The gauntlet has been thrown down. Tetris DS Wi-Fi Tournament Challenge!

Thanks to our semi-rivals over at 8-bit Revenge we have decided to try our hand at a tournament between different people involved in the gaming community. So now we are putting the word out!

If you help with or run a game site, blog, or group, make video game inspired music, or are in some way involved in games and gaming, and also have a copy of Tetris DS and a Wi-Fi connection, bring it on! "Reprazent" as they say!

If enough folks get involved I am sure this will be a lot of fun! Plus, what is better than bragging rights? You can proudly boast that you defeated several other gamers, putting them and their respective websites and groups to shame. Now that's publicity! We'll try to work out more details if and when more folks get involved. Don't be shy! Play us!

If you are interested, leave a comment in this post, email me at anthonyruybalid(at)mac(dot)com, or hit us up on our Myspace page! We hope to meet some great competition!

Image courtesy of Penny Arcade

GM4A gets interviewed!!

Those crazy folks over at 8BitRevenge recently did an interview with us! Head over and read it in all of its glory. Leave them comments and let them know what you think!

CLICK HERE TO READ!!

Hopefully you all get a little more of an idea of who is behind GM4A. If anyone else would like to do an interview with us send over some questions. If you live in Southern California and would like to do a face-to-face interview that would be awesome too!

Thanks again to 8BitRevenge.

Back to the 8 bit

Alex Yabsley AKA Dot.AY wrote an incredible and in depth article about chiptunes and circuit bending entitled Back to the 8 bit A Study of Electronic Music Counter-culture, which we are glad to host here on GM4A. You can check out the article in the media section or by clicking here. Here's a brief intro of the article.

This paper examines technologies effect on musical cultures. Specifically focussing on two musical genres that rely on the use of old electronic gear to make music, Chiptunes and Circuit Bending. Through Internet field research within these cultures, based on ethnographic principles of ‘participant observation’ an in-depth analysis of all parts of these genres is made. This project also aims to test the validity and accessibility of these musical styles, and discusses this, revealing that many aspects of the genres lend them to be more accessible than other electronic art music forms. The paper concludes with the author’s own thoughts from the results of field research, on why these genres are in fact valid art forms, and that they are needed to progress the world of electronic music.

Definitely worth the read. And remember to give us your thoughts on it.

DS! Noooo!

Well I posted a while back about how my DS Lite got a crack in the hinge like oh so many people complained about back before the new internet scare of killer Wii remotes. Well I never returned it since I felt like the cracked hinge was not too big of a deal as long as it didn't bring about more complications. Well sorry to say, but complications arose. The hinge cracked. Strange thing is, it was the opposite hinge. That's right, the hinge without any visible crack just BROKE RIGHT OFF. Needless to say I was aghast. I was just shutting the DS case to set it to sleep mode after a rousing go at Castlevania Portrait of Ruin and as I shut it I heard a cracking noise. I quickly reopen my DS to find the top half limp and frail. A ghost of it's former glory.

The small upside to this horror story is the fact that I still have my one year warranty for my DS Lite. Also I still own my red DS Phat so I can finish my slight Castlevania addiction of late.

Check out the pictures and cringe at the hideousness.


Add an Event to the Event Calendar!

You may or may not have noticed the new events section here on GM4A. Well if you haven't, now would be a good time to take a gander (over to the site links on the right). The new events section is available for any band, artist, or person to add an event to. Plus it is very simple! You don't even have to log in to add an event!

I'll show you! First, just go and click on either add event, or click on the day of the specific event (for instance, say your event is on the seventh of January).


Then all you have to do is fill out all relevant information including venue, city/state/country, time, cost etc. in the "Calendar Text" box. Include a URL link to more info about the event if necessary in the "Popup Text or URL link" box. As well as select the category your event falls under.


Currently we have the category selections "Album Release, Birthday, Concert, Expo/Convention/Festival, Game Release, and Game Tournament". Select which one describes your event best. If none match, let us know so we can fix it!


Also, under the "Birthday" category you can add video game, band, website, or other VG and VGM related anniversaries. As well as your own Birthdays!

Gamers Uplink, Video Games Live, Year 200X, Horse the Band

We are glad to announce a great new affiliate today by the name of Gamers Uplink which was established in 2000 and has done many great things for the gaming community at large. We are glad to have them as an affiliate.
VGL tomorrow, be there! Other shows this weekend include Year 200X on the 23rd in Lansing, MI for 7 bucks. Also performing is Horse The Band in Detroit, MI on the 23rd. Check out those shows if you are in the area!

Video Games Live @ the Hollywood Bowl

Hey everybody, just want to get some more VGL info to you folks, like I said before, all of GM4A shall be at this concert (that’s right, all three of us). Here is the official press release and flyer for the Hollywood Bowl Video Games Live concert. We hope to see some of you there!

