Sad sack musician Morrissey made much of the soundtrack of many a sullen teen, with chip-tune covers becoming increasingly popular more and more types of music are becoming fodder for 8-bit covers of their former selves.
The phenomenon of Too Many Cooks, the faux sitcom that circulated on Adult Swim is now a chiptune track. Catchy, and somewhat infuriating, clip went viral for weeks after it’s release and Rush Coil has managed to make it an even bigger earworm.
YouTube user Smooth McGroove has been popping up on my facebook feed a lot lately, first with the epic rendition of Spark Mandrill from MegaMan X embedded below.
Smooth McGroove does an impressive job of performing the game music he selects, and his arrangements are as creative as they are entertaining. His cat usually shows up on one of the takes, which is a recipe for internet success. From a technical standpoint, his songs are cleanly produced, properly mixed, and an all around joy to listen to. He’s offered 22 tracks for $9 from Bandcamp, and with a deal like that it’s hard to pass up! Stream the whole album for free below and click the Buy link to purchase a download. If you can’t shell out a few bucks to support this guy, follow Smooth McGroove on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe on YouTube.
PAX EAST 2013 IS NIGH (March 22-24th, i.e. THIS WEEKEND!!!)
AND I’M WAY TOO EXCITED TO TYPE UP A COHERENT INTRO TO THIS POST SO STRAIGHT TO THE RELEVANT DEETS:
Straight from the mouth of MAGFest’s very own Nick the Newbie:
“What in the ever loving shit is “Jamspace”? Jamspace is music all day every day during pax. We’ve got chiptunes, live video game cover bands, DJs, and even open jam time with provided instruments. We’ve got guitar, bass, drums, and keyboard for playing, or you can even bring your own instruments! Follow @MAGFest on twitter for updates of what’s going on all weekend.”
Regarding the bulk of the scheduled chipmusic shows happening in the Jamspace…
Boston8Bit is once again bringing a KILLER chiptune lineup to the PAX East Jamspace. In case you can’t read the SUPER SEKSAY flyer just to the left there, here’s the full Friday & Saturday 11:30am – 2:30pm EST lineup!
And if that’s not enough MOST EXCELLENT chipmusic for you (it’s NEVAR enough!), or you’d like a chance to perform your own chipmusic at an open mic event…
A very first for PAX East, the CHIPstage is essentially a separate Jamspace for chipartists & Djs! Bring your chippy and/or electronic jams & showcase ’em LIVE AT PAX!!!
On top of that, there’ll also be a good chance of any or all of the following happening at CHIPstage:
- random gaming &/or tourneys
- ridiculous contests (dickbutt drawing contest anyone? :3 )
- a guaranteed on stage suplex for every artist who suffers a DMG crash while performing (J/k! Maybe… ♥)
- really stupid dance offs (Hoodie shuffle comin’ ‘atcha! 8)
- VERY SPECIAL music events & guests
- WHO KNOWS WTF ELSE?!?
In summation, NONSTOP ZOMBOCON. 8)
What? Really? That’s still not enough? You want another party to go to on Saturday night?
WELL FINE HERE YOU GO~
This badasstastic music PARTAY is going down at The Cavern Club At The Hard Rock Café.
Doors at 8pm EST, $10 to get in. Tickets here.
What? You want a Sunday night afterparty too? OKAY!!!
LeaguePodcast & Rock On! Concerts Present:
This fantabulous shindig of WIN is happening at the Middle East Restaurant & Nightclub.
Doors at 7pm EST, $15 to get in. Tickets here.
Seriously y’all, if you don’t get enough VGM/chip jammage in & around PAX East this year (including the AWESOME PAX East main stage lineup HERE) IT’S NOBODY’S FAULT BUT YOUR OWN.
And if you can’t come, don’t be a sad panda about it! Just tune into geekbeatradio on UnregularRadio to catch the livestream of the FULL SCHEDULED JAMSPACE LINEUP (chip & VGM shows) & as much of the CHIPstage as they can grab! There’ll be *SOMETHING* PAX East broadcasting on the UR Fest channel throughout the whole party. GOOD TIMES.
I mean, srsly gaiz, THIS IS AN EPIC F*CKTON OF STUFF. We’re all probably going to survive PAXE 2013 this year, but JUST BARELY. 8) In other words…
~SEE YOU THERE~
EDIT: Just so this post has EVERYTHING (& just in case you don’t pay attention to the front page of the PAXE website… :3 ), here’s a schedule of the main stage acts as well!
MAGFest Presents: Jamspace
B8B Presents: PAXE Chiptune 2013
B8B & ChipWIN Presents: CHIPstage
Saturday Night Afterparty
Sunday Night Afterparty
PAXE Main Stage Concerts
Chiptunes = WIN
Crossposted to the ChipWIN Blog HERE for extra awesome & ZOMBOCON. 8)