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Kuma’s Hype Train #1: Skybox and S.P.R.Y.

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Hey, what’s up, ChipWINners! Welcome to a new column I like to call Kuma’s Hype Train! This one will be in a similar vein to my Quick Shots articles, in that I’ll be picking apart albums for your listening pleasure. However, what will differentiate Hype Train from Quick Shots is content. Because Hype Train is meant to build anticipation for new releases, articles in this column will, at best, only feature teaser tracks and preview medleys of upcoming projects. Don’t let that get you down, though, because as soon as these albums are released, these articles will be updated to feature links in the descriptions for you to get a hold of the sweet, audible candy for yourselves.

Let’s not waste any more time. Sit back, relax and take a trip into the future with me as I gush over new albums from Skybox and S.P.R.Y.!

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Chiptunes = WIN: Volume 2 (Tracks 37-41)

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Enough expository dialogue! Have at you!

Track #37: subPixel – Tiny Fungi

Tiny Fungi? More like Famitracker Masterclass, if you ask me. subPixel’s contribution to ChipWIN is demonstrative of the same qualities that made The Wave, along with his slew of prior releases, so good to begin with. Starting off minimally with great use of Famitracker’s tri channel, subPixel doesn’t waste any time before laying down sweeping arpeggios alongside his magnificent use of the FDS synth. Tiny Fungi is a WORLD of melodic bliss, and subPixel’s use of note cutting and  triangle channel alone is reason enough to appreciate this fantastic piece. It’s always inspiring to hear an expert Famitracker composer at work. And subPixel, as always, delivers the goods.

Track #38: SSD Engage – Floating Space Toast Void

I have seen the Floating Space Toast void… and it is immaculate. The trio of SPRY, Disabletron and Sp00ked stand tall on their own, but together they are a force that destroys universes and invites you along to the mayhem. SSD Engage frequently conveys the feel of three great musicians coming together to jam out, with always-spectacular results. While there’s certainly a steady rhythm and beat to be found, the amount of aural space and melody present establishes an atmosphere of cosmic chaos. It crunches like toast, yeah…if toast had the propensity for universal contemplation. Maybe it does, though. These guys have vision.

Track #39: Ryuno – Wub Dub De Club

Wub? Check. Dub? Check. Club? Check. I really did consider dedicating this whole blurb to how much I love the kick drum but that would be a disservice to the rest of this composition. Representing the more melodic side of chipstep, the Brazil-based Ryuno has already established himself with a Soundcloud presence chock-full of standout dubstep, chillstep and dnb tracks. With Wub Dub de Club, Ryuno has distilled these influences into a 2:45 manifesto that any DJ would be proud to unleash upon the unsuspecting masses. And seriously, can we talk about that kick?

Track #40: Pieces of Eight – Rescue Drama

Utilizing the oft-overlooked OpenMPT that composers like Fearofdark have used to such great effect, Pieces of Eight a.k.a Adam Lankford, serves a mid-tempo rocker that is by far one of this compilation’s strongest tracks. The beginning section’s angelic synths are portentous of the building storm, with the first kick at 0:24 confirming what you knew all along: This is going to ROCK. Through an enviably catching melody augmented by some great accidentals and scale-defying arps, my favorite bit is the breakdown at the 3:34 mark where I swear he’s channelling the great Motoi Sakuraba. This dude knows how to build and maintain, further proven by the wailing melody that sets this beast to rest. If you didn’t know the name Pieces of Eight before, you damn sure do now. Respect.

Track #41: Nestrogen – Torpedophile of Wonder and Joy

Questionable (but awesome) title aside, it’s a bit rare that you get a chance to see the pop side of Nestrogen. This is, after all, the same Nestrogen that just recently the FUCKING AWESOME EP, Famithrasher, through Datathrash Recordings. I’ll give you a moment to adjust. Aggression is still an omnipresent factor, though the blastbeats are traded in here for a more conservative percussive approach. Which is fine, since Nestrogen has a grasp for sick drums. The melody throughout is hella catchy, definitely encapsulating that sense of wonder buried beneath the unrelenting instrumentation. But the major standout is the change-up and quick breakdown at the 1:43 mark along with some really nice panning. Really solid track.

