ATTENTION

Music as Recordings = Boring?

I talked to Elsa Ferreira who wrote a post about Algorave where me, Jacob Remin and the robot did a performance a few weeks back. I explained a bit about how the remixes on Floptrik could be “eternal remixes”, and then I got started on how boring it is that almost all digital music in the end gets released as boring recordings, stripped of all that juicy archeological data. I’ve released a lot of music as data rather than recordings, and it seems like the way of the future. Especially now, soon, when the bots can take all that data, analyze it, and commodify your creativity! Hooray!

Photo: James Vanderhoeven (at Algorave at Algomech Festival)

Interview for Slovenian TV

Here is a clip about me in the Slovenian public service station RTV. I’m not sure what they’re saying, but the interview felt good afterwards (for a change) so hopefully it’s all good.

 

DUBCRT feature

There’s a long feature on DUBCRT in RESET Magazine #9.5, that you can pdf-read here. Tim from DataDoor talks about the background and inspirations to the project and me, 4mat and iLKke say a few things as well.

As mentioned in the interview, a new batch will be made soon so stay sharp if you don’t want to miss it! Uh, meaning: stay tuned at Shareware PLUS.

10 of the Best Chiptune Tracks

And one of my songs is in there, hehe. This was posted a while ago on Thump, with a selection made by Dot.AY. And my C64 reggae/dub song Ajvar Relish is in there, released years ago on my CD-album Commodore Grooves.

Here’s a video for the song made by Entter using the cassette-based video camera PXL-2000!

Europe in 8 Bits on Swedish TV

The chipmusic documentary Europe in 8 Bits was aired on Swedish public service TV (SVT) and is available to stream for a few weeks. I’ve written more extensively here, but in short: check it out! (I think it costs like $2.95 to download)

FYI the documentary was renamed to “Chip Music – plipp och plopp får nytt liv” which roughly translates to “Chip Music – bleep and bloop gets new life”. The description of the documentary reads something like: Now, 20 years after Super Mario, enthusiasts are ripping the chips out of the Gameboys to create a new kind of electronica. It’s not just about nostalgia but also a protest against the opinion that new computer technology is better than previous ones.

Myeah, well.. hmm..

8-Bit Reggae Book

8-Bit Reggae is a book by the Swiss professor and ethnographer, Nicolas Nova. The topic might seem strange at first, because there’s not really that much 8-bit reggae around. Or is there? Well, there’s more than you think. And interesting parallells.

The book includes plenty of quotes from my good ol’ chipmusic thesis, which is always a good idea, hehe. Actually, I’ve helped out a little bit with it. Among other things, I did a dub track as a case study and wrote some words about it. I was kind of surprised myself about how many tangents there are between dub and chip. One thing, the way I see it atleast, is that dub and chip are both sort of genre, production method, and attitude at the same time.

I’m no stranger to dub. Some of you may have heard Papaya Dub way back from 2001 or Ajvar Relish, for example. Maybe I should do some more. Some day. If you’d like some, you could always order some dub here!