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Freque on Freque: An Interview with a Legend

December 26, 2013 in Power Player, Review

When I heard I had an opportunity to interview my childhood hero, I leapt at the chance. Here was a person I’d always looked up to, a man who I felt really had his shit together. At first I was terrified that he wouldn’t accept, and I would be left dejected and alone, shunned by one of America’s greatest heroes. But then, just as predicted in the New and Old Testaments, He came to me. Below is the interview that will likely rock the nation, an Earth shattering series of revelations by the greatest man in showbiz. 

Tits or GTFO

 

Freque: Thanks for agreeing to do this interview, I know your time is precious.

Freque: It’s my pleasure.

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Freque: I know in the past, you’ve declined other interviews, what made you agree to this intimate sit down with NoiChan?

Freque: Thanks for asking. I think that’s actually a really great question. Kids these days are so pussified and sensitive, I don’t feel that this environment would’ve allowed the elbow room for great, yet eccentric artists. People like Hitchcock, Hendrix, and Pollock. These people were visionaries in their respective fields, but were so unorthodox that I feel these trend-loving hipsters would’ve tried shoving them right back into their little box. We live in a world where the dominant social standard is that animals kill other animals with their face, but this generation of faggoted dipshits somehow maintains a strong sense of entitlement, and would prefer that you cuss less and have your goddamned cigarette on the patio. We’re pretty much all fucked once the meteor comes, when you really think about it. I can imagine picket lines of vegan protesters, circulating a petition and accusing the meteor of racism. Anyway, that’s why I agreed to the interview.

Freque: On the point of racism and persecution, I’ve heard you be compared to someone’s racist uncle, who ruins Thanksgiving. Why do you think that is?

Freque: Another great question. I think mostly because I’m highly visible. Most of my detractors are spoiled highschoolers or useless college kids, who have let down their parents, wasted their money, and ultimately accomplished nothing of any value. I think it’s a sort of passive aggressive jealousy, when you get right down to it. I’m constantly being told what someone else would’ve done differently, which I find fascinating. What you would’ve done differently? Like if you had spent 2 years of your life mastering PHP, built a social network, funded it out of pocket, and then gave it to the world for free? That’s rich. I’ll tell you what you would’ve done: nothing. I know this because that’s what you actually did: absolutely nothing. These fucking armchair quarterbacks are just upset that they have no point of leverage over me, in any fashion. So they whine about my willingness to defend myself against their ad hominem cheapshots, and say that I’m cruel and unprofessional. They claim to be “defending” the scene from my “unwanted presence,” but at the end of the day, they’re attacking the already small foundation of chiptune, and masquerading around as if they’re noble for doing so.

Freque: You are very well spoken and incredibly handsome. Do you plan to do more live shows in the future?

Freque: I might do a show here and there, but ultimately, the live scene is clearly retarded. These shows almost always lose money, because the audience is mostly performers and friends of performers. It’s one giant circlejerk where everyone pretends everyone else is famous, because they had the disposable income to act like rockstars for the weekend. It reminds me of those red carpet events in Hollywood, where showbiz insiders blow eachother and give themselves awards. The price of admission is complete willingness to participate in the mass delusion. People often mistake my self assuredness as insecurity, which is hilarious coming from a group of assholes who just spent an hour picking out what pair of pants they want to wear on their “big night.” You’re playing dressup, you’re playing house, and you’re coming across like a fucking poseur to anyone whose parents didn’t pay their way through life. Typically, these kids were born on third base, and they think they hit a triple. Anyone with a functioning brainstem knows that the internet is the future. You just traveled halfway across the continent and blew the equivalent of an annual third-world salary to play for 60 assholes, in a shitty bar, in a fly-over state. I’ve always found it weird how the chiptune scene cannibalizes itself. Most of the compilations and events are just taking your feces, repackaging it, and then feeding it back to you. Eat it. Eat your own shit, you greedy consumerist motherfuckers.