Make sure to check back in next Wednesday for continued coverage of Chiptunes = WIN Volume 2! Until next time~

subPixel
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SSD Engage
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Ryuno
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Pieces of Eight
Facebook | Soundcloud

Nestrogen
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Raw Cuts With Kuma Special: BRKFest 2K13

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Hey guys!  Welcome back to Raw Cuts!  This time around, we have a very special edition of RC, as I took the time to sit down with three very special people to reflect on the event everyone is still buzzing about: BRKFest 2K13!  So without further ado, here’s my interview with Brandon “President Hoodie” Hood, Erin “Chip Mama” McQuisten, and Rob Remy “AutoRemi-PK” Pease about the event everyone is calling “The New Blipfest”!
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Kuma:  So, it’s been a while since we’ve all been together. 8 months, in fact.  Jeeze can you believe that?  I haven’t seen ya’ll in 8 months?

AutoRemi-PK (Remy):  That’s nine months too long.

President Hoodie (Hoodie): DEFINITELY way too long.

Kuma:  You guys on the other hand though: ya’ll got to go to BRKFest, which looked awesome from what I saw on Clipstream!

Hoodie:  YES. YES IT WAS.  It seriously felt like a mini-Blipfest, no lie.

Kuma:  That’s actually what I wanted to ask you guys!  You’ve all been to a lot of fests. Blip, PAX, MAG, Nerda.  How did BRK compare to those?

Chip Mama (Mama):  Well it was my first all chip show.  I’d seen a bunch of good chip acts at MAG, Nerda, and PAX, but the amount of awesome at BRK was overwhelming.

Hoodie:  Yeah.  I love Blipfest (or at least the one that I made it to in 2011! haha), but BRK definitely felt like a smaller, more tightly knit Blip.  It was endless good times! And dickbutts.  Lots and lots of dickbutts.

Actually, that’s my one regret: I didn’t get to draw a dickbutt on anything. :*(  Tommy (Thunderfox) brought a shirt that everyone signed and Tony (monotony) had his cast up for inking.

Remy:  BRK is a lot smaller but a lot more closely-knit.

Mama:  I agree with Remy: it seemed like everyone there knew each other either from in person or on the tubes.

Kuma:  Wait really?  That was your first all chip show?  I find that hard to believe considering you’re Chip Mama!

Mama:  I consider myself home-schooled in chiptune by one of the best.

Hoodie:  HAHAHA!

Remy:  Brandon isn’t the president we need but he’s the one we deserve.

hoodie batman hero
Kuma:  I’d hope so!  I think it’d be a disservice to all of us if you were just on the side while Brandon did all this fun shit!

Hoodie:  Real talk: BRK = only my second “all” chip show!

Kuma:  What? Brandon you too! You’re our President!  watrudoin!

Hoodie:  Sure, I’ve been to a handful of MAGs, Nerdas, PAXs, etc., but not too many *JUST* chip shows.  I wholly blame my location for that: BF, Arkansas. >_>
Working on that, tho…

Kuma:  You’d better.  Remy, the close knit feel at BRK, did it feel like 8static?

Remy:  It felt like 8static with southern hospitality. I can safely say that the best bar and the best coffee joint I’ve been to were literally right across the street from one another.

Kuma:  Yo seriously, what was up with that place you guys all went to eat at!  All the pictures of the food from there look like waffle house x9000!

Hoodie:  DAMN. NO KIDDING. Al’s bar & that coffee & donut joint = QUALITY.

Mama:  Oh my lord, the food and the coffee joint were AMAZING.

Remy:  The Institute in Philly is a TOUGH spot to top but Al’s Bar in Lexington really won my heart.

Mama:  Al’s was full of really nice people and a lot of first timers hearing chip that DUG IT and left with stickers and CDs and everything.

Hoodie:  Everyone was talking about the grub from Al’s last year. I expected decent pub grub at best, which would’ve been cool. Not the case, though. FANTASTIC EATS.

Mama:  One random guy even ended up crowd surfing during Trey Frey’s set.

Remy:  Yeah, the food at Al’s Bar puts most dining establishments- forget bars- to shame.

al's bar burger daniel davis

Photo courtesy of Daniel Davis (an0va).

Hoodie:  Damn, I could sure go for one of those Apple Jacks donuts at that coffee shop right about now…

Kuma:  What!  Strangers crowd surfing to chip and a bar that beats out The Institute?  Now I have to make it next year!

Mama:  Hell yes you do!  One of the bouncers went home with ChipWIN CDs!  And the bartenders had a stack!  The music was beyond what I expected!

