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.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
UK Chip dub artist Tapes from legendary label Jahtari .. Has been in Australia for the last month and actually played a show in Brisbane that I didn't know about until it had already happened
SO I am letting the whole Melbourne crew get a good amount of time to know to check this guy out
15th Jan full details here
Thursday, December 24, 2009
The first gig is M-.-n all the way from Belgium in Brisbane with Dot.AY and AndyExpandy. Sure to be a night of Lo-Bit dance mayhem, currently organising decorations to pixelate and diststort the whole of Clubhouse (empire corner bar) on Thursday 14th of January
Monday, December 21, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
The following is an excerpt of the Open Mic report from the Blip Blog
High points were Paris/Nocarrier’s dancehall groove, 10,000 Free Men’s frenzied performance of “Bitchwhipped”, Note!’s synced DMG’s and Fenris’s wierd glitchy PSP tune. A special mention should go out to Ctrix’s absolutely epic house track which was probably by far the most well received tune of the evening. Pray this dude releases it and plays live more as soon as possible.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
3:00pm - 3:40pm - Toehider
5:00pm - 5:40pm - super FLORENCE jam
8:00pm - 8:40pm - BEHIND CRIMSON EYES
9:00pm - 10:00pm - Rook
10:20pm - 11:00pm - Pirate
3:40pm - 4:10pm - Maddest Kings Alive
4:40pm - 5:10pm - Derris-Kharlan
5:40pm - 6:10pm - Emergency! Emergency! (Sydney)
6:40pm - 7:10pm - cTrix
7:40pm - 8:40pm - Celsius [DJ set]
"On Sunday the 15th of November I went down to the RRR studios in Melbourne to play some chip music on the radio.
Here is the set :
GET IT HERE!
Thanks Lazerbeat for the hosting."
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
The first Australian to play Blip Fest is of course the ever astounding talent machine of the Australian Chip scene Little-Scale!!
He joins Leeni, Disasterpeace, i Cactus, Bit Shifter and many more
And Remember you can see the Aussie Chip Superstar before he takes on the Big Apple at Sound Bytes 5
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Listen to it and the interview in context of the show if you missed it.. starts at about the 2hour mark.. HERE
and remember if you can try and make it to Soundbytes 5 in Melbourne you won't regret it.. Australia's biggest Chip show ... or just support Australian Chip Music by donating and getting awesome Merch ... HERE
Thanks all for the support
Friday, September 18, 2009
You can stream the show after sunday from the above website and I will put the set up for download after that
the playlist for the set is as follows
0:00-2:14 Little-Scale - The Merchant (adelaide) NES and Sega Master System
2:14-4:05 Maddest Kings Alive - Enﬁeld Tennis Academy (melbourne) VST's
4:05-5:47 Ten Thousand Free Men - Creating Space (sydney) Game Boy
5:47-7:18 Minikomi - Skip for Fun (japan via adelaide) Game Boy
7:18-8:42 Celsius and Cid - Vector Fire (melbourne) Game Boy
8:42-10:02 AndyExpandy - Pancakes (brisbane) Game Boy
10:02-10:43 cTrix - Power Crunch (melbourne) NES
10:43-12:34 Dot.AY - Poqo (brisbane) Game Boy
12:34-13:43 Derris-Kharlan - Theme for a Jump Goat (melbourne) VST's
13:43-15:00 CAG - Convicted Child Sex Offender (sydney) Game Boy
Friday, September 11, 2009
as well as Dr Dollar Dollar (10k) and Celsius DJing
This time is different set to be one of the best yet with your help... The idea is kind of like pre-sale tickets with bonuses... click the below kickstarter link for a full explanation
Also Facebook Event
Spread the word and thanks for the Support!!
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
"Turning up to the recent SoundBytes 4 chiptune gig in a red-and-black-checked flanny, 14-year-old Darcy–who hails from a little country town called Deniliquin, in rural New South Wales–seems as far removed as one could get from the blips and bleeps of the urban gamestars. But stepping up to the desk, this kid rocked his GameBoy hard, producing some really solid loops, beats and tracks."
Read the rest here.
