I wrote an article together with Jörgen Rahm-Skågeby a few years ago about the C64 scene archive CSDb, and it was just published by New Media & Society. You can read more about it in my Chipflip post or you can read the whole thing here: The archive and the scene: On the cultural techniques of retrocomputing databases.
Here’s the live set I streamed at Lovebyte last week, a demoparty fully focused on coding things as small as possible (like, just a few bytes in some cases). They received more entries for the competitions than any demoparty has since Assembly 94 I think it was. Hooray! More is less?!
In the spirit of minimizing resources I did a downtempo set to avoid any overloads of the senses. Hehe, yeah right.
Aux4427 is a compilation from mindcolormusic out on double vinyl and MP3 soon! You can pre-order on their Bandcamp and listen to excerpts here or in the Zöundkloud box below. It includes artists like Tysk raider, The courier, Human behind pluto, Porbulation gold, Cassilda and the carcosa, The circumverse, Sibirsky snickers, Drøn, Ambicumber, Aderacid, CDR, The greenwasher, Johnny jitters, Suso flores, Ctlg and … me!
Chekk dis out!
There is a party this weekend about making as much as you can with as little as you have. Lovebyte is an online event with competitions such as pixel art in 256 pixels, intros in 256 bytes, or how about an intro in 8 bytes, or something else. If you think that can’t amount to much, have a look at the examples below.
There’s also seminars, talks and other things like DJs and live music. I will play an hour’s set on Sunday at 17 (UTC+1) using Renoise, defMON and Protracker. I’m trying to relate to the theme by using more randomization and less data in order to minimize resources. Let’s see. I’m pretty sure it’s not going to sound the way you expect (unless I changed your expectations just right by saying that?).
All this is streaming on le Tweetch. Find the link on their website.
Finally, here’s an old YouTube playlist I did with some examples of these almost empty computer files. Gotta love the irony of streaming it as video….
A while back, on 808-day, I released 808642 and now the tape version is out! It includes a new song as well as remixes by Mesak, Dubmood and Abe Sangin. Just like 80864 it uses primarily TR-808 and Commodore 64, but also other things. A lot of the songs are based on jams, and the last song is actually a 15 minute jam that I didn’t have time to finish properly, but I included it anyway.
Pst – if you already bought the digital release and didn’t get an email with a discount code for the tape version, get in touch.
Last weekend I competed with two songs at the Syntax demoparty in Australia. My 90s rave song To The Rave From The Man Cave came last in the wild compo (!?) and the sloppy funk Donkey Dont Care did a little better in the 28 second compo.
Competing with an MP3 rave track in the wrong compo is a first for me. What’s also first, is me understanding the concept of time zones and not handing in contributions 24 hours too late. All in all, a great success.
defMON is the C64-software that I’ve been using for the last 15 years or so. My computer compadre Mad Frantic made it, and I’ve helped him out with a few suggestions and ideas over the years.
The newest version includes some new sync features, like synchronizing two defMONs by connecting two C64s to the same disk drive (or just straight into the other). You can now also nudge the tempo, back or forth, to stay in sync with your local brass band. So yeah, good times they are a coming!
We are also closer than ever to actually making some video tutorials to defMON so perhaps the number of defMON-users will rise to a two digit number in the future..
I’m playing a show together with Lazer Zebras (hey, brand new album!) for this party/exhibition and release party for Digi-Kuti #57, a comics/zine which I believe will contain some PETSCII and Teletext and stuff. Tommi Musturi is partly behind this, so I think we’re all in for a treat. Also playing: 64mula (FI), Draama-Helmi & Kuupuu (FI), Fyoelk (BE), Keränen (FI), Marjatta (FI) and Ray Manta (AUS).
Station of Commons provides streaming Open Source technology for Kuticlub vs Musa Ullakolla.
Station of Commons is an ongoing Collaborative initiative by Grégoire Rousseau (Helsinki) and Juan Gomez (Geneva) Initiated in February 2020, Station of Commons investigates the
possibilities of reappropriating technology within public space. The
point of departure of the research questions both centralized knowledge and data centers operated by major organizations and its underlyingsocial implications. What are the interdependences between the users, the providers, the services, the technology and related knowledge at work? And how to rethink another model of shared empowerment situated in time and space unique to its agent, or communities?
(You may listen to the gigs as well through SoC site.)
THE CLUB TAKES PLACE IN A VIRTUAL “PARADISE” AND SOME OTHER “ROOMS” IN THE SWGBBO VIRTUAL WORLD.
GO TO -> http://fak.ovh/
BUILD YOUR CHARACTER AND ENJOY THE FUTURE!
(Detailed instructions below, dont be scared, it is really easy! No entrance fee!)
HOW TO GET IN TO THE PARTY WORLD:
0. Creating your character in advance is recommended ! Swgbbo is open all the time, you can go there whenever.
1. Using Chrome, go to http://fak.ovh/
2. Click “Register for free” to create your user account. There are no email checks, you can use a fake address. Click on “TO SWGBBO” button. The room links from the main page don’t work.
3. Allow Flash. This can be done by clicking on the lock icon next to the address bar in Chrome. Click “site settings”, navigate to Flash and switch it to allow.
4. You can move the youtube window from the border dragging it around the window. You can also minimize the window from the top bar. Youtube window will have live visuals on the event
5. You can edit your character’s appearance by clicking on “Me” + “Clothes” in the bottom taskbar. In the same taskbar, click on “Rooms” to see the list of available rooms in the Isolation club. Click on a room’s title to enter…
6. Walk around and get to know the rooms and objects in them. You can double click on certain objects to use them. There are also doors and teleports that will transport you to another room with a double click.
7. You can DANCE and do other stuff by clicking on your character. You can also edit your character’s appearance from here.
8. Talk by typing your message in the box at the bottom of the screen.
9. Toggle music on or off and adjust the volume from the controls in the upper left corner.
10. Create your own after party rooms as you please!
IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, ASK!
ANSCII? Yes, it’s text graphics made with ASCII-characters (Amiga, with the Mo Soul font) and ANSI-colours. (I think I just made that name up though) This was just out in the latest release from Impure, one of my favourite text graphics crews around. Check it out below or at 16colo.rs.
This is a streamed event from Las Vegas and I’m playing together with Ray Manta and Jellica (my fellow Hack n’ Trade dudes) as well as Beat Ratio and Gajtron. It’s 29 August and I’ll play in the early evening (European time). There will also be talks and stuff – check out the details here!
Here’s a recording of my thing: