Blip Festival 2009 Event Schedule finalized, Gaijin/Robotube video game design Battle of the Brands

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With only a few weeks left before Blip Festival, possibly the largest gathering of chiptune performers from all over the globe, the organizers of said event have finally released the full schedule of concerts and events that will be taking place from December 17th-19th at the bell house in Brooklyn, NY. Tickets are available with full three day tickets at $40 and one day passes for $15. There will be several great workships as well throughout the event, with prices ranging from free for movies and chiptune making tutorials to a $65 A_SID Synth Workshop that will have you going home with your very own "working usb controllable breadboard A_SID Synth, and the knowledge to begin using it."

Battle of the Brands Not only this, but also good pals at Gaijin Games have announced that they, alongside fellow chiptune loving game developers Robotube Games are having the first ever Battle of the Brands! A collaborative battle to the death to release a brand new game in one day during Blipfest! Throughout the day of the battle both companies will be constantly updating their sites, facebooks, twitters, etc to keep everyone on top of the latest happenings.

Why are they doing this? Well Alex Neuse of Gaijin Games states, "We can do whatever we want!  It’s our freakin’ deal, so shut up if you feel like it!" Oh, and the rules? There are no rules! Well except these ones.

1. Try to make a game in one day while at Blip Festival 2009 all the way over in New York City 2. Drink lots of coffee 3. Release the end product to the public, even if we fail miserably

Of course, the main reason to be at Blipfest is the tons of amazing artists and visualists that are just far too numerous to mention. But if you head past the break or go over to blipfestival.org you can check out the entire list of scheduled events and concerts taking place. Concert Schedule

Dec 17 Thursday 8:00 Silent Requiem With visuals by Jean Y. Kim 8:40 failotron With visuals by Paris 9:20 Leeni With visuals by VBLANK 10:00 minusbaby With visuals by Enso 10:40 Chromix With visuals by The C-Men 11:20 Je Deviens DJ en 3 Jours With visuals by NO CARRIER 12:00 Albino Ghost Monkey With visuals by outpt 12:40 Eat Rabbit With visuals by Rosa Menkman

Dec 18 Friday 8:00 Disasterpeace With visuals by Enso 8:40 Starscream With visuals by Jean Y. Kim 9:20 Fighter X With visuals by outpt 10:00 little-scale With visuals by Rosa Menkman 10:40 I, Cactus With visuals by VBLANK 11:20 Nullsleep With visuals by Rosa Menkman & Paris 12:00 Rainbowdragoneyes With visuals by The C-Men 12:40 Patric C With visuals by NO CARRIER

Dec19 Saturday 8:00 The J. Arthur Keenes Band With visuals by Rosa Menkman & Enso 8:40 tRash cAn maN With visuals by Jean Y. Kim & Paris 9:20 Bubblyfish With visuals by NO CARRIER & outpt 10:00 The Hunters 10:40 glomag With visuals by The C-Men & VBLANK 11:20 Bit Shifter With visuals by outpt & Enso 12:00 David Sugar With visuals by NO CARRIER & VBLANK 12:40 Psilodump With visuals by Paris & The C-Men

Workshops & Daytime Events

Film Screening - Blip Festival: Reformat the Planet * Date: Friday, Dec 18th, 1pm-3pm * Location: Main Room, The Bell House * Price: $5 at the door

A_SID Synth Workshop: A usb/serial controllable chip based C64 SID chip emulator * Date: Friday, Dec 18th, 2pm-5pm * Location: Front Lounge, The Bell House * Price: $65 (includes materials & necessary tools)

Film Screening - Reformat the Planet 1.5 and Curated Music Videos from 2 Player Productions * Date: Saturday, Dec 19th, 1pm * Location: Main Room, The Bell House * Price: Free

From Classic Sound Chips to Virtual Instruments with David Viens of Plogue * Date: Saturday, Dec 19th, 2pm * Location: Front Lounge, The Bell House * Price: Free

Open source solutions for live visuals - presented by Don Miller / NO CARRIER * Date: Saturday, Dec 19th, 3pm * Location: Front Lounge, The Bell House * Price: Free

Gaijin Games release Bit.Trip Beat soundtrack and launch date for Bit.Trip Void


Independent game developers, Gaijin Games, who I was glad to catch on to with their well received launch title Bit.Trip Beat, has announced a release date for the third game in their series of retro inspired chiptune infused titles. Bit.Trip Void will be coming to the US Wii consoles through Wiiware on November 23rd. As with Bit.Trip Beat and follow up title Bit.Trip Core which featured music from Bit Shifter and Bubblyfish respectively, The new Bit.Trip Void will feature music from well known seminal chiptune musician Nullsleep.

What do these incredible chiptune artists have in common besides great musical ability and being featured in the Bit.Trip series? If you said they will be performing at this years Blip Festival in New York you would be correct. In that vein Gaijin Games has decided to support these artists and the chiptune community by helping sponsor Blipfest this year. If you would also like to show your support and get some 8bitpeoples goodies as well by also becoming a sponsor through the Blipfest Kickstarter page.

The second bit of news from the folks at Gaijin is the announcement that Bit.Trip Beat soundtrack is now available for digital download at iTunes, CDBaby, and many other online retailers. The soundtrack not only includes all the in house music for the levels and cutscenes, but also includes amazing theme music from Bitshifter. So for chiptune fans as well as supporters of great independent titles and fans of Bit.Trip specifically, I suggest you grab the album and the game and have quite the retro Thanksgiving.

8 Bit Operators - Wanna Hld Yr Handheld, Vol. 1 Beatles tribute release


As I wrote about last month, 8 Bit Operators have announced their years in the making tribute to the one and only The Beatles. Well at last the album is finally out and available to download! If you head over to 8bitops.com right now you will be taken to the Band Camp page where you can download the full album for $10. The album includes a cavalcade of phenomenal artists bringing their own chipped out interpretations of both famous and more obscure Beatles tunes.

Well worth a download and most definitely worth a listen, this album follows in the steps of other great recent releases like Kind of Bloop and Weezer - The 8-Bit Album. Check out the full collection of tracks and artists below!

01. 8-Bit Operators "Tomorrow Never Knows Megamix" 04:50
02. 8 Bit Weapon with ComputeHer "Eleanor Rigby" 02:13
03. glomag "h3lt3r_sk3lt3r" 03:16
04. Bacalao "Blackbird" 02:39
05. Burnkit2600 "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!" 02:56
06. Saskrotch "Paperback Writer" 02:09
07. Psilodump "All You Need Is Love" 02:44
08. minusbaby "Flying [El Barrio Mix]" 07:02
09. Anamanaguchi "I Will" 01:00
10. The Depreciation Guild "Because" 03:43
11. Aonami "Back in the U.S.S.R." 02:16
12. Bubblyfish "Piggies" 02:01
13. poke-1,170 "When I'm 64" 01:54
14. GOTO80 "Come Together" 04:00
15. Sloopygoop "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" 01:54
16. Herbert Weixelbaum "Sie liebt dich" 02:18

8-Bit Operators announce all star chiptune Beatles tribute: Wanna Hld Yr Handheld


We just heard the efforts of the incredible roster of musicians who recreated the world changing sounds of Miles Davis with Kind of Bloop. We heard a huge roster of chiptuners pay tribute to the mainstream nerdiness of Weezer on Weezer: The 8 Bit Album, and here we are again. This time we return with folks that are no strangers to the land of rearranging and covering classic tunes.

The 8 Bit Operators, who are comprised of a stable of impressive musicians including Bud Melvin, 8 Bit Weapon, and Anamanaguchi to name just a few. Well these folks who have once brought us the chipped out sounds of Kraftwerk are now hard at work once again for another grand undertaking. This time we are talking about another globe changing band, of course, I speak of paying tribute to The Beatles in 8 bit form with the upcoming Wanna Hld Yr Handheld chiptune compilation.