Ducktails (US), Pumice (NZ), Rosy Parlane (NZ), Qua (Vic), Free Choice Duo (Vic), Jim Cuomo [Played Sound Bytes and featured in Good Game with the crew], Aoi [Alex and I played with him on the GBA tour] (Vic), Jon Hunter and Monika Brooks, Phil Stearns,
Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle
Sat Oct 3: Dpad Australia
Facilitator: Andrew Tuttle (Peer Pressure/ Anonymeye)
Artists: Alex Yabsley (Dot.AY), Tom Gilmore (10k Free Men)
A showcase of the Australian Chipmusic scene featuring performances by Dot.AY and 10k Free Men using Game Boys, Nintendo DS, Guitar Hero Controller and DDR Dance Mat.4pm – 6pm: Panel
Sat Oct 3: Saturday Night TINA Gig
Vivian Girls (US), DJ Ripley (US), ILIOS (Greece), Wog, Bum Creek (Vic), Crab Smasher, 10k Freemen, The Abyss, Toecutter [is just amazing]
Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle
Sun Oct 4th: Fitness Worst
Featuring: Brutal Hate Mosh, Dot.AY, Gabberobix, Gooey On The Inside, Spatula City
Fitness Worst promises to be the hair of the dog of physical exertion. A little bit wrong, but you’ll feel better for it. Encompassing everything from DDR Dance Mats to Gabberobix, you’d better be ready!12 Midday – 2pm: Panel
Sun Oct 4th: Know Your Gadgets
Facilitator: Andrew Tuttle (Peer Pressure, Anonymeye)
Panelists: Alex Yabsley (Dot.AY), Cornel Wilczek (Qua), Tim Shiel (Faux Pas)
Know Your Gadgets explores the endless possibilities of all that blips and bobs, with interactive demonstrations of innovative approaches to producing, composing and performing electronic music. Getting your nerd on has never looked and sounded so damn cool.3.30pm – 4.30pm: Presentation
Taken from the Sound Summit website with interjections by TomK.
For full program:
Discuss this event here:
Monday, July 27, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Finally this show is available in its entirety for your listening pleasure (please note some of the information is old and very possibly incorrect)
Remember a lot of the artists played will be playing at Sound Bytes tomorrow night so come to Melbourne already...
direct mp3 links (right click "save link as")
Part 1 49min 36sec
Part 2 58min 21sec
Quarta330 - Ahirskew
Derris-Kharlan - Exigence
Little-Scale - Come Back to Me
IAYD - Between Multiverses
HelloStereo - Hokkaido Noon '09
Bubblyfish - Half Moon Lake
Nordloef - I Know
Maddest Kings Alive - Cagey Negotiators
cTrix - Wednesday Chip
minikomi - Skip for Love
godinpants - liphe
Starscream - Gravity in terms of Spacetime
Goto80 - Love Crime (qwertypack remix)
Saitone - Overlapping Spiral
Trash Can Man - One Wave Tsunami
Bit the Medusa - Dimbo Dimbo Lets Go!
Cag - Set Nathan on Fire
*Qwerty Pack - Pimp My Grime --- (K808 Fail wrong track) -----
Ten Thousand Free Men - Duty (now available for download from 8bc)
Meneo - Papi
Monday, June 29, 2009
It's 10k here, with the fabulous task of gathering some samples of the music you can expect to hear at Sound Bytes 4. I have heard and seen all but one of these artists before, and I am very, very excited to say the least. This is in the order on the poster (exceptions: I cannot find an 8bit Talkshow Boy recording and Able Archer is playing but not on the poster). Just click the links, which are the song names, if it wasn't obvious.
Seb is amazing. Pick a console and he has made music with it.
Maddest Kings Alive
Fenris is half of Perth's Chrism & Fenris, go figure. He weaves beautifully rich and dynamic songs on anything from a GBA to a C64. Glitchy and brutal in a way that you would not expect.
Music sample: Luna
Music sample: My Heart Will Goon (Titanic Go On!)
Monday, June 22, 2009
The Low-Bit Gamelan Compilation – a release of five original tracks with a strong influence from the beautiful music of Indonesian gamelan! Thanks to all who submitted tracks - I'm very happy with this compilation.
01. Derris-Kharlan: Sarin
02. little-scale: Monsoon
03. Baron Knoxbury: Pilo Hau Gamelan
04. Red Robin: Pemanasair
05. The Listrix: Rock the Gamelan
Download this compilation here!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
For the creatures of the night who love dark, grinding noisy noise you wont be disappointed.
Retrotech soldiers such as DOT.Ay, 10k Freemen & Their Families and Celsius will be fronting the assault. $10 will get you unlimited plays.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
From 8-10pm AEST tonight I will be playing a whole bunch of my favourite Chip Music tracks on 4ZzZFM. If your in the Brisbane area you can as always tune into 102.1FM everyone else can listen to the live stream here
As always I will promise it will be podcasted and then it won't be and you'll miss out so just listen to it live or whatever...
