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Hoodie Highlights… Pixie Maddie!

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Sup y’all? =) Hoodie’s back with another fun interview for everyone to enjoy! w00t!! =D
While I’ve finished up with the V.3 judges interviews, & had a blast talking to
Rekcahdam
 as well, I’m going to take this chance to chat with a regular ChipWINner who’s been involved in the project since Volume 1! Of course I’m talking about everyone’s favorite merch fairy (& one of my favorite people, period), Pixie Maddie, who is currently happily buried in the midst of a pile of Vol. 3 merch prep! Enjoy!

pixel pixie

Merch-i-fy ALL THE THINGS.

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Raw Cuts With Kuma #9: SSD Engage

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Welcome back, ChipWINners!  It’s time for another interview facilitated by yours truly!  I’m especially excited to be sharing this one with you guys because, not only is it with a very cool group of dudes (i.e: interview with three artists at once! BOOYAH), it involves people from a very small, lesser known pocket of the chiptune scene based out in Cincinnati, Ohio!  And one totes worthy of the extra hype! (Hype? At ChipWIN? Who would’ve thunk it?!?).  So without further ado, here’s my interview with Narayan, Jon, and Michael, the bombastic trio known as SSD Engage!

sweet ms paint skills...
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Kuma:  Let’s get started, shall we?  How’d you guys first meet?  What brought you three together?

Narayan (SPRY):  WELL [that’s a] long story that starts in, of all places, high school.
Jon and i were in a band in high school called Bluepoint.  He was the drummer and I was the singer/rhythm guitar player.  We had a good time

Jon (Disabletron):  And Na had the foresight to bring Michael and I together to jam!

SPRY:  Michael went to the same high school as me, and Jon [lived] in the neighboring town.

Michael (sp00ked):  I met Narayan through mutual friends.  We went to the same high school, but a few years apart.

Disabletron:  And we had a classic 120 bpm jam session in the studio.  The rest is history.

sp00ked:  Pretty much.

SPRY:  About a year ago is when we first got together as SSD Engage.

sp00ked:  Its been a year?  Oh yeah!

Disabletron:  Really?

SPRY:  Yup.  BRKFest was our debut performance.

Kuma:  Yeah that sounds about right.  Your first release as SSD came out in july last year.

SPRY:  It was kind of a surprise.

Kuma:  How so?

sp00ked:  Yeah it wasn’t started with the whole idea being a group at first.

SPRY:  sp00ked and SPRY had both been booked and I asked Curtis (Solarbear) to put us back to back so we could do a bit of colab and throw our drummer in there.

Disabletron:  Hahaha!

SPRY:  [To] Really shake the place.

sp00ked:  Just another drum fill.

Disabletron:  Exactly.

SPRY:  And then we decided to keep jamming afterward,  and stuck together this long somehow.

Disabletron:  Five albums later.

sp00ked:  Haha!

Kuma:  Well you guys have been friends for what seem like years, now, so I can’t imagine you guys not being together this long as a group.

SPRY:  We released our first album, Peakout, right around BRKfest.  I think we got a few more albums in us, maybe.

sp00ked:  Maybe…

Disabletron:  We’ll see.

Kuma:  I’m sure you do.  You guys seem to be pretty steady in your efforts, dropping an album every season so far.

SPRY:  We said we’d set SSD aside for a while after our last album and then somehow we ended up with a new one a couple months later.

Kuma:  Would you say the pull to be together was…titillating?

sp00ked:  Yeah, its kinda the pace you go.  We are all always making music so it makes sense to keep on making more titillating ideas.

Disabletron:  We always need more tracks.

sp00ked: (shares this photo on Facebook)

This mother fucker trying to terk mer jerb...
Kuma:  Hey!  Stop doing my job!  That’s what I do after the interview: put in memes and shit XD

a cute cat

sp00ked:  Haha forgive me.  Picard was calling me.

Kuma:  I totally will.  Now where were we?

SPRY:  I’ll be making music one way or another, and I know these guys want to keep making music.  We feed off each others drives and learn new things in the process.  We each have our areas of expertise, in a way.

sp00ked:  Yeah we do a lot experiments on own and bring it back to each other.  Makes our sound evolve.

