part of our day with the lengthiest track on the album. This is Temp Sound Solutions, and it is time for Infernal Shell. Things start out glitched out and scratched up. an ominous cacophony of sounds that may catch you off guard at first listen, but as you descend further into this cave of sounds, you rely less on your eyes, and every one of the many complex sounds starts to find it's place among the others as we head further along the song's path. At about a minute and a half we reach a relaxing cave of crystals and open air, and are surrounded by a mellowing silence. This does not last for long though, because it's as if the cave wanted to give you a breath before the darkest depths are plunged. Two minutes in and things have taken on a deeper more sinister tone. The song ebbs in and out of it's foreboding moods until we make it to the other side of the caves.

Here we run into the intrepid explorer Norrin Radd to escape and Never To Return. Somehow evoking both a cosmic race through the stars and an old western shoot out and train heist, the track really blends an incredible amount of thoughts, ideas, and elements into one short, fast paced chase song.

Now that we escaped though, where are we? This is a part of Beep City I have never seen before. We need some help. We need Captain Tortilla. He'll help us escape with the power of Kludge. This track evokes the feelings of a classic NES side scrolling platformer taking place in an urban cityscape well past dark. Captain Tortilla takes us across roofs, through back alleys, and over chain link fences in this track. The low ends of the song, along with the meandering highs evoke a dark mood, as if seeing the seedier side of Beep City most folks try their best not to acknowledge. As the song continues things kick into a faster, more fearful tone. Like we have run into an end of stage boss in this alley's dead end, and judging by the track, we lost.

Now it's as if we are in a dream, brought to us courtesy of Prizmatic Spray. It appears to be the Flight of The Peacock Lords, and we are an observer to this rare spectacle. Starting with a droning buzz of sounds that quickly wrap around each other, shortening and taking form as more elements come together and create shapes and twists and tones. Things continue to build until the drums really kick in at about the one minute mark, and turn a dance like, dreamy atmosphere into a rocking out soundscape of bleeps and bloops battling it out. The song comes to close with an amazing breaking down of sounds, as if slowly stirring in and out of sleep.

We finally awaken, and take a look around. Appears we are once again in familiar territory. The dim atmosphere and glowing screens tell us we are at the ever popular Beep City arcade. We see a group surrounding one cabinet in particular. It appears that it's Zio and TEH LOLZ, and he is going for the world record in the classic game Air Raid The Ocean! He plunks a quarter in and we hear the familiar monotonous bass kick in, a woosh of jet fighters, the kick of drums, and we're off. The song hits home for fans of classic Shoot-em-ups with it's great use of sound effects, and driving, but continuously threatening sounds. Enter the final boss at about the two minute mark, and the song kicks into high gear for the maddening ending. HIGH SCORE! Enter Initials: Z I O

Stepping out into the now dark Beep City night, we take a longing look to the sky. THere is something you catch in the corner of your eye. A UFO? Nah, of course not. Beep CIty regulars notice your confused glance and assure you it is simply Wizwars launching another Sputnik. The launch starts with a scratchy lo fi beat that quickly kicks into a catchy soaring rhythm carrying a fast moving beat. Adventurous riffs define this ever changing track, like the sporadic movements of an alien craft, you never know quite where this song is heading. The song hits a very funky lead at about 2:15 which is impossible not to enjoy, before picking back up. As if the rocket just ran out of fuel and took a short slowing breather before making it's freefall towards earth.

It's almost midnight in Beep City. It's time to say goodbye to all the friends we have made today, and as the crowd gathers, who is here to see us off but one of Beep City's very founders, Djinnocide along with Jungle Jim's Jelly Bean Jamboree. Starting off a little somber as we wave goodbye, the song gets a kick in it's step as we set off towards the horizon. the soft upbeat tones and clapping drums create a fantastic, almost credit sequence like mood that create a perfect closer to this album, and to this fantastic day in Beep City. See you next time!

All kidding aside, This album is simply fantastic. All the tracks are of the highest quality, and make for a fantastic listen when heard all the way through. Beep City has been a great site for not only top notch tunes, but also a method of chiptune creation that is very original and always interesting. Head over to Beep City and grab Beep City Presents: Love Songs From The Future Vol. 1 right now! Here's to looking forward to Vol. 2!

