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.

Friday, December 24, 2010

[Bris, Aus] January 19th, SUPER POCKET MUSIC!



A super sized Pocket Music event featuring Brisbane's finest underground electronic acts! We are moving on and up larger venue full size bands and PA, hopefully with many more to come!!
poster by Tom Ward

Featuring live performances from:
Hunz (7bit Hero Full Band)
Dot.AY
Potato Master
Mahal Kita

Also including DJ's:
Science Project Soundsystem
VGX
DJ Lame
This Too Shall Pass

No tickets or cover charge required to party!
Facebook event

http://pocketmusic.tumblr.com/
http://gameboyaustralia.com/

Saturday, December 18, 2010

little-scale: I Am Still Breathing (2010) Out Now On Pause!



little-scale returns to Pause with an introspective release, making use of both the YM2612 FM chip and the SN76489 PSG. “Seb” weaves intricate textures and restful melodies with the luscious warmth of the SEGA Nomad.

Listen here: http://www.iimusic.net/catalog/2010/12/little-scale-i-am-still-breathing

Friday, December 10, 2010

Pocket Music 10!!







































First Pocket Music of 2011 and it is a big one with Texan Sievert having his first ever show in Australia and being joined by the one and only Ten Thousand Free Men with support from AndyExpandy and Dot.AY.
Chipmusic Event
Pocket Music

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Pocket Music Press

Here are some press Clippings from Rave Magazine and MX yesterday promoting tomorrows Pocket Music event!

Also tune in to 4zzzFM from 6-7pm tonight to hear an interview with Freezedream!


Saturday, November 13, 2010

Pocket Music 9!!


Freezedreams Megadrive Cart Album has been out for a while and I thought it was time that a big deal was made about it... because it is an amazing achievement and a fantastic album with all the tech details aside

Pocket Music is celebrating this milestone in Australian chipmusic by playing back the entire album from the console at the Mana Bar on Thursday the 2nd of December followed by live performances by Dot.AY, VGX and DJ Lame.

A few Cartridges will be available for purchase on the night

Facebook Event
Chipmusic Page
Pocket Music

Friday, November 12, 2010

Derris-Kharlan in the USA!

Thought it was worth mentioning here that our very own Dazzlerod-Karrington is playing in Chicago later in November. GBA wishes you luck Nathan! The United States of Merka won't know what hit them.

Full Details Here

Thursday, November 4, 2010

New Minikomi on Metrodub

OK so it is a stretch posting this here but the tracks are incredibly good and I am holding on to the fact that Minikomi is Australian!

Two woobly bubbly dubby tracks available now called
Roller Derbin' and Dollar Turnin'

Metrodub

Ultracade Brisbane - DJ Tr!p


DJ Tr!p from Adelaide sits somewhere on the fringe of the Australian Chip scene but is well known and busy in other circles. He does make original Chipmusic as well as DJing videogame soundtracks and remixes.

He runs an event every 3 months in Adelaide called Ultracade and is bringing that event to Brisbane on Thursday the 25th of November. Tickets are $15 and there will be Games to play a Cos-Play comp and DJ Tr!p spinning tunes all night...

Full Details here

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

little-scale and friends, November 1, 2010



We probably should have posted this poster before the show...


I hope the fact that there is a recording offers some sort of consolation.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

[AUS TOUR] TEN THOUSAND FREE MEN & THEIR FAMILIES FT. SIEVERT

10k is doing a 'heaps wicked tour'. Head down to as many shows as you possibly can. It will be AWESOME.

DEC 15 @ THE SANDO, NSW FEATURING:
Moranis
Godinpants
Derris-Kharlan
Toy Death

DEC 17 @ NEVERWHERE, VIC FEATURING:
cTrix
Derris-Kharlan
Raptorface
and possible special demoscene guest Anakirob!

DEC 18 @ THE EXETER, SA FEATURING:
The Venice Whalers

JAN 6 @ MANA BAR, QLD FEATURING:
Sievert
+more!

JAN 15 @ DIRTY SHIRLOWS, NSW FEATURING:
Sievert
Abortifacient
+more!

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Attend this event on facebook.
For a full list of upcoming 10k gigs check this giglist.

Get 10k updates/listen to tha music:
http://10kfreemen.com
http://twitter.com/10kfreemen
http://myspace.com/10kfreemen

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Blip Showcase photos in The Brag

Sydney street press The Brag posted some photos of the Blip/8bitpeoples Showcase in their fine street publication.

Here you go:

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Bit Shifter and Nullsleep on Zed Games

4ZZZ FM show Zed Games proves that it is a solid supporter of Chipmusic by devoting this weeks show to Bit Shifter and Nullsleep! The guys will be in talking chip and playing some songs in preparation for tomorrows Pocket Music event at the Mana Bar.

Show is on from 6-7pm (GMT +10) and you can stream it here

Bit Shifter (NYC) features in Australia's RAVE Magazine



Read it all here!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Electrofringe Wrap Up

Electrofringe and This Is Not Art has come to an end again this year, we had newcomers join the Australian chip fold after our workshops and a bunch of others got to witness one of the biggest highlights in Australian Chipmusic ever!!
The 8bitpeoples crew got to see the scene in full effect and all the performances were really high quality. Also seeing presentations and discussions about the future of chipmusic were really inspiring. Thanks need to go to Dan and Estee from Electrofringe for the most support we have seen given to this scene yet!

