I typed a tracker on a typewriter and posted it on le Instagram. It’s very loud!
The chipmusic documentary Europe in 8 Bits was aired on Swedish public service TV (SVT) and is available to stream for a few weeks. I’ve written more extensively here, but in short: check it out! (I think it costs like $2.95 to download)
FYI the documentary was renamed to “Chip Music – plipp och plopp får nytt liv” which roughly translates to “Chip Music – bleep and bloop gets new life”. The description of the documentary reads something like: Now, 20 years after Super Mario, enthusiasts are ripping the chips out of the Gameboys to create a new kind of electronica. It’s not just about nostalgia but also a protest against the opinion that new computer technology is better than previous ones.
Myeah, well.. hmm..
I made a new ASCII graffiti piece, this time in colour. I made stencils for characters like / and _ and sprayed them one by one. This was a practice round for what I will do at the PLATINE festival in Cologne soon.
I started the day by catching a shaver falling from the skies with my hand and then cutting myself with a knife, which made this a very non-digital experience. Set in mO’sOul’s Amiga font!
I’m playing at Evoke in Cologne this weekend. It’s a demoscene event with concerts each night, so come on over!
After that it’s the PLATINE festival in Cologne, that features a text mode exhibition. This should be really good, with some of the best text artists around. What’s more, I’m going to do some ASCII graffiti there, so wish me luck. ü/
Digital Nimbus #579 is available for download or stream and is two hours of mysterious and pleasant IDM. Two songs from my latest release is in there along with artists like Boards of Canada, Meat Beat Manifesto, Barbiss Trysand, and Cosmic Mind Warp.
The sort of old Italian prog band Armonite asked me to add some sounds to their song Insert Coin for the album The Sun is New Each Day. A nice album somewhere inbetween progressive rock and classical music (??), mastered at le Abbey Road Studios.
I like how my saw waves mix with the violin, and in this setting the triangle waves get a more flutey character than usually. Sometimes it’s even tricky to say what’s what. Man machine prog! Prog.prg.
Btw, you might also want to check out The Ferret Show, where I performed my songs together with a jazz band and with PETSCII visuals by Raquel Meyers.
This excellent video flyer for Klubb Tu666ummi with claymation has music by me. Actually, it’s from a song that was made as a Custom8-order. You’re not really supposed to order songs from Custom8 – more like genres/styles and then I compile already made songs – but some people succeed to get custom songs, apparently. 8=)
Rosa Mannen, the notorious pink Swedish file sharer who the sceners know as Dj Cat/Keso, has made a video for an old song of mine – again. This time it’s Break34, a C64-song inspired by 80′s “breakdance music”. Just like with his last video the video is a montage from an 1990′s Swedish TV-show, this time Bingolotto!
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.