Me and the robot will be in New Zealand 26 April to 8 May, and Hong Kong 9 May to 15 May. In New Zealand I will partner up with Josh Bailey and his excellent Tesla Coil synthesizer, Chime Red. So if you (or someone you know) wants to set something up, don’t be shy.
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)
As some of you may have noticed, this site has had an extreme make-over for a while now with huge help from Spot/Up Rough. It’s still under construction, but I think I finally have a website that makes some sense. I really liked the previous awarded PETSCII site (by Raquel Meyers) but it was made in 2011 and it has run its course. So, enjoy the modern internet experience!
While looking through the server, I found a lost folder in the archives with lots of old sites of mine. It might be a mistake to post them now, but who cares? The oldest one I could find was from 2000 and is shown above. Full of teen angst, bla-bla… I think this one was at bizarr.blip.com/~goto80
This is the first page of the site from 2002 that works a bit so-so nowadays. It almost looks like a crappy version of the synthwave aesthetics of today?? Hm. Well, this one was at goto8o.boprecords.net iirc.
For this yellow 2004 site, I registered a subdomain at a pr0n site: goto80.myhardman.com. When I left that domain, it stayed alive for many years with absurd generated stuff combining Z80-processors and gay pr0n.
Entter’s 2005 site was based on the Fantasy-video and had a long and healthy life. It’s good to have the decrunching rasterlines back on the site now!
In 2008, the site became a WordPress blog and I spent plenty of time to get as much history as possible into the archives. You know that you can go back to 1993 in this blog still, right? No? Ok. After a while I got tired of the standard WordPress look, and I tried to make something GIF-freaky in 2010 but finally decided to go for something else.
This design from 2011 was made by Raquel Meyers. Beyond the landing page it was a side-scrolling WordPress blog and I was perhaps the only one who found it to be a perfectly reasonable internet cyber site.
Now, with the 2017-redesign, I think more people can appreciate this place. And I guess that’s good? I’ve also fixed a lot of linkrot (since the blog part has been around since 2008). I fixed no less than 320 dead links. which was a good reminder of the short memory of the internet. I’ve replaced the dead links with Wayback Machine backups where possible, but lots of releases and recordings and art works seem to be lost forever. It was during this process that I decided to make some of the lost releases available at this new Bandcamp page that I didn’t tell anyone about yet.
This is the 640th post on here. Next milestone is 1024 posts.
DATASTORM is one of the best 8-bit demoparties around, and this year I’m helping out with the organization. We’ve got some pretty major plans that will be revealed soon enough. But for now I can say that it will be twice as big, with a huge tent outside for concerts, screenings, DJ-sets, drinks, food, etcetera. The inside area will be for more focused on, you know, actually doing all that computer stuff. And there’ll be talks from some pretty amazing old hackers and crackers. Yep yep!
DATASTORM is in Göteborg, Sweden 1-3 September. Don’t miss out!
On 16 June my new release Floptrik drops on CPU Records. Very happy to be part of their great electro catalogue! Below is a short promo mix with all 10 tracks. They will come as normal recordings for download, and as executable C64-programs on a 3.5″ floppy. There are generative remixes that sound different every time, as well as PETSCII visuals. Read more.
My next release is Floptrik, which will be out on 3.5″ floppy and Bandcamp, published by the great electro label CPU Records. It includes 10 songs, and the floppy contains eternal remixes for 5 of the songs, and visuals for the other ones. Here’s one of those visuals: Fist of Trade with PETSCII-animations by Raquel Meyers (first released here).
For those who don’t know, Marjorie has a very impressive collection of photos from chip-related events.
I was asked to write about Reabracadabra, made by Eduardo Kac in 1985. It’s made for videotex, an early network technology sort of like a two-way teletext that was successful pretty much only in France, with the Minitel.
It’s a fascinating (and forgotten) technology, and I’m glad Rhizome helps to bring this forth. I for one am going to keep on digging into the videotex world at t3xtm0.de if not somewhere else.
My new album, 80864, presents 2 years of experiments with the TR-808 and C-64. It’s out on 12″ floppy style vinyl, cassette and for download. If you buy the vinyl you also get 7 bonus tracks digitally. I think at least half of the vinyls and cassettes have already been pre-ordered, so don’t be lazy! Read more about it here.
Yesterday Data Airlines put out my new album, 0407. It’s a collection of 29 songs from 2004-2007, put out by various netlabels, demoscene groups or by .. me! Check it out here:
The songs were previously featured in:
> Copyslave (20kbps rec, 2004)
> Contech (8bitpeoples, 2005)
> Digi-dig (Da ! Heard it, 2006)
> Zyndabox (Candymind, 2007)
> Updown (DWD records, 2007)
> Microdisco vol 4 – crime (2007)
> Barryland (goto80.com, 2007)
> Ximplef (Dramacore, 2007)
> Wet pulse (Ageema music club, 2007)
> _2_4X4 (Audiovisual theorem, 2007)
> Son of music (Dexandthecity, 2008)
> Cherry CD (No label, 2011)
Videos were made for some of the songs, as you can see in this YouTube playlist:
Some of the songs have also appeared on compilations, in art projects, and in the demoscene. Ter4 was made for the Amiga-demo GBG by Up Rough and TBL, and was in fact a remix of a song called 3 that I released under the name Extraboy on Subnatura. Ter4 was also used in the video Pilgrim’s Progress, an art installation by Scott Jon Siegel, another Amiga-demo by Nori K, and some other things.
Decibel Detective was used in the Ferret Show (2012), where it was performed together with Uwe Schenk’s jazz band and Raquel Meyers on live PETSCII visuals. Audio recordings of this was released on Upitup aswell. But it was first released in Microdisco vol 4 – crime (2007).
Back in those days I often won demoscene competitions. Chasing Pop won the Amiga music competition at LCP2005, and Datahell won the C64 music competition at Floppy 2005. Several songs were featured in C64-demos by Fairlight: Emanation Machine in a demo with the same name (#1 at LCP2003), Phh in Drop the Basics (#3 at X’2001), Semieasy in Postcards from Stockholm (#1 at LCP2004).
As you can see, some of the songs were obviously made before 2004. The most clear example is probably Truth, which was part of my C64-drum n’ bass mix Monkeywarning (Monotonik, 2002) but also appeared in Album of the Year, a C64-music disk from 1999. And the song was actually made in 1998.
This is all normal. It can take years to release music. Everything is 2004! Or maybe everything is 2008?
Anyway, get yourself a cassette while they last and prepare for new stuff coming later this year!