Hello, Frank here again for another installment of Inside The Daякcнip Mind. All the hype is going to the full album ‘Chainsaw Witches‘ by ‘Tommy Creep.’ This album came out on April 29th, he also has physical copies that include a poster and sticker besides the CD that will start shipping by the time you read this! This album really drew me in various ways, the variety of it is pure greatness/genius in my book & I haven’t gotten tired of looping this since it came out yet!
Hey everyone, Frank here. Long time since I’ve done an article, but oh boy do I have something good for all of yins! This album just recently came out & I have had it on my loop playlist since it’s dropped. I think after what you read and hear you will totally understand the hype I’m throwing off on this jem!
The artist & album I speak of is ‘+LET’S DISINFECT!+’s newest release ‘Raskulachivanie,’ which came out on March 17th. The over-all feeling of this album would be haunting, grimy & very danceable. I love the flow of this album and how every track it makes you want to hear more. The exceptional songwriting and sequencing makes you question if it’s just one big song! Not to mention the immense LSDJ work on this album. (more…)
Hey Frank here with another edition of “Inside The Daякcнip Mind!” [BACK FROM A HIATUS!!] To talk about an album that has all elements I truly love about an excellent chipthrash album that never tires while looping. The album I’m talking about is ‘Swallow Razor Blades‘ by Optimus Chad. It’s another Datathrash Recordings release so you can already tell its going to be a hard hitter, but now its time to cut to the chase!!
Hey! Frank back again with some new goodies for ya, but instead of doing another edition of “Inside The Daякcнip Mind” I’m going to recap a festival that I recently attended in Nashville, Tennessee called “Circuit Benders’ Ball.” The Ball was basically a total DIY show in the sense that everything people were making tunes off of were bent in some way. For example, when you walked in the door you were greeted by a bent keyboard with a little patch bay that anyone could mess with (photos below).
Anyone that’s into modifying any sort of gear would highly enjoy it, since there was just SO much to do: performances, panels, and workshops, all worth attending.
For example, the chiptune panel I was lucky enough to be a part of went over basically all trackers. Then Arnie aka Abandoned On Fire, Benaka Sugar Sk*-*lls, & I (b4by f4c3) would go into little tips & tricks about the trackers and other things we use to make our tunes.I have to say from the get go that this passed every expectation/thought I had for it. It totally blew my mind away. Certain aspects really drew me in and have since kept a part of me & what I would guess a part of the other people that where there as well!
The workshop on day two was originally going to be Arnie & I, but we decided that it would be a great idea to include Ben because of his experience with Nanoloop. The workshop went really well. Everyone showed a lot of interest in the process of making chiptunes & everything that goes with it. Of course if it’s Arnie showing you how to make stuff on LSDJ, you have to expect some great “tips & tricks.” For example, one that I’ve been using since he showed me was basically abusing simple drum samples: using the cat noise in your drum kit and droning it out so get so much out of such a little sample. But I have to watch myself so i don’t bog down my DMG!
After the workshop, we stayed to watch the performances and found out at that Arnie was going to be doing a ‘random jam’ with a few other musicians. I have to say that the performance – “Chervon accompanied by Arnie Holder, Dustin Jesch & Kurt James Werner” – was one of the top acts! All I could do half the time (besides TRYING MY HARDEST to tape it) was basically sink into a meditative state. It was very surreal & beautiful.
The final day, all the chip musicians had a panel and then jam. The musicians that were on the panel included me, Abandoned On Fire, sugar sk*-*lls, dylan_ethier & ZYXX2. Once again, the turnout was much more than I expected! It was definitely a broad panel of chip musicians that in turn (in my eyes & ears) turned out to be a better live show after! The questions seemed to flow quite well from one another and we spoke mostly on basic questions that you’d receive from people just getting into chip (which websites are best to start off with etc.). The main question that got me thinking pretty deeply, but ultimately found a pretty simple explanation for, was “What is the chiptune community like?” With barely thinking into it (even though I’ve thought about this a lot from time to time), I blurted out: “I find it to be like Metal-Heads but nicer than hippies.”