VIDEO GAMES LIVE™ RETURNS TO THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL!
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21st 2006
FESTIVAL: 5:30PM
CONCERT: 8:00PM
TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE BY CLICKING HERE!

If you or someone you know is into video games you won't want to miss this highly acclaimed one-of-a-kind concert experience. Or maybe you are looking for something cultural and exciting that the whole family will enjoy? Video Games Live™ is not just a concert, but a celebration that people of all ages will adore.

What is Video Games Live?
Video Games Live™ is an immersive concert event featuring music from the most popular video games of all time. Top orchestras and choirs perform along with exclusive video footage and music arrangements, synchronized lighting, solo performers, electronic percussionists, live action and unique interactive segments to create an explosive entertainment experience.

About the Hollywood Bowl Concert
The concert will feature the celebrated Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, led by Video Games Live co-creator and conductor Jack Wall, with an opening act from famous recording artist Brian “BT” Transeau previewing selections from his new album “This Binary Universe.” Legendary guitarists Steve Vai and Dweezil Zappa will be performing along with the orchestra, as well as special appearances by well-known video game composers. New segments include a live performance of excerpts from the new Halo® 3 score as released this year at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, and the world premiere of Civilization IV, plus a rare special acoustic performance by the original Lucas Arts composers performing Monkey Island, Grim Fandango, and more.
Video Games Live will make history by being the first to bring the symphonic score from Final Fantasy® to the Hollywood Bowl. Fans will also enjoy a special solo performance by Video Game Pianist Martin Leung who will debut his unique Final Fantasy® piano arrangement consisting of over ten Final Fantasy® favorites. Special interactive segments involving the audience will take place during the show, including a live interactive Space Invaders game, a Frogger competition, and even a special interactive appearance by the Goodyear Blimp. The evening will begin at 5:30 PM with an exciting pre-show festival that includes game competitions, pre-released game demos, a costume contest, and the “meet and greet” session with famous game composers and designers from all over the world, available free to all ticket holders.
New music and exclusive video has been added to the already spectacular line-up of games including Mario™, Zelda®, Final Fantasy®, Halo®, Metal Gear Solid®, Warcraft®, Myst®, Kingdom Hearts, Medal of Honor™, Sonic™, Tron®, God of War™ and others, plus there will be a new and expanded Classic Arcade Medley featuring tributes to the games that started it all.
The pre-show festival and costume contest will begin at 5:30 PM and is free to all ticket holders. Tickets ($3- $65) are currently on sale at www.ticketmaster.com, or click here to link directly to the VGL ticket page. The show will begin at 8:00 PM.

VIEW TRAILER

For more information please visit: www.videogameslive.com

Year 200X Interview, Year 200X, The Advantage, Horse The Band tour dates, Video Games Live @ the Hollywood Bowl

Sorry about the lack of updates, but here’s a good one. New interview up with heavy metal gamers Year 200X. Check it out along with all our other interviews in the interview section. They also have some upcoming shows on the 16th and 23rd of this month, check out their official site or our events section for more info. Horse the Band and The Advantage are both on tour and playing several shows each this weekend as well. so check that out too.

Another big event on the horizon will be Video Games Live which is coming back to the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California September 21st. There are still tickets ranging from as low as $7 to some prime seats going for about $60 still available through Ticketmaster. So if you are anywhere near LA definitely do not miss this event! Everyone from GM4A should be in attendance, so if you want to hang out or say hi to Jake, Corey and I (Anthony) then feel free to do so. Also it will be our writer/photographer Corey’s birthday on the day of the concert, so make sure to tell her happy birthday! Bring her a present even. Since I am assuming some (most) of you may not even know what we look like, I uploaded some pictures on the contact page. We hope to see you there!

FEATURED SITE ON GAMEWAVE PODCAST

I am glad to announce that on the latest episode of Gamewave Podcast, we were selected as “Website of the Week”. We are featured in episode 4. They spend a minute just discussing the spelling of the site, “gamemusicfohall, gamemusicforeall, gamemusic4orall”, anyway, it’s quite funny and they do eventually got to what our site is actually about. We come up at the 50 minute mark in this 1 hour podcast. We are proud to get this commendation from Joe Allen and Mike Cook. So definitely listen to it and subscribe to it if you have not yet. It’s one of the best podcasts out there already!


(click on picture to download 1024x768 wallpaper)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SONIC, NEW ART, YEAR 200X / TPIH SHIRTS

It’s Sonic’s 15th Anniversary this year. a fact that I’m sure makes quite a few of us feel a bit over the hill. Anyway, for those of us who enjoy our Sonic, you can pick up an official papercraft PDF made by Sonic Team. It’s a Papercraft of the first stage of Sonic The Hedgehog, so have at it Sega fans. Also if anyone winds up making this thing I’d love to see a picture of it.