Freque: Describe how to make your favorite sandwich:

Freque: I thought you’d never ask! They make these awesome little round loaves of sourdough bread, a little bigger than a softball. You take one of those fuckers, rip it in half (not slice) and cover one side with a whole can of tuna. Try to make sure it’s spread pretty evenly. Then you literally cover the tuna with black pepper, until you can’t even see it anymore. On the other piece of bread, you want like 6 or 7 THINLY sliced pieces of tomato, lightly salted. Cover that with your favorite cheese (I prefer swiss). Put it on a cookie sheet and broil it, open faced, until the cheese begins to caramelize. Turn the oven off and let it sit in there for 5 minutes, to make sure it’s warmed all the way through. Pull it out (make sure to use oven mits!). Add tons of mustard and just a bit of romaine lettuce. I suppose you can put mayo and celery on there, if you’re a little baby, but I usually go without it. Either way, if you follow the instructions I’ve given you, it’s the best tuna melt ever created. You can thank me later, you stupid fucks.

Freque: Who Jew? You? You.

Freque: Ok, first of all, I don’t appreciate your antisemitic tone. Secondly, is that even a question? You’d better hope the ADL never sees this, because they won’t be as forgiving as I am. The Jewish people are as flawed as any other group, but they, much like me, have been unfairly persecuted throughout history. They don’t need you piling onto their oppression. It’s not fun, and it’s not funny.

Freque: People seem to struggle at finding relevant and accurate things to make fun of you about. What can you tell me about your childhood?

Freque: My father was a Portuguese immigrant, who was twice my mother’s age. She was 15 when she consumed my brother, and 16 with me. She ran away with my dad, from Massachusetts to Florida, where they both did jail time. She would’ve been released earlier, but she refused to tell them her age, because she didn’t want to get him in trouble. I’m not sure what they were arrested for, drugs or stealing, or both, if I had to guess. My father is a legitimate kleptomaniac. He mostly steals cars, but he’ll steal fucking padlocks and stuffed animals from grocery stores, he truly doesn’t give a shit. They split up before I was born. I met my dad a few times, but I haven’t seen him in years. He used to smoke crack in front of my brother and I, which sounds weird, but didn’t seem like that big of a deal at the time. The best car I can remember him stealing was a Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. I dont remember what year it was, mid 90′s, but it had those cool detachable pieces on the roof. It was pretty badass. We weren’t there when he stole it, but we drove around in it a lot. He hasn’t spent an unbroken year out of jail since he was a teenager. I don’t really know that much about him, honestly. My mom, on the other hand, raised me until I was 16 or so, then she just bailed one day. She left me with her mother, who I was only supposed to be visiting for the weekend. That was pretty weak, but I’m over it now. We found her a couple years later, squatting on a cabin in the middle of nowhere, near a lady who used to be our neighbor. She was all cooked out on acid, talking about how a knot in the wood on one of the walls was a portal to the spiritual dimension. I remember wanting to yell at her for abandoning me, but I didn’t, and still haven’t. She eventually got her shit together and we sort of patched up our relationship. She moved to Florida (of all places) a few years ago, and I visited her there once. That was a couple of years ago, so I don’t know if that counts as my childhood, because I’m 30, now. I got in an argument with her redneck boyfriend and punched a hole in her trailer wall, and my gf at the time and I left, and just drove home. We slept in her truck in a McDonald’s parking lot that night, in Florida, in the middle of summer. It was bullshit. We’ve made up since then and have pleasant talks, occasionally, on the internet. As far as me? I grew up fat and poor, I got bullied a lot. I used to get beat up quite a bit, until I learned to fight back, which changed my life. Violence became sort of an addiction for me, even after I lost most of the weight. I broke my hand on a kid’s head once, when I was in highschool. I got put on supervised probation for a year and a half for that fight, and I had to do 100 hours of community service, most of which I lied about. I also had to take anger management classes, which I got kicked out of, apparently for being too angry. They used to just ring this bell and make us walk around in circles. The whole experience was so much work that I picked my fights a little better from then, on. I guess it was a success, in that regard. I’ve been in a couple barfights since then, but nothing major. I mostly just argue with people on the internet, now. Come at me, I’m bored.

Freque: Are you an alcoholic?