A tough endeavor to say the least, but these folks have been working on this project for well around two years according to their website, and it definitely shows. As of 09/09/09 Astralworks and the 8-bit Operators have decided to grace us with nine preview tracks of the upcoming project via the Wanna Hld Yr Handheld myspace page. Also be sure to keep an eye on the Official website because, on 10/09/09, in celebration of John Lennon's birthday we will be treated to the announcement of the albums full list of tracks and artists!

Press release and preview track listing below.

Almost 2 full years in the making, the 8-Bit Operators "WANNA HLD YR HANDHELD" Beatles Tribute focuses on the glorious avante-garde/ electronic side of the fab 4, with over 20 of the biggest international names in 8-bit chiptune music, all utilizing re-tooled classic GameBoys, Ataris, Apple II, Commodore 64 and Nintendo Entertainment Systems! The upcoming release will include tracks from 8-Bit Weapon w ComputeHer, Bacalao, Anamanaguchi, Bud Melvin, Burnkit 2600, Depreciation Guild, Glomag, Herbert Weixelbaum, Neotericz w Naku, Bubblyfish, Poke-1,170, Shrimps w Robert J Smith, gwEm & Counter Reset, goto80, Receptors, Psilodump, Cheap Dinosaurs, Saskrotch, Minusbaby, Rabato and Aonami!

Here's the 1st batch of 9 tracks:
1.8-Bit Operators - Tommorrow Never Knows(Bacalao Megamix w Burnkit 2600,Glomag,Herbert Weixelbaum,Neotericz w Naku,Psilodump,Receptors and Shrimps w Robert J Smith)
2.Anamanaguchi - I Will
3.Glomag - h3lt3r_sk3lt3r
4.8-Bit Weapon w ComputeHer - Eleanor Rigby
5. Bacalao - Blackbird
6. Burnkit 2600 - Being For The Benefit of Mr Kite
7. The Depreciation Guild - Because
8. Bubblyfish - Piggies
9. Poke-1,170 - When I'm 64

8bitpeoples 100th album - Blip Festival 2008 compilation release


It seems like just recently superstar netlabel 8bitpeoples was celebrating their momentous 50th album release, but lo and behold here we are at release 100! To celebrate this huge event, 8bitpeoples, with production from 2 Player Productions of REFORMAT THE PLANET fame have worked together to bring us the live double disc set Blip Festival 2008 compilation. 32 live tracks from artists all in attendance last year at the seminal Blip Festival which takes place in New York every year. The album is available for the price f $15 for the amazingly well done physical copy. You can also purchase it as well as hear it in it's entirety over at 2playerproductions.bandcamp.com.

This is another huge milestone not just for 8bitpeoples, but for the fans and chiptune community at large as well. These days it is just amazing step after step with chiptunes and I couldn't be more excited! Here is the official word from the 8bitpeoples site concerning the album, including full tracklisting and artists!

Official Blip Festival 2008 live performance double-CD compilation. Produced by 2 Player Productions, and featuring one track from each of the festival's 32 musical performers. Professionally recorded, mixed, and mastered; the phenomenon of live chipmusic has never before been so pristinely captured.

From the liner notes:
"For a scene and a subculture not known to put a great emphasis on the physicality of an album or an EP, a scene which thrives and prides itself on the free exchange of digital music, this is the right record to make tangible. Milestones should be marked by monuments, and this is the second time 8bitpeoples have done so: with the 2xCD 8BP50 CD after the first Blip Festival, and now with this; 8BP100 — so you can see just how far it's all come. Now take this artifact in your hands, press play on your system, inspect the pretty parcel it came in until you've unlocked its every secret, then turn up the volume, close your eyes, and picture yourself there."
- Nathaniel Adams

Tracklisting:
Disc 01:
1. noteNdo: Spelling Numbers (Live)
2. Graffiti Monsters: Letter B (Live)
3. IAYD: Acute Monocular Beam (Live)
4. zabutom: Endroll (Live)
5. Tonylight: Happy End (Live)
6. M-.-n: Mangash (Live)
7. Sidabitball: Kids On Acid (Live)
8. Unicorn Dream Attack: 4l0n3 (Live)
9. Animal Style: 2 of 9 (Live)
10. Low-Gain: Summer Fun (Live)
11. Cheap Dinosaurs: Hot Plate (Live)
12. Role Model: Pop5 (Live)
13. glomag: 4shame (Live)
14. Bit Shifter: Easy Prey (Live)
15. minusbaby: Minha Caipirinha É Ótima (Very, Very) (Live)
16. Meneo: Fica La Figa (Live)

