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The Adventures of Danny Pryor: geekbeatradio Presents: EVENTS!

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Hello everyone! It is I, Danny Pryor, here to take you on another random adventure!

As you may or may not know, I am a co-host on a show called geekbeatradio (*cough* Mondays 10pm-12am EST on geekbeatradio and wemfradio *cough*), where we talk about everything geek and nerd.

I am very lucky to be able to host some fine events in the wonderful city of Boston and this month has been no exception.  Three great events happened in the area and after I tell you a bit about them you will most likely want to live here FOREVER…or at least want to come and visit!

The month of July started off right with an event hosted by geekbeatradioleaguepodcast, and WEMF’s own Dave Crespo at McGann’s Irish Pub. Now you might ask, “Danny, why do you need THAT many people to host one event?”  I’d answer you that when you have Skyblew, D&D Sluggers, AND Mega Ran come to your city, you better call in the cavalry.    With the help of some of the best talent you can find in the city, we helped to make the Boston stop of the Odds ‘N’ Ends Tour a total success!

donuts and geekbeatradio

The night started off strong with a force..of Will (Sorry, Force of Will) a nerdcore rapper out of Salem, MA. His music spoke about what is like growing up a nerd and how the people in the nerdcore rap scene have influenced him. One of my favorite songs he performed used a beat by K-Murdock and Mega Ran called Forever which he called “RPGography” which is about his first experiences with tabletop games and RPGs.

Following his performance was MC facepalm!!!!!!! *AIR HORN!*

As soon as his intro song went out over the speakers, his coveted luchador mask was donned.  In full character, he blasted into his first track, “Robot Man“. The crowd moved to the front to join into the festivities once he started “Power Walking the Agro Crag“. He is the only man who can get through “The Legends of the Hidden Temple” with 60 seconds still on the clock.

Sam Mulligan was next in line, who is one of those guys you need for literally EVERY show. He always makes me smile with his catchy, funny tunes about hunting for Sasquatch or getting abducted by aliens. One song, even though it was a cover, was my personal favorite of the night, asking the audience, “What is your Fantasy?” In true to life Sammy Sam form, he nailed every single verse, top to bottom (head to toes?). Don’t forget, he is one of the founding members of HYPE$QUAD, so this is just another one of many talents he is capable of performing in almost any situation.

It was my first time seeing SkyBlew take the stage, and I was not disappointed. Forging a connection with the gamers in the crowd through songs like HM 2, a Pokemon reference to the Hidden Move called “Fly”, while still remaining loyal to his campaign of bringing substance back to hip-hop with tracks like “The Theory of C.O.L.O.R.S.“.  It is only a matter of time before this lyrical genius becomes a major player in the hip hop scene, with his heartfelt yet true to life words of wisdom.

Sky Blew at McGanns

D&D Sluggers, to put it bluntly, brings the party. After getting the chance to talk to Soultron and learning a bit about how he uses a Nintendo DS and guitar to make the people move, I was instantly hooked. The song that really got me moving was, “I Will Not Be There“, which brought together this amazing combination of chip and rock that kept me hyperventilating throughout the entire performance.

*BREATH IN, BREATH OUT* 

And of course, I can’t go without mentioning the headliner, Random AKA Mega Ran. Since I first heard Mega Ran’s song “Grow Up” I have been following his every move. His brilliant insight into the minds of video game characters, clean lyrics, and all around fun mentality, makes him an amazing act to see live. Some of his instrumentals were played from an original Famicom system and with a custom cart which only added to the nostalgic feelings filling the room.  He played a great combination of songs we all know and love, to new tracks that were just recently released, specifically “Infinite Lives” featuring Soultron of D&D Sluggers. Getting the chance to hear the two of them play this live was a sure fire way to get the song stuck in my head for the rest of my life! I even fell victim to his freestyle majesty when I handed him my Legend of Zelda wallet and was called out for not having any money in it. Obviously, chants for an encore ensued so he sat us all down for story time. The fact that he got everyone to sit down on a dirty bar room floor because we all wanted to be good listeners just proves that he is one of the best hip-hop artists around!

A huge thank you to all the artists for coming out and giving it your all, you were all truly inspirational in your performance!

BUT WAIT! THAT’S NOT ALL!  

On July 4th geekbeatradio was fortunate enough to help run our first ever BBQ at the HorrorHaus here in Boston. Hosted by the magnificent Mega Mega, we set up a projection screen with Super Nintendo games, speakers for live musicians, and even held a costume contest judged by Cosplay aficionados Harley Bean and Knives Jones.