Freque: Yeah, I’d say so. I used to just smoke weed all the time, but I had a really bad breakup earlier this spring. My slutty ex was apparently fucking our weed dealer, on the side. I was with that bitch for 8 years, we lived together for 7. I could tell she was lying to me for a few months, and one day she forgot to log out of her facebook, so I just keyword searched for “cheat” and “cum” and words like that, and I found a bunch of bullshit in there with this douchebag who can hardly even speak English properly. He was all like “want 2 bone u so bad rite nao” and shit like that. I didn’t even know she was into that kinda shit, she was a pretty classy girl, and kind of a prude, or so I thought. I just immediately packed up her shit and told her to get the fuck out, and haven’t spoken to her since then. I still loved her at the time. She cried, I cried, but that was it for us. I helped her move her shit into a storage unit and never looked back. I’ve been drinking nonstop since then, because I had difficulty adjusting. I’m finally starting to level out, though, and I’m moving back towards smoking weed, which is actually a good drug for me. I’m usually pretty fucking angry, and the alcohol doesn’t help a whole lot in the “don’t be an asshole” department, but the weed mellows me out quite nicely. I’ve met another girl since then, who isn’t quite as uppity and cunty as the last one, so that’s helped me a bit. She’s pretty submissive and I expect she’d tolerate me beating on her, if it came down to that. I don’t have any plans to beat her, but it’s good to know that’s an option. It’s easier to trust a girl like that.

Freque: You’ve been accused of nearly everything. Misogyny, racism, homophobia, antisemitism. How do you plead?

Freque: I suppose I’m guilty of a tiny bit of all those things, if we’re being entirely honest with eachother. I’m certainly guilty of perpetuating the idea that I am, mostly because I don’t give a fuck. It’s not like I just fell from grace one day. I live down here, at the bottom. I’m comfortable in the role of super villain. I don’t have nearly enough motivation to try and combat the things people accuse me of, so I just roll with it, for my own amusement. I think everyone is over sensitive, and I legitimately like to argue with feminists. I just like to argue with people who feel they’re being discriminated against, who whine about it incessantly, because it’s entertaining and there’s no real consequences. I guess I’m a bit of a bully, in that regard, but hey, no one’s perfect. My facebook feed is mostly chiptune kids, and they’re all insufferable bitches. You can only take so much of that shit before you feel like fucking them with a tire iron. There’s this one kid on me feed who posted this rant about “I hate litterers” as if he was taking a brave and admirable stance. It’s fucking annoying, and that’s just one example. It’s like all these kids are on a nonstop mission to impress their 6th grade guidance counselor, and it’s just really. fucking. annoying. They parade around like these heroic freedom fighters, even though they’re just towing the company line. People seem to be having this wacky competition to see who can get offended first, as if it makes them progressive and clever, and it’s kind of pitiful to watch. They’re not even good at it. I try to push their buttons because political correctness is stupid, and it’s fun to watch them glitch out. It’s sort of a reminder of why you shouldn’t be that way, because I’m usually taking a shit while I’m arguing with them, or posting offensive comments. I do some of my best posts with a turd hanging out of my ass. The chiptune world has worked itself into a frenzy over some of the things I’ve said, and I’m now one of the most despised people in the scene, and I’m shitting. You’re arguing with a guy who’s taking a shit. Ya know? As far as the misogyny, I won’t even deny that one. Most women are total sluts.

Freque: You were once accused of “giving a shit.” Defend yourself.

Freque: Ultimately, everyone wants to be liked. You get more free drugs and pussy that way, but I’ve always loved an underdog. Some of my more publicized rivalries (including but not limited to: andrewBLOWS, Shitzel, & Limey “I’m 30+ and I have an internet gf” Teevee) had a lot of backlash, but I’d say that’s healthy. None of my critics ever had a day where several dozen people came out of the woodwork to chime in on anything they did, so fine, let them talk shit. >Indifference< is the opposite of love, and I’m fucking famous. There will never be a day where they experience anything like that, and most importantly, I can take it. They dish it out because they think I can’t cope, because they can’t cope. I, on the other hand, was forged in hellfire, and the only reason these fucknuts even matter half the time is because they’ve found a way to attach their name to me. It doesn’t bother me, though. There’s plenty to go around, and I’m still just getting started.

Freque: Have you ever beaten or raped a woman?

