I typed a tracker on a typewriter and posted it on le Instagram. It’s very loud!
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.
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.
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!
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.
> Also check out her teletext book, Thread of Fate
The International Teletext Art Festival is back, this time on Finnish YLE television. You can watch all the entries as online teletext here. It includes screens from my music software, Remote Control Music Software and also hardcore teletextists such as UBERMORGEN, Raquel Meyers, Max Capacity, Dragan Espenschied, Dan Farrimond, and many more.
> more (in Finnish)
FULL SCREEN at Xpo Gallery in Paris explores the future of screens, curated by Aram Bartholl. Raquel Meyers has the PETSCII-piece Aztec Ballad there (losely based on this) for which I did some 606+64 bird electro.
FULL SCREEN also features works by Ai Weiwei, Petra Cortright, Constant Dullaart, Oliver Laric, Evan Roth, Rafaël Rozendaal and more.
Top photo by Olia Lialina.
Last year me & my C64-demogroup Hack n’ Trade compiled a C64-floppy full of hot software, to celebrate our 20 year anniversary. FÅGELDISK! It had a bird theme, as you can also see in the main demo on the disk, 20 years is nothing:
So we just spread copies of the floppy around at the BFP copy party, and forgot about it. But now I’ve made it available online. It has some pretty sweet stuff, like the defMON tracker that has been unavailable before, unreleased demos, HT Gold, new demos, and so on. Here’s some of it:
Birds on Fire (2013) is a short demo with, well, birds on fire. Made by Linde, Raquel Meyers and me.
TEVE DEMO (1995). One of the first C64-demos I can remember making. It’s a list of TV-shows, mixed with teenage profanities.
Penguin Huddle (2013) is a double-SID song by Jellica.
Pleasant Evening Bird Disco (2013) is a triple-SID song by Jellica
The video of the performance yesterday, made with two C64s. I make music from scratch (no sounds or sequences prepaired) and add effects with a delay pedal. The music software is shown on the screen, and Raquel Meyers mixes it together with her typed visuals. Everything is in PETSCII. Thanks to Geraldine Juárez for filming. Dataslöjd power!
The music basically goes from ambient to acid and broken beats (?) to noise. As in any jam, some parts are pretty bad but in general I’m quite satisfied.
The performance was part of Simultáneo in Mexico.