Yeah, yeah. We know PAX East 2012 seemed like forever ago. And yes, we’ve probably covered everything from live streams of PAX East to some pretty cool live shows. But we figured that we can give you a little nostalgic run for those who went and for those who haven’t… well, we wanted to give you a more personal glimpse of the event itself. This week’s Quick Look features the awesome Danimal Cannon sharing his seemingly infinite knowledge on chiptunes. Yeah, that’s right. An hour of one of the foremost artists within the chip music genre talking about chip music. Chippy, right? Although intended for a more general audience, we think that it’d be good for you to refresh or maybe even be (gasp) schooled on the subject. Check out the video above and let us know what you think.
Jordan StevenÂ is no stranger to creating a broad range of eclectic beats that have since delighted the VGM remixing community throughout the years. Â Known by his active involvement as Jordan “bLiNd” Aguirre since the early ’00s, you may have have heard of Steven’s wonderful trance and house blends over on several OverClocked ReMix projects as early as 2004, ranging from the earlierÂ Kong in Concert to the more recent Maverick RisingÂ release this year. However, Jordan Steven has proved that he can put down his mixing expertise momentarily and show how much he has mastered his own skills in composition and musicianship.
While one may disagree to what we may state shows a pure yet comprehensive examination into his skills as an artist,Â The Lost Angelic Chronicles of Frane: Dragons’ Odyssey OST for the action-RPG Dragons Odyssey Frane (available now on iTunes)Â reveals that Jordan Steven more than exhibits his expert proficiency in orchestration with inspirational and deeply moving melodies like the wonderful “When The Sun Shines” or the incredibly soft “Heaven’s View (Vanneth)”.
When speaking of his experiences regarding the OST, Mr. Steven writes:
I recently replaced the OST to the Japanese RPG “Lost Memory of Angel Story Frane 3” for the English release on the PC and iPhone/iPad.Â It is my first game soundtrack and was a true joy to work on.Â I also casted and directed the voice acting which was quite difficult with the limited budget and lack of experience.Â I hope you enjoy the tunes, like me on facebook, follow me on twitter/youtube/soundcloud and let me know what you think.
A huge congratulations to Jordan Steven for creating such an excellent album. If you are as passionate as we are about great independent VGM releases, we suggest that you give thisÂ OST a try — you can preview some tracks below or listen to the full album on iTunes or Bandcamp. Â BuyÂ The Lost Angelic Chronicles of Frane: Dragons’ OdysseyÂ OST for $10 here.
Established by the creators of the leading independent video game editorial siteÂ IndieGames.comÂ and online download serviceÂ Desura, indie game bundle websiteÂ Indie RoyaleÂ releases game bundles every two weeks to help get the word out over games that are worth playing and support developers that are typically passed over in mainstream media.
Recently, Indie Royale has recently released some cool game releases in the name of charity with the Â All-Charity Lightning Pack, such as Osmos, B.U.T.T.O.N., The Shivah, and Blueberry Garden. Â In addition to all these awesome games that you get, you’ll receive even more bonuses for just a $7 minimum donation — Jake “virt” Kaufman‘s acclaimed FX4,Â Toronto-based chiptune artistÂ 6955‘sÂ IN1ep, and Disasterpeace‘s Level albums are all available for you right now. The best part of this pack’s deal is that 100% of your donation goes to charities like UNICEF, Electronic Frontier Foundation, ActionAid, and Amnesty International.
Can’t wait to get your Nerdapalooza fix? Team Nerdapalooza has just released the live CD recordings from last year’s event featuring over 30 performers, including such artists and bands like The OneUps, Metroid Metal, brentalfloss, HDninja, Armcannon, I Fight Dragons, The Bossfights, Jeux On, Random Encounter, and much more! With over thirty-seven tracks and hours of living up some Nerdapalooza nostalgia, the Nerdapalooza 2011 Recordings will hit your sweet nerd spot andÂ keep you sated until August.
While the first eight tracks from the Friday Pre-Party are all free, we would suggest giving the remaining songs from the main event a listen and buying the digital album for just $7, or if you’re a hardcore fan, physical copies shipped to your doorstep for only $15. Check out Nerdapalooza 2011 Recordings on Bandcamp today.
Time to get with what could very well be one of the best releases of 2012! Open Circuit will be hosting an online listening party forÂ Cory Johnson‘s finalized version of the long-awaited The Legend of Zelda album tonight at 5 PM EST on Arecibo Radio:
Originally released as a collection of unpolished demo recordings in August 2011, Cory Johnson’s post-rock interpretation of the classic Zelda music took the internet by storm, garnering coverage from Destructoid, ScrewAttack, and more.
On Saturday, May 12th 2012, 5PM eastern, join Open Circuit on Arecibo Radio as we celebrate the long awaited debut of the finalized version of Cory Johnson’s album The Legend of Zelda.
This will be the first place to hear the full album which is currently slated to include not only songs from the demo album, but also new arrangements of Gerudo Valley, Outset Island, Tal Tal Heights, and more! After the listening party, the album will be available as a free / pay what you want download hosted on Cory’s Bandcamp page.