Hoodie:  More real talk: BRK turned out *EVEN BETTER* than I expected.  The music, the people (locals included!), the food, EVERYTHING = WIN.

Kuma:  Damn it, I really have to do this next year! But, damn: so many things to go to next year!  That being said, you guys have any crazy fun stories you want to share? I’d love to hear about random after party nonsense or travel stories that you may have!

Mama:  Can we talk about the mustache dude that crowd surfed for a second?  cuz WOW!!!

Hoodie:  Hahahahahaha YES!

Remy:  Yes we can.

Kuma:  Mustached dude?

Hoodie:  I totes thought he was a creeper at first. hahaha.

Kuma:  God that alone sounds like half of chiptune!

Mama:  He’d never even HEARD of chiptune before.  I thought he was a creeper at first cuz he was taking pictures, but when folks started talking to him he was totally enthusiastic.

Remy:  Because if anything embodies what makes this collective scene great, it’s the reception he gave all of us that night and the one he got in turn.

Hoodie:  By mustache dude, we mean some random local who came to Al’s to grab a few beers and encountered chiptune for the first time in his life and HAD A DAMN BLAST.

Mama:  Wanted to be able to show his friends “the future of electronic music”

Hoodie:  CUTTING EDGE.

mark thomas the cutting edge

Kuma:  OMG that’s so damn cool!  Was he an older cat?  He sounds like an older cat!

Hoodie:  Totes an older cat.  Leather motorcycle jacket and everything.

Kuma:  NICE!

Mama:  40s – 50s, I’d say.

Hoodie:  Wearing a mustache competition t-shirt. hahaha

Remy:  He actually crowd surfed during Trey Frey‘s set!

mark thomas crowd surf

Photo courtesy of Shane Banegas (shanebro).

Kuma:  WAT!!! We got a possibly 50 year old chiptune fan out there because of you guys! that’s so freaking amazing!

Hoodie:  Seriously, that whole incident finished off the final night PERFECTLY.

Remy:  He won best mustache, both at BRK and in our hearts.

Mama:  He’s friended a bunch of us on FB and wrote a really awesome thank you note on the BRKfest FB page.

Hoodie:  “The Mustache of Our Hearts” <– ALBUM TITLE

Mama:  LOL.  You’re totally right, Remy.

Kuma:  Now I gotta ask, cause Dan Park hasn’t finished uploading all the video to YouTube yet, and I could catch all the sets on Clipstream, but for real: was trey’s set that godly?

Remy:  Yes.

Hoodie:  It was damn fantastic.

Remy:  Plain and simple yes.

Mama:  He got stage rushed on the second song, if that says anything!

Kuma:  D= NO WAI!

Remy:  Solarbear had us bumrush the stage and you don’t say no to that man and his beard.

curtis ware and his beard

Photo courtesy Curtis Ware (solarbear) and Chris de Pew (Storm Blooper).

Kuma:  DOOD, EVEN AUXCIDE AND SHANEBRO DIDN’T GET A SECOND SONG BUMRUSH!

Hoodie:  And I’ll own up to this here too: I’ve always enjoyed Trey Frey’s music, but never caught him live before.  And honestly, just never *quite* understood why people freak out about him *SO* much.

*NOW* I get it. *EXCELLENT* music.  And just an all around quality dude, too.  Super chill, super nice.

Kuma:  Now I gotta hear this!

Remy:  Trey Frey is as great a person as he is a musician, and that’s saying a LOT.

Hoodie:  Agreed 1000% Remy.  You can just tell that with some people.  Just by interacting with them, watching them interact with other people, talking to them a bit.

Kuma:  Yo, speaking of super chill, super nice, that final SMILETRON set, man.  I didn’t catch all of BRK, but that set man…I felt the feels through the stream, man.

Hoodie:  EXTREME amount of feels. Feels overload. 34987sadf654asdf654345.  Almost solemn even.  When the hell does *THAT* adjective come into play for a chipshow? Appropriate though.

smiletron chiptography

Photo courtesy Marjorie Becker (Chiptography).

Mama:  There were tears and sniffles.  At least from me.

Hoodie:  I held it in.  Just barely.

Mama:  SMILETRON is significant for me, since it was one of the first artists Bran and I listened to on some long car trips.

Hoodie:  Erin almost screwed that up for me.

Mama:  Sorry, babe.