Freque: Well, I wouldn’t call them “women.” I did smack a ho when I was in 8th grade, though. My brother’s exgf. We got in an argument on the schoolbus, and I spit on her, and then she spit on me and grabbed my hair and started rag-dolling my head back and forth. It was honestly pretty funny. I told her to let go of my hair or I was gonna slap the shit out her, and she didn’t, so yeah, I just started smacking her, right in the face. Slaps and backhands. She started kicking me in the chest from a sitting position, cause I had slapped her back into the seat. The bus driver was on the CB saying “WE HAVE 2 GIRLS FIGHTING! WE HAVE 2 GIRLS FIGHTING!!” because he wasn’t our regular busdriver, and I had long hair back then. The whole thing was sort of humiliating and exhilarating at the same time. I never even got in trouble for it, but I definitely had her snot all over me, because it got transfered a bunch of places while she was kicking me. I pretty much made that girl’s life hell after that, and she eventually transferred schools. I saw her earlier this summer, she was all cranked out on prescriptions, we were friends for about 2 days, laughing about the old days, until we discovered that we still fucking hated eachother. I called her a whore and a junkie and she blocked me on facebook. Good times. As far as rape, though, nah. Not yet.

Freque: Do you expect any backlash from this groundbreaking, historic interview?

Freque: God, I hope so. Maybe a bit of “For someone who doesn’t care, you sure wrote a lot of bullshit.” Maybe I’m giving everyone too much credit, though. If anything, it’d probably be another attack on my slut-shaming, jew-hating ways. In all honesty, I think people might be catching on to my need for negative attention, or at least they should have, by this point in the interview. I might have to change it up soon, and donate some money for breast cancer awareness, or something. You know you’ve reached a whole new level of trolling when philanthropy becomes the ultimate act of rebellion. I think that’s my endgame. I’m not sure how much further I can go in this direction before I’m just throwing puppies in a woodchipper and calling it performance art. I’m kinda like that chick who knits with her vagina, except slightly less trite and way less whorey. I don’t feel like I’ve hit rock-bottom just yet, though. If this doesn’t cause any drama, I’m pretty sure I’m gonna just start emailing pictures of my dick to all of my facebook friends. Men, women, & family.

Freque: What’s next for you?

Freque: I’ll probably delve deeper and deeper into incest porn, because almost nothing turns me on anymore. I pretty much need that to cum, at this point. I jerked off to one of those videos where the dude pisses in the girl’s mouth, earlier this summer. I wasn’t exactly proud of it, but it was oddly satisfying, at the time. I should maybe watch less porn, and go back to my imagination for a while, but I doubt that I have the discipline for that. I mostly used to just jerk off thinking about my friend’s girlfriends anyway, and I don’t have a whole surplus of friends these days. I might try to get arrested. I figured I could just start jazzing up my criminal record, sort of as an art project. I also have an album coming out, hopefully before the winter is over. I haven’t put anything out in a couple of years, so we’ll see what happens. Potato.

Jazz Disassemblies Ep1: Fun with Flippy Floppy Files

March 24, 2013 in Disassemblies, Review

This week we have yet another yard sale treasure to gut and explore. Brought to you by Yamaha, I have found a short lived piece of equipment called the Midi data Filer 3, or MDF3. This particular handheld brick accepts live MIDI input and allows for the user to record it for later use on the new, innovative and wonderfully compact data storage called the 3.5″ floppy diskette!

Yes folks, you and your friends will spend hours filing and sharing live sequences for years and years to come…The MDF3:

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Just a few other facts before we tear it up: this device offers not only MIDI filing Utilities, but also a formatting, copying and back-up of floppies containing any sort of files. Unfortunately, it cannot be used as an external drive for a computer. (Or so says this ASM noob) As for the internals, it looks like we have an 8-bit z180 uProcessor, 128Kbits RAM, Floppy Drive Controller IC, 4Mbits ROM, graphic LCD module, keypad input and various other components.

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According to the z180 datasheet, we can only support up to 1Mbit ROM. So…why would Yamaha choose to purchase an (IMO obscure) 4Mbit Mask ROM to store the ASM program? Are they using a highly complex bank mapping setup or are they simply costing the end user more money on a larger capacity chip? Lets have a look at the ROM’s socket after desoldering it from the board:

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lolwat!? “1M-EPROM”…I think not. The M534001E is definitely not 1M or an ordinary EPROM. Also, pin 1 is labeled as NC or Not connected in the datasheet but is obviously pulled high on the board. What on earth were they thinking? While probing a few other pins, A18 and A17 which are the high address bits seem to be pulled high as well! So to answer my previous question, yes, Yamaha seems to have wasted the extra space…a lot of extra space.

