Linkan at A Little Bit

Some pictures from my piece Linkan at the exhibition A Little Bit, running at Bei Koc in Hannover to November. Linkan is a song, here printed in three different ways: as an audio waveform, as the notations in the tracker software, and as data in the RAM. 21 meters in total.

Visitors can listen to the song as it runs in a loop on the C64. For the opening, I made two very different improvisations with the song, and recorded it on two unique master cassettes which destinies are uncertain.


Linkan can be seen as a comment on contemporary music formats. The fixed and locked-in character of a recording (the audio waveform) is to some extent a violent treatment of the potentials of digital music formats. The separation between performed or recorded music on the one hand, and sheet music (the tracker prints) on the other, is blurry at best. And yet it still underpins the music economy. RAM is good.

Gijs Gieskes and gwEm are also in the exhibition, aswell as two works by me and Raquel Meyers: 2SLEEP1 and Swapdisk (with various C64-productions). I will update this post with better photos as they appear.







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Write-up at Radiograffiti

So, the oldschool yet progressive Radiograffiti label wrote some nice things about me for their WKND JMZ. Since I’m not so good at doing that myself, and since I’ve started to play this song live again, I’ll paste their text here:

Despite being almost ten years old, GOTO80’s proto amigacore/chipmusic hybrid “Spill” still manages to sound as fresh as the day it was first saved to an obsolete storage medium.

Since 1993, the prolific GOTO80 mastermind Anders Carlsson has never been short on creative output. When he isn’t releasing open source albums, providing audio for technical demos via his Hack n’ Trade demoscene group or performing on Swedish television cloaked in lettuce, he’s archiving chipmusic’s history and rethinking music distribution. During his two decades of activity, it’s safe to assume GOTO80 has released his fair share of unclassifiable music.

Among this high level of output, the Digi-Dig online/physical package was released on Da ! Heard It Records back in 2006 to very high praise due to his trademark glitchy programming style and free form songwriting. Even in Internet years, the album has aged very well and still maintains solid momentum throughout, but there is one song in particular which transcends and continues to serve as the ultimate Friday night get-the-fuck-out-of-work anthem – “Spill”.

GOTO80’s break-neck lead programming & Amiga drum combo are completely unfiltered and fight for center stage here. “Spill” is one of those rare tracks which demand a long study in technique *and* prime location on your weekend playlist.

Some of you may have known about “Spill” from the 8BP050 double CD on 8bitpeoples or floating around dark corners of the Internet mislabeled as “Data Garden Rock”.
Regardless of origin, Spill is worthy of your new WKND JMZ, but you knew that already.
Download Digi-Dig at: http://www.daheardit-records.net/en/discography/dhr-02#release

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Appearance at Aaron Swartz / Piratbyrån screenings


These two movies are screening today on the 21st of October. The first one about the American activist Aaron Swartz who in his fight for internet freedom ran out of steam and ended his own life. The other movie is by Geraldine Juárez and portrays the Bureau for Piracy’s wild kopimi style. After these, I will do a little gig or a talk, or both. We’ll see.

The event is organized by Doc Lounge Göteborg and happens at Bengans. More info here.

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Dangerous and Spontaneous Technology

At Lydgalleriet in Bergen right now: ‘Dangerous and spontaneous technology’ by Jacob Sikker Remin and Raquel Meyers. I wasn’t really involved in this manifestation of the project. But it builds on our previous fax adventures from Click, Transmediale and Demoteket. It’s part of Sonic Game Space that also involved Marieke Verbiesen and others.

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Stockholm & Hannover

Next weekend I’m playing a secret show in Stockholm (feel cool if you know about it), and the weekend after that I’m going to Hannover to do a small exhibition, and a live concert with Gijs Gieskes and gwEm. Good bananas!

I think the exhibition is going to be pretty cool. I’ve dot matrix printed 7 meters of music for it. And there’s going to be 7 meters more. And then probably in fact 7 meters more! And you can never go wrong with that. Maybe.

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Porcunipine

Porcunipine, a game with some Amiga music by me, is now available as free demo versions for Windows and OSX. Check it outz!

2014

Custom8 gets <3 at Rhizome

Dragan Espenschied compares new forms of music distribution, and gives some praise to Custom8. Thanks! Since the text is only there for 24 hours, I’ve infringed it a bit and pasted it below.

