This video offers a 5-year retrospective look at the Blip Festival, an event that celebrates chiptune, music with live performances and workshops.
The soundtrack music of John Carpenter has received the 8-bit treatment in a new tribute album.
“I remember you featured us when we released our Dark Side of the Moon 8-bit tribute,” writes reader Joe. “Pterodactyl Squad is back with an 8-bit tribute to John Carpenter.”
It’s All In The Reflexes is a John Carpenter tribute album, featuring the music of 8-bit artists, including R-Sunset, Comptroller, seal of quality, Videogame Orchestra, EvilWezil, Videovalvontaa, Lorenzo Music, OxygenStar, SLAW, arcadecoma. and Shrimps.
Sebastian Tomczak (Little Scale) has introduced GenMDM – a music interface for your vintage SEGA Genesis or Mega Drive console.
You can use GenMDM to make chiptunes using your favorite MIDI sequencing software or hardware.
GenMDM will appear as a MIDI output device on your Windows, Mac or Linux-based computer. GenMDM will respond to MIDI notes and MIDI CC data, and will give you a high degree of real time control over the sound chips inside of the SEGA console.
GenMDM is available for preorder for 85 AUD (~ 87 USD/67 EUR). First units are scheduled to be shipped in mid-May 2012.
This week, AfroDJMac sent word of a free Commodore 64 Drum Rack for Ableton Live users:
I writing with word of my 51st free weekly Ableton Live AfroDJPack, a set of Commodore 64 drums.
The samples were provided by BedroomProducersBlog.com and have been racked up in drum racks that allow for some wild and crazy mangling. Awesome 8-bit SID action!
You can preview the free Commodore 64 Drum Rack below.
ToneBytes has released Bleep’, a free VSTi synthesizer plug-in for Windows, inspired by the sound of MOS Technology SID.
- 3 oscillators with four waveforms: sawtooth, triangle, pulse (with PW) and noise
- Each oscillator has own detuner, ADSR envelope and multimode LP/BP/HP filter
- Multimode LFO synced with BPM
- Modulator Envelope Generator
- Pseudo arpeggiator
- Overall multimode filter
- Built-in preset manager with ability to patch name editing
- In addition, VST automation and full MIDI Learning are supported.
Here’s a fun look at the Blip Festival Australia 2012, in animated .gif style.
Blip Festival Australia 2012 Artist Lineup:
7bit Hero (BNE), 10k (SYD), Abortifacient (SYD), Batsly Adams (US), Bit Shifter (US), Derris-Kharlan (MEL), Dot.AY (MEL), _ensnare_ (UK), Gentle Hurst (SYD), Hally (JP), iLKke (SYD), Jayson Haebich (MEL), Lazerbeat (UK), little-scale (ADE), Monodeer (NL), Nullsleep (US), Old Grey Wolf (NZ), Patric Catani (DE), Saitone (JP), Trash80 (US)
Music credit – Little Scales’ Vitamin D.