SPRY:  Jon’s got dat beat.  Still our drummer, more solid than ever!

sp00ked:  Indeed.

Kuma:  I can tell, and I’m glad you brought that up, as I took the time to go through your catalogs of music individually and as a trio prior to this interview, and I have to say, you all have some rather unique styles going on and some really cool stuff going for each of you.
Would you guys care to talk about your individual approaches to your music?

SPRY:  Michael, wanna take that one first?

sp00ked:  Sure.  For myself, I approach writing and performing music with my emotions. Its something I learned when was young.  I notice when I put my feeling into a piece it will always get my point across.  I try to make the listener not necessarily feel my feelings but their own.  I try to make my music an experience rather than a tune to hum along with.  I was a listener.  I’m generally a reserved person.  Music is where i let my feelings out.

Kuma:  Nice.  I can totally respect that. It definitely shows in your music, especially your solo work, even going back to early work like gangbang‘s “Miss me, don’t dismiss me”. Although I gotta say, even with what you said in mind, you retain your danciness in your music, and that’s cool.

sp00ked:  Haha!  Yeah, thanks!  I always try to make it a funky time.

Kuma:  What about you, Jon?  How do you approach your music?

Disabletron:  I’ve always had this thing for hip hop beats since I was a student of acoustic drums.  It took a few years for me to figure out how to emulate those beats.  By switching over to the drum machine, I finally figured out the west coast style approach was for me
and learning how to write these beats around my supporting cast has been the true challenge.

sp00ked:

Disabletron:  You know it, Michael. ♥

sp00ked: ♥♥

SPRY:  I let these guys do most of the feeling around here.  LOL.

sp00ked:  Oh, c’mon!  You got feels, too!

SPRY:  ♥

Disabletron:  Feeling is fun!

SPRY:   As for me, I work a lot with math and rhythm in my composition to reflect the often chaotic but structured nature of my thoughts/feelings.  I’ll go on binges of writing 3-4 songs in a few days and then a few weeks on other projects, mixing, mastering, artwork, networking etc.  I find strange harmony in chaotic things so my music sometimes feels overwhelming, but that’s part of the expression for me.  I am sometimes overwhelmed by music so I like to be able to pass that on to whoever can handle it.  I tend to do everything myself when I do a project and see it through from conception to publication.  I have been involved in music in many ways and I enjoy being able to piece all the parts together myself and get better at each of the steps of the process independently and together.  Sometimes I write music just to see if its possible, not really because it sounds good, but that’s why I have these two around: to keep it palatable.

Kuma:  That hip hop influence definitely shows in your music, Jon.  Even at the start of your EP, Roadblock opens up with this subdued bass line and steady high hat reminiscent of early west coast hip hop.  It’s pretty cool that you got to carry that over into your work, especially after years of trying to emulate it and figure out how to make it your own.

As per you, Narayan, I’m glad you addressed that chaos that’s in your music, as you seem to be, from what I’ve heard of all three of you, the most experimental with your sounds.
You’ve taken some big risks and by doing things with Invisible H and have made interesting concept albums like Natural Tendencies, but I feel you found your voice with Heptagrammatron.

Disabletron:  Narayan is a true technician.  That’s why we enjoy his company.

sp00ked:  The Technician.

SPRY:  Its funny you say that because Heptagrammaton was the first real chip album I did on my own.  I have yet to really make my sequel to it because it was so massive.  That album was basically the first year of me making chip music and since then I’ve only done a few EPs.  I am sitting on about 50 unreleased solo songs, though.  I just keep forgetting to produce them!

I’ve [also] got a trash album in the works with datathrash that should be about experimental as I go, as well as a few dozen other stragglers.  I’ll get to them eventually, but I just keep writing new stuff instead.

sp00ked:  Yeah, Narayan does go off in periods of mass songwriting.

Kuma:  Damn, 50 solo songs and a datathrash project?  That’s quite a bit!  Do you guys have anything similar up your sleeves?  Jon?  Michael?