My biggest concern now is how to dump the data. I own a crappy Willem EPROM Programmer which cause everyone issues and I also only have Windows 7 64-bit which only supports high addressed LPT ports! That is another story for another time though; needless to say, I have it working. The Willem software does not have an M534-something-blah ROM option, so I will have to trick it into thinking it contains another chip. According to the datasheet, the pinout is rather common so I am able to tell my computer that I am dumping the 27C040 EPROM.

After attempting a few dumps and receiving verifying errors, I looked back at the datasheets and remembered a previously noted pin…pin 1. Pin 1 is not supposed to be connected with the Mask ROM, but happens to be the Vpp pin on a 27C040. This pin is going to be used on the 040 but is entirely static with the Mask ROM, so finally I figured out that I should simply bend pin 1 up… Dump and verify are a success (and a couple more times just to be sure) ;)

And Here she is:
Yamaha MDF3

With Hex data, sometimes headers and other data being sent to an LCD module for example are clear text. It appears that “Copyright (C) 1997 by YAMAHA V1.20.MDF3″ is clearly visible at the beginning of the program. Maybe there are other versions out there, or maybe they recycled the program from the MDF2 considering the fact that the Mask ROM says 1997 and 1998…hmmm…Another thing to notice is that I included two files. One is the full 512Kbyte ROM and the other is a cut down version because Yamaha repeated the same code four times, once in each of the 128Kbyte banks to fill it up.

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There is more clear text such as the button names, but you can have a look yourself if you’re interested. Lets move on to the other hardware inside. Again, there is an LCD and keypad as well as a floppy drive. Looking at the floppy drive, it clearly states 1999 so I assume the code was recycled yet another year! Did they simply improve the external look of the MDF1 and 2? Anyhow, I believe the keypad will be a wonderful example when I design my own 8 or 16 bit computer. As for the LCD, you can all expect to see an update with it backlit.

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Now lets take a look at the whole board itself. What I love most about this computer is that it is mostly surface mounted components in SSOP packages and a few DIP’s here and there. Many of these parts could have been much smaller, but that wouldn’t have made for such an interesting write-up if none of them could be read! I also can share my appreciation for the board designer(s) because there are no components retro fit on the back of the board, such as filter capacitors as we have seen so often in other devices (like last week)…Also, who doesn’t love a battery powered 8-bit computer? ;)
So here it is, please click to enlarge and enjoy my side-notes:

Jazz Disassemblies Ep0: Me, myself and the 8-bit Computer

March 16, 2013 in Disassemblies, Review

Episode 0: Me, myself and the 8-bit computer

Many of you may know me as Jazz or Jazzmarazz, but few know me by my earth name; Jordan Appleton-Joslin. ;) This past December, I finally graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelors of Science in Information Tech with a minor in Industrial Tech. Studying computer technology through the eyes of your everyday “end-user” simply didn’t cut it. From very early on I was overly fascinated with electronics and what makes them work; while never being satisfied with just using them. I quickly finished Uni’s requirements to graduate with IT and picked up a huge number of EE classes to fill in the rest of the gaps.

For as long as I remember the Nintendo and Atari took up the largest part of my childhood; playing games and pumping the audio through my father’s sound system with unknowingly sketchy and possibly reckless wiring. While my brother tooled around with his walkman, I carried my gameboy listening to the sound files available through option menus. Naturally I found my way into the chip/mod crowd for future learning endeavors and old time’s sake.

Each week following today will be accompanied by a dis-assembly of some sort. I plan to accept any and all gizmos and gadgets in the name of science! So please send your 70′s, 80′s and even early 90′s crap so that I may break it down and tell you a little more about what makes it tick and or how it may be used for chip-relevant pursuits!

If you have something which piques your interest but cannot find a use, please contact me; broken or otherwise, so please hit up them yard sales and thrift stores!  :D

Now that you know all about me and myself, lets move on to the main attraction. As today’s special guest, I have not chosen a gameboy, C64 or Sinclair something or other…but today you will all learn about the Compumate2 from Laser! Originally purchased at an estate sale after the death of the prior owner, this wonderful device was thought to be the one and only Compumate2 for the Atari 2600; however, it is not. I sat this aside for several years once I found out that it was nothing more than a miserable PDA from the 80′s.