Hoodie:  Ay.  He was one of the first artists I introduced her to in the chipworld, and just one of our favorites in general.

Kuma:  God, I can only imagine how you two must have felt seeing him. How bittersweet.

Mama:  Just watching his face during the set, it was almost like he was saying goodbye…

smiletron chiptography bittersweet

Photo courtesy Marjorie Becker (Chiptography).

Hoodie:  A bit sad to see him close up that chapter in his musical life, but at the same time major props to him for doing that when it feels right vs. continuing to drag it out beyond what is proper.

Remy:  I want to say that Casshern and S.P.R.Y. in particular did such an amazing job keeping that stream going and it is with no disrespect that I say no video could hope to capture the energy in that room.

Hoodie:  Like I said, some solemn heavy stuff, man. But in a *GOOD* way.

Remy:  Very much so.  It was cathartic.

Hoodie:  Agreed. Speaking of those cats, though, + the live sound guy & various visualists, AMAZING ZOMBOFURKIN JOB on *ALL* their parts!

Kuma:  Definitely on both accounts.  That was a solemn show if I ever saw one, but man, did SPRY and Dan kick ass for us at home!  I really wanna do something for them to thank them for all the hard work they did.

Hoodie:  
He did an *EXCELLENT* job, no doubt.  Hell, I didn’t think there even *WAS* gonna be a Clipstream until within the last weekend.  Glenntai stepped up to rock that, and then when he had to bow out because of illness Dan volunteered to take it over.  And he certainly did.

dan park chiptography

Photo courtesy Marjorie Becker (Chiptography).

Mama:  I think I gave them cookies. If I didn’t, they deserve some!

Kuma:
  Yeah, the visualists were awesome, too!  I definitely recognized ohhinaifu and datacats work there!  Who else was running viz for BRK?

Remy:  I have endless respect for datacats, both for all that he did to help me get out there, and the hard work he put in on visuals and his (TWO!) performances.  There was a PIXELSEED video used, which is always awesome, and I believe andaruGO stepped up for visuals for a couple of sets!

Hoodie:  And somebody else too, I believe.

Kuma:  Wow, andaru does visuals?  I know he does graphic design and illustration, but I didnt know he does live visuals, too.  Also, I agree: PIXELSEED is the man.

Remy:  PIXELSEED wasn’t there in person, but he very generously puts his work out there to be used by artists, which is very respectable.  I want to say there was one more, too, but the person eludes me.

Hoodie:  Part of what makes chiptune live shows so damn immersive is the excellent visualizations that accompany the music.  And that was there 110% at BRK, for *DAMN* sure!!

Kuma:  Seriously, that timing of Glenn’s pneumonia was unfathomable to me, especially considering all the work and build up he was doing to get there with Lora and Remy!  I’m just glad you managed to make it down there, Remy! Although not without trouble, it seems.

Mama:  Remy’s Great Adventure!

the adventure of remi
Hoodie:  Man oh man, poor Remy’s Great Adventure indeed! XD   ANOTHER ALBUM TITLE!!!

Remy:  Hahaha, when you’re on a long trip like that it’s never smooth sailing.  datacats came through for me in a huge way and I can’t possibly thank him enough.  He’s a paragon of selflessness.  Hahahaha!  Yeah, it really seemed like the universe did NOT want me to go to BRK.

Hoodie:  TAKE THAT UNIVERSE!  You sure showed it!

Kuma:  Dood, at least Remy’s adventure ended happily, unlike Starpilot‘s “Tales Of Being Treated Like A Border Crossing Mexican!”.

Hoodie:  DAMN THAT.  I was *SO* pissed about that shit!!! -flips all the border dickbutts-

Remy:  I’ve got 99 problems and fascism is most of them.

Mama:  Hahaha!

Kuma:  All that spiritual ascension, and yet he himself couldn’t levitate past airport securitah.

star pilot live
Hoodie:  I was so looking forward to meeting him and catching him live too!!  Another time, though, I suppose.  Regardless, he was definitely missed at BRK.  What a bucketload of rotten dickbutts, man.  Ew.

Kuma:  Seriously: that was a load of bs ever heard any, and I work in a public hospital: bullshit is my dayjob.  That being said, you guys did manage to luck out with BSK!  I can’t believe he came all the way from Japan to play at BRK!

Mama:  He melted faces.

