Skweee vs. Neo Electro : 0-1 on Spotify

April 14, 2010 · Posted in Blogroll, Electronic Music · Comment 

There’s a healthy number of electro artists on Spotify including one of our favorite electro act The Blotnik Brothers, but no presence of Skweee what so ever AFAIK. Therefore we’ll share these cool Skweee mixes for your bleeping pleasure!

A Beginner’s Guide to Skweee by Allenheimer

Metropol Skweee #3 Pt. 1 by Marcus Price BASUTBUDET

C64 goes guitar – do we really want this :-)

February 26, 2010 · Posted in Electronic Music · Comment 

Jordan Bartee has reinvented the keytar – combining a Commodore 64, the MIDIBox SID platform and a MIDI keyboard to create the ultimate Commodore 64 Keytar – the Giana 64.

This beast has it all:

  • 8-bit goodness
  • Vintage Commodore 64 components
  • Ghostbusters influenced cyberpunk styling
  • DIY mojo
  • Blinky lights by the dozens

C64 – Odo synth – free download

December 17, 2009 · Posted in Electronic Music · Comment 
Odo Synths 38911 Bytes

Odo Synths has released version 4.0 of 38911 Bytes, a free virtual synthesizer plug-in for Windows.

38911 Bytes is a one oscillator synth. It`s a synthesizer based on Commodore 64 software but it can do a lot more

38911 Bytes v4.0 features

  • 1 oscillator with 4 waveforms (saw, triangle, pulse, pitched noise) ringmodulation waveforms (saw, triangle, pulse). PulseWidth Octaves from -3 to 4.
  • 1 ringmodulation oscillator with 3 waveforms (saw, triangle, pulse) PulseWidth, octaves range -3 to 4 and notes C to B
  • 2 LFOs with 19 waveforms, 16 different BPM rates and manual rate
  • ADSR with curves for the depth of the LFO.
  • Low/hi depth button
  • LFOs can start when hitting a key (GATE), when you hit play in your sequencer (FIRST) and start at any point (FREE).
  • LFO destinations: pitch, pw , cutoff and resonance.
  • 4×16 step sequencers: 11 BPM rates, manual rate and c64 rate (The BPM rates only work when you set the sequence to BPM mode, in Manual and c64 rates all the sequencers have the same rate).
  • 1 waveform sequencer with 7 waveforms (saw, triangle, pulse, pitched noise, rm triangle, rm saw, rm pulse).
  • 1 octave sequencer range from -3 to 4.
  • 1 Octave and notes sequencer, notes from C to B and octave range -3 to 4.
  • 1 Filter with a sequencer and envelope.
  • Envelopes for Pitch, PulseWidth, Cutoff and Volume.
  • Lofi effects, bitcrusher.
  • Mono/Poly mode, Retrigger on/off.

38911 Bytes is available as a freeware VST instrument plug-in for Windows PC.

Download it here >>

Blip 2009

November 11, 2009 · Posted in Electronic Music · Comment 
Blip Festival 2009Blip Festival 2009

With this year’s event a scant month away, NYC chip collective 8bitpeoples and non-profit arts and cultural organization The Tank have at last announced a (partial) lineup for the 2009 Blip Festival. Now entering its fourth year, Blip Festival is a lo-fi digital extravaganza boasting daytime workshops, visual art installations, film screenings and, of course, three nights of amazing live chip music. Running Thursday, December 17th through Saturday, December 19th at the Bell House in the Gowanus area of Brooklyn, this year’s performers include:

Bit Shifter
Chromix
Disasterpeace
Failotron
Fighter X
The Hunters
I, Cactus
The J. Arthur Keenes Band
Je Deviens DJ En Trois Jours
Leeni
Little-Scale
Nullsleep
Rainbowdragoneyes

Also confirmed is a stellar selection of digital visualists who’ll be projecting their work live:
Enso
JYK
Outpt
Paris
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Whether you’re a fan of the uncomplicated design aesthetics of the Commodore 64, the pixilated elegance of NES-era graphics or a lover of Game Boy music, Blip Festival 2009 is for you. The world’s longest running event of its kind, this year’s fest once again promises to be easily accessible to hardcore fans and novices alike, not to mention a friendly, all-ages experience that GeekDads can share with their brood.

Festival passes and single-night tickets are currently available, and interested parties are also advised to visit the event’s Kickstarter campaign page to help bridge the funding gap. Exclusive rewards are up for grabs to eligible supporters, so don’t delay!

New 8bit synth for iPhone

May 19, 2009 · Posted in Electronic Music · Comment 

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8Bitone is Synthesizer and Sequencer application to simulate sounds for 8bit Personal Computer and Console Game Generator from the 80`s.

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PSG and SSG vintage voices are revived here and their nostalgic electric sounds are able to be simulated with iPhone/iPodTouch. The Sequencer part uses general Piano Roll Screen.
It has been adjusted for Multi-Touch function of iPhone/iPodTouch to compose songs with fingertip easily.

★ Synthesizer

Monophonic
1 oscillator or LowBitNoise.
LFO
Envelope
HiSpeed Arpeggiator

★ Sequencer Edit

With Truck manager on Sequencer screen, Composing is easy with Piano Roll format.
In addition, Voice Change is equipped to produce different Voices in the song.
4 trucks are the maximum limit.