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AR Cake Defense

Ok, I have no idea what this is. Except it’s an Android-game with my music in it. And it’s called AR Cake Defense.

Here’s the description:

Augmented Reality tower defense game.
Stop the bugs before they eat your cake! Place various towers along their path that will attack them. Improve the towers and kill them all before running out of dessert!

To play you will need to print the marker for the augmented reality. You can find it here: http://www.rcrmn.nl/downloads/ar_cake_defense_mark.pdf

2014

Custom8 status


Custom8 has been a big success! I’ve been breaking a lot of sweat to process all the orders for the past 2 weeks, and now I’ve almost caught up with all the orders. So yeah – ready for more! Tell me what’s missing in your life, and I fix it.

The idea for Custom8 is to spend no more than one hour per release. That gives me enough time to find the right songs for most orders, and maybe record a song that I might only have on a floppy somewhere. From my point of view, this is what you pay for: 1 hour of work. Not music. For me, the songs are already there.

Although, some people ask for customized songs. Perhaps the text is not clear enough here. But if I think I can do the song in around 1 hour, I do it anyway.

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It’s a lot of fun with the variety of orders. One guy was a Goto80-collector and took the opportunity to order some super rare releases, bonus tracks, and such. Other people ask for specific blends of certain bands and artists. Or songs that are similar to other songs I’ve made. Here’s some examples of what the orders look like:

music for parrots

parallel universes, shuffling beats, domesticated sounds

experimental hip-hop, LA beat scene, deep house, early dubstep, german techno, sludge/stoner metal

I would like a custom album in which each successive piece of music is more complex than the previous one. So, it should start with the simplest track and end with the most complex one. The genre/style of these pieces is not important; what matters is their complexity.

cinematic love songs pure minimal *ONLY THE BEST*

dark future decadence campfire music. hypnotic sleazy erotic body synth, not too kitschy. eerie, suggestive.

Bruce Springsteen vs. Captain Beefheart drone Calypso in the Heino style dubstep David Bowie 70s does David Bowie 90s as heard by David Bowie 80s EBM Balenesian Klezmer metal Russian Pop written by PJ Harvey dub Harry Partch does breakcore on a modified Dutch Harmonica (or harmonium) glitch

the typical pop-rock sounding first album of a young parisian hipster band

tunes without ‘beats’. I mean, sans sounds that imitate drums. At least half of the tunes should be slow. Make me cry.

something that gives me a boner.

2014

Yeti Bad Guy Polka Video

In 2013, me and Raquel Meyers performed a big show in Paris for kids called Yeti Sound Machine. This video shows the different parts of that performance, running with one of the songs from the performance: Yeti Bad Guy Polka (also featured on Files in Space). She also recently made a book with graphics from the performance. All in glorious C64 PETSCII graphics.

This video was also made to celebrate that we’ve worked together for 10 years. Raquel compiled some of our work here, have a look! If you want even more, go here.

2014

HT Gold @ Konsthallen, Sandviken

HT Gold, a C64-game by me and Glenn Again, is now showing at Konsthallen in Sandviken, Sweden. They are also showing some prints from my book Computer Rooms. Also, I was supposed to play live there but had to cancel since, erhm, I mixed up the dates with Superbyte. If I have to blame something, I blame Canada.

Anyway, the exhibition PIXLIGT runs for a month so swing by and try it out. You won’t be disappointed!

Photo by Rosa Menkman

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Goto80: Custom8 (www)

Today, Custom8 is launched at Superbyte in Manchester. It’s a way for you to order a custom release, with songs specifically chosen from your order. I’ll dig through my archive of thousands of songs to find just the stuff you need.

Released songs, unreleased songs.. strange aliases.. in very obscure formats.. in holes.. in burgers.. super-limited edition.. broken links.. Now you can have it all!

The way I see it, you are not really paying for the songs. You are paying for me finding them for you. Which I think is a nice twist on the whole discussion of value, music, ownership, creativity, work, etc.

So – treat yourself! — Get your Custom8 today!


Big thanks to OJD for the photography, C-Men for the design, Kaneel for the code, and David Lindecrantz for the Goto80-logo. Thanks for making Custom8 possible. Much <3!

Related:
> Dataslav performance at Dataslöjd
> Real-time Dataslav as a Groupees prize
> Musicians are spammers

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