We may have gotten 146 submissions for volume 2, but there was only one winner this time around...

sp00ked:  I have about 15-16 songs for a LP I should be releasing it next month.  Its going to feature nanoloop songs 1xlsdj and 2xlsdj songs.  I’m calling it called frankincense.  It has songs these guys havent even heard yet.  Muwahaha!

Disabletron:  I’ve got a few fresh tracks for my upcoming solo Disabletron album, but 50?!  No way!  I’ve been focusing on getting my gear situation str8.

Kuma:  Nice!  How soon can we expect to hear a new Disabletron?  I’m a sucker for things made with MIDI controllers and synths.

sp00ked:  MIDI MIDI MIDI MIDI freedom!

Disabletron:  MIDI production center!

sp00ked:  MIDI bathing center!

regular show ohhhhh

Disabletron:  Sometime this summer as far as my album goes.

sp00ked:  Yeah, Im going to work on some tracks for that dawg.

Kuma:  MIDI bathing center?  Is that like Guitar Center for that lonely guy who clearly has no friends in that Guitar Center commercial?  The one who spends his lunch breaks playing at the store every day?

SPRY:  We’ll be donating a couple melody and bass lines for that one.  Its a digital bathtub that you can play naked and make colors and music.

sp00ked:  Dude, I know guys like that.  They jam at the guitar center.  [It’s] annoying.

Kuma:  Jam at the guitar center every day?

SPRY:  Actually, it was Sam Ash yea?

sp00ked:  Yeaaah.

Disabletron:  I jam at rogue!

Kuma:  I dunno what rogue is but it sounds respectable!  Sam Ash, though…well…at least its not like those guys that used to jam on the keyboards at The Wiz.

sp00ked:  I just want a Game Boy center.

Kuma:  That’s called a garage sale!

sp00ked:  Pretty much.

SPRY:  We’ve actually bought most of the thrift stores and hobby shops out of Game Boys.  They are becoming more scarce around Cincy.

Kuma:  Sounds like you need to haggle some from Nikola.  He sells grayboys for 10 bucks a pop.

SPRY:  Naaa ive got a stock pile.  I’m good for a minute haha!  That’s solid, though

Disabletron:  Haha!

sp00ked:  I need more!  I have every color besides blue.

Kuma:  I only have clear and black, but I make my music using piggy tracker on my PSP primarily, so its not like I use my game boys often.

sp00ked:  Piggy is awesome.  I’ve been wanting to get into that more.

SPRY:  I’ve been stocking Game Boys for a while, but I still use the first Game Boy I modded and I haven’t opened it in 2 and a half years.

sp00ked:  That’s true.  That SPRYboy is solid.  It’s funny: when we started this group, I’d been making lsdj music for only 4 months at that point.

Kuma:  I’d love to see it (SPRYboy) sometime.  That being said, lets get back on track, guys.  You’ve all mentioned future solo projects coming out, but whats next for you as a group?  When is the new album coming out?  And what plans do you have to promote it? Concerts?  Radio shows?  Anything of that nature?

sp00ked:  oooooo0ooo0 new stuffff!

SPRY:  We’ve got a lot planned and its pretty much all ready to release!  We’re releasing a double album, “Stereo” with 9 new tracks and 6-7 old tracks remade on july 4th.  We’ve got a listening party on the 3rd right before it!

Kuma:  Nice!  Who are you doing the radio show through?  8bitx?  Arecibo?  Alpha Omega?  And what about concerts?  Can fans expect to see you guys again at BRK this summer?  Or at Piko shows out in Detroit?

SPRY:  We’ve been trying to refine our sound and production techniques with this last round and really come into a new version of ourselves.  We’ve learned so much along the way that it seems almost a shame to let it go underutilized.  The listening party is gonna be on 8bitx with Andrew Struve hosting!  We are playing BRK, we just got off the Chip Charged show in detroit and we’re looking to play ____ (~he tells me a secret that I won’t share with you here~) which i didnt tell you about.  Then beyond there, we’re looking to book outside of Cincy, but havent made any solid plans yet

sp00ked:  New Yorkkkk!

SPRY:  We usually just get distracted by making music in the studio and forget to play shows, but we’re workin’ on getting out there, for sure!

