Ro-Bear was gracious enough to brave the icy February wind chill during Philly’s 8Static to speak with us about how he got into chiptunes, his chip pop/rap group Kill3r Whale, and where he sees the chipmusic scene going in the future.
If you are anything like me, you’ve probably messed around with making chiptunes before. Again, if you are like me, you’ve probably quit after a few hours of messing around on your Gameboy or hacked PSP with LSDJ.
There’ll also be an after-party upstairs at the Institute Bar with music by DJ Cutman and all 8Static attendees get 10% off their tab!
You can pay any amount you choose between $7 and $10 to get into the show. If you pay $10, you’ll get a sweet exclusive sticker for being rad. RSVP on 8Static’s Facebook event page and be sure to keep on eye on 8static.com for upcoming shows.
Disney Blatantly Rips Off Chiptune Group Anamanaguchi
Anamanaguchi has lent their blippity-bloopity chip-punk sounds to games like Scott Pilgrim vs the World: The Game and Bit.Trip Runner, but one game that they DIDN’T lend their sound to is Disney’s PIXL’D. But that didn’t stop whoever made PIXL’D’s soundtrack.
Check out Anamanaguchi’s “Jetpack Blues Sunset Hues” below.
And now check out the trailer for Disney’s PIXEL’D app.
Once word of this whackness got out, Anamanaguchi supporters were quick to voice their disapproval on Disney’s YouTube channel, which Disney was quick to delete. Classy global corporations are classy.
Hire a lawyer, get paid, take over the world with your rock.
[Chiptune Damage] Watch This Dude Play His Game Boy Over Skrillex, Rick Astley, & Carly Rae Jepsen
Chiptune musician Superpowerless recently kicked off a new YouTube channel which he describes as “purely for inappropriately gameboy soloing all the way through every song ever.” Describing this dude as “awesome” would be an understatement. Plus, he has really good hair and a dreamy accent.
If the Skrillex choonage up top didn’t wet your whistle, check out some Game Boy soloing over “Never Gonna’ Give You Up” and “Call Me Maybe” below.
And if that still isn’t enough, check out this rad video for Superpowerless’ song “Wasted My Time” that was funded by MTV and Vodaphone back in 2009 when he won their Fast Track competition.
[Chiptune Damage] Game Boys Are Sooo Mainstream. Pianocade Makes Chiptunes A Little Bit More Awesome
The Pianocade takes chiptuning to a whole new level by combining a standard piano key layout with arcade buttons and a joystick. It’s fully customizable, works with 5-pin or USB midi, and is completely open source. You can even wear it on a guitar strap for added freshness!
The Pianocade comes in three delicious flavors: One Octave ($250CDN), Two Octaves ($325CDN), and if you feel like getting your hands dirty and building your own, the electronics only kid is just $100CDN. Pre-order here.
Check out some videos of the Pianocade in bleepybloopy action below.
A Little Bit On The Scott Pilgrim Wedding Game Side: Konami employee Simon and his friends tweaked the Scott Pilgrim video game and he surprised his bride (who also happens to work for Konami) and everyone at the reception with this awesome video full of ninjas, zombies, cosplay, and Raging Demons.
A Little Bit On The Nintendostalgia Side: About a year ago, Campbell Whyte began his 8-Bit Dreams project, an attempt to make one drawing each day dedicated to an original NES game until he’d made a drawing for each of the 799 games released on the system. While Whyte’s putting the project on the back burner for now in order to focus on his graphic novel, he’s managed to complete the first 375 pieces of his project and compile them into this video slideshow accompanied by the groovy chiptune sounds of Surasshu.
Stick around for the bonus round at the end of the video for a look at some pieces that weren’t part of 8-Bit Dreams, but are equally as awesome.
A few of the original works from this video are available on Campbell’s Etsy.
A Little Bit On The Chiptune Vinyl Side:Retro City Rampage is getting a limited edition of 500 12” vinyls containing 24 tracks from the game. Pre-order for a chance at snagging one of 100 blue or green copies. Each copy also includes a poster of the cover album art by Maxime Trépanier, card-stock CD case, and a digital copy - you know, since we live in the future and all.
For the uninitiated, Retro City Rampage is an upcoming parody/homage to oldschool gaming headed to WiiWare, Xbox LIVE Arcade, and the PlayStation Network this May. If you’re not psyched, you’re obviously not awesome.
A Little Bit On The Chiptuned Side: Lana Del Rey’s “Video Games” gets the chiptune rendition it deserves along with a video that keeps the same vibe as the original, but instead of vintage scenes of Americana, we get lots of scenes of Barbi on roller blades, but it’s totally okay.
This song’s by the chiptune artist Leeni on her EP Headphones On Your Heart,which is currently on sale at Bandcamp and 100 percent of the proceeds go towards suicide prevention.