Pretty Eight Machine – 8-Bit NIN!

Pretty Eight Machine is NIN’s Pretty Hate Machine, re-imagined in its entirety by Inverse Phase on eight different 8-bit systems.

Sound configurations include: SID/6581 (Commodore 64), POKEY (Atari 800), straight 2A03 (NES), AY/SCC+ (MSX+Metal Gear 2 or Snatcher cartridge), SN76489 (Sega Master System), 2A03+VRC6 (Famicom+Castlevania 3 cartridge), LR35902 (Game Boy), and OPLL (MSX-MUSIC or Japanese Sega Master System).

Pretty Eight Machine is available at the Inverse Phase Bandcamp page.

Download The 8-bit Tribute To The Music Of John Carpenter

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.

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GenMDM Turns Sega Genesis/Megadrive Into A MIDI-Controlled Synth

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.

Free Commodore 64 Drum Pack For Ableton Live

free Commodore 64 Live RackThis 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 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.

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Free Chiptunes Synth For Windows, Bleep’

ToneBytes Bleep

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.

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The Blip Festival Australia 2012, Animated Gif Style

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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.

Amanda Palmer & Dot-AY Perform Lana Del Rey’s ‘Video Games’

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Here’s an 8-bit take on Lana Del Rey’s Video Games, by Amanda Palmer and Alex Yabsley (aka Dot-AY), live at the Blip Festival (February 18th, 2012).

via amandapalmer, truechiptildeath