Live acts that included the multi-talented duo of Seventh Gear, playing solo sets as Best Defense and RobotsexmusicDiamond Machine (who me?), and of course the super sonata songster, Bifflecup! Between the sweet jams playing from geekbeatradio.com, amazing burgers, fantastic friends and a glass of whiskey (neat), made it one of the best 4th of July celebrations I have had in a long time.

YES! THERE’S MORE!!!

July 12th was another big first for geekbeatradio, as we held our first ever video game tournament at Comicazi! We held a Super Smash Brothers Melee tournament, as it was the game being played at EVO 2014 that day, and we had plenty of dedicated players there to compete. We handed out cash prizes to the first and second place winners, had live chiptune music playing, and Mega Mega even brought cookies and brownies for everyone. What a guy!

Although it was a bit more of a casual tournament there was still a hunger to win from the competitors as it was a single elimination tournament. The final battle for first was a Captain Falcon mirror match which was a great surprise to me as I usually expect a Fox or Falco to end up being at the end. The game was played on a CRT TV and projected onto a screen for everyone to watch!

geekbeatradio at comicazi

The always loyal crew of chip artists came out to perform and keep a fun atmosphere the entire night. Diamond Machine started off the night, followed by BifflecupBest Defense, and Robotsexmusic. Everyone played their heart out that night, and we even got a visit from our good friend James Johnson, local entrepreneur and one of the creators of the game “Thief Town“. Go and vote for it on Greenlight since local multiplayer is the future of gaming!!!!

Whew! That is a lot of stuff going on in just a couple of weeks, but we are NOT stopping there!! We still have some AMAZING guests coming on the radio show in the next few weeks, a couple more shows to plan and a few tricks up our sleeves. Make sure to tune in so you are not left in the dark!!!!

Until our next Adventure!

ALL THE LINKS!!!!!!!!!

geekbeatradio
24/7 Chiptunes! | Facebook Twitter Tumblr Instagram | Youtube

WEMF Radio
Home Page | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube

League Podcast
Home Page | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Comicazi
Home Page | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Random AKA Mega Ran
Home Page | Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube 

D&D Sluggers
Home Page | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

SkyBlew
Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter

Sam Mulligan
Home Page | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Bandcamp | Youtube | Soundcloud

MC facepalm
Bandcamp Soundcloud Facebook Twitter | Instagram 

Force of Will
Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud

Bifflecup
Bandcamp Soundcloud | Twitter

Robotsexmusic
Bandcamp Soundcloud Facebook Twitter

Best Defense
Bandcamp | Soundcloud | Twitter

Diamond Machine
Bandcamp Soundcloud Facebook Twitter

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The Adventures of Danny Pryor: Pop Culture Expo

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Hello and welcome to “The Adventures of Danny Danny Pryor”, my brand new event review column! For about two weeks I have gone on a nonstop chiptune campaign, working with a lot of wonderful people along the way. Here is a quick summary of one of my adventures, the great people I came into contact with, and a few video game references along the way.

POP CULTURE EXPO (TACTICS)

World Map of Final Fantasy Tactics

On Memorial Day weekend, I found myself in Wilmington, MA for the Pop Culture Expo: an event focusing on celebrities, comics, and everything nerd. I arrived there with my fellow co-host Bory to setup what would be known as the geekbeatradio stage. With the help of our trusted sound wizard, we showcased some of the finest music this side of the Finath River.

I mean…
JUST LOOK AT THAT STAGE!!!

& LOOK AT THAT MC FACEPALM!!!

Glenntai at Pop Culture ExpoGlenntai held a tutorial on Famitracker, showing people young and old exactly how to make da chip while at the same time melting faces with his music.

Robotsexmusic at Pop CultureRobotsexmusic‘s class was a bit more impromptu, as people tend to just rush the stage when he starts to play.

Astro Logic and Remy PK at Pop Culture ExpoTwo people that I was EXTREMELY happy to see play were Janx and AutoReMi-PK since I don’t see much of them unless it is MAGfest season, and they did not disappoint! Janx played a few chip-hop tracks, while AutoReMi-PK played a version of Chai Kingdom that had me jumping up and down with joy! We were also graced by the sweet tunes of Astro Logic, Best Defense, and Bifflecup! Astro Logic played a lot of his classic tunes but a version of “Forgot about Dre” got people fired up like “dey was in da club”. Best Defense had the biggest setup, running a laptop, MPC, and of course, a game boy! He graced us with some tailor-made beats that he slowly evolved by the end of his set.  Bifflecup played a full set of his sonata chiptunes and even played a few new tracks he has been working on. His classical music style plus his Milkytracker skills make for a phenomenal combination.