Hoodie:  NO KIDDING, MAN.  That… just… I DON’T EVEN

Kuma:  No…no you have to clarify this for me because that was one of the sets I unfortunately missed.

Mama:  I was thinking about crowd surfing up until that point, and then he made the energy in the room go SO HIGH.  I decided that I had to go up.

Kuma:  On a scale of 1 to Killer Instinct, how many faces did he melt!

Hoodie:  Outside of Ralp at Blip 2011, I haven’t had much exposure to Japanese chip (especially live). [writers note: Ralp is from Spain {Hoodie note: OOPS! :3} ].  In general, it has a completely different kind of energy/feel.  So frenetic & hyper & AWESOME.

Mama:  People talk about 4 to the floor, that man was all 8 out the GATE.  As in all 8 cylinders (Bran was looking at me askance from across the room)

Kuma:  D=

Remy:  BSK did Mario at a rave.

Hoodie:  Hahahahaha!

Kuma:  DAN FINISH UPLOADING THE VIDEOS ALREADY!

bsk breaking it down

Photo courtesy of Marjorie Becker (Chiptography).

Hoodie:  Even as awesome as he was, I can’t call it my favorite performance of BRK. Mostly because I’m not sure I *CAN* pick a favorite. Everything was SOOOO GOOOOOOD~  And that sounds generic & lame BUT GORRAMIT IT’S TRUE!!!!

Kuma:  No.   No I’m not giving you that excuse.  Serious question time!  Pick a favorite performance!

Hoodie:  I’M THINKING.

Kuma:  DO IT NOW!

Hoodie:  IT’S HARD.

Mama:  HNGGG!

Hoodie:  I TRY NOT TO DO IT TOO OFTEN.

Remy:  No, it really is true.  A lot of BRKFest consisted of once-in-a-lifetime performances, things you just COULD NOT miss.

Hoodie:  HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM.

Mama:  Can I do a top 3?

Kuma:  No.  While I believe all of you on how amazing these performances are, that doesn’t make you exempt from the question.

Hoodie:  Auxcide.

Something about his music that just *REALLY* resonates with me. And his energy live. Just… DAMN.

Auxcide chiptography

Photo courtesy of Marjorie Becker (Chiptography).

Kuma:  Nice.

Hoodie:  THAT WAS HARD!  DAMN YOU FOR MAKING ME PICK!

Kuma:  Your turn rynamom!

Mama:  Since Bran picked Auxcide (and therefore our parental obligation is filled), I’m gonna probably pick SMILETRON, cuz of the feels.  I’m all about the feels.

Remy:  SMILETRON Plays the Feels

Hoodie:  Yeah.  He’d be my favorite for that reason.  I HAVE DIFFERENT FAVORITES FOR DIFFERENT REASONS.  SUCK ON IT.

Kuma:  Remy, that’s a bad album cover waiting to happen, no matter how true it is.  Btw, it’s your turn!

Hoodie:  C’mon Remy.  Man up.  CHOOSE.

Remy:  I really wish I could back my way out of this, hahaha.

Hoodie:  NOPE.  Time for you to pick and have that pick made public for all the world to see.

Kuma:  Here, I’ll help.  Of the performances I did see, I think the one I liked most was andaruGO!  Andrew’s a sweet heart and I love his energy on stage. I just wish he played MACHINDER during his set.  Other than that, he pretty much played his new album live before releasing it was awesome

Hoodie:  HE WAS AWESOME.  His energy was NUTS!!!!  But that’s andaruGO for you hahaha!  Meeting him was great, too.  Meeting *EVERYONE* was so damn great!!!

And yeah, it’s (his new album) gonna be KILLER.

Kuma:  Nice.  Okay, Remy: it’s your turn.

Remy:  I would say Solarbear, because his performance drove home the fact that, holy shit, I was at BRK.  It happened.  How, I do not know.  Plus east coast chip is just so much better than west coast.  Really, I don’t know what meds people are on to think otherwise.

Mama:  Oh jeez

Kuma:  Very true.  On all accounts. Besides, its not like crashfaster is worth half the music they make.  (just kidding, I love Morgan and crew.)

Mama:  DON’T TALK BAD ABOUT MY CRASHFASTER!  Long live chip with words!

Hoodie:  Other favorites: Roboctopus really got me dancing, an0va was amazeballs (my first time to see *JUST* him live vs. w/ Cheap Dinosaurs), SMILETRON (again), Protoflight (he’s 15!!!), SSD Engage (I EXPLODED WHEN THEY PLAYED 1973!!!), shanebro, & Trey Frey.  And everyone else. Because yeah.

