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Whip It (Devo cover)

Minusbaby • Crack That Chip! Devo Tribute

Minusbaby covers Devo’s “Whip it,” one of 18 tracks from 8-Bit Operators’ Crack That Chip! Devo Tribute release.

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Reveal trailer for Bit.Trip Fate, an upcoming WiiWare shoot’em up (on-rails?) starring CommanderVideo.

Bullet point features from the new official site:

  • The Nunchuk controls CommanderVideo and the Wii Remote’s pointer fires anywhere on screen!
  • Collect power-ups to call on CommanderVideo’s friends for powerful shot upgrades!
  • A chiptune-inspired dubstep soundtrack helps bring the action to a whole new level!
  • Video game worlds collide with appearances from Super Meat Boy and Mr. Robotube!
  • Chipmusic artist Minusbaby helps set the tone with a special guest appearance!

Once again, Gaijin Games came up with a project that’s almost nothing like any other games out there!

Buy: Nintendo Points Cards

See also: More Bit.Trip games

A Few Years Later [Balún End of Summer Reinterpretation] - minusbaby

A Few Years Later [Balún End of Summer Reinterpretation]

minusbaby • Left Remixes, Pt. 2

"A Few Years Later (End of Summer Reinterpretation)" by Balun. Give the song a minute to build up — it’s sublime.

You can download this song and several other variations of it — Minusbaby produced the original “A Few Years Later” — at the Free Music Archive.

Hear also: Several more Balun songs

Crucial chiptune links, videos

I have a long list of chip music clips and links to get through — there’s some gems in here, so read up!:

  • The badass Nullsleep x Videograma shirt you see above is now for sale through 8bitpeoples.
  • Anamanaguchi set up an online shop so you can now buy the group’s CDs, shirts, etc. Speaking of the band, what’s the deal with them not performing at Blip Festival 2009 proper? Was Anamanaguchi not invited or did something else happen?
  • You can now buy a physical CD for Balun’s latest EP Memoria Textil (limited print run 100). I’ve listened to this all week, and it’s splendid, exceeding my high expectations. The group’s preparing a digital pay-what-you-want release for Bandcamp, too.

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Official Blip Festival 2009 Winamp skin (.wsz download link). Do people still use Winamp? I hope so; it’s a great, uncomplicated program (provided you keep it trimmed down to just the essential components) for playing music. I’d still use it if I hadn’t made this MacBook my primary computer box last year.
Little known fact: before I brought my writing talents to the illustrious and high-paid profession of games journalism, I produced articles for the Nullsoft/Winamp team in a semi-official role, highlighting update releases, niche albums, custom skins, and other junk relevant to the community. It was a lot like what we do here!
Anyway, though we’ve been remiss with covering the upcoming chiptune festival, Blip Fest 2009 is less than two weeks away! If you can manage it, make sure you get your ass to NYC for the three-day event starting December 17th to hear and see some of the micromusic acts we rave about here all the time — Minusbaby, Leeni, Enso, No Carrier, Nullsleep, The J. Arthur Keenes Band, any many others.
See also: Blip Festival 2008 CDs

Official Blip Festival 2009 Winamp skin (.wsz download link). Do people still use Winamp? I hope so; it’s a great, uncomplicated program (provided you keep it trimmed down to just the essential components) for playing music. I’d still use it if I hadn’t made this MacBook my primary computer box last year.

Little known fact: before I brought my writing talents to the illustrious and high-paid profession of games journalism, I produced articles for the Nullsoft/Winamp team in a semi-official role, highlighting update releases, niche albums, custom skins, and other junk relevant to the community. It was a lot like what we do here!

Anyway, though we’ve been remiss with covering the upcoming chiptune festival, Blip Fest 2009 is less than two weeks away! If you can manage it, make sure you get your ass to NYC for the three-day event starting December 17th to hear and see some of the micromusic acts we rave about here all the time — Minusbaby, Leeni, Enso, No Carrier, Nullsleep, The J. Arthur Keenes Band, any many others.

