As some of you know, I’ve written quite a lot about chip music and the demoscene: in books, papers, a master thesis, and so on. For the past years I’ve been more interested in researching text graphics, and published a paper together with A Bill Miller in 2012.
Now I’m doing a presentation about PETSCII at an academic conference Behind the Scenes in Lódzki, Poland. I did it together with Markku Reunanen (who maintains the demoscene research site) and Tero Heikkinen (who wrote the PETSCII editor together with Markku). Unfortunately I’m not attending in person, but Markku & Tero know how to do it right!
At the same conference Gleb Albert is doing a presentation of his new research on the 1980s cracker scene. It seems to be an in-depth look at this sparsely researched subculture, and especially interesting since it considers ideology. Read more here.
Rosa Mannen, probably the most prolific music (video) ripper in Sweden, made a video for an old C64-song of mine. It’s a cover of the song Robinson by HT – a sort of synth poppy project that me and Greger Eklund had 1996-2004. You can listen to some of the stuff here.
The song is about the TV-show Robinson, so Rosa Mannen edited together some VHS-recordings of the program.
It accompanies my latest album, released on Datadoor. Two of the songs are from that release: Linkan (which I made an installation/performance with) and Steel Egg (featured in the 8-bit Reggae book). One song was featured in the Ferret Show with a jazz band jamming on top of it.
The executable program is only available on Antidote BBS, the longest running C64 BBS in the world. It runs on a real C64 but you can telnet into it over the internetz. So that machine is my distributor!
This is how the disk directory looks when you list the files of the floppy disk. Because alphabetical structures of files is boring, and PETSCII is great.
So it took iTunes about a month to publish my album, and rename it. Into “moon and linear clouds”, as Tim Koch put it. Just like they didn’t accept the names of Files in Space, they didn’t accept the OTL-like name of this either. Protip, Apple: if you co-invent a standard you might want to follow it.
Anyway – it’s there now. And also on Spotify. And maybe some other places too. But the cassettes are sold out.
Terrific Time Travel Bundle is a collection of games and music that you can buy for a low price, where the artists get paid, and you also give money to help the help of the Nepal earthquake.
Compiled by Remute.
Here‘s the live jam I did at Soundpond in Adelaide a while ago. I arrived really late and completely unprepaired, but I think it turned out alright anyway. I used three songs as the base (Ponky Super Dub Edit, Linkan, Oso) and re-arranged them live and programmed new bits on the fly.
I borrowed Tim Koch‘s SX-64 and his effect pedal so I had a nice setup to play with. Sorry for shocking the drum n’ bass heads listening to Soundpond before I got on hehe.
My new album is a 90-minute expose of dubby and dreamy C64 electro beats, spiced up with plenty of delays and supersounds.
Released by the brand new Australian label DataDoor for my little tour of the country, with PETSCII-design by iLKke. Available at Bandcamp as cassette and MP3/FLAC/etc, and on iTunes and Spotify and all that. There is also a C64 music disk – four songs with reactive PETSCII-visuals in just 14 kilobytes!
Most of the songs are edited improvisations, a technique I have worked with a lot especially after 2SLEEP1. The last song, Postiljon, is actually my first defMON-experiment in this style, probably from 2008.
On this album the C64 is complemented by other sound sources like drum machines, broken mixers, keyboards and renoises. Enjoy!
A while ago I made an improvised live-set where people could tell me what to do, by filling in a form. It’s like the live-performed version of the more asynchronous previous Dataslav performance. And more abstract. Or concrete, maybe?
I made two 30-minute sets and the second one was documented by Jacob Remin, so here it is for you (wav). The forms below are time-stamped, so you can sort of follow how they influenced the music. If you understand Danish, that is. Which everyone does.
Heading to Australia next week! To celebrate I’m releasing a new album (90 minute cassette) that heads down the foggy C64 and 808 ambient electro road. Really happy with this one! They’re quite limited, but if you’re quick I’ll put you on the list to get one if there’s any left after the tour. Use electronic mail.
(The green poster design by Minusbaby. The cassette designed by iLKke. The Square Sounds video made by cTrix I think?)
So — quite happy to be playing with some great artists in good ol’ Oz. Check this out:
March 14: Noise Floor, Sydney w/ MeltUnit, Hedonist, Rob Joyner, NITROX, and more
March 15: Hotel Metro, Adelaide w/ little-scale and Tim Koch.
March 21: Square Sounds Festival, Melbourne w/ Henry Homesweet, Chip Tanaka, NNNNNNNNNN, and many more!
Since Austria’s teletext service ORF just turned 35 years old, Ars Electronica Center is now showing works from the International Teletext Art Festival of 2013 and 2014. Among them is, eh, “stills” from my Remote Control Music Studio from 2013.