AND THE DATATHRASH PRESHOW AS WELL!!!

Remy:  Yeah, I’ll probably take a lot of flak for joking about east/west chip but whatever. Solarbear is ok.  He doesn’t drag us down TOO much.

Hoodie:  …I missed Solarbear’s set…. ;___;

Mama:  I’d like to tip my proverbial hat to Protoflight. Cuz he’s only 15 and ohmigosh he was amazing.

Remy:  Yeah, Yung Cunni’s got mad skillz

Hoodie:  But then again, SOLARBEAR SUX SO WHO CARES.

Kuma:  Dood that preshow!  I feel like the Datathrash crew doesn’t get the love they deserve! how was that?  Did EGR himself play?

ERG datathrash

Photo courtesy Marjorie Becker (Chiptography).

Hoodie:  IT WAS GREAT!!! Having to get up early enough to be there at noon after night one was kinda rough, though.  hahah Coffee shop across the road saved the day once again.  What was that one random band with the drummer that I’d never heard of before (that played the preshow)?

Mama:  Sludge Metal Ice Cream Truck.

Hoodie:  SLUDGE METAL ICE CREAM TRUCK!!  They were badass!!

The hour long open mic they (The Preshow) opened with was pretty sweet too!

Kuma:  I think that’s the most badass name I’eve ever heard for anything ever

Hoodie:  hahaha Yeah, they had me on name alone.

Remy:  The Datathrash show kicked off pretty early and was less hyped comparably but I can guarantee you that everyone gave 100% up there.  Whether you’re playing to ten people or one hundred in that capacity is irrelevant, everyone who took that stage was impressive in their own right.

Hoodie:  ^ THAT.  Remy busted out a couple of jams on the spot for the open mic, too.  IT WAS AWESOME.

Remy:  Plus, The Dutchess’ tore the fucking roof down with his Wish cover, and that was with about twenty people around the stage.

Hoodie:  HOLY SHIT!  I DIDN’T EVEN REALIZE THE DUTCHESS WAS GLENN UNTIL BRK!  HE WAS AWESOME!!!

Kuma:  And that’s the thing I love most about chip: no matter what the skill level, everyone gives what they can and everyone supports with all their heart in return. I love it.  Also, yeah, Glenn Bauer busts out some crazy stuff!  But that’s what happens when you make music around guys like an0va and skgb!

Hoodie:  Haha GOOD POINT.

Remy:  Nothing but love for Philly chip.

Hoodie:  Introducing Dobbins (and a handful of others) to the majesty that is Sam Adams Cherry Wheat on the final night was a highlight, as well.  I apologize to all of you in advance for the alcoholism this is sure to cause.  And props to one of my roomies, Jason Doss aka Square Therapy for bringing that!  Prevented me from being sad once I discovered they didn’t have it at the bar.

Remy:  Pff, you can’t get drunk off Cherry Wheat.

Mama:  Yes you can, I’ve seen it.

Hoodie:  OH YES YOU CAN.

Remy:  Grow a liver.

Kuma:  I think Hoodie’s liver is specifically designed to get drunk off cherry wheat

Remy:  Hahahahaha!

Mama:  And Jason brought goodies from Starbucks! Breakfast bar because of him.

Hoodie:  TRUTH.

Kuma:  But to be fair, a lot of us got drunk off poor man anger juice at blip and you don’t see us complaining.  “Poor man’s anger juice” being Pabst Blue Ribbon.

pabst blue ribbon

Hoodie:  POOR MAN ANGER JUICE LOLOLOLOL!  THOSE WERE ON SPECIAL AT THE BAR.  I drank a few.  They’re still fucking awful.

And Dustin, well… he didn’t really bring anything except himself.  BUT THAT’S OKAY. *BUTT*DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWG~  hahahhahahhahha!

Kuma:  Wait, what about his sax?

Hoodie:  No, he forgot.  NEXT TIME.