Kuma:  Did you just say New York?

Disabletron:  We need more shows!

sp00ked:  I’m trying to plan a show for us there.

Kuma:  Kuma will be able to see you!?!?!

SPRY:  i hope so!

sp00ked: =3

Kuma:  Have you tried talking to Ricardo or emfedex?  ‘Cause even if you can’t get a show in NYC, you can probs get one in Philly.

sp00ked:  I’ve been talking to Ricardo.  We might play sometime in fall, I think.

SPRY:  And we played 8static in January thanks to emfed!

Kuma:  That’s right you did!  You played 8static and I didn’t get to go cause I worked that weekend! tearsofthesun.mpg!!!

Disabletron:  It was a great show!

sp00ked:  It was a hell of time!  Philly knows how to party!

Kuma:  Don’t rub it in my face, damn it!

SPRY:  It was a hell of a time.  Killer sound after we blew it out on the sound check!  Hahahahaha!

Kuma:  But yes: Philly does know how to party.

SPRY:  I blame Jon’s bass drums.

Disabletron:  It set the benchmark for our new style.

sp00ked:  Yeah, it did.  We made Midwest Coast like right after that.

Disabletron:  Hahaha wait for the MPC-2000 next 8static!  We are gonna bring it!

sp00ked:  Oh yeah!  Four MPCs on the the floor!

Kuma:  Well if Philly and blown out speakers helped set the bar, I can’t wait to hear what you’ve got next.  That being said, gentlemen, I’d love to thank you for your time and flexibility!  Do you guys have anything you’d like to say in closing to your fans and anyone who happens to read this?  Let’s start with you, Jon.

Disabletron:  I just want to thank you first, Kuma, for giving us this opportunity!  I’m looking forward to catching our true fans at BRKFEST!!!!  SHOUT OUT TO FUMU BATTLESHIP AND THE CURTIS B. WARE!

Kuma:  Woo Fumu!  He’s my bro!  I’ll be sure to tag him in this article so he knows you sent him a special shout out!  What about you, Michael?

sp00ked:  Thanks for all the support!  I’ve never been in a scene so loving and caring like this.  I think as for our sound, I feel like we are just beginning.  I see a lot expanding for our next albums.  Thanks for this, Adam.  It was nice to reflect on what we have done.  See you all at BRKFest!!!

Kuma:  And last but not least, you, Narayan.  Give us your parting shot!

SPRY:  There’s so much I could say, but I’ll just hit a couple things quickly.  We didn’t really go much into us musically as a band but that might be a good thing, lol!  I’ll leave it at Jon and Michael have great intuitive sense for music and I like to use their great raw material and mold it together with my own stuff with brutal logic to make a monster that feels and thinks.

Our production has been evolving along with each of our albums toward something new and amazing, but as yet undefined.  We keep looking for new and amazing sounds and techniques and as long as we can keep doing it, I’ll be pushing forward.  For all the people out there who might listen to our music, I hope that this has been a brief window into our insanity!

Thank you, Kuma, for being awesome and ChipWIN for also being awesome and I want to thank all the great people and communities that are part of this spiderweb of scene(s)!  I keep meeting new people and broadening my horizons through them and I hope to keep on this crazy journey for a while!  See you all sometime soon, I hope!

Kuma:  Fantastic.  Again: thank you guys, and have a good night. I look forward to seeing you guys and possibly interviewing you all again.
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That’s it for this edition of Raw Cuts!  Tune in next time for yet another fantastic interview! In the meantime, make sure to follow/like/etc. SSD Engage to keep up with their latest releases, both solo and as a group!  PEACE!

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SSD EngageRelevant Links:

Facebook:
SSD Engage / SPRY / sp00ked / Disabletron

Soundcloud
SSD Engage / SPRY / sp00ked / Disabletron

Bandcamp
SSD Engage / SPRY / sp00ked / Disabletron

Twitter
SSD Engage / SPRY / sp00ked

Edit: ***BOOM*** Teh new album!!