On Saturday night, I was fortunate to have all these amazing people support me as I opened up the after party which was headlined by Kristen Nairn, also known as Hodor from the HBO series “Game of Thrones”. Special thanks to Glenntai for being the perfect hype man to announce me to the stage and to Best Defense for providing me with this SWEET YOUTUBE VIDEO of my performance.

GROUP PHOTO! at Pop Culture ExpoI am extremely thankful for everyone coming and everyone who stayed and helped take everything apart afterwords. Quite possibly one of the best weekends I have had in a LONG WHILE. Special thank you to Maddie and Pixel Pixie Apparel & Promotions for not only making the AMAZING geekbeatradio banner for us, but for supporting us no matter how crazy Bory and I may be.

BONUS PICTURE WHERE I TURNED INTO A SAILOR MOON CHARACTER AND REMY STARTED TO MALFUNCTION

Links Yo!

Pop Culture Expo
Homepage | Facebook | Twitter

geekbeatradio
Homepage | Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr WEMF Radio

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Music
| Merch | Facebook | Twitter

Astro Logic
Bandcamp | Soundcloud | Merch | Facebook | Twitter

AutoReMi-PK
Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

Best Defense
Bandcamp | Soundcloud | FacebookTwitter

Bifflecup
Bandcamp | Soundcloud | Twitter

Diamond Machine
Bandcamp | Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

Glenntai
Bandcamp | Soundcloud | Twitter

Janx
Bandcamp | Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter | HYPESQUAD!!

MC Facepalm
Bandcamp | Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

Robotsexmusic
Bandcamp | Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

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Prying Questions With Danny Pryor – Welcome To Warp Zone: PAX EAST 2014

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In the past, I have helped write a couple FAQs when dealing with different levels and bosses, but once you have become a seasoned player, you might be looking for a more tailored experience. There are many methods for achieving this, from button combinations  to sound test codes, but my personal recommendation is finding the closest warp zone to you and navigating through the mayhem! My recent adventure led me to the realm of PAX EAST, located in world Boston-MA. Although I kept a detailed log of all my encounters in this mysterious yet familiar land, sadly I only collected 3 OUT OF 20 pages, which detail some of my exploits.

Diary Entry Resident Evil

 

 

 

 

 

 

JOURNAL ENTRY #1

Boston 8 Bit has collected some of the finest artists for both the Jamspace and Chip Stage as they have done in the past, and the talent here is insurmountable! Sam Mulligan started off the day playing some of his famous hits and then OMG! SHARK PARTY! I didn’t think I would make it through until The World Is Square told me to “let go” and a fight broke out between myself and the flying shark boss. I managed to defeat it with my remaining flame rounds and a quick visit to what I like to call Knife City a.k.a. circling around it and swiping my combat blade. Note to self: Save more ammo.

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JOURNAL ENTRY # 2

It seems like a chipstorm has been running wild on the 2nd floor for what seems like forever. I managed to pick up some audio feed of them through geekbeatradio and I could already tell that they were ready to play it loud. I rushed through the crowds of assorted women and men, hoping I could resolve the issue before it got out of hand. I could see the creation of something spectacular happening, a vortex of red pixel dust spewing forth from the primordial booze. I knew my ace in the hole was to explain everything in depth in this audio log. This is where you can go to save yourself  ***STATIC*** ROOM 207 ***STATIC*** DEVOURED!!!! THE CAPTAIN IS DEAD AND SO ARE WE!!!!

 

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JOURNAL ENTRY #3

I have finally arrived outside the city, at a location only known as Comicazi. Here I met the honorable Bifflecup, composer extraordinaire. My companions Astro Logic and Best Defense arrive with me, each of us carrying the sacred songs of our ancestors. We know we must all perform, each at a different time, in order to complete the quest and send the dragons/demons/evil things back from whence they came. Surrounded by ancient books and artifacts of days of old, I hope to find the courage to display my strength as I begin to slowly make my way towards fulfilling my destiny. I am nervous as I stand among everyone and I hope that…oh I’m sorry… They want me to stop writing now and play the songs. Nope…Nope…Seems a bit too late now…Demons everywhere…Stupid journal.

Hmmm…well then… I should probably get more than three journal entries next time. It’s those collectible achievements…I swear you can NEVER get them all in one go. You have to play the same game like 20 times in some cases.

Wellllpppp… GUESS I SHOULD HIT PAX EAST AGAIN NEXT YEAR!!!