Kuma:  Oh, that sucks.  But yeah, Pabst is terrible.  Glenntai and I came to the conclusion that Pabst is armpit juice, cause that’s exactly what it smells like

Remy:  At Blip ’12, 99% of us paid 1% prices for 5% alcohol by volume

Hoodie:  Seriously: good beer has ruined my ability to drink shittastic lager.  At least until I run out of money, and then I can still destroy some Bud Light. XD

Kuma:  Oh man Bud Light!  I can’t remember the last time I had a beer that wasn’t Pabst, a Sam Adams specialty flavor or Brooklyn brewery!  Fuck, now I gotta pick some up!

Mama:  Beer is gross. I found some amazing ginger ale at the bar.  And made it “special” for myself.

Remy:  Hoodie showed me some good picks at Al’s, too. He’s very adventurous with his beer drinking.

hoodie and his beerHoodie:  Yeah, I’m all about tastier brews nowadays. Cheap shitty lager still works in a pinch, though.

Remy:  Beer is SO gross. Fuckin’ love it.

Hoodie:  HAHAHAH YES!

Mama:
Hahaha!

Hoodie:  There were a few local brews that were tasty, but I think that Country Boy Cougar Bait was my fav.

Mama:  I had some peach gin, one of the tiny bottles, and I put it in a big glass of that Ale 8-1. It was divine.

Remy:  The Cougar Bait was hella rad.

Hoodie:  And those nachos.

Mama:  Went great with my bison burger with balsamic and grilled green apples.  The nachos!  Home made tortilla chips!

Hoodie:  Fuck me, man!  If we lived in Lexington, I’m pretty sure we’d all be going to Al’s to grab nachos and beer after this interview. hahahaha!

Remy:  Not even kidding, I could live in that bar.

Mama:  We three would have a booth.  It would have our name on it!

Hoodie:  I mean, seriously, that’s one of those joints that makes a place worth living at. haha!

Remy:  Fuck it Hoodie, let’s just do it anyway.  Let’s go right now.

Remy:  LET’S GO.

Kuma:  Remy, you had Institute tots: how do those nachos compare to loaded tots?

the institute tots

Remy:  Damn, that’s a hard question.  I would have to say the nachos win this round but I’m gonna have to eat that Institute jawn again, doe.

Hoodie:  Yeah, I’m definitely going to have to eat something after this interview. XD  I miss Al’s.

Kuma:  Same, man. I might go to the Mexican spot down the street and get some nachos, myself.

Hoodie:  I think it’s a testament to Al’s greatness that we’ve spent about as much time talking about the bar as we have BRKFest. hahahhaa

Remy:  Spot on, Brandon.

Hoodie:  AND EVERYONE THERE WOULD AGREE THAT IT’S DESERVING.

Kuma:  That being said, BRK sounds like it was incredible in every single way imaginable. So now I gotta ask: what’s next for you guys?

Hoodie:  GOOD TIMES.  Also *VERY* nice to have a chiptune festival that’s in driving distance of where I live. hahaha

Mama:  Next adventure is Nerdapalooza!  Or is it Nashville, Bran?

Hoodie:  Working with some folk on a few smaller local shows, but nothing quite like BRK yet.  NASHVILLE.  That’s one of the shows. hahaha

Mama: Yay! Only 4 hours!

Kuma:  Wait, wait hold up for a second.  Nashville…you wouldn’t be talking about the first of the semi regular show series Roboctopus is looking to host out there, would you?

Hoodie:  YUP!  THAT’S THE ONE!

Kuma:  HNNNNNNNNNNNNNG!!!!!

Hoodie:  He, I, Arnie of Datathrash and a few other cool dudes are making this a thing.  It’s taken awhile (we’ve been brainstorming it since earlier this year??), but it’s gonna be worth it. I’m already sure of that.

Kuma:  YES!  You guys totally need it to be a thing! The Midwest suffers of terrible under representation!  I know kloudygirl tried to do street busks and such in Texas and a few others tried to do the same here and there, but damn you guys need an 8static.

Mama:  Yes it does!  And we’ve got really talented folks in this region.

Hoodie:  MAN OH MAN DO WE EVER!!!

Kuma:  I’m so glad this is finally happening for you guys

Hoodie:  With a little time and effort and WORK, maybe this’ll turn into that.  Time will tell.

Kuma:  I hope so.  Even if its not strictly chip, I know you guys can make something wonderful happen there…as long as you have Amanda Lepre doing everything…which she’s already doing, so it’s gonna be a okay.

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Hoodie:  HAHAHAHAHA!  Her and Danimal do indeed do *ALL THE THINGS*.

Remy:   Yeah, no kidding.