After the panel, was the live show. It was an exact year to the date since the last time I played as b4by f4c3 & it was a damn good show with great vibes. I ended up doing the visuals for everyone except dylan_ethier; he did his own & they were pretty spectacular to watch. The video below is of a part of his set if you would like to see his visual art at work!
After looking back at everything, I have to say that the community I met down there was comprised of such kind and beautiful hearted people. It definitely gives you that big jolt of inspiration for the ride home back to the gloomy ass Midwest haha. All in all, I’d personally love to see a monthly or bi-monthly chip event happen within that area because the “draw” & ACTUAL GENUINE interest in chiptune I saw, mostly from folks that’ve never heard of it! It was some of the most beautiful feels I’ve had since starting this. It seems that circuit benders and chiptune artists basically go hand-n-hand since its all totally DIY.
So to end this, I’d like to personally thank everyone that attended the CBB & all the artists that helped me. You were such kind & true folks <3
_________________________________________________________________ Now our gift to all of you! We were able to get the audio files from 4 of the 5 chipartists on the panel, which we used to put together a little album featuring them on it for your enjoyment!
Hey Frank back for another edition of “Inside The Daякcнip Mind!” This month I stumbled upon a great musician that I have to say is much different than most artists I write about. With that said, I had to write up something about this album because it had caught my ear in numerous ways. Not quiet in a dark sense but still a damn good listen!
The musician & album I speak of is “Spacetime Geometry” by “Galaxy Wolf.” I think this cheapbeats.net release is good for anyone that’s into any sort of chiptune. It has some heavy sub hits with random chill vibes spread throughout the whole album. I found it rather hard to “draw” a big picture to be able to describe this without basically giving it away so I’d say best bet is to listen to the whole thing with some headphones. This album is best with headphones because you hear the layers more clearly and are able to appreciate the random panning that’s thrown in. I almost always listen while going on a walk. This time, I chose to walk on the day before spring (which ironically has been the nicest day) & those vibes fit this VERY well! The album has that up-lifting feeling you get when some warmth finally arrives & it’s a somewhat sigh of relief.
Well first up, the song ‘Infinity Sway‘ starts off with a pretty nice chip lead that naturally flows into a bass line and just goes deeper with-in the depths of HARD HITTERS! “Galaxy Wolf” does pull off many things in this release that I like a lot that I don’t really see very much. For example, he uses a lot of ‘skweee’ type tones threw out the album while still maintaining a true chip vibe. The song that stuck out the most to me is ‘Indigo Rub,’ I mean COME ON! Anyone that likes any form of skweee is going to love this release. I find it very hard not to.
From there on out he spans the chip horizon to bring some pretty damn grimy chiptune tracks. ‘Subtitle Bounce’ basically give you that feel that things are starting to wind down but then at the same time it just brings in the punches we all love. The whole album just ties together that really anyone who is into electronic music could find something to love. I recently got the time to sit down & ask ‘Galaxy Wolf’ a few questions! Thank you all for reading this months edition of “Inside The Daякcнip Mind” & now time for zee questions!!
Frank – When did you start making electronic music & has it always been based around chiptune? I noticed some other influences threw out the album like some lovely skweee!! :3
Galaxy Wolf – I started making electronic music when I was 18. I played guitar for years and was getting pretty bored with guitar the based bands I’d listened to so much (various punk/rock/blues artists) – I thought I’d fallen out of love with music!. Then a good friend played me some Aphex Twin, Squarepusher, old Rephlex Records stuff and I was like “ooh!”. I hand’t fallen out of love at all, I just needed new sounds. So yea when I was 17 my college started a music technology course, when I finished college I got a Laptop so I could make beats at home. It was only a short time after that when I first heard DJ Scotch Egg, my first exposure to chiptune, I’ve had LSDj for almost that whole time but honestly it took me so long to get in to it, I never pictured at that time I would make music just with the gameboy, I thought it would just be cool to sample some sounds on to the laptop. On the subject of skwee, people keep saying that! honestly I don’t know if I’ve heard much, does Dorian Concept count as skwee? or Slugabed? I think maybe It’s more of a coincidence. If you’re doing some kind of creative art you’re more or less tapping in to what already exists in culture and sort of finding some new links between things and kind of going “how about this?” Maybe that Skwee sound has been implied by other sounds, like everything else it’s a kind of amalgam of influences that has been made possible by other recent and not so recent developments in sound and technology. When I played with Men of Mega last year at Ultrachip, I was trying to describe my sound before I played, but after they were like “it’s Skwee!” and I said “oh, is it?!” someone else there said the same thing, and also that it sounded like “neuro-hop” I think!
