I would like to start this article off with an apology. Longtime fans of the blog may know that, generally, if I’m writing a post-event retrospective (i.e. PAX East or MAGFest) I make it a point to not only cover the music but also the various games I played at the event – highlighting indie games is one of my favorite things to do, as it helps smaller devs get some much needed press. Unfortunately, due to my increased duties helping sling merch at Chipspace this year, I was unable to play any games at MAG, so this year’s review is limited to the chiptune showcases that I caught at both Chipspace & main stage. Which isn’t to say there’s not a lot to talk about, because holy balls, there were a lot of awesome showcases at both venues!
Sup y’all? =) President Hoodie here. After taking a month off for MAGFest craziness, I’m back with a brand new edition of my interview column, Hoodie Highlights! This one features a fun & informative chat with a lovely couple of bracketheads who just rocked faces at MAGFest 13 & released a killer new album!
Of course I’m talking about the dynamic duo of jmr & streifig of Marshall Art! Enjoy!
Marshall Art & Pixelseed at MAG 13. Photo by GTX Media.
MAGFest has come and gone, and we’re all busy reconstructing our melted faces. There has been a flurry of incredible album releases to coincide with the MAGFest season, and ‘Invitations’ by Awesome Force is among the most anticipated. With multiple MAGFest and BRKFest performances under his belt, as well as his performance in Arkansas last year which I’ve previously highlighted, Awesome Force (Sean Baker) has been a well-known entity within the chiptune scene for quite a while. The release of his first full-length album via the CheapBeats netlabel fills a gap that we’ve been waiting to see filled, and it’s a cosmic experience that is nothing short of astounding.
Chipspace is MAGFest’s chiptune open mic stage, which is available to any and all MAGFest attendees interested in & capable of performing chipmusic at MAG. (tl;dr – It’s a Jamspace for chiptunes yo!).
Marshall Art being the epitome of amazeballs at MAG 12 Chipspace.
In other words, if you’re coming to MAGFest 13 and want to perform some chiptunes, Chipspace is the place for you. This year we’ll even be setup for visualiststo hook up and jam along as well. IT’S A CHIP PARTY FOR EVERYONE.
Also, HOT DAMN! LOOK AT THESE CURATED CHIPSPACE SHOWCASES:
HELLA AWESOME flyer by Jason Rosa and Justin Franco of Play It Loud/Kawaii 8 Bit.
LSDJ Masterclass w/Storm Blooper: Turning Your Old Game Boy Into a Musical Instrument – Sat, 1/24 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Others TBA (or not; we may just drink beer instead lulz)
CHIPSPACE IS GOOD. CHIPSPACE IS FUN. CHIPSPACE IS MASTER OF ALL. & stuff.
More info on Chipspace HERE. Chipspace guidelines HERE.
Welp, I reckon that covers pretty much everything M13 chiptune this time around.
HYPE TRAIN IS GO.
Also: HAVE A RANDOM HILARIOUS M13 PROMO VID BY “VP” SWACKHAMER:
As always, only one thing left to say….
SEE Y’ALL AT MOTHERFUCKING MAGFEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
President Hoodie Founder & Project Manager of Chiptunes = WIN