The Post-PAX PAX-Packed PAX Post

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You thought we forgot, didn’t you? You thought that PAXEast happened, and we all just got belligerent and completely blacked out from sensory overload and that we were going to let it go by without doing a recap for people, didn’t you? Well, you know, honestly that’s quite an easy assumption to make – truth be told, we WERE all on sensory overload, and I highly doubt that any one of us there remembers everything. But that’s why we’ve got the whole crew working on this! I made sure to check with everyone from our group who was there, as well as a few queries to the main Facebook page, so this should be about as complete as anyone could reasonably expect. We here at Zombocon the Chiptunes = Win Hivemind aim to bring you all of your geeky needs in the easiest and most complete format. That being said, this post is going to run a little long, so I’m going to put all the real meat under the jump. (more…)

PAX EAST 2013 = ZOMBOCON 8)

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PAX EAST 2013 IS NIGH (March 22-24th, i.e. THIS WEEKEND!!!)

AND I’M WAY TOO EXCITED TO TYPE UP A COHERENT INTRO TO THIS POST SO STRAIGHT TO THE RELEVANT DEETS:

MAGFest Presents: Jamspace

magfest logo

Straight from the mouth of MAGFest’s very own Nick the Newbie:

“What in the ever loving shit is “Jamspace”? Jamspace is music all day every day during pax. We’ve got chiptunes, live video game cover bands, DJs, and even open jam time with provided instruments. We’ve got guitar, bass, drums, and keyboard for playing, or you can even bring your own instruments! Follow @MAGFest on twitter for updates of what’s going on all weekend.”

Fri-Sun schedule:
Friday 3/22, 3-5pm: The World Is Square, Random aka MegaRan
Saturday 3/23, 3-5pm: Lords of Thunder, Armcannon
Sunday 3/24, 1-3pm: OverClocked University, Crashfaster

Regarding the bulk of the scheduled chipmusic shows happening in the Jamspace…

B8B Presents: PAXE Chiptune 2013

pax east 2013 chip showcase

Boston8Bit is once again bringing a KILLER chiptune lineup to the PAX East Jamspace. In case you can’t read the SUPER SEKSAY flyer just to the left there, here’s the full Friday 3/22 & Saturday 3/23 11:30am – 2:30pm EST lineup!

Friday:
Dj CUTMAN | Disasterpeace | Br1ght Pr1mate | D&D Sluggers | MC Facepalm | Glenntai

Sat:
Danimal Cannon | Cheap Dinosaurs | Active Knowledge | Doomcloud | RobotSexMusic | Sam Mulligan

Visuals by:
Animal Style | Invaderbacca | VJ Guybrush

Dj: Decktonic

And if that’s not enough MOST EXCELLENT chipmusic for you (it’s NEVAR enough!), or you’d like a chance to perform your own chipmusic at an open mic event…

B8B & ChipWIN Presents: CHIPstage

chipstage banner

A very first for PAX East, the CHIPstage is essentially a separate Jamspace for chipartists & Djs! Bring your chippy and/or electronic jams & showcase ’em LIVE AT PAX!!!

On top of that, there’ll also be a good chance of any or all of the following happening at CHIPstage:

  • random gaming &/or tourneys
  • ridiculous contests (dickbutt drawing contest anyone? :3 )
  • a guaranteed on stage suplex for every artist who suffers a DMG crash while performing (J/k! Maybe… ♥)
  • really stupid dance offs (Hoodie shuffle comin’ ‘atcha! 8)
  • VERY SPECIAL music events & guests
  • WHO KNOWS WTF ELSE?!?

In summation, NONSTOP ZOMBOCON. 8)
Follow @ChiptunesWIN & @BOSTON8BIT on Twitter for updates during the craziness.

What? Really? That’s still not enough? You want another party to go to on Saturday night?
WELL FINE HERE YOU GO~

Saturday Night PAXE Party

sat nite after party

 

 

 

 

LeaguePodcast & Rock On! Concerts present:

|Mega Ran | Active Knowledge (Boston8Bit) | Shane Hall | Gage | Weird Die Young|

This badasstastic music PARTAY is going down at The Cavern Club At The Hard Rock Café. Doors at 8pm EST, $10 to get in. Tickets here.

What? You want a Sunday night afterparty too? OKAY!!!