Blog Review


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

10k and Dot.AY on mess+noise



Read it all on mess+noise!

Download little-scale and Poppi Doser: Antia (2010) for Free!

Poppi and I really hope that you enjoy this one. It's a release of mine that I've been particularly happy with, and I think that Poppi brings something really special to the collaboration. Thanks for your patience!



"A recent project saw little-scale collaborate with electronic music composer and researcher Poppi Doser. Antia - the resultant eight track EP - is best described as ambient and smooth sonic landscapes, interrupted by harsh and rhythmically complex lo-fi beats.

A work of contradiction, Antia manages to create a convincing merger of various stylistic elements. Poppi provides field recordings, plays piano and sings, and little-scale is on the SEGA Mega Drive and Atari 2600."




Download here: http://milkcrate.com.au/antia/little-scale_and_poppi_doser-antia_(2010).zip

Sunday, September 26, 2010

10k on 3RRR's To & Fro with Dave Slutzkin

I have a phone interview with Dave Slutzkin from 3RRR in Melbourne tonight (Sunday September 26) at 8:45 (GMT+10), a solid 15 minute before my (pre-recorded) interview with Brooke from FBi airs.

If you're interested in hearing it: http://www.rrr.org.au/programs/streaming/

Nullsleep, Mike Rosenthal (The Tank/Blipfest) and 10k on Sydney's FBi

How do you make a game boy sing?! Nullsleep, 10kfreemen & Mike Rosenthal spill the proverbial beans. Chip music special @fbiradio from 9pm (GMT+10) Sunday September 26.

To stream: http://www.fbiradio.com/content.php/753.html

Friday, September 24, 2010

Pocket Music 7!





The first Internationals to ever play pocket music and they just happen to be the legendary Bit Shifter and Nullsleep!

Poster Logo is by the incredible Simon Cottee

massive respect to Electrofringe for bringing these guys to the country..

Line Up
7pm Hunz (7bit Hero Set) http://7bithero.com
8pm Dot.AY http://dot-ay.com
9pm Bit Shifter http://bit.shifter.net
10pm Nullsleep http://nullsleep.com

Chipmusic Discussion

Manabar is small and this show is free entry doors open at 5pm so get there early.
http://www.manabar.com.au
http://pocketmusic.tumblr.com

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Dot.AY on The Band Next Door



Read it here.

Dot.AY RRR Interview now Online

Thanks to the wonderful Abrasive you can listen to the interview I did last night... went fairly well the guys asking the questions had never heard of Chip before which is always difficult but overall it went well.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Electrofringe: chip related gigs, workshops, pannels details

Thought I would put together this list to make this a bit easier for the chipcrew.

8bitpeoples/Blip Showcase (has been known as both)
Thus Sept 30, 6:30pm
More: http://www.electrofringe.net/2010/8bitpeoplesshowcase
Tix: http://electrofringe.iwannaticket.com.au/iwannasee/event-MTE3.dt

Game Boy Music Club workshop with Dot.AY and 10k
Friday Oct 1, 11am
More: http://www.electrofringe.net/2010/game-boy-music-club

Henry Homesweet + Girls Wear Pink artist presentation
Sat Oct 2, 11am
More: http://www.electrofringe.net/2010/henry-homesweet

Reformat The Planet Screening
Sat Oct 2, 2:30pm
More: http://www.electrofringe.net/2010/reformat-the-planet

Running the Blip Festival for Fun and Profit
Sat Oct 2, 4:30pm
More: http://www.electrofringe.net/2010/running-the-blip-festival

8bitpeoples project presentation
Sun Oct 3, 1.30pm
More: http://www.electrofringe.net/2010/8bitpeoples

Mike Rosenthal Talk The Tank
Sun Oct 3, 11.30am
More: http://www.electrofringe.net/2010/the-tank

For the rest of the Electrofringe program: http://www.electrofringe.net/2010/program

"Festies" meme reaches Sydney street press


Monday, September 20, 2010

Dot.AY Interview on RRR radio

For the Electrofringe promotional Bandwagon I will be doing an interview with "Byte into It" on RRR radio Wednesday 22nd between 7-8pm (AEST) you can stream the show here.

Not long now and Bit Shifter, Nullsleep and Henry Homesweet will grace our shores for the first time... GET EXCITED!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Freezedream Releases "Today", Mega-Drive Cart Album

(As Posted on chipmusic.org)
The long-awaited IDM chipmusic-on-chip album 'Today' is released as a physical 16-bit cartridge for the Sega Megadrive/Genesis video game console. The sound is generated at playtime by the Yamaha YM2612 FM synthesizer chip that is built into the console.

The concept is to do away with the conventional audio recording which is the standard format for practically all music now released.

Breathing new life into this obsolete Sega console in 2010, 'Today' aims to reinvigorate interest in old hardware and the idea of listening to music where the sound is generated each time you listen.

