Chipspeech Says it Like it is

I’ve been beta testing a new VSTi from the meticulous lo-fi emulator dominators in Plogue. Chipspeech finally makes it possible to sing with old speech synthesis chips! So I’m working on some songs, and I put Crossword Puzzle in the Automate compilation of Chipspeech songs, that just came out.

Earwormy FM-pop with crossword propaganda for the whole world!

2015

Milano and Rome

Two shows in Italy coming up!

15 january: Megablast, Rome
w/ Mat64, Pira666, arottenbit, Kenobit

16 january: Milano Chiptune Underground #1, Milano
w/ arottenbit, Kenobit, Tonylight

2015

2014 Roundup

Yeah 2014 bla bla. Well, here’s what I was up to: Among the live performances I did, I played in Valencia for the final party of Europe in 8 Bits, in Manchester for the chipmusic festival Superbyte, in a bus parked in Gothenburg for Snel Hest, at Flogsta’s 10 year skweee anniversary, and I performed a live petscii-movie with Raquel Meyers for kids in Paris.

I’ve kept on doing t3xtm0.de (Tumblr, Twitter) together with Raquel Meyers, and we now have 2700+ posts with 5000+ images, and about 6000 followers and le Tumblr. Chipflip is also moving along with some pretty great new releases in 2014, and some new text material aswell.

Artwise, there were for example faxes, L0ve Byt3z, Kung Fu Glitch, HT Gold, and I made an art exhibition/performance at Bei Koc gallery in Hannover. I printed the song Linkan in 3 forms: as audio waveform, as the interface view of the program it was made in, and as RAM-data on a dot matrix printer. For the opening I made two very different jams with the song, which was recorded on two cassettes that I don’t know what happened to. So – this was all a small scale experiment about what music is, how it is represented, and how it’s distributed.

I presented the Custom8 project, where you can order your own custom album by me for 30 euros. And there was quite a response! Kept me busy for several weeks. The way I see it, is that I spend 1 hour going through thousands of my own songs to compile what you ask for. The way you see it, you are a happy consumer in the age of mass customization. Or something..

I released an album, more or less called Files in Space, that sold out in a week but is now available as cassettes or CD again. I played with obfuscation by replacing alphabetical letters with similar-looking Unicode characters, and also spammed the titles with diacritics, which led to problems for operating systems, music distributors and file systems. In other words – big success!

I had music featured in films, documentaries, and games. I released two mixes, and the one I did together with Divag was #1 at the IDM-charts at Mixcloud.

I’ve continued to make improvised C64-sets with the defMON tracker. I just start the computer and go. Without any preparations whatsoever, I make the instruments and the compositions on the fly. In 2014 I did it after screenings of movies about Aaron Schwartz and Piratbyrån at Doc Lounge, at the live coding after party for the FARM-workshop, and at the academic live composing event Friktion.

I made some Ascii graffiti and thought I was the first one to do so, only to find that a US startup made a similar thing just a few weeks before. Not sure they did it character-by-character though. But maybe nobody cares?

Yeah, and the 8-bit reggae book was released. I was interviewed for it and made a song for the book aswell.

Boink 14!

2014

ACID DLL

I put out a noisy acid choon for Acid December a few days ago. There’s lots of nice music there from people like Linde, Vim, Salkin, etc.

Hotlinkin’ like a bad boy: MP3

Also at Soundcloud

2014

X-Ta Si, X-Ta No Live in Valencia

Last weekend at the Europe in 8 Bits Festival, I’m performed a cover of X-Ta Si, X-Ta No, originally made by Chimo Bayo in 1991. Just as the bakalao music genre exploded in the south of Spain with the Ruta Destroy.

This isn’t the first time I cover the song. I performed another version of it in Barcelona a few years ago. But now it’s in the original barrio de bakalaoz. Arriba!

Even better, I went to a bakalao party the day before this gig to get into the spirit. Great to hear some of the earlier more EBM-ish 80′s bakalao.

(Yeah so I performed with my brand new setup: C64 and Amiga600)

2014

Ascii Graffiti


ASCII-graffiti! Using an Ascii Arena logo by Spot, I cut out stencils from pizza boxes for the characters / \ ( ) | _ and sprayed this. Character by character. In freezing cold Götlabörj City. Observed by sceptical writers with knives, yo.

2014

Live in Valencia

I’ll perform at Festival 8 Bits on the 13th of December together with Meneo, Fela Borbone, Henry Homesweet, Ralp and others. Killer line-up!

Also, the documentary Europe in 8 Bits will be shown. So get your azz to bacalao country! Here’s the f***book-event.

2014

Street Views Short Film

This is the trailer for Street Views – a short film set in Google Street View, made by Annie Berman. Winner: Best Experimental Short at Rome Independent Film Festival 2014. Made in 2013. The song is Thriller Iller from the Ferret Show.

2014

Iron Maiden Amiga Javascript Sega Megadrive

Stuck somewhere in time is a music disk with Amiga-versions of Iron Maiden songs. It runs on HTML, Sega Megadrive and Amiga. I made a cover of Run to the Hills for it, mostly inspired by Anton Maiden’s version of it.

The HTML and Sega Megadrive versions were released at Compusphere, and the Amiga version is coming soon. Made by the demoscene groups Up Rough, Insane & Titan. Yeahä! \m/

2014

8-Bit Reggae Book

8-Bit Reggae is a book by the Swiss professor and ethnographer, Nicolas Nova. The topic might seem strange at first, because there’s not really that much 8-bit reggae around. Or is there? Well, there’s more than you think. And interesting parallells.

The book includes plenty of quotes from my good ol’ chipmusic thesis, which is always a good idea, hehe. Actually, I’ve helped out a little bit with it. Among other things, I did a dub track as a case study and wrote some words about it. I was kind of surprised myself about how many tangents there are between dub and chip. One thing, the way I see it atleast, is that dub and chip are both sort of genre, production method, and attitude at the same time.

I’m no stranger to dub. Some of you may have heard Papaya Dub way back from 2001 or Ajvar Relish, for example. Maybe I should do some more. Some day. If you’d like some, you could always order some dub here!

2014

Files in Space Cassette Re-Press

There’s a very limited repress of the Files in Space cassette available, starting today. This time in a flowery urin/gold colour! Get yours here.

2014

Video for This Machine Thinks

Video by DJ Waterman. The song can be found at Free Music Archive.

2014