(right click the picture to download the PDF)

We’ve also got some more new artwork thanks to Leo from Push Start. Banners and wallpapers, it’s all new! If anyone else is bored and wants to whip up some artwork for us, please do so, we’ll definitely post it here!


(New artwork)

Finally in music news, more shirts coming your way thanks to Year 200X and This Place is Haunted. You can pick up the shirts at Year 200X’s site at $12 for all sizes except XX Large which is going for $14 plus $2.50 S&H. This Place is Haunted is selling off their shirts, Youth-XXL for $10. Just email with the subject “shirts” to poizon74@ptd.net.

ln more This Place is Haunted news, head on over to their site to find three brand new songs from their upcoming album "Everything You Know is Wrong". They are all free downloads.

MUSIC AND SITE NEWS

I wanted to point you folks to a podcast I highly recommend and is brought to us by the good folks at National Public Radio. This webcast is called Press Start and they are currently two episodes strong. In their second podcast they discuss the topic of video game music, so definitely listen in. In music, chiptune artist Lutin has recently released some new songs for download from his upcoming full length release on Chipcache, which will be dropping on October 6th.
In site news, We’ve finally got some footage up. All thanks to the great people from 2 Player Productions. They are working on a documentary currently titled Play A Video Game Music Documentary. We have some Youtube rough cuts right now but you can expect more footage and exclusive footage soon. They have their own page now in the media section, and we currently have three pieces of theirs up. Enjoy!
Also, good pal Leo from Push Start has hooked us up with some of this sweet artwork of his for us here at GM4A. This drawing is available for download as a wallpaper. Just click on the picture here, or go to the downloads section to snap it up!

UPDATES

So there’s a small amount of updates today. If you haven’t noticed, the band list has been getting slowly updated thanks to bands submitting themselves to the site. Also VG cover band Nintendoom have some new tracks up for download on their site after they are premiered on Spread Radio Live at 10 PM PST. One last thing, we have a new myspace page up, so if you’re on myspace feel free to add us! That’s it for now.

LINKS

I figured it was high time I talk about some of the links over on the right side now. Play-Asia and Game Music Online are both great places to pick up official VGM soundtracks. LA By Word of Mouth is a great site that has info on lots of great shows, concerts, and events in the Los Angeles area. They also have lots of great giveaways as well. Pulp Arcade is another great site who focuses on video game comic books, and does a very fine job of it as well. The Gamewave Podcast all about VGM inspired music and is presented by Joe Allen and Mike Cook, two members of the band Spheres of Chaos, and should really be checked out. Dataage is a group who sets up concerts and events all along the west coast involving many great electronic musicians. Chipcache is a new netlabel who is dedicated to 8 bit and chiptune music, they have lots of amazing artists on their label so definitely check them out. Now last of all is Split Reason is a great website who offers many great video game and computer inspired t-shirts. I hope you check out these sites, Game Music 4 All very much endorses each of them. Thanks.
Also if anyone has websites, forums, or anything else who may want to become an affiliate or exchange links, feel free to contact us. Thanks.

NEWS / DONATIONS

First and foremost. Yes, the myspace page is no longer up. Apparently it was erased one day when i had gotten home. I’m going to have to start working out of my personal myspace profile... which I loathe to do, but so such things go. Good news too, we’ve got some new tour dates up. A new interview with Entertainment System as well.
I figure it’s high time I explained the “donate” button over on the left. Well so far everything has come out of our own pockets to get this site up and running. We aren’t exactly made of money either. So any donations, no matter how small, are very appreciated, to cover the cost of servers, domain name, etc. As we grow and we start getting a healthy cash flow from this site, we plan on being able to give out gifts based on donation sizes, giveaways and things of that nature. We’ve put a lot of effort into this site so far. and plan on giving it even more of our time over the summer months. Please, spread the word.

NEW MEDIA AND LINKS

We’ve got exactly one article and one review over in the media section, so head on over there (You can now comment on those in the forum as well). There’s more to come soon. We’ve also got a new friend in the links section, Gamewave Podcast, Definitely check them out, and if you’ve got the iTunes, subscribe to them for sure! Also continue to keep spreading the word on this page. Thanks for everyone’s support so far!

WELCOME!

This is the first official news post of this website. I’d like to thank everyone for checking us out so far. There’s still a lot to be done around this site. I invite you to browse around the site a bit. Feel free to join our forums by clicking the link over on the left. We have some interviews up already. Including a brand new interview with VGM remix artist Swoosh. We have band and event submission forms over there on the left, which you can use to submit any VGM band or VGM event that is not in our listings yet, so be sure to check those out too. Thanks for everyone’s support so far, and be sure to tell your friends about this site too.