Posts Tagged ‘festival’

Aydan Appreciates: ‘Kintsugi’ by Calavera

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A lot of the chipscene is based in either the Americas, Europe, or Asia. So many talented artists come from these four continents that we often forget about good ol’ Australia. With the recent influx of interest in Square Sounds Melbourne 2018, and a steady flow of music coming from Australian chipmusicians over the last few years, now seems like the perfect time to review one of the most recent works to come out of the region. Calavera is known for his down-tempo bass-filled bangers of tracks, and his most recent work, ‘Kintsugi’, certainly delivers them. We’ll be looking at three tracks from this album in-depth, so buckle up for one hell of a ride.

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Guérin’s Dissections: “Decline” by CCDM

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At the time of the release of ‘Decline’, it had been over 7 years since CCDM’s previous full-length , ‘7″ of Doom’. The scene is ripe for some hard, dark Amiga breakcore, and CCDM aims to deliver in his latest release. Filled with glitchy drum breaks and grungy, low-bitrate samples, ‘Decline’ will melt your brain while you thrash to its beats.

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Chip Bit Day 2017 – Free cake, alien balloons and Europe’s finest Chipmusic!

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May 6th saw the return of Chip Bit Day; a celebration of Chiptune organised by Richard Lewis who you might know as blogger ‘Chip! Bit! Sid!‘ or by his musical pseudonym ‘Jellyatrix.’ Primarily funded by fans using sites like Indiegogo, Chip Bit Day’s second year was just as popular as the debut! With a lineup including festival favourites such as HarleyLikesMusic, and plenty of free goodies from Game Boy cartridge stickers of the performing artists to delicious cake, crowdfunders definitely got plenty for their money. I arrived good and early on the Saturday afternoon, ready for the hard slog of an 8-hour Chiptune marathon to find a few others eager for the show to start.

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Square Sounds Melbourne 2017! A Romantic Weekend Away With Tuberz McGee

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Square Sounds is my favourite time of the year every year. A gathering of all my favourite people, and people who will become my favourite people. Great. Filled with the buzz of gameboys, NES consoles, Megadrives and various other chip-paraphernalia. Organized by the incredible Kristy, Eugene, and Alex, this festival is perhaps the most thrilling thing the southern hemisphere has to offer and most likely the only thing in Australia that will not try to kill you. I had the absolute pleasure of attending this year’s event and would love to do nothing more than report on how bone-crushingly good these jams were.

As I missed the pre-party on Thursday (compulsory attendance for university, really I should have just un-enrolled lmao) I’ll just dive into the main event, spread over Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I’m really sad I missed the pre-party too because stellar chip musicians like Classic Mistake, cTrix, and Aquellex were on the stage bangin’ out some jams [with live arps on a keytar!!!]. I like to think that we have created a piece of chiptune mythology/folklore here.

Let’s jam.

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PAX East 2017 POST-PAX PAX-PACKED PAX POST

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Hello everyone! As it happens, every year the vast unknowable demon entities that power the gaming world have aligned and another PAX East has happened without a hitch. I was fortunate enough to once again travel with the MAGFest Jamspace crew to help do some social media coverage and go play some games so I can yell about them on the internet! As with previous editions of the “POST-X X-PACKED X POST” column, this is split up into two sections: #GAMES and #MUSIC – tagged as such so you can jump around with your fancy Find In Page function if you’d prefer to read about one over the other. Also, you should know that much of this article also appears on MAGFest’s fledgling blog, which is where you can find similar content written about MAGFest events and more in the future.

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Turbo Super Post-MAG MAG-Post 2017 & Knuckles Gaiden Day One Edition

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By the time you read this, everyone should be home and happy, well rested, without the MAGFlu and otherwise readjusted to real life. While I’m WRITING it, however, I’m drowning in posts from people in transit back to the dark corners of the world they crawled from so that they can go heal themselves. While this year’s MAGFest might have been the biggest one so far, it also seems to have taken the most from us in terms of bodily health, but only because everyone was incapable of having any degree of chill. Everyone basically just kept going until they were physically unable to go anymore, and even then they just kinda propped their bodies up in chairs so they could at least look like they were still going like some kind of knock-off ‘Weekend at Bernie’s.’ It was amazing. But enough talk – let’s have at this highlight reel!

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