Frank– What where some of you major influences growing/ & or now. Also have you done or like todo any covers? Just mainly wondering because I think you could add a pretty good twist to some older tracks!
Galaxy Wolf –Growing up my biggest musical influences were the music my mum listened to, mainly 60’s stuff, garage rock, soul, Motown, my dad is an absolute beast of a banjo player, I heard him every night, when I was around 10-11 I found a Jimi Hendrix record in my dads collection it was “All Along the Watchtower” and I think the b-side was “The Wind Cries Mary”, man that shit changed who I was, I got a Squire electric guitar a few months later I think. I got obsessed with Jimi and listened to him nonstop for a few years – I think He’s been the biggest musical influence on me really. Next was all that Warp Records stuff I mentioned. We used to have these amazing raves in London, promoters like Wrong Music, Littlebig, OverKill, real hard stuff like breakcore, raggacore, and all kinds of real hard, techie sounding stuff I don’t even know what genre to call it! They pretty much all moved to Berlin I think! But that stuff was amazing to hear. Was in to dustep for a while – hence Dental Dubs as “Team Toothpaste” – Dubstep slowed everything down (something I’ve stayed with for the most part) before that all the electronic music I was hearing was really fast and skittery. Lately I’m in to a bunch of nice Hip Hop stuff like Cyne, Kankick, J-Dilla, I’m in love with Dibia$e, Slugabed, Ghost Mutt, that kind of “off the grid” really unquantised sound, an earlier exposure to that kind of thing was edIT who’s got this really tight, crunchy glitch-hop sound. Haven’t really done any covers but it’s something I’m thinking about at the moment, have been messing around with doing beats to some acapellas too, but it’d be more accurate to call them remixes I think.
Frank– At live shows or just recording what do prefer your “set-up/ rig” to be? Also do you have any side projects or older stuff you have under a different names that people can find?
Galaxy Wolf –Well whatever I’m doing, these days I’m using a couple of gameboys modded by my boy Mikee Teevee over at ohmnohmnohm.com – they are gorgeous beasts. Live I like the 2 gameboys and a DJ mixer, I’d love a 3/4 channel DJ mixer but I don’t want to buy a shit one and can’t spare/justify the money for a good one right now. I just started to use a Roland SP404 to add some acapellas to my live set, which I think is gonna be interesting – I want to keep all the instrumentals pure DMG for now though. For writing it’s just one DMG really, I just sorted out my own LSDj keyboard which is awesome! it’s not on SpaceTime Geometry but it will be all over whatever comes out next! I’m in to the idea of adding things slowly and really exploring them, still on the to do list is custom kits, underclocking and midi sync, but they’re all a long way off because I like to really pillage each new thing I add for all its worth. For recording it’s just straight in to the laptop or sometimes through my mates firewire soundcard. I released an album on Noise Channel as “Team Toothpaste” a while ago, it’s called “Dental Dubs”.
Frank– Thank you for sitting down & answering these questions for us! Also would you like to announce any future gigs or collaborations/ randomness you have in store that you’d like to share?
Galaxy Wolf – No problem, thanks for asking me! I’m playing in Sheffield on April 3rd, and then up to Edinburgh for Inst Del with an awesome lineup on the 5th (details below). For collaborations I have some plans to do some stuff with Boaconstrictor, and I’d love to do something with Hunter Quinn if he’s still in to it. Also I might take this opportunity to do a preliminary mysterious announcement about a hardware project I am working on that I think would be of interest to the chip community. Won’t say anymore about it for now, but I’ll send you some details when it’s ready.
[WARNING: Video & album cover in this article NSFW! (full frontal nudity)]
BACK AGAIN!! And this time I’ve a few goodies in store for everyone! This new trip of “Inside The Daякcнip Mind” brings us to a group from Spain called Super Busty Samurai Monkey. The first physical copy I got from them is this SD card below with their first three albums on it. I really liked that idea a lot because of all the time you can tell they put into drawing on this & think it’s a great way to showcase their work. I’ve been talking to one of the members (Victor Vs) for some time now & we formed Kitten Paw Recordings together so our “madness” ties together quiet well.