★ Voice Edit

The nostalgic sounds can be created here by turing knobs and operating sliders on Synthesizer screen.
In 8Bitone, a group of values which are set on the Synthesizer screen is called “VOICE”.
Each one song can contains up to 128 Voices.
In addition, playing with keyboard on the bottom of the screen can be enjoyable too.
Move the wheel to control the Pitch.

More info here >>

Chip tunes Reason tutorial

March 4, 2009 · Posted in Electronic Music · Comment 

Judson “Tettix” Cowan has made a 3 part series of “how to” videos to make chip tunes/C64 glitches, “Fake ‘n’ Bake Chiptunes” .

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Don't miss out on the SOASC project = C64 heaven

October 25, 2008 · Posted in Electronic Music · Comment 

The SOASC= project is a non-profit and a private project.

The SOASC= project is an automated recording technique invented by me (Stone Oakvalley) in order to mass record music from the legendary Commodore 64 and its SID sound chips (6581 and 8580) including one variation chip.

The purpose is to preserve Commodore 64 music in todays most common music format, namely the MP3.

The original SID music files are today played by millions of people around the world on software players that emulate the real hardware SID chips. The emulated audio material can vary a great deal compared to the authentic sound of a real Commodore 64, and from my point of view, why have something emulated when you can have the real deal instead? We give you the authentic Commodore 64 music as it sounds on the real machine. Commodore 64 is a legend in computer history and in many ways influenced in todays culture (known as 8-bit music or chip music). It deserves much more than just emulating that raw & unique gritty sound! It made many people happy “back then”, and we are here to offer that feeling again!

To put in it words we all can understand: WE LOVE C64!

The entire HVSC SID collection will be recorded as played from REAL Commodore 64′s (both old and new) as per the latest collection available. With PSID64 as the REAL C64 player and 64HDD as fileserver, it all connects to multiple PC’s with own tailored software, crude PAR: port control system/C64 keyboard interface and database structure tools written in PureBasic. Yes, its actually working.

Also, a strong point to consider in this project is that ALL SIDs are recorded on both Commodore SID chip models
regardless of what HVSC or the author of the SID had recommended. Remember: There are people out there
that probably NEVER heard the elite sound of the 6581 and its sample/filter defects, but only the sound of 8580
and visa versa. For those people, they ONLY rembember the tune as played by their model. And this is a strong point
of the SOASC= project: PRESERVATION for ALL!

If it crackles and pops….well..it’s the true and authentic sound of a real Commodore 64!
This is what we had in the past, and now the past will be the present for all Commodore 64 fans out there.

It is called AUTHENTIC because the process will NOT attempt to enhance any of the recordings, it is recorded
straight plain out from the mono Commodore 64 Audio/Video connector. No stereo, no funny mixes, no compression,
no filtering, no remix, no software noise reduction, no crazy SID hacks or other unatural Commodore 64 elements.
If there is a poppy click in the recording its supposed to be there. The SID chip is unique as should be treated as so as well.

I’ve adjusted DC BIAS to 0 and executed Volume Maximizer with no clipping using NORMALIZE.EXE and SOX.EXE.
Noise Reduction was done by improving the physical grounding inside Commodore 64. Thats it!

The final MP3 (224kbps, mono, 44100Hz) will contain all information from the SID itself, sorted in respect of the
directory structure as defined by HVSC. Filenaming, title, author, copyright etc.

Forget PlaySID/SIDPlay2w….and all the others
Forget HardSID
Forget ParSID
Forget ReSID
Forget MMC64 (It has an intergrated SID player, for those who wonder)
Forget them ALL!

Just listen to the real deal instead with the help of the SOASC= project!

If you missed out on the latest version of the MAC SID player

September 25, 2008 · Posted in Electronic Music · Comment 

You might have missed out on the new user interface which I have come to enjoy

SIDPLAY is a Commodore 64 music player. It emulates the sound chip and other internals of the Commodore 64 home computer to play back music that was originally written on it. The sound chip of the C64 is called the “Sound Interface Device” or SID, and therefore this music is known as SID music. The SID chip is basically a three voice synthesizer on a chip. The unusual combination of digital and analogue circuitry is the reason for its distinctive sound.

SIDPLAY strives to offer the best possible SID music experience on any platform. It has been designed with the High Voltage SID Collection (HVSC) in mind. This collection is the biggest and most complete collection of SID music on the Internet. It can be obtained for free from http://hvsc.c64.org/.

Download it here >>

Make sure to check out the new Chiptune site…

June 4, 2008 · Posted in Electronic Music · Comment 

…it is awesome, taking you back to the 80′s ni no time

Speak french, than make sure to see the Chip tune documentary below, well it’s cool even if you don’t understand it, LOL

[youtube=http://youtube.com/watch?v=EQjzNMTGFSs]

Pixel mania

May 2, 2008 · Posted in Electronic Music · Comment 

Many of you know that I am agreat fan of manga, anime, tokidoki and similar art stuff and pixel art is no exception. Pixel art gives the same type of pleasure as C64/bitpop music and therefore I just wanted to share one of my favorite pixel sites – which in principal is just one big f-cking image – printed it would certainly cover a very large painting – a smal snap shot from it is pasted below, but be sure to click the image to see the actual one and make sure to surf around in the pixel world.

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