Prying Questions with Danny Pryor – Level 1 SUB-BOSS: ‘BRKOUT EP’ by Brick BRKer

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Whew!  Well that was a pretty easy start to Level 1!  Up until this point, we only had a few enemies that we had to come across, (think Goombas and Koopa Shells) but FINALLY we are greeted by the flashing lights and sirens that can only mean a new challenger is waiting for us in…The Chip Arena!

new challenger

YES!! YES!! Brick BRKer has unveiled his super side-scrolling sub-boss ‘BRKout‘ upon the land, and it is very, very good. This thing has four BRAND NEW FORMS thrown into the mix, so you really feel like you get the most out of this downloadable content. With that said, time to start the walkthrough!

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Prying Questions with Danny Pryor – Level 1: Brick BRKer

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Hey everyone! Danny Pryor here with the first edition of my new column, Prying Questions with Danny Pryor! This will be an interview column similar to that of my friend Kuma‘s
with his Raw Cuts series, although mine will probably get a bit sillier. My intention is to talk to anyone involved in the chiptune scene who’s willing to chat, in the hopes of putting out something both interesting and entertaining!

To kick things off, my first interview is with a ChipWIN regular (he’s been part of the Fb group since early on & has appeared on both Volume 1 & Volume 2) and a fellow that I consider to be one of my personal friends. He is still a youngin’, but I doubt that will stop him from his eventual goal of global domination (or whatever it is he’s into at the time); it’s Neil Williams AKA Brick BRKer!

**BONUS** Stay around after the credits to find out where the name of this column originated!!! **BONUS**


Danny Pryor (Pryor): Thank you Neil for taking the time to talk to someone you talk to all the time and for answering my questions. First off, I have to ask: dam u yung how u no chiptunes?

Brick Brker (BRK): Well…

Pryor: *anticipation*

BRK:  When I was even younger than I am now, like six or seven years old, my first exposure to video games was through a hand me down SNES and I somehow managed to pick out all the best games at Game XChange.  I’m talking like Super Mario World, Super Mario All Stars, every Donkey Kong Country, Kirby Superstar, Yoshi’s Island etc., so I had the RARE opportunity of getting to experience a “retro” game console like the SNES at a time when all the other cool kids had a Gamecube or something.  Soooo, when I got around the age of twelve and discovered what electronic music was, I was naturally inclined to go out and see if there were people that loved the bleep bloop music that I enjoyed so much from those old games.

For a while I only knew about the nostalgic appreciation of past game music, but it was only a matter of time before I discovered that there was entire subculture of people utilizing those old bleep bloop noises to make incredible music of their own.

Pryor: Well it is good to see that you young whipper snappers are getting into the bleeps. The bloops I could do without you all knowing about.

BRK: Did I say bloops? I meant blips. *sweats nervously*

Pryor: I assume that this search for other musicians lead to you the Chiptunes = WIN group and eventually on the first and second compilation albums?

BRK: I have had the honor of appearing on both Chiptunes = WIN Volumes 1 and 2.
I earned a spot on Volume 1 by simply discovering the group on accident like a week or two before the submission deadline for their experimental giant of a compilation album. It wasn’t until Volume 2 that Brandon Hood and everyone else in the Chipwin Facebook group realized the gravity of the situation when they got like 150 something entries and had to actually judge who would make the cut.

And Chiptunes = WIN has gained even MORE attention since then, so who knows how many people are going to submit tracks for the inevitable Volume 3. But I will sure as hell submit AND U CAN BET UR BUTTOM DOLLAR I WILL BRING MY AY GAME.

Pryor: AYYYYY

BRK: AYYYYYYY

Pryor: SOOO with all this video game music making does that make you a “gamer”??

BRK: Though I’m not sure how much I like the term “gamer”, I do play video games quite a bit. Practically every day. Or I at least absorb video game related content every day. I love games of all times and genres. I just think they’re an interesting and incredibly fun art form.

Pryor: What about the term “gamer” do you not like? Personally, I could do without the “a”.

BRK: I think it’s just an unnecessary label that was created solely to make the creator feel more important.  Like if you really liked to read, you wouldn’t call yourself a “reader” would you?  I just play video gaems, mane.

Pryor: I totally get it dude…*enlightening moment*

BRK: *angelic choir singing in the distance*

Pryor: Well then, I got to ask…what games are you playing?!?!?

BRK: I am currently replaying The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess because I’ve reached the point of having forgotten a lot of the game itself. So now, I can go back and replay it like it’s a new game, but it’s also pretty nostalgic since the first time I played it was during my angsty twelve year old phase.

*war flashbacks*

But yeah, it’s tied for first in terms of my top favorite Zelda titles, so it’s given me something to distract myself with while I wait for games to actually release on the Wii U.
By the way, speaking of Zelda, fingers crossed for the reveal of the next console Zelda at E3 2014. I hope they deliver since they’ve finally got a console to work with that can handle everything they throw at it.