If you haven’t heard the awesome that is Cory Johnson, you can preview theÂ Lullaby EPÂ or his actual Legend of Zelda demosÂ for a preview of what to expect for this upcoming release.Â Mr. Johnson will be joining on-air for a quick interview during the show, so be sure to tune in as soon as possible to hear the both artist and album in all their glory. See you there!
VGM netlabel GameChopsÂ has recently presented its very first remix contest for Dj CUTMAN‘s track “Powerglove (It’s So Bad)” featuring Benjamin Briggs, which takes a classicÂ NES sample and throws in “a heaping dose of french electro and gritty automation to create something so good, it can only be called ‘so bad'”.Â The winning remixes will be featured on an upcoming GameChops release.
Remixes must be hosted on GCÂ SoundcloudÂ dropboxÂ and submitted through the GameChops website on or before the deadline ofÂ June 25th, 2012.Â All genres and interpretations are welcome, but winners will be decided on strength of concept, mixing quality, and goodness of the song itself.
Bit Gen Gamer Fest 7 is here and ready to rock your world! Originally started up by the folks behind the video game rock band Entertainment SystemÂ in a small private art space in 2005 with only 150 people,Â Baltimore’s premier videogame music festival has grown into one of the most biggest, action-packed concerts on the East Coast and is only expected to get even more monumental.Â This yearâ€™s venue,Â Sonar Baltimore, is one of the largest concert club venues in Baltimore, with a capacity that is almost 18 times greater than the total attendance of the firstÂ Bit GenÂ concert.
Oh, so gaming and rocking out is your thing, you say? Well, the line-up for Big Gen Gamer Fest 7 has also been made public, with incredible upcoming performances fromÂ The Megas, Metroid Metal, Bit Brigade, Rare Candy, This Place is Haunted, Brentalfloss, Dj Cutman, Cheap Dinosaurs, X-Hunters with even more performers to be announced soon.
Bit Gen Gamer Fest 7 is an all-ages event, happening on June 30th from 4 pm to 2 am for only $20 bucks. Get your tickets today!
This time around,Â Indie Royale has recently released an epic May Hurray Bundle with some incredibly fun indie releases, such asÂ Dungeon Defenders, Containment: The Zombie Puzzler, Data Jammers: FastForward, Brainpipe: A Plunge to UnhumanityÂ andÂ Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space. Â In addition to all these awesome games that you get, you’ll receive even more bonuses! The PC puzzler Soup Du Jour, theÂ ethereally mixed post-Italo Â chiptune albumÂ Future, Towards the Edge of ForeverÂ from NYC-based Infinity Shred (formerly known as Starscream),Â and the original soundtrack for Data Jammers: FastForward from Digital Eel areÂ also available for the taking.
Nerdapalooza’s head honcho John “hex” Carter has just announced on the official website that the festival will be making a bigger and betterÂ comeback than ever before for 2012! Nerdapalooza 2012 will take place on the weekend ofÂ August 3rd to 5thÂ at The SocialÂ andÂ the BeachamÂ in downtown Orlando, Florida. Both venues will be much larger than previous Nerdapalooza locations;Â The BeachamÂ will act as the primary stage, holding over 1,200 attendees while The SocialÂ will act as this year’s secondary stage that will hold around 500 people.Â The line-up for Orlando’s biggest nerd festival is also looking amazing as Metroid Metal, Danimal Cannon, brentalfloss, the OneUps, and Random Encounter will be returning once again to rock your world, while other performances will be announced soon.
Touted as a ‘brand new experience’, the festival will be sure to please those who plan to return this year.Â The Friday Pre-Party is also coming back as a free event with live performances and free food & beer at the Social, with the main performances occurring at the Beacham starting Saturday, August 4th.Â Â Tickets for admission and announcements for discount hotel prices will also be made public on the Nerdapalooza website within the week, so be sure to check back or head on over to the official website to get your nerd on.
Down for video games, electro music, and getting drunk in the name of good causes? The Manhattan-based ‘geek nightlife’ promotion company Sick Damage is hosting a Cinco de Mayo charity party in New York this weekend to help aidÂ David A. Croach, a close friend who has been recently diagnosed with leukemia:
This show is a benefit for our good friend, and avid gamer, David A. Croach â€œDACâ€, who was recently diagnosed with leukemia. Half of the door profits with be donated to DAC and his family in search for a perfect-match bone marrow transplant. For more information on how to help/donate or how to get tested to see if YOU are a perfect match for DAC, please check out his site!
Cinco De Chipo, held at Union Hall in Brooklyn, looks incredibly promising with action-packed performances from various artists featuring chiptune/dubstep/electro sets ofÂ Dj CUTMAN and KNIFE CITY, a one-of-a-kind chiptune violin performance by Fluxer, ’90s pro-wrestling inspired chiptune music byÂ Heavyw8bit, andÂ dark and dramatic ’60s-inspired stylings from PROM QUEEN.
The event is restricted to those who are 21 and up with a $5 cover. You can find more information on the event on Sick Damage’s Facebook, but be sure to check out the Cinco de Chipo event page to RSVP for one of the most thrilling Cinco de Mayos yet!