ThaSauce Presents: One Hour Compo OHC #400

ThaSauce Network is excited to announce a milestone event in our community’s history — the 400th round of One Hour Compo, hosted by starla. Compos (short for “composition competitions”) are competitions for musicians who want to “think outside the box” and challenge themselves.

Here’s how it works. One Hour Compo happens every Thursday at 9PM EST. Every week, a new theme is announced, and participants are encouraged to remix a track based on their interpretation of the theme. They are given one hour to create, complete, and submit their tracks — after that, submissions are off to voting! The event ends with a listening party featuring the week’s top submissions.

The 400th compo round will happen on June 9th at 9pm EST, and you can RSVP to the Facebook event to stay updated. Musicians of all skill levels are invited to join in. There is no requirements for OHC, other than wanting to participate and have a good time creating good music. We encourage everyone to join, and help us make the 4ooth one a compo to remember!

 

Usa (Daniel Lippert) Releasing Debut Album This Month

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Daniel Lippert, known in the ReMix community as Usa, has been working on his first full debut album — and it is finally ready.

“City in the Clouds” is a musical journey through a lush world of fantasy and magic. Daniel Lippert‘s debut album is full of atmospheric, energetic and calm instrumental music that describes this world.

The album will be released on September 20th, on both disc and digital format. There will also be a limited edition of 500 vinyls, to be released in October of this year.

For more information, you can visit the City In The Clouds album website. To check out more awesome music, and listen to some samples from City In The Clouds, head over to Daniel’s OCReMix profile, as well as his SoundCloud.

halc Releases Zero-G3: Homeworld

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Following the release of halc’s first chiptunes album, Legitimacy, we now have another release from the talented composer.

Zero-G3: Homeworld is his latest effort, consisting of eight tracks of new, original — and awesome — material.

The album incorporates retro sounds and heavily modulated, futuristic synths and effects, supported by loose hip-hop and broken-beat influenced grooves and a twinkly chiptune aftertaste.

The album is available on halc’s Bandcamp page. And, if it leaves you wanting more of his music, you can check out halc’s OCReMix profile, as well as the site for his 9-bit Records label.

halc Releases Chiptune Album Legitimacy

The last time we talked about him, we were announcing pre-orders for halc’s Pixel Perfect. And, now, we’re announcing his newest album!

This time, though, it’s no whistles, no bells, no effects — just pure chiptune goodness. This is his latest effort, Legitimacy. About his goal to create a true chiptune album, he says.

I’m proud to finally present my first true chip album, “Legitimacy”! This entire EP was composed in MIDI using trash80’s awesome mGB interface, and recorded line out from a single prosound DMG Game Boy with no external EQ or effects.

A chiptune/electronic composer and arranger, halc is also the founder of 9-bit Records, a non-profit netlabel for electronic music.

You can buy halc’s Legitimacy on Bandcamp, and check out more of halc’s video game remixes on ReMix:ThaSauce, as well as on his OCReMix profile.

No Survivors Tour 2012 with The Protomen, Powerglove, & Danimal Cannon

Things are about to get crazy on the East Coast! Mega Man rockers The Protomen (check out our recent Quick Look to refresh your ears) and the video game metal band Powerglove have hit the road for the next two weeks, travelling to different venues throughout several states such as Massachusetts, Tennessee, New Jersey, New York, and Colorado for the No Survivors Tour 2012. Coming along for the ride, chiptune master Danimal Cannon is also billed to be playing on the tour, forming an unstoppable trifecta of  absolute awesome. For you Canadian fans out there, rejoice! The No Survivors Tour is coming to you on two separate occasions, stopping in Montreal and Toronto.

While checking out the dates and locations to plan your next move,  you can buy tickets in advance with the links below.  We promise you won’t regret it.

20th – West Chester, PA – The Note —- ALL AGES *
22nd – Montreal, QC – Katacombes —- 18+ *
23rd – Toronto, ON – The Hoxton —- 19+ *
24th – Buffalo, NY – Mohawk Place —- ALL AGES *
27th – Vancouver, BC – PNE Ampitheatre (with TENACIOUS D!)
30th – Denver, CO - Marquis Theatre —- ALL AGES

Jordan Steven’s The Lost Angelic Chronicles of Frane: Dragons’ Odyssey OST Available Now


Jordan Steven is no stranger to creating a broad range of eclectic beats that have since delighted the VGM remixing community throughout the years.  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 earlier Kong in Concert to the more recent Maverick Rising 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, The Lost Angelic Chronicles of Frane: Dragons’ Odyssey OST for the action-RPG Dragons Odyssey Frane (available now on iTunes) 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.  It is my first game soundtrack and was a true joy to work on.  I also casted and directed the voice acting which was quite difficult with the limited budget and lack of experience.  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 this OST a try — you can preview some tracks below or listen to the full album on iTunes or Bandcamp.  Buy The Lost Angelic Chronicles of Frane: Dragons’ Odyssey OST for $10 here.

 

Nerdapalooza 2011 Recordings Released on Bandcamp

 

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 and 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.

Bit Gen Gamer Fest 7 Returns Again, Line-Up Just Announced

 

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 System in a small private art space in 2005 with only 150 people, 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. This year’s venue, 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 first Bit Gen 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 from 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!

Nerdapalooza 2012 Lives On, Dates & Location Announced


Nerdapalooza’s head honcho John “hex” Carter has just announced on the official website that the festival will be making a bigger and better comeback than ever before for 2012! Nerdapalooza 2012 will take place on the weekend of August 3rd to 5th at The Social and the Beacham in downtown Orlando, Florida. Both venues will be much larger than previous Nerdapalooza locations; The Beacham will act as the primary stage, holding over 1,200 attendees while The Social will act as this year’s secondary stage that will hold around 500 people. 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. 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.  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.

coda’s Solo Debut Album to be Released on May 3rd

Just received word from our friends over at Ubiktune that Ken “coda” Snyder, one half of yogurtbox duo (along with the recently discussed Steven “surasshu” Velema) that are known for last year’s Tree of Knowledge album, will be releasing his solo debut album tracer within the week:

As we previously announced, a new debut album tracer by coda of yogurtbox fame will be released on May 3. This album will be released as ‘pay-what-you-want’ and will be available right after the Noise Channel listening party. Noise Channel listeners will be the first to hear the album from start to finish and then download it immediately afterwards.

Be sure to join the party and get in on the chat with coda and the other listeners over at Arecibo Radio. Start time is 10PM Eastern, 7PM Pacific, 6AM Moscow time or May 4th noon for JST. More details are revealed over at the Facebook event page.

coda’s EP will consist of four tracks that promise a “half hour of chiptune-infused prog rock madness”. Viewing the trailer above, we feel inclined to agree with this statement and are excited to listen to his fascinating interpretation of chiptunes, which definitely strays away from any traditional chip music we have ever heard. Be sure to head over to Ubiktune or yogurtbox’s Bandcamp for tracer this Thursday, May 3rd.