Pizza and Chips 2: chiptune concert Thursday, February 18th in Rosemead, CA

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.

We have several awesome Los Angeles based video game inspired musicians in the likes of nerdcore rappers IllGill and Nameless, as well as Chiptune artists EvilWezil and WizWars.

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).

Prizes

  • 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.

Pizza and Chips - Free chiptune show tomorrow 11/13 in Rosemead, CA


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!

November 13th
6-8PM
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!

Gameboy pixelart by MassiveUntilMorning

A Chip off the Shizz Block, Volume One compilation release


Netlabel Concatenation Records is back with a new all star compilation of artists from The Shizz Minibosses boards. That album is an indescribably epic 25 track collection of chiptune music brought to you by the dozens of incredible musicians who inhabit The Shizz, and goes by the quite clever name of A Chip off the Shizz Block. As with some prior releases, A Chip Off the Shizz Block is another compilation that is using all donations to contribute toward the MAGFest fund to help many a shizzie make their way to the hallowed halls of MAGFest this January.

The album is available in both digital as well as physical form. The 320kbps MP3 files will run you a minimum $5 donation, whilst the fancy pressed copy will only set you back a meager $8 ($9 Canada, $10 Worldwide). Oh man that's about 32 cents per song! Let's see iTunes beat that price! Not to mention that they are all quality arrangements. From Shnabubula's jazz infused Virtigo to Alex Mauer's fast paced I Guess Your Face Fell Off. Not to mention temp sound solutions' grimey A New Dawn, and even chiptune star Neil Baldwin with his adventurous tune Trapped. That is just a mere handful of the quality tracks on display here. I plan on discussing them in greater length soon as this is an impressive album which I would certainly like to expound on further.

Finally, I hope you are sufficiently prepared to have your own face fall off at the amazing full track list I am including below!

01. MetalBishop - Famiclone Beatdown
02. M-H - Welcome To...
03. Mystic Nova - Fury of the Cyborg
04. bucky - The Exorcist (Final Area BGM)
05. Disasterphase - Ascend
06. temp sound solutions - A New Dawn
07. virt - Turbonugget
08. Wizwars - Fly Away
09. Phlogiston - I Was in the War, Damnit!
10. Zio and TEH LOLZ - Soul Snob
11. Norrin Radd - A Barrage of Hostile Abstractions
12. Alex Mauer - I Guess Your Face Fell Off
13. cacomistle - Blue, Brown, Pink, Grey
14. Alex Atchley - RUFFTRADE
15. Bit_Rat - Sunbeam
16. Prizmatic Spray - Desert Dilemma
17. temp sound solutions - Psionic Blast
18. RushJet1 - Boss9
19. Norrin Radd - Paradoxes Are Unveiled
20. Bit_Rat - Gimmick
21. Mystic Nova - Aerosaga
22. optomon - Hysteria
23. Shnabubula - virtigo
24. Neil Baldwin - Trapped
25. virt - Sorcerors Battle

Wizwars - Gameboy Rock!! EP from Handheld Heroes


Thanks to California based Wizwars I have now heard of plucky young upstart netlabel Handheld Heroes, A label which celebrates their fourth release with Wizwars' own new EP Gameboy Rock!! (or grab the direct Archive.org download).

The album is five tracks of catchy upbeat chip-rock anthems. Kicking off with the title track Gameboy Rock!! we power on and dive right into things with an in your face wall of, well, of Gameboy rock of course. The song hits hard and gets things off to a great start with it's lively rhythms and puts you in the perfect mood for the rest of the album. The EP keeps up this upbeat rock pace, which sometimes frenetic and sometimes a bit slow, but remains strong through out the meat of the album. Like many a rock album though, Wizwars holds the most somber song for last, this is also my favorites.

Right Back To You starts off with a soft piece, but a quick pause and we get some upbeat drum sounds to fill the void with some more energy. The lead instrument seems to tell a serious but heartfelt story for passers by to listen to. With the climax to the story coming in at about a minute and forty seconds. From the sound of the music though it seems to have a happy resolve. As the instruments fade out and we approach the end it feels like perhaps the listeners have learned a lesson from the story, and perhaps the storyteller, in retelling it has as well.