Hoodie: I do enough of the things.  That’s good enough for me.

Kuma:  Seriously. I love what I do in the scene, but I can’t do what they do, let alone what you do, and god help me if I try to do what Kilpatrick does, cause I dunno how he does it.

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Mama:  AK is cray cray

Hoodie:  Fuck that guy. He’s an asshole. ♥

Kuma:  I only know one asshole in this scene, and just like Bigfoot, his existence is questionable at best.

Mama:  ^Thats how Brandon expresses his man-love.

Hoodie:  I put a ♥ after that statement. That clears it all up.

Mama:  Of course, sweetie

Kuma:  What about you, Remy?  What can we expect of you in the next few months?  Same for you, Erin.  I know you and Bran are joined at the hip, but can we expect more Ryn vox?  Also, when can I expect mah cookehs?

Remy:  It’s always up in the air, man.  I never know what events I’ll make it out to or when I’ll have a release so I try not to make a big deal out of anything.

Hoodie:  DEFINITELY!  She’s in the midst of working on some more collab goodness as we speak!  As far as cookies, that’s up to her.  I try to eat all of those I can.  Y’all can get your own damn cookies!!!

Mama:  There is more Ryn vox in the works!  Princesses in Another Castle is working on getting a few songs together, and I’m in the early stages of a 5 track EP in collaboration with NickelPUNK. I’m super excited

Kuma:  Eh its all good, Remy.  I know nothing’s set in stone but it makes me happy that you’re doing your thing. And more Ryn vocals yay!

Remy:  I’m just keeping relaxed and focusing on having some modicum of output. I’m not going to release a Teaching Machine or an Information Chase my first time around and that’s okay.

Kuma:  Like wise: I don’t expect any EP I put out to sound amzing, but I’m happy my newer stuff sounds a little more Decktonic as of late.  I think that about wraps up everything here.  Thanks a lot guys!  This was fun!  We should definitely do it again!

Mama:  Thank YOU. I hope you can make something coherent out of our rambling

Kuma:  Oh, I definitely will

Remy:  If you put an egg in your shoe and beat it, it’ll glue everything right back together.

Hoodie:  Thank you! This was pretty damn fun!  Next BRK? YOU BETTER BE THERE!
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Thanks for tuning for this special edition of RC!  Don’t forget to follow BRKFest on Facebook to keep up with the lastest shenanigans, as well as updates on media uploads pertaining to it!  Special Thanks go out to Hoodie, Ryn and Remy for this interview, as well as the many numerous artists who contributed to BRKFest, to Clipstream for making this a global experience for those who couldn’t make it in person, and to Chiptography for use of her immaculate photos in this article, as well as generally continuing to chronograph the awesomeness that is the chiptune scene!  Peace!

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BRKFest:
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Clipstream:
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Chiptography:
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Hoodie:
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Ryn:
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Remy:
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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!

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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)

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Kuma:  Hey!  Stop doing my job!  That’s what I do after the interview: put in memes and shit XD

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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!

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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!!

Clipstream III: Return of the Freezestep

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Sup y’all? Hoodie here. =)

It’s been a little over a month since the wonderful insanity that was Clipstream II happened. Lots of excellent chipmusic was performed, chair dancing was done, screen grabs were taken & posted, jawharp was jammed, & beer was drank and/or spilled all over the carpet (sorry again honey~ :3 ). GOOD TIMES FOR SURE. So good in fact…

THAT IT’S TIME FOR CLIPSTREAM III, BABY!!! 8D

That’s right!! THIS saturday, starting at 12:00PM EST (-5 GMT), Glenntai & Co. are once again bringing 12+ more hours of chipstreaming excellence to the intertoobs!! Craptons more of AMAZING chipartists braving the intertrons for your chipertaining pleasure!! Wanna know who exactly? ***BOOM*** Just inserted (-snickers-) a purdy flyer with ALL of the artists!! SO LOOK AT IT AND STOOF. :3

For the rest of the details, go to the fb event HERE, and join the Clipstream Ustream channel HERE to catch the show on Saturday! MOAR GOOD TIMES ARE A’COMIN!!

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Redudant linkage:
Clipstream Fb pagehttps://www.facebook.com/ClipstreamWebShow
Clipstream III Fb event https://www.facebook.com/events/470821929627745/
Clipstream Ustream channelhttp://www.ustream.tv/channel/CLIPSTREAM