See also: Blip Festival 2008 CDs

Flyer for the Data Beez tour, bringing a group of NY chiptune artists to the West Coast for a series of performances. If you’re in LA, San Francisco, Portland, or Seattle this month, you had better go to this thing. I’d go and I’m terrified of being in any place that isn’t my house or Target.
On November 7, before the LA show begins, Attract Mode and the artists will present a chip music workshop at the Japanese American National Museum. Rad opportunity to learn more about whatever it is these people do to make sounds come out of hardware!
Chiptune concerts other than Blip Festival are so rare that, if you have the opportunity, you should really check it out! I’d be really sad if I had missed Datapop this year in Austin.
[Via Eric]

Flyer for the Data Beez tour, bringing a group of NY chiptune artists to the West Coast for a series of performances. If you’re in LA, San Francisco, Portland, or Seattle this month, you had better go to this thing. I’d go and I’m terrified of being in any place that isn’t my house or Target.

On November 7, before the LA show begins, Attract Mode and the artists will present a chip music workshop at the Japanese American National Museum. Rad opportunity to learn more about whatever it is these people do to make sounds come out of hardware!

Chiptune concerts other than Blip Festival are so rare that, if you have the opportunity, you should really check it out! I’d be really sad if I had missed Datapop this year in Austin.

[Via Eric]

Beautiful NES ROM flyer for Pulsewave’s May 2009 show, featuring music by Animal Style, graphics by Alex “Enso” Bond, and code by Don “No Carrier” Miller.

"Stravinsky, Nijinsky, Roerich and Diaghilev captured it in 1913. Martha Reeves and the Vandellas picked it up again in 1964.

It’s the feeling of Spring and the urge to dance in the streets.

With the change of seasons comes an unbuttoning of shirts, a raising of skirts, a lowering of inhibitions and the urge to cut loose as the grass grows under tapping toes.

This months Pulsewave is here to help.”

Chiptune artists Minusbaby, Lutin, and Adam/Stern are all slated to perform at the event this Saturday in New York City’s The Tank. VJs Paris, noteNdo, and JYK will provide the visual entertainment. As always, my jealousy over those of you attending is tremendous.

You can download the above flyer’s NES ROM, which includes a gallery mode for just viewing the images and listening to the music, at this link.

See also: More Pulsewave NES ROM flyers

[Via Enso]

"To My Head" by Minusbaby (Richard Caraballo).

Underneath that sexy sax and those sensual vocals, you’ll hear a C64 bassline and shaker. Not your typical chiptune!

This is the first thing I thought of when I read about Kind of Bloop, a project looking to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue by reinventing the entire album with an 8-bit sound.

The album already had several notable artists slated to contribute. Here’s a tentative track listing:

  1. "So What" - Ast0r
  2. "Freddie Freeloader" - Virt
  3. "Blue in Green" - Sergeeo
  4. "All Blues" - Shnabubula
  5. "Flamenco Sketches" - Disasterpeace

You can read more about the tribute and its donation system here (with details for acquiring a limited-edition CD).

[Via Offworld]

Video invitation for Pulsewave event at the Tank (NYC) this weekend. You should watch this clip even if you don’t plan to attend; it’s a great way to start the morning!

Minusbaby created the art, Alex Mauer provided the music, and No Carrier coded the production. You can download the NES ROM for the flyer, which supposely looks a lot better in an emulator, at this link.

See also: “São Roque (Bella/Boa)” by Minusbaby

[Via Balún!]

"São Roque (Bella/Boa)" from Minusbaby’s (Richard Alexander Caraballo) latest EP, Saudade for Beginners.

Quick album description:

"After a five-year hiatus, Minusbaby returns … with the hip-shaking Saudade for Beginners; five tunes written in São Paulo, Brazil and East Harlem, New York City.

Saudade for Beginners aims to express life after the experience of ‘saudade,’ a term often discussed pedantically by the academe, but best left to music and poetry as in bossa nova and samba – of which Minusbaby is a devoted connoisseur. Shake what your mãe gave you.”

If you like the song, you can download all five tracks for free, or even see Minusbaby live at Blip Festival 2008, which kicks off tonight in New York City.

Speaking of Blip Festival, it’s interesting to see that organizers for the event bought advertising space on 4chan. Weird!