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Low Level Festival Starts Tonight!

Low Level 2016

I’m incredibly excited to be playing this festival that’s happening this weekend in Bushwick/Brooklyn, NYC!

Facebook event

Friday, August 19th

  Music Visual
6:00 PM doors
7:00 PM Tate Gregor Ohhinaifu
7:50 PM Demonic Sweaters mrghosty
8:40 PM Fashion Zoo 68krew
9:30 PM Zen Albatross Enerjawn
10:20 PM DZZ Party Time! Hexcellent!
11:10 PM Makeup + Vanity Set Magical Grill
12:00 AM Chipzel Turnt Shoujo

Saturday, August 20th

11AM – 3PM
Gallery hours
Family friendly
Free to all!

2PM
Artist Talk with
composer Chris Burke

Music Visual
6:00 PM doors
7:00 PM Little Paw Magical Grill
7:50 PM Ghost Cop Enerjawn
8:40 PM Warez Waldo mrghosty
9:30 PM Fearofdark Party Time! Hexcellent!
10:20 PM Mitomoro Turnt Shoujo
11:10 PM Trey Frey Alex Luna
12:00 AM Ducky Ohhinaifu

MANIFESTO

As time proceeds through the modern age, past once futuristic milestones like the turn of the millennium, and dates of apocalyptic prophecy, we look back on the years that have passed and wonder where they leave us. Neither shiny, idyllic utopias nor grim post-collapses have truly materialized, so we wonder now what future we have left to expect. What tale of tomorrow is left to be told by a world that should already be there?

Existing works of media, common purveyors of what may arrive next, are themselves couched in their own respective timeframes. Due to specific technological tools, or in-vogue stylistic techniques, most creative works telegraph the era in which they were made, even when depicting a hypothetical future. These means and methodologies were typically discarded when the next big thing came around (arguably, before their potential could be fully explored), further entrenching the identifiability of when something was produced.

More recently, this trend has started to reverse. The rapid advancement of easily available tools, along with anachronism itself becoming a motif, has lead to imitations of the past becoming common-place. This, combined with the Internet’s ability to preserve, catalog, and analyze our memories, has led to a sort of temporal compression of culture. The content of creative works has begun to disassociate from the context in which they were originally formed.

Rather than fight against this phenomenon, it is time to embrace it. Treating the past as off-limits makes little sense, as it has begun to act not just as inspiration, but more like its own type of material. By combining, retooling, and synthesizing these elements, a better understanding of time may arise.

We believe that the retro-future is still ours to create.”

New Chiptune Synth from RBXL

Subtractive Chiptune Synth For Windows

Sound-Base Audio has introduced RBXL, which they say is the big brother of Retro Boy. They describe RBXL as a subtractive chiptune VST plug-in for Windows 32Bit systems. A spokesperson told us, “This synth can create sounds from sick dubstep wobbles, to nostalgic trance arppeggio’s, to retro 8Bit sounds.”

Features:

  • Dual seven shape oscillators: 12.5% Pulse, 25% Pulse, 50% Pulse, Saw, Triangle, Sine, Noise.
  • 1 to 64 note polyphony with portamento and slide.
  • 16 step arpeggiator with adjustable oct/semi/fine tuning, gate, and velocity.
  • 16 step mono gate.
  • LFO, sequence, and envelope modulation for 20+ parameters.
  • Low usage reverb, delay, chorus, stereo, and phaser effects.
  • Built in parametric EQ and FFT/scope analysis.
  • Multi slope lowpass, highpass, bandpass, and band reject filters.
  • Frequency, ring, and amplitude modulation with frequency syncing.
  • Unison mode with detune and octave spread.
  • User settings and personalization features.

Pricing and Availability:
$59
More information:

via http://www.sonicstate.com/news/2015/06/17/subtractive-chiptune-synth-for-windows/

DIY Gameboy with Bluetooth!

Long in the tooth

Fantastic retro-fitting fun

If you’re familiar with the world of Game Boy modding and music, then the name Joe Heaton should be known to you. This UK-based tech genius has been featured on the site in the past – both as an interview subject and to offer sagely advise to prospective modders – and he’s back with his latest amazing creation.

Heaton has created the ultimate mod by retro-fitting a Bluetooth module to a trusty Game Boy console, allowing it to pair with external Bluetooth speakers for a fuller, richer sound.

In Heaton’s own words:

For this mod I took a cheap Bluetooth transmitter from eBay, took it apart, hacked the hardware to run on my Game Boy and squeezed it all inside the console’s shell. Operation of the Bluetooth module is all done via the Game Boy’s select button.

As you can see in the video below, the mod is so well executed that you’d be forgiven for thinking that you’d somehow stepped into an alternative reality where Nintendo is still making Game Boy systems and is slowly upgrading them with modern features.

In Heaton’s case, the mod means he can really show off his chiptune creations – composed under the name Joe Bleeps – as well as gain some extra volume when playing classic Game Boy titles.

You can follow Heaton’s marvellous modding exploits on Instagram and Twitter.

Via http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2015/05/modder_creates_a_bluetooth-ready_game_boy_because_why_the_heck_not

Free Download! 8 Bit Chiptune Loops!

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Stumbled across this awesome 8 bit / chiptune loop pack on freesound.org that was released under the creative commons attribution license. I haven’t gone through all of these yet, but I’ve listened to many of them. There’s all types of cool blips and beeps, rhythmic shots, hits and pulses. Definitely sounds like a useful addition to a loop collection.

Download above or if there’s an issue with that link, use my mirror here http://www.4shared.com/zip/GNi5isFrba/12786__looppacks__8bit-loop-pa.html

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