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Children of the Bleep

Children of the Bleep has the best cover art in the history of extremely literal cover art. The compilation itself — featuring chipbass artists such as Kodek, Hypanaut and Buskerdroid — is pretty good too. You can download it for free right here.


Love at first Byte

The world’s acceptance of chip music — that is, music made using antiquated video game and computer hardware — has changed drastically since I got into it. Which was, holy crap, over twelve years ago now. The focus has shifted from single dudes sitting alone in dark rooms and rocking out to large crowds sitting together in dark rooms and rocking out.  Chip music has become more performance oriented and regular concert events are popping up all over the country. New York has Pulsewave, Philadelphia has 8static… it was only a matter of time before Baltimore got it’s own chip event.  I’m proud to be one of the musicians asked to perform at the first ever BYTE NYTE.  Here are the details!

  • Saturday, June 4th, at the Hour Haus in Baltimore, MD.  Doors open at 7PM and tickets are $8 at the door (or $5 if you pre-order)
  • Music by Starscream (NYC), Bear & Walrus (that’s me!), Trey Frey (WV), Kedromelon (MD) and Dauragon (DC).  Live visuals by Pixelseed.  Live!
  • Everyone who attends gets a free CD featuring music from all five bands.  This is a seriously amazing idea, especially in a college town like Baltimore where not everyone can afford to buy CDs at shows. I was so excited by this that I did a fresh remix of a Bear & Walrus song specifically for the CD, and it’s never going to be released anywhere else.  So it’s sort of like a location exclusive track, which I think is a cool idea.

It’s going to be an awesome time. Here’s the thing: in order for Byte Nyte to be a regular thing, the word needs to spread.  It’s hard to kick off a new event out of nowhere. So if you have any friends in the Baltimore area… tell them to come!  The more people that come to Byte Nyte, the more money the organizers can put towards booking awesome artists.  I really want to see this explode the way Pulsewave has and become a monthly event.  Baltimore needs a something solid like this.

I’ll leave you with a video of Bear & Walrus performing at 8static a few months ago. It was a great show. Byte Nyte will probably be exactly like this, at least in terms of wardrobe, because I only have, like, two t-shirts (and they’re both Lady Gaga related).


It was an 0F on the shame scale

Have you ever been in a situation that was so embarrassing that you actually started praying for an apocalyptic event, as the loss of all human life on this planet would be preferable to the discomfort you were experiencing at that moment? Let me entertain you with a story!

I volunteer at a chiptune show once a month in Philadelphia called 8static. It’s pretty awesome, and I’ve been a fan for a long time, so I love being able to help out with taking tickets, hanging posters or whatever to support the show. One of the perks of volunteering is that I can bring a guest for free. My friend Ryan heard about the audio mixing workshop before this month’s show and wanted to check it out. So he was going to be my plus one, as the French say.

Except Ryan was really late and completely missed the workshop. His excuse was that he had to stop and eat an entire pizza on the way. When he did finally show up, he was obviously drunk. No Carrier (who organizes the event) came over and I introduced them to one another. Ryan starts pointing to me dramatically, saying “I love this guy!” No Carrier tried to be nice, with a reply along the lines of “Uh, yeah, he’s great.”

Then Ryan decides to up the ante: “No, you don’t understand. I love him sexually.” There was an accompanying hand motion.

I guess he thought it would be a hilarious thing to say. It wasn’t. I wanted to die. I’m surrounded by tons of really cool musicians and some guy in a soiled Nike t-shirt is talking about doing me. And he’s my guest.

On top of that, he was trash talking open mic performers. “That dude needs to get his head out of his ass! That was terrible!” Keep in mind that 8static is hosted in a rather intimate venue, so when he said such things, everyone could hear him.

After two sets of that, we had to leave. As in, Ryan decided that he was tired and we had to leave. So I didn’t get to see Covox or Nullsleep play. The entire ride back to South Philly I just kept thinking “Oh man… is this really my friend?” But I suppose true friendship extends beyond the limitations of common sense, civility and hygiene.

Besides, it could have been much worse. Ryan could have pulled out his cell phone and shown everyone video evidence of his loving me sexually. That would have been awkward.


Piggy, I’ve got your number

Dudes! 8static, Philadelphia’s own chiptune revue, is this weekend. It’s going to be awesome, as always, and if you’re in the area you should come.

Starpause will be there, playing his first ever Philly gig. He’s also doing a free workshop beforehand on using the delightful LittleGPTracker. I really like Starpause just because his Twitter account is used for nothing but haikus. Animal Style (featured in the above video) and ARY are performing as well, and CHIKA is doing visuals. I frickin’ love Animal Style. His work and Starscream’s earlier stuff is what made me start taking chiptune music seriously.

The show is Saturday, July 18th, at 8:00pm. It’s at Studio 34, off of Baltimore Ave (West Philly). I’ll be there. I’ll be the awkward looking guy wearing a Black Lantern ring with dress shoes.

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