Gameboyaustralia.com is a music blog dedicated to the growth and review of the Australian chiptune scene. More info about us can be found here, in our very first post. If you (the Australasian chiptuner) have any upcoming shows or releases, contact us about them through this blog or on IRC and we will post them here for the world to see. If you are interested in finding more about the Australian chipmusic scene, follow us on twitter and facebook, check this artist list & release directory and check in with our gig partners Sound Bytes.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

A State of Emergency!

All I can think about when it comes to Australian Chip music these days is Sydney's one man noise onslaught Emergency! Emergency! (aka Stephen J Mitchell). I recently went to see him in Brisbane for the third time when he was supporting indie-guitar-noise band Stature:Statue. The crowd was all there to see guitar bands and so were quiet taken aback by Stephen's setup of Laptop, Microkorg, Loop-Pedal and Game Boy...and he relished in it. The more confused the crowd got the more frequently the beat would change into a mash of noise and screams. I enjoyed the hell out of it and even though it isn't strictly Chiptune music who cares? Emergency!Emergency! is everything bands like Crystal Castles should be, the Game Boy supplies one shot samples from games like Batman and Kirby in a way that it sounds like they were made for the song. The thing that makes all this exciting is Stephen is very interested in the Chiptune scene and will very soon be hooked up with his own Game Boy music cartridges (courtesy of 10k/Tom) so he can incorporate more original Game Boy sounds into his songs. In my eyes Emergency! Emergency! is the perfect cross over to pull Chiptunes into broader national exposure within Australia. So please check out his music page and buy the debut EP and keep an eye on the remix page for individual remixes by Tom and I...

//Alex

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