Pryor: At this point, we can only pray… I am assuming you are pretty big Zelda fan, mostly because you said the word Zelda a whole bunch of times. Does this mean you have played ALLLLLL the Zelda games???

BRK: Not ALLLL of them by any means. Everything I have played though has been superb and I intend to keep up with all the future releases. A Link Between Worlds was gr8, btw. But it’s not ALLL I play by a long shot.

Pryor: WELLLLLLL…..

BRK: Some of my other favorite modern titles are Halo, Bioshock, Half-Life, Portal, Donkey Kong Country, Mirror’s Edge, and Mario Galaxy. At this point I’m just looking at the games on my shelf. In terms of PC/indie games, I really love stuff like VVVVVV, Super Meat Boy, Fez, Limbo… that kinda stuff. Minecraft is pretty neato as well. Then again, my laptop isn’t exactly a gaming PC, so I can’t really get into the big PC exclusives very well other than those indie titles that aren’t very graphics-intensive. Btw, I have loved the music and soundtracks to all the games I’ve mentioned here.

Pryor: You have some phenomenal taste in games. Commendable.

BRK:  thank u

Pryor: Any influences into the bleep bloops you are using now? Or any artists influencing the way you compose?

BRK: So after playing around with the pirated (*gasp*) digital audio workstation known as FL Studio for a year or two to actually learn how electronic music is sort of created, I eventually got my hands on my own EMS cartridge and a copy of LSDJ (which I actually bought with real money(!!!)) to use with my father’s old Game Boy.

As far as influences go, I look to larger artists in the chip world like Dubmood or Shirobon, and even artists that aren’t really chip at all like Unicorn Kid for inspiration, but I also try to stay connected with the chip community as a whole because I look up to a lot of lesser known artists as well. It’s always cool to learn new tricks and stuff to use in LSDJ.

Pryor: Have you experimented at all with any other tracker programs? What made you want to use LSDJ?

BRK: I’ve played around with Famitracker a bit, but that’s about it as far as trackers go outside of LSDJ. I really wanted to actually play around with LSDJ because I enjoyed its sound the most. Plus the thought of being able to create “authentic” chipmusic on the go was pretty cool. I also won’t deny that being able to synthesize actually cool sounding music on something like a Game Boy is pretty badass, imo. And hip as fuck to boot. But seriously tho, I love the program itself. The way it’s set up makes the creation process easy once you’re used to it.

Pryor: It is pretty swell being able to make music on the go. Have you put out any album of any kind or are you planning on it?

BRK: If Soundcloud constitutes a disc type object, then yes, I have. I’ve dumped all my music I’ve deemed worthy, from the very first piece of ambient bleh I created on my iPad to the recently posted preview of a track from my UPCOMING EP.

*airhorns*

Obvious the scrutiny with which I select what tracks I post to my Soundcloud has gone up over the years…or months. Once I get this whole super srs EP business sorted out, I should be posting quiiiite a bit of content in 2014. There are things being planned. Things that are probably not as exciting as I might lead you to believe, but they are being planned nonetheless… So yeah.

Pryor: THINGS!!!!!!!!!!!

BRK: *cough* *cough*

*cough* *cough*

Pryor:  LISTEN I ADD THE LINKS!!!!!….Okay I have nothing after that…I thought it would go somewhere but I think that about does it. I don’t really see any reason to keep this conversation going.

BRK: Tru

Pryor: Now I am going to rearrange this conversation in a fashion that makes me look like I know what I am doing. Thanks again Neil, for your time and patience with this process.

BRK: no Danny. thank U.


And this concludes the very first interview at Prying Questions. Make sure to check out the links below to listen to Brick Brker’s music, add him to your social networks, and/or just to do some good old fashion internet lurking. Keep an eye out for his EP ‘BRKOUT’ set to release sometime this Spring!

Brick BRKer
Facebook | Soundcloud

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Wow! You made it all the way to the end! You must really want to see that BONUS content! So how did I come up with the name for this blog column?!?!? Well….

Pryor: so…ya busy?

BRK: Nooooope

Pryor: OK! LOOKS LIKE I GET TO DO THE FIRST EDITION OF MY INTERVIEW FACEBOOK CHAT THING…TITLE PENDING.

BRK: *airhorns*

Pryor: I still need a name for this whole thing…maybe, The Diamond Discussion or something terrible like that.

BRK: Prying Questions with Danny Pryor. You’re welcome.

Pryor: Prior Questioning Pried by Pryor

BRK: Woah now.

Pryor: Too much P’ing?

BRK: Let’s not get carried away.

~~AND NOW YOU KNOW!!!~~