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, May 14, 2011

cTrix Interviewed for Blip NYC



cTrix was interviewed in regard to his upcoming performance at NYC Blip Festival, with not long to go hype is running high.
read the full thing here.

And keep an eye on the countdown to the worlds biggest chip event here.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Rite Now 5" limited vinyl • Ten Thousand Free Men & Their Families



Dear friend,

I am here to let you know about my latest release, which features two songs you can already get on the internet (just not these superior versions). In this statement, I will tell you each and every reason why you should get your hands on a copy of my latest release, the Rite Now 5" vinyl single.

Following my two CD/free download EPs of early 2010, the birth of my own vinyl record label (Sounds Legit w/ Celsius) and a fantastic lathed vinyl release from my Sydney brother, godinpants, I was inspired to try something different for my next release. Vinyl.

I wasn't prepared to settle for any ordinary vinyl release. I wanted to do something special. What I came up with was a super limited clear 5" vinyl single (limited to 50 units). To top this off, I've got eight (or ate, get it?), hand crafted pizza-picture-discs. Each pizza-picture-disc is a one-off, hand drawn artwork by Erin Marshall-Turner (who provided the artwork for Another), set in clear vinyl. C'mon! That alone is worth buying!

If artwork set in vinyl, or a clear vinyl disc is not enough for you, there are also songs on this bad boy! Side A features Rite Now, recorded in Adelaide with Jess Porter and mastered by chipmusic king, cTrix in Melbourne. While Side B features a live recording (captured by Eggo) of the first ever 10k track I yelled over; Bitchwhipped, again mastered by cTrix. Then, each of these records was hand crafted in Brooklyn, NY, with a 1930s lathe just in time for blip fest. Mad props to Adamgetsawesome for picking them up for me and taking photos.

Want one yet? If you're coming to Blip, you'll have your chance.

Thanks,
10k

More pics and talk in this cm.o thread.

"Atari 2600 Tracking Solution" video from cTrix

In the spirit of Game Boy Australia becoming an Aussie Dev blog, we have the following video from cTrix.

Atari 2600 Tracking Solution from ctrix on Vimeo.

"The first beta version of Atari-x-mod which is an Atari 2600 asm translator. An optimizer is coming in the future, but for now this works enough so new comers can easily play with ideas. I still find it's easier to put the basic tune together and turn to the assembly code to tweak everything. It uses Paul Slocum's play routine although a slightly modified version to allow triplet times / shuffles is hopefully coming in the future."

Keep on top of this project by monitoring this cm.o thread. Word has it he is writing some dope tunes as well. Keep an ear out.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

OSX Support added for "Heaps Cart"

abrasive brings us another update in the dev of the heaps cart.

This time we're looking at full drag 'n' drop support under Mac OSX.



You can follow the progress on James' dev blog @ http://mafipulation.org/blagoblig/gameboy

Monday, May 9, 2011

little-scale's recent SEGA dev projects







3 New pieces of Sega Master System / Game Gear Software from little-scale.

TRG: Trigger Sample Playback

CWP: Custom Waveform Player

and a Prototype sample based sequencer

More info on all of this on his blog, under the chiptech tag.

abrasive's drag and drop, battery-less, USB Game Boy cart project update




Drag'n'Derp lives:

So, no update on this for a while; real life has been keeping me busy. Nonetheless, I have found some time recently to get another tranche of work done on the cart design, to the point of having a couple of working prototypes now in testing.

Features:
  • 24MBit (3MByte) flash ROM
  • 1MBit (128KByte) Ferroelectric RAM
    Instead of battery-backed SRAM, the cart uses F-RAM, which maintains its contents in the absence of power, and has a data retention span on the order of a hundred years.
  • USB mass storage emulation
    The cart appears similar to a thumb drive, allowing ROM and RAM contents to be copied via drag and drop. No drivers are required, and supports all USB-capable platforms.
Check abrasive's blog post for the full update.

Friday, May 6, 2011

10k Interviewed for Blip NYC



10k Free Men was interviewed in regard to his upcoming performance at NYC Blip Festival, with not long to go hype is running high (I leave in a week!!!!)
read the full thing here.

And keep an eye on the countdown to the worlds biggest chip event here.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

GBA Nominated for TCTD Award



Every year for the past few the one all encompassing chip blog True Chip Till Death has put together a series of awards to recognise excellence in various fields of Chipmusic. The nominations are in and Australia has a strong showing including a Nom for this blog!

AUSSIE NOMINATIONS:
Game Boy Australia (Defender of the Chip)
Anita - little-scale and poppi doser (Best Release)
Leaving Home – 10k (Best Song)
Sammich SID - Wilba (Best Hardware)
Today – Freezedream (Best Mixed Media Work)

(also considered claiming Metrodub's Best Label nom because it's headed up by Australian, Minikomi...)

find out more about the awards here and with 10k and I in attendance at the awards ceremony lets hope we bring home the gold!!!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Abortifacient - My name is Abortifacient EP



Abortifacient - My name is Abortifacient
Lowtoy Net Label / LWT05
FREE DOWNLOAD

Tracklist:

1. Nuthin' Sus'
2. Empty Suit
3. Pull Your Head In
4. Destruction
5. Necropanspermia

This absolutely golden EP has been released through Ralp's netlabel, Lowtoy. Dope release for a dope label. Download it, make a playlist and loop the shit out of it.

www.lowtoy.com

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