Sunday Night PAXE Afterparty

pax east after party

LeaguePodcast & Rock On! Concerts Present:

The Protomen
MC Frontalot
Br1ght Pr1mate
The World Is Square

This fantabulous shindig of WIN is happening at the Middle East Restaurant & Nightclub.

Doors at 7pm EST, $15 to get in. Tickets here.

Seriously y’all, if you don’t get enough VGM/chip jammage in & around PAX East this year (including the AWESOME PAX East main stage lineup HERE)
IT’S NOBODY’S FAULT BUT YOUR OWN.

And if you can’t come, don’t be a sad panda about it! Just tune into geekbeatradio to catch the livestream of the FULL SCHEDULED JAMSPACE LINEUP (chip & VGM shows)& as much of the CHIPstage as they can grab! There’ll be *SOMETHING* PAX East broadcasting on the UR Fest channel throughout the whole party. GOOD TIMES.

I mean, srsly gaiz, THIS IS AN EPIC F*CKTON OF STUFF. We’re all probably going to survive PAXE 2013 this year, but JUST BARELY. 8) In other words…

ZOMBOCOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON~

~SEE YOU THERE~

Much \m||m/,
President Hoodie

EDIT: Just so this post has EVERYTHING (& just in case you don’t pay attention to the front page of the PAXE website… :3 ), here’s a schedule of the main stage acts as well!

Friday 3/22, 8:30pm – 1:30am:
| VGO | Those Who Fight | The Protomen |

Saturday 3/23, 8:30pm – 2am:
| Sam Hart | MC Frontalot | Jonathan Coulton | Paul and Storm |
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Relevant linkage:
MAGFest Presents: Jamspace
B8B Presents: PAXE Chiptune 2013
B8B & ChipWIN Presents: CHIPstage
Saturday Night Afterparty
Sunday Night Afterparty

PAXE Main Stage Concerts
MAGFest
Boston8Bit
geekbeatradio
Chiptunes = WIN

#freakstyle

Crossposted to the Video Game Dj blog HERE for extra awesome & ZOMBOCON. 8)

ChipWIN Track #13: Hey!(No E) by Diamond Machine

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Anyone interested in a ChipWIN Blog with 100% more Kuma in it??

WELL OF COURSE YOU ARE!!

And now? Starting with this ChipWIN write-up on Diamond Machine, you shall have it!! Welcome to the blog, buddy! ♥ ^_^ ♥
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So you just finished surfing the wave that was Kubbi‘s “Tidal Force” and you find yourself coming to the shore of a strange, new place.  It’s a place that fills you with trepidation and anxiety, twisting your stomach.  The melody kicks in as you walk down the beachy island that is this song, and soon you feel less anxious and more at ease.  You come to realize that this song isn’t one of anxiety or tension, but of memory and nostalgia.  It’s the memories that come flooding back to you like an old friend just looking to say “Hey!” after all these years.  This nostalgia that’s enveloped you is what the man behind “Hey!(No E)” is all about.

Diamond Machine

Diamond Machine is an artist who wholeheartedly embraces the idea of music as an expression of his experiences, which he then shares with the world.  A quick peek at his other works reveal this much to be true.  The man not only produces original music, but proudly covers other well known music, as well.  A work I’m particularly fond of is the song “YesterDJ” off his EP Furore, a chiptune cover of the classic Beatles song.  While replete with the nice, fuzzy noise channel, snares, and BRKs that many have come to embrace in the chiptune scene, the song stays true to its roots while being an entirely new and different experience of its own.

That being said, while nostalgia is a big part of who Diamond Machine is as an artist, it’s far from being who he is as a whole. He has stated several times in his comments on SoundCloud that he still has a lot of growing to do musically and he’s slowly but surely making confident strides towards other sounds.  But don’t take my word for it,  let the man’s work speak for himself. This WIP “Puma Child” is proof that Diamond Machine has nowhere to go but up, and that we can all expect great things from him in the future!

Until next time.

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Diamond Machine links:
Diamond Machine on Facebook
Diamond Machine on Bandcamp
Diamond Machine on Soundcloud