Their newest album called ‘7‘ and is releasing on a nice fat vinyl – like we all love – on March 15th! If you haven’t seen any of their prior physical releases their last album, ‘6‘, was a clear square. The debut track for this album is called “Haai Hoer” which also appeared on ‘KP Compo Issue#1‘. It’s a blend of grimy/dark beats that are layered with drone leads & great vocals that fade in and out in mega good timing. ‘Haai Hoer’ caught my ear the moment they dropped it for the compo so I was very happy they were making it their debut track & also putting a video to it which is a new goodie that’s dropping today (link to video at the bottom).
This is the part where I’d normally say which tracks I like and so forth but I’d like to honestly leave the element of surprise of this album. I feel a lot of folks are going to have as hard as a time as I’m having deciding a favorite track. Having said that, I will talk about the whole over-tone/feel that I got from this album. The main word that won’t pop out of my head is SPOOKY! Got the crazy arp’s then out of nowhere it just hits mega hard with those grimy chip bass drops that we all love. Whenever I choose a album for this I test them by surround sound & by walking around with a pair of Skull Candies on. For this one I chose to walk around the random trail’s of Northwest Indiana at night, since it’s been so cold out I think it made that spooky vibe pop more! I strongly advise surround sound or earphones on this one! The main thing I can’t wait for is to hear that natural grain the vinyl will give it!
I got the chance to ask a few questions to SBSM & also like I said above, they are releasing their debut song’s video today for all of you! The album ‘7‘ comes out March 15th & you can pre-order the album starting today! _________________________________________________________________________
Frank – So when did SBSM form & also was there any beginning projects you both have done that people may know of or is still currently active?
SBSM –  Our first song was called “song written without headphones, screens and stuff”. One day, 1# told me “record some random phrase and send it to me”. Afterly, he mounted it over a Gameboy basetrack without hearing what he was doing. When we heard it, we couldn’t stop it. Maybe we did more stuff in the past, but I’d have to kill you if I told you.
Frank – What would have to be some musicians that are a major influence or what random things inspire you guys while writing?
SBSM –  I’m inspired by women who can scream, mostly, from Kat Bjelland to Poly Styrene, but the stuff that I’m influenced the most is andalusian flamenco and cante jondo.
- I steal most of the riffs I write. I surely don’t give a shit about which genre it comes from as long as I like it. I don’t even care about music that much. I’m on a blackmetal+techno era nowadays, but I kind of like Stockhausen as well, and the early works of Manuel de Falla. I’m also pretty much into anyone stealing samples from 8bit artists and making stuff with it.
Frank – Looking at your guy’s past physical releases they have been quite unique (definitely the clear square 6’). Will this next upcoming release also be strictly vinyl (if physical)?
SBSM –  Yeah, we be releasing 7, a 7” with six songs on it next 15th March. Its a co-release between Datathrash from ‘Murica, V Waeve fron Madrid and The Bloody Dirty Sanchez from Andalusia. We hired a guy and a model for the video teaser and artwork, which I think turned out pretty sick.
- For us, there’s no reason in publishing a record if it has no value as an object, if it doesnt communicate a thing, because, what we do aint only music and you can’t fully grasp it with another plastic cd. Our next work is a threat in the shape of a red 7”, people either loves us or hates us deeply, and this is our logical response.
Frank – My final question is what do you prefer to use while live gigs & also do you guys have any upcoming events happening?
SBSM –  Oh, we’re playing on the records release. And planning to do a small tour on summer, wich Is something we can’t talk about yet.
We’re just Gameboy+vocals live. #2 sings thru a KaossPad3 and I shoot the music on a Timbob Gameboy. Sometimes I use a monotron delay for fun and kicks, but thats it. Most of the time I cant even pay attention to the Gameboy, let alone use more gear. I’m more focused on jumping and shit.
- I just scream and I worry about being in focus well on stage. A good lightbulb and being told when the mic test is over is everything I need.