Friday, June 12, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Apparently the next artist up is Japanese guy Shex... definitely something to look out for
Also while your there have some fun on the Metrodub site rearranging the letters like I have :D
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
The Australian Chipmusic Directory (http://aussiechip.milkcrate.com.au/) has received an update. The major part of the update is that there are now options for contributing information - such as artists, releases and compilation tracks - making it easier than ever to add something.
So do your part, and contribute!
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
I am of course referring to the following
The popular ABC2 video game TV show Good Game will have a segment exploring the Australian Chipmusic scene, first screening at 8:30pm (AEST), Monday April 6 on ABC2 and 11:50pm, Friday April 10 on ABC1. It is also available as an online stream and as a direct download (WMV and MP4).
This includes music and interviews from 10k Free Men, Little-Scale and Dot.AY. As well as footage from the most recent Sound Bytes event in Melbourne with a special interview section with Jim Cuomo.
I feel it was a great segment the only criticism I have heard is that for newcomers and people who have never heard of it before it is never actually explained what we do or how we do it. This I believe is a minor flaw compared to the regular Chip media cock-ups, because it was left up to the musicians to discuss it with no outside interviewer comments it refrained from using language that regularly annoys us (mariorave, donkeykongdisco, hacked gameboy, soldering iron on stage). The fact that a lot is left unexplained just means that people that become interested are going to go looking for answers. I have already received a number of emails, comments and questions. Leave you with some other discussions on the show....
Good Game Forums (lolcomment by sci_fi_chicky: "Ciptune: WTF?? are you serious? what a GEEKFEST!! where did you find these people?! i'd need a chastity belt if i went to one of those parties lol")
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Allowing remote contributions to the competitions will continue to be a feature at future Beach Party events, so if you're interstate or overseas with few local parties or you just have an experiment you wish to unleash on a bunch of willing sceners, keep us in mind!
For those of you unfamiliar with the rules of Beach Party, we had a bonus system in place. The bonus system was so that the barrier to entering a compo is quite low (ie. videos or flash demos in the demo compo), but also so that traditional demoscene and oldschool productions are encouraged and rewarded."
Results can be found here! (I can second in the Chiptune comp mofrockers!)
Monday, March 30, 2009
To celebrate head over to this page to download sets from 10k, Derris-Kharlan, Maddest Kings Alive and Jim Cuomo from the most recent Sound Bytes party. Astro was there too (proof).
I also played a gig on Saturday and made some awesome contacts, so have more shows and a VJ lined up in the near future. So lets hear it for the one year old Game Boy Australia and hopefully this second year I will finally release something worth listening too.
Monday, March 23, 2009
The latest version of the script (works with LSDJ 3.9.9) can be found at
- 24-tone equal temperament
- 12-tone ET, manually
- Wendy Carlos' alpha scale
- Pythagorean 13-tone
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Concert : 303 Northcote 25 March Wed 9 p.m. $10
Jim Cuomo started using computers when the operators had white coats and the
computer took up several floors. After composing a variety of different music - jazz, classical, musical, military ... he was asked to write music for video games in the 1980's . The result was a long list of popular games :
and "Are you still alive?" and then "Would you be interested in performing with your
classic game music?" Yes to all three.
He uses the Amiga (1985) the Oric (1983), the Canon X-07 (1982) and the IBM 7090 (1967!?!).
This concert at the 303 in Northcote is his first in Australia - after thousands elsewhere.
He will perform music from several of his ten albums-on sax, digihorn, zaphoon, and clarinet.
The music is from his games but also from groups he has created over the years -
Spoils of War , Mormos , Duoglide , Ejazz, and SignificantBits.
His saxophone has been featured with Marianne Faithfull, Yves Montand, (new Australian) Leo Sayerand many many more.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
This is set to be something quite special as we have confirmed Jim Cuomo from U, S and A. Along
side Jim will be SoundBytes veteran 10k as well as Maddest Kings Alive, Derris-Kharlan, Astro
Zombies as well as the Slurry Beats Collective throwing down DJ sets between live acts.
There will also be an ABC film crew who will be reviewing artists and taking footage for a chiptune
segment on ABC2's popular all things gaming show "Good Game".
Peep the flyer below and see you all there!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
In other news he'll also be playing SoundBytes Round 3 in Melbourne on the 27th of March...
We'll keep you posted with more details and a flyer once it's done.