The cartridge is available for purchase via this link. You'll need to select the correct option for postage from the drop down box according to your locality. European postage should be the same as the UK. Anyone who has already sent a pre-order or even expressed interest will get first preference.

I'm assembling these by hand so there may sometimes be delays but I will keep everyone well informed.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

[ADL, AUS] 26 - 28/09 Lyndon Gray's "The Burrow" with little-scale



Playing a few live shows with a four piece jazz ensemble in late September, performing a few pieces written by Lyndon Gray. I'll be playing laptop, game boy, dot matrix printer and maybe some sega master system. Also on stage will be two double bassists, a guitarist and a drummer.

When: September 26 - 28, 7.30 +
Where: The Promethean (http://www.theprom.com.au/)
Cost: $15 / $10 (from http://www.venuetix.com.au/ or at the door)

"This new project will incorporate a quartet "The Burrow" (notable for the use of two double basses) and also an electronic artist.
The material will be all original and specifically written for the ensemble. The music is long form and suite-like (two pieces to accommodate two sets) comprised of approximately half improvised music and half through composed, the electronic element working in a "soundscape" as well as a rhythmic role.

This project will also incorporate a "sound designer". Borrowing a concept from the theatre world utilising the sound engineer as the sixth creative element. Given the unusual nature of the line up the "sound designer" will control and direct the overall production of the series and contribute ideas on setting up the space and other aspects of the sonic product."

Lyndon Gray, Sam Zerner – bass, Hugh Stuckey – guitar, Hugh Harvey – drums, Seb Tomczak - electronic artist

via chipmusic.org.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Poppi Doser and little-scale on Radio Adelaide

Earlier today, Seb posted this on chipmusic.org:

Poppi and I will be interviewed this Thursday sometime from 10am - 12 noon live on air at Radio Adelaide. Antia in it's entirety will also be played. Tune in to 101.5 FM if you're in metropolitan Adelaide. If not, listen live on the stream: http://radio.adelaide.edu.au/listenonline/


Friday, September 10, 2010

Valley Fiesta Pocket Music - ZedGames Episode

The peeps over at ZedGames on 4ZzZ played some tunes from artists playing tomorrow's Pocket Music.

Wanna have a listen?

More from ZedGames here.

little-scale Live At Blip Festival Photos

Some pictures from my set last night including a few tracks with the wonderful Coova on Game Boy, featuring the amazing No Carrier on visuals. More photos here - all of which are by Lauren Tomczak (many thanks!). I hope that people had a good time.





Thursday, September 9, 2010

CNB004 - JDDJ3J “Cheese EP” / Cream in all Moustache “Beer EP” Split CD





























Melbourne's Amiga wizard cTrix has been causing quite a stir in the chip music community as of late, and you'll definitely want to hear his remixes off this fantastic split EP from Cheese'N'Beer. Featuring tracks from JJDJ3J and Cream in all Moustache and remixes from Henry Homesweet, Faites Leur La Danse and Zombectro.

You will want to get this.

Link


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

little-scale @ Blip Tokyo!



Seb played a kickarse set for Blip Tokyo. I am sure videos will emerge soon.

Dot.AY also appeared at an official afterparty. Photos can be found here.

little-scale and Poppy Doser: Antia

While sometimes it is hard to keep up with little-scale, Antia really, really should have been mentioned here. It is an amazing release. If the CDs restock, you will find them here on the 8bitpeoples store.

Freezedream cart preview



This should have been posted long ago. More info here.

Valley Fiesta Pocket Music - 11th of Sept at the Manabar Promo Video!



More on this in our previous post about Pocket Music.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Videos from DEATH RAVE











More on Electrofringe

"Mike Rosenthal, the operator of New York City's The Tank, is set to share his insight on what it is like to run an art space inches from Times Square."

"Electrofringe will also be hosting a Blip showcase on the Thursday. Artists include Nullsleep (USA), Bit Shifter (USA) and Henry Homesweet (UK), with many other local acts also on the bill."

(via The Music Network)

Soundbytes 6 : Superstars ft. Nullsleep & Bit Shifter



It's been a while between shows, but for those of you who have been waiting and wondering about the return of Melbourne's only regular chip night, not only is the wait over but we have an extra special lineup to thank you for your patience.
Soundbytes 6 is subtitled "SuperStars" for a reason, as we have 2 of the biggest names in the international chip scene coming to play just one Melbourne show, and they're playing it for us! If... you've seen "Reformat the Planet", if you have heard of Blipfest, you don't want to miss this show, as our headliners are none other than Bit Shifter and Nullsleep.
Supporting them are the cream of the local crop with

10K Free Men and Their Families,
cTrix,
Derris-Kharlan &
little-scale

playing this huge show.

Tickets are $10 Presale (plus a 30c booking fee) through http://www.trybooking.com/5104 or $12 on the door.

As you can see from the poster above - event will take place at La di da in little Bourke St, Melbourne and doors open at 7pm for an 8pm start! Feel free to say you're coming on our facebook event wall too (search "Soundbytes 6: Superstars")

If you have ever wanted to see some world class chip musicians in your own back yard, this is the time to do it.

(via dpadproductions)

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