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

2014

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

2014

Live @ Superbyte

This weekend is going to be good. Don’t miss out! I’ve requested lines and naked boys from the Keff (the VJ), and will also have a special dancer for my show. As for the music, it’s probably going to be mostly Amiga electro/funk/cheese and C64 acid, with a touch of wobble bobble boom boom.

I’m also announcing a new release at this party. More about that later..

2014

#2 at Gerp’s Amiga Music Competition

Turns out I ended up #2 in the Amiga music competition at Gerp, a Swedish demoscene party. My song, Fucktop3, was made for a project with Otro a few years ago, but it was never finished.

It’s in the same vein of Mega Amiga. Some sort of 80′s electro funk hip house something? This track is a bit more towards electro than Mega Amiga though.

Download my song and the other ones from my Amiga crew Up Rough here. It’s in the mod-format so only true acid hackers can play it.

The image was made by Spot / Up Rough for the Amiga pixel graphics competition.

2014

Short Clip of the FARM-performance

The last 2 minutes of my live improvisation at the party at 3:e Våningen after the FARM-workshop. It was all about live coding, and there were some pretty amazing performances there. Alex McLean and his algorave did not disappoint, for example.

I actually co-organized this event with Palle Dahlstedt and really happy about how it turned out. Live coding is pretty much next level human-computer music to me.

2014

Live at Snel Hest & FARM

This Friday I’m performing at the opening for Snel Hest at Bar10 in Göteborg. Also a livecoded rave performance by Yaxu / Algorave, and Dataklubben. Snel Hest is an exhibition at Alingsås Konsthall with people from F.A.T, James Cauty from KLF, Raquel Meyers, and others. Geraldine Juárez put it all together, so better not miss this one! I’m included in Geraldin’e piece Porr i Skogen, and also a little bit in Raquel’s teletext piece.

The day after I will do an improvised C64-set for the party after the FARM workshop (Functional Art, Music, Modeling and Design). It’s at 3:e Våningen and starts at 8, with all performances more or less related to live coding. Yeah!

2014

Project Moonbase’s Platonic Radio Show

Project Moonbase is a radio show maybe from Scotland or France that featured a song by me in their latest episode called Moving Shadows. It’s a nice mixture of music, so you should check it out. Listen and download here.

2014

Matsam0t at Whitebox Art Center


Matsamöt from 2SLEEP1 is screening at CLICK CLICK CLICK / Closing of Coded After Lovelace at Whitebox Art Center in New York, 2 September. Also features works from Lillian Schwartz, Geraldine Juárez, Olia Lialina, Rosa Menkman and many more.

> 2SLEEP1

2014

Interview for Wall Magazine

The Finnish Wall Magazine interviewed me at the H2Ö-festival and it goes a little something like this!

2014

New Documentary on Game Audio

Karen Collins has done tons of research on game and chipmusic. I published a chapter in her book From Pac Man to Pop Music many years ago. Now she’s making a documentary on game audio and looking for funding at Kickstarter.

It seems like this is the first documentary of its kind, and I think she’ll be able to do a great job. And it seems like I’m going to be interviewed for it too, along with all those titans of game music.

So support it on Kickstarter.

2014