In the mean time make sure you get down to the Abercrombie Hotel tonight to peep the man himself.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Beachparty 2009 is a demoscene get together on the beach featuring demos and competitions for music, graphics and coding.
Everyone is invited to enter the competitions, however it should probably mentioned that the rules push the focus towards older/classic home computers and the sounds and sights that can be produced on them.
Anyone with an interest in computers/consoles new or old is welcome. We are not elite and this is open to all!
Beachparty 2009 will be held over 2 days this year.
* Sat 28th MAR, Day 1: A hang out day with bbq. Bring an entry and receive a sausage and a beer!
* Sun 29th MAR, Day 2: Competitions will be held, voting, winners and prizes.
Remote entries are allowed, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All remote entries MUST be received the day before beachparty 2009 (27/3/09). Otherwise, you'll have to be there in person on the first day - this is the best way because you'll get a snag and a beer!
Monday, March 9, 2009
"This time "Godinpants" brings us an improvised nanoloop breakcoresque poodle swooning set, not to mention it was controlled and triggered using a bent toy guitar. We begin by debating the pluses and minuses of an ass-beard. Robot is a bit on the angry side because of a close encounter with a goat. . .err sheep actually, and we end the episode with some fake gabba, so have a listen and respect yer goat. . ."
Get it here: http://milkcrate.com.au/silreq/8bcopenmic/8bc_open_mic_Episode_2.mp3
More info: http://8bitcollective.com/forums/viewtopic.php?id=10012
Thursday, March 5, 2009
The Australian Chipmusic compilation Vol II
The second volume of the Australian chip music compo has been released.
This time around there were a total of 16 tracks that made it onto the list.
It can be downloaded here
Big Thanks to Astro Zombies and little-scale who were both instrumental in the organisation and execution of this release.
So get on it and enjoy!
Original back cover image by the Flickr user tico24 available here:
Original back cover image available under a creative commons
attribution 2.0 generic license:
The artists reserve all rights in regards to any audio content published in this release.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
It will be from 8-10pm (AEST) on the Forcefed Fistfuls show. Previous guests have included
Buraka Som Sistema (Enchufada)
The Bug, and Warrior Queen (Ninja Tune)
Peanut Butter Wolf (Stones Throw Records CEO)
so I am really pumped to play on a show mostly dedicated to Dubstep, Grime and BASS...but for this week the whole show is going Chip and Game inspired, I will take requests to play any of my songs or any Chip song you think should be played via the comments.
You will be able to Download the show after it has happened from the above link
- New SP0256-AL2 Sample Pack (also check out the other sample packs and LSDJ kits)
- New Release: green, blue and purple (sequel to the amazing red, yellow and orange)
- New Live Set: Little Scale with Chris Soole at Adelaide Fringe Festival (crazy good blending of improvised Chip-tech with Avant-Saxophonist)
Thursday, February 5, 2009
South Australia, it's time to take your dose of excellent interstate Game Boy music!
Friday, January 23, 2009
I am not sure if Alex even knew this went up and if he did, he sure didn't mention i to me! So I'll just leave this here.
Dot.AY is a Brisbane Electro act who plays Gameboys. Leopard Lady loves Tetris on the Gameboy and is mighty good at it too, but Dot.AY, aka Alex Yabsley, is playing more than just the Nintendo games on his Gameboys. He creates tracks, live, using the music on the Gameboys.
This is a whole movement called Chiptune, that has been going strong and growing worldwide. Not massive in Australia (yet) but there is a 4 Day Festival dedicated to this retro electro music and art genre, called Blip Festival which takes place at The Bell House in New York, December 4 - 7. It is predicted that this artform is about to become a known known on a global scale and Leopard Lady is excited that she brings a little awareness through this here V Blog by sharing her experience of seeing Dot.AY live at The Press Club in Brisbane...
Read the rest here.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Maddest Kings Alive are playing in Melbourne on Tuesday the 13th of Jan '09
TV Announcer 1: One night only!
TV Announcer 2: One night only!
TV Announcer 3: One night only at the Birmingham Hotel
TV Announcer 1: If you miss this, you better be dead or in jail.
TV Announcer 2: And if you're in jail, break out!
TV Announcer 3: Be there!
"The rather long in the making Dead-Before-Death Gang tape is to be launched! With the excellent Pets with Pets and sublime Maddest Kings Alive. Shit will be torn up.
at the Birmingham Hotel
cnr smith and johnston st, fitzroy
8:30-9:10 - mka
9:40-10:20 - pets
10:30-11:00 - dbdg"
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