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Wave cloning accusations roil chiptune community

Source submitted by mrwasteland on 2014-04-01 - comments
Nubuwo.com is closely tracking an emerging controversy in the chiptune community after alert listeners have noticed startling similarities in the basic waveforms used by multiple artists. “It’s shocking,” one poster wrote. “It’s as if all of the music we've been enjoying for years just boils down to patterns of frequencies of waveforms.”
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TORIENA, Mega Ran appearing on YMCK Family Radio

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-03-31 - comments
Game Boy musician TORIENA will appear as a special guest on today's episode of Takeshi Yokemura's YMCK Family Radio Show, airing at 10:00 pm JST, 9:00 AM EST on Ustream. The program is planned to debut a recording from Pico Pico Cafe of Mega Ran's improvisational rap performance to YMCK's Super Mario World remix.
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Square Sounds Tokyo slated for September 27 and 28

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-03-29 - comments
Chip music festival Square Sounds Tokyo has been announced for Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28, 2014, one week following the Tokyo Game Show. The annual event taking place at the Koenji High venue features live performances by international chip musicians and game-inspired visual artists.
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Cart Life free to download and open source

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-03-28 - comments
Retail simulator Cart Life, featuring a chiptune score by Stu, Pocketmaster, Lo-Bat and Mat64, is now free to download and open source. Created using Adventure Game Studio, Richard Hofmeier's PC title received three Independent Games Festival Awards in 2013, including the Seamus McNally Grand Prize.
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Mega Ran Japan Tour CDs arrive in Tokyo and Kyoto

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-03-22 - comments
Mega Ran Japan Tour CDs have arrived in Tokyo and Kyoto at two exclusive locations. The LP is currently available for 1000 yen at Pico Pico Cafe and Cafe la Siesta, containing rap remixes of the hip-hop artist's Mega Man songs by DJ Master Kohta, TORIENA, NNNNNNNNNN, Itoki Hana, Kunio, Bun, BOKKADENcI and other artists.
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Telefuture label reaches Kickstarter crowdfunding goal

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-03-21 - comments
Designer Steve Jenkins and Telefuture, a music label dedicated to 1980s-inspired sounds and visual design, have reached their Kickstarter goal, crowdfunding upcoming album releases. The project will be funded on Thursday, April 10, offering the digital music compilation "Eternalist" among its backer rewards.
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Shanshui publishes Shield / Penetration concept album

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-03-14 - comments
Shanshui Records has rebooted with a new EP by Bleepstreet alumni and Blip Festival Tokyo 2012 featured artists Sulumi (Sun Dawei) of Beijing and Covox of Northern Sweden. "Shield / Penetration" is a two-track electronic concept album tinged with punk, rock and rave undertones, available to stream in full on SoundCloud.
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Europe in 8 Bits now on Vimeo on Demand

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-03-13 - comments
Chiptune music documentary Europe in 8 Bits, directed by Javier Polo, has become available to rent on Vimeo on Demand in all regions. Exploring the use of Nintendo Game Boy, NES, Atari ST, Amiga and the Commodore 64 for the composition and performance of music, the film stars Goto80, Raquel Meyers, Covox and other artists.
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George & Jonathan III previewed on SoundCloud

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-03-11 - comments
Chip music duo George & Jonathan have announced their third album via a three-minute preview track uploaded to SoundCloud, entitled "Jamn." George Michael Brower and Jonathan Baken have written two albums utilizing Cave Story creator Pixel's free PxTone Collage software, available to stream in full on Bandcamp.
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Mega Ran Japan Tour CD debuts at Bit Summit

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-03-03 - comments
The Mega Ran Japan Tour LP will debut on compact disc at this weekend's Bit Summit indie games festival in Kyoto, Japan. The CD will go on sale at Professor Sakamoto's booth at the Miyako Messe for 1000 yen during the day, and at Cafe la Siesta during the evening's Mon Petit Arigato and 1H1D!!! vol.33 chiptune parties.
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Brave Wave releases In Flux studio album

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-03-03 - comments
Game-inspired record label Brave Wave has released In Flux, a twelve-track studio album containing original music by English and Japanese language game composers. Featuring the musicians behind Mega Man, Ninja Gaiden, Silent Hill, Panzer Dragoon Saga and Spelunky, the album is available to stream in full through Bandcamp.
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Bit Summit indie game festival timetable posted

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-03-03 - comments
The timetable for the 2014 Bit Summit indie game festival has been posted to the three-day Kyoto event's official website. The lineup includes live music performances by Manami Matsumae (Mega Man), Baiyon (PixelJunk Eden), Chipzel (Super Hexagon), Masaya Matsuura (PaRappa the Rapper) and keyboardist Prof.Sakamoto.
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Charles Park Trilogy by Makeup and Vanity Set

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-03-02 - comments
After nearly a decade in the making, retrofuture music label Telefuture has released Makeup and Vanity Set's Charles Park Trilogy box set through Bandcamp. Lush poster art created by project illustrator John DeLucca has been supplemented by sleeve design by The Protomen cofounder Caspar Newbolt of Version Industries.
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1H1D!!! vol.33 features guest performer Chipzel

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-02-26 - comments
Kyoto chiptune party 1H1D!!! vol.33 takes place at Cafe la Siesta following the Bit Summit indie game festival, beginning at 6:00 pm on Sunday, March 9. Featuring guest chip musician Chipzel, other game-inspired performers include Unyo303, DJ Master Kohta, Foilverb, NNNNNNNNNN, dj.p.k.g., TORIENA, and VJ Network 23.
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Eirik Suhrke's Pajjama band full-length album debuts

Source submitted by Strotch on 2014-02-25 - comments
Spelunky composer Eirik Suhrke and his band Pajjama have released their first full-length album through Bandcamp. The Norwegian progressive jazz chip group's LP Karakasa can be streamed in full online, alongside drafts of the composer's contributions to In Flux, the upcoming Brave Wave studio album.