Disc 02:
1. Jellica: Man Two (Waves Of Fear) (Live)
2. Mr. Spastic: FXLP (Live)
3. Bubblyfish: Metaphysical Dreams (Live)
4. Sulumi: Sweetly (Live)
5. Cow'p: Stush Boy (Live)
6. Nullsleep: Limit Break (Live)
7. STu: Singing Robot / mYMelody (Live)
8. Dubmood: Saturé Nights Part.1 (Live)
9. Starscream: Andrew Jackson (Live)
10. Lissajou: Blibdoolpoolp (Excerpt) (Live)
11. Syphus: Pennies / Fuelship (Live)
12. nordloef: The Ugliest Boy In The Class (Timebomb) (Live)
13. Ikuma: Jealous (Live)
14. Anamanaguchi: Dawn Metropolis (Live)
15. USK: Boot Up (Live)
16. Trash80: Missing You (Live)

Hidden Fortress Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Select, Remix" Volume 1 (September 18, 2006)

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“After working on several remixes of chiptune-esque artists and working closely with Pixelh8 in producing his upcoming album "Videogames Ruined My Life" we decided to contact a few of our myspace friends "Stochastic" and "Air Fortress", we also stumbled upon "Game Music 4 All" and their myspace page which linked in a few others, we found the music of "Bubblyfish" on the end credits of a circuit bending documentary on Youtube.com and was blown away,and when we managed to convince "Aleksi Eeben" and "8 Bit Weapon" who we are a huge fans of, we were over the moon, we then slowly convinced and built up a list of very impressive artists, who were willing to take part in the project.

8 Bit Weapon, Stochastic, Pixelh8, Air Fortress, GOTO80, Aonami, Atarimatt, Sabrepulse, Bubblyfish, Burnkit2600 KPLECRAFT, 8 Bit Betty, Sm@rth, Makkina, Hi Score, Tree Wave, Action Adventure, Kidd Video, MSX Crew, Aleksi Eeben & more

The project then became so big, and due to our now hectic schedule, and to not keep you waiting for too long. We decided to divide into two volumes and so here is volume 1.

1) Kidd Video - "I Need A Quarter" remix of "25 Cents"

2) Msx Crew - "Blitz Pixel" remix of "Pixel Addict"

3) Pixelh8 - "Baby Buggy" remix of "Baby Carrier"

4) Makkina - "And I Will Listen" remix of "Speak To Me"

5) Sm@rth - "Creepy Castle" remix of "Castle Freak"

6) GOTO80- "For N To Equal 80" remix of "Stag 3"

7) Stochastic - "Hexidecimalover" remix of "The Binary Walls Between Us"

8) HiScore - "Hyper Score" remix of "CX2600"

9) Air Fortress - "I Am Looking For You" remix of "Secret Spacestation"

10) Bubblyfish - "Opacity" remix of "Translucent"

11) Burnkit2600 - "Feel The Burn" remix of "Loafyness"

12) Tree Wave - "I Am Someone" remix of "May Banners"

13) Aleksi Eeben - "No Point Of Reference" remix of "Space Man Far Away From Home"

14) 8 Bit betty - "Immobilizer" remix of "And I Know That You're Happy"

The sounds of videogames/chips/circuit bending always cheers me up, the usually upbeat cheery melodies made the project even more fun, we hope you enjoy the outcome, check out the artists and their pages. Our main aim was to bring the wonderful and varied sounds of chiptune to our friends and to further connect the world of chiptune artists with each other. I would sincerely like to thank all of those who have taken part, this project is free to download so more of you can hear and enjoy it.

Lots Of Love, Matthew & Junko”

Awesome mention from them. Anyway, their album can be found here or through Hidden Fortress’s myspace page.