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, September 27, 2008

Hidden Village - Considering All Eight Bits, A Workshop

Car-boot treasures and back-of-the-cupboard discoveries finally put to use: exploring the use of obsolete and circuit-bent video game systems for artmaking.

Seb and Lauren of Hidden Village are hosting a workshop - LSDJ, modding and bending to be covered - as well as sneaking in a performance over the weekend of Electrofringe, in Newcastle, NSW.

Workshop: 2PM, Friday 3rd October, 2008
Presentation and performance: 1PM, Saturday 4th October, 2008

More details:
Day One
Day Two
8bc Thread

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Sound Bytes: Melbourne Chip Gig

When: 17 October

Where: Bunker Lounge, 407 Swanston St, Melbourne

Who: little-scale, Hidden Village, Ten Thousand Free Men and Their Families, Derris-Kharlan and Slurry Beats Collective. 18+ only.

This will be a bang up gig even if I won't be there!! And this is hopefully the first in what will soon be a long line of Chip events across Australia
If your in Melbourne you have no excuse, being Derris-Kharlan and Slurry Beats first gig this is sure to be nothing short of freaking awesome.....

Thursday, September 11, 2008

V/A:(TRISKAIDEKAPHOBIA) 13,000.00 MilliSeconds...

V/A: (TRISKAIDEKAPHOBIA) 13,000.00 MilliSeconds is a compilation featuring over 215 artists + musicians who composed thirteen second compositions especially for this release. This collection documents artists working all over the world, with these pieces having a reference to the " contemporary time famine" brought on by the technological complex of which none of us can escape from. These aural documents of justified schizophrenia fight fire with fire, and pry away at our rotting attention span.

Ten Thousand Free Men & Their Families features with track twenty-six - 'Pain Tin' - a song using the Mario Paint music function. He was one of the first artists to contribute to this project.

If you are interested in finding out more, including how to order your copy, click here.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Little-Scale: Sampler 08

The track listing:
1. Hello - from 'Hello: The 8BC Compilation'
Game Boy, NES, C64
2. February - from 'Sun Fun on Planet Earth'
Sega Master System (SN76489 and YM2413)
3. Tunnel Vision - from 'When Dinosaurs Roamed the Earth'
Sega Master System (SN76489)
4. Q and A - from 'When Dinosaurs Roamed the Earth'
Sega Master System (SN76489)
5. Red, Yellow and Orange
Game Boy
6. Tall Bamboo
Shamisen, NES, Commodore 64, Sega Mega Drive
7. Dynasty (Part 2) - from 'Dynasty'
Sega Master System (YM2413) and NES
8. Antartica - from 'DMGMITE-01'
Sega Master System and NES

Soon we will have to add a "Little-Scale" tag to the blog as his work appears on here so much more than everyone else in total! C'mon everyone else! We can't ask him to stop production - everyone else just needs to pick it up!

Pick these up from shows, or get in contact with Seb...

Monday, September 8, 2008

Malaysian Chiptune Festival - COLOURAMA 08

If your budget is running a little low to make it all the way to Blipfest this year as mine is you might consider heading along to Colourama 08 on 1/11/08....The line-up includes a hefty number of Indonesia's finest: JW86, Bit The Medusa and Local Drug Store. As well as Blip Fest 08 Performer, Singapore's Chiptune superstar Ikuma. There is also a whole bunch of visual art, fashion and heaps more performers.

Let me know if your going or find some super cheap flights and I just might join you.

Shameless Self-Promotion, Again...

Hey guys and gals,
This is one of many upcoming shows that I am playing. However, this is the one that I am trying to push, because it is going to be a blast. I'm playing before two of Sydney's best prog offerings for a good friends public birthday bash. Make the effort for this one.

Entry is supposed to be 8-10 bucks... however if you hit me through myspace, I will do tickets for $5.

Artist list update

I just updated the artist list again, find it here.

Feel free to drop a comment if there is anyone we are missing.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Little-Scale: Versus The Nation (Volume 2)

1. Synesthesia by Raptorface
2. Entering The Trapdoor by Astro Zombies
3. Zombie Face Eaters by Dot.AY
4. Sunny Days by Jacko

This is a remix EP of some Australian chip music. The audio of each original track was used as the only sound source material. This release is licensed under the Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.5 Generic Creative Commons license.You may also be interested in little-scale Versus the Nation (Volume 1).

Download it here (16.5MB).

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Twenty Minutes With Derris-Kharlan

Tom says (6:51 PM):
Hello Nathan! How are you?

Nathan says (6:51 PM):
good man, yourself?

Tom says (6:52 PM):
Yeah, I am great.
Now, some people might know you better as the young Melbourne based chiptuner Derris-Kharlan. What is the process you use to create your music?

Nathan says (6:54 PM):
Hmm that's pretty broad, for starters I use the program FL Studio with various VST plug-ins such as magical8bit, peach, triforce etc. As far as actual songwriting goes I usually start with a basic chord progression, and build melodies on top of that. Although the order in which i do things often changes. For example sometimes i might start with the drums. But basically I just go with whatever sounds good to me.

Tom says (6:56 PM):
That seems like a logical way of doing it! Who would you say your biggest influences are?

Nathan says (6:57 PM):
well for starters, Justin; ie Raptorface, is the person who really got me started making this kind of music. But other artists like Disasterpeace and Alex Mauer make music that i really admire.

Tom says (6:59 PM):
I have often wondered who it was out of you two that 'found' it first. They are some solid inspiration. I also understand that Disasterpeace is a fan of your music. Is it true that he asked you to release some material through his iiMusic label? Just a rumour I heard...

Nathan says (7:01 PM):
hahaha. Well I Don't think hes a "fan" by any measure, he did approach me and suggest that i send a demo in to iiMusic for it to be released on that label. we are also doing a collab of sorts at the moment which is coming along nicely. i plan to release on ii, but it really depends on whether or not i can bring my tracks to the high standard required.

Tom says (7:02 PM):
Wow! A collab, dude, that is pretty big news. Anything more you can spill on that?

Nathan says (7:06 PM):
not really, its just a song atm, and it will probably be release under "Disastertron", his generic "collab artist name".

Tom says (7:09 PM):
Well, I look forward to hearing that. How can people find out more about you and your music? Do you have any links you can share?

Nathan says (7:11 PM):
Well I've basically only got a myspace and an 8bc profile. I have a but it seems to have already been claimed by someone.

Tom says (7:13 PM):
Well thanks Nathan, I look forward to hearing more from you.

Nathan says (7:13 PM):
No problem man. Thank you

Raptorface: Orbital

Well! Another bangin' chip release from an Australian. Raptorface, one of Melbourne's twin teen producers has put together (from what I can tell) his first 'release' and seriously, it is killer. That is all the review you are going to get, just download this six track epic!

1. Orbital
2. Cerberus
3. Cherry Blossom
4. Perfect Blue
5. Heartless
6. Scarlet

Click here to download.

To download some of his older material click here.

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