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Full QWERTY keyboard and 7 functions and I was still rather pissed off having just obtained an Atari after many long years. Recently though, I had become very interested in the Zilog z80 and Intel 8085. For several weeks, I worked on building my very own 8-bit computer based on the 8085 and even though it was much more powerful; I still wanted to work with the z80. The z80 as some of you may know is what powers each and everyone of your gameboys. Sure, it has many proprietary modifications to interface with the link port, LCD and button input; but it is still a z80 at heart.

So I tore into the PDA not looking for anything fun, but looking for components to scrap. To my surprise, I found not only a z80 micro Processor, but 256Kbit ROM, 64kbit RAM, 2 x 20 LCD and possibility for external programs to be written all running on 4xAA’s! Not a whole lot has been shared about this device and even less is known about the external rom slot, but know this: I will eventually find out how to run a custom program on it. See below that there is a 34 pin connection at one side of the board. Also note the RAM chip being socketed. Laser must have had plans to expand the RAM at one point, but up to what capacity?

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Also notice that the sides have empty ports for expansion. The labels read: Line, Phone, Cassette and Expansion I/O. There seems to be limited room inside to fit many more components, but looking at pictures of the Compumate3 which itself is incredibly rare, I found that the I/O port at least was fitted with a midi/game type connection. Could there have been plans to release games for use with commercial PC controllers of that generation? There is no information on any carts being released to support a sure answer. In any case, the computer is equipped with a speaker for simple 1 bit beeps to signal an error or process completion, so why not write a simple 1-channel tracker once the code is analyzed?

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If you looked closely at the external ROM connector, it is nothing more than a 2 x 17 DIP connection….exactly that of a floppy drive cable used in last year’s PC! Following the pins back to their origins, I find that the ROM slot is directly interfaced with the Address and data buses, but what else…34 pins and only 24 D/A pins…I guess you’ll have to wait for the second installment! xP

Thanks for tuning in!

Cheers,
Jazz

p.s. I am including the hex dump and disassembly of the internal ROM:
Compumate2 Dump
Use it only for good! ;)

UPDATE:

Since posting, I began tracing not only the expansion connector, but most of the IC’s as well.
I will attach my current list for the curious:

Various Pinouts (Compumate2)

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NoiChan Megazine – Issue #1

December 13, 2012 in Review, Site News

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A drilldown of all the best content from NoiChan, with several original articles to accompany. If you’d like to contribute to future publications, please contact me. We will release these on a loose quarterly schedule, or at the speed that content becomes available. This particular issue is 220 pages of absolute insanity. Enjoy.

 

Release Round-up – Week 43 2012

October 28, 2012 in Review, Site News

Releases

Bitman – Epic Elevator Music - This goes live tonight 8 PM CST.

b4by f4c3 drops a preview for his release scheduled for late December/Early 2013

Ubiktune – Now That’s What I Call Kulor -  A compilation of tunes, uploaded to 8BC and no, no longer available, released as one giant clump. Some very funky laid back tracks in here. All in all, we hope to see some more of this stuff surface.

Chibi-tech- Moe Moe Kyunstep- The filthiest Nes tunes anyone has ever heard, ever.

Live

Clipstream II: You’re Welcome - 03/11-2012 – A host of amazing musicians for one long fierce webshow.

Blipfest – Tokyo

It goes without saying that getting some feedback from Japan’s Blipfest last weekend. We spoke with JamesYork, AKA Cheapshot who was one of the main organizers. We asked him to give us a run-down.

“I was glad to see this event go off without too much of a problem! Having said that though, we nearly didn’t get chance to do the pre-party cos I messed up booking the venue. We did end up getting a venue bigger than we were originally hoping for and it had an excellent sound system, too. So can’t complain to much. The pre-party was a wee bit stressful though due to a couple of acts not turning up until halfway through and other artists randomly going out for food when their set was coming up! Still, like I said, we nearly didn’t get chance to do it, so was over all pleased with the night!

Saturday, I was supposed to be at the venue (Koenji High) for around 13:00, but I wanted to burn some more CDs for the merch table which ended up taking forever (and a trip to the mother-in-laws, don’t ask!) so I got there quite late. David was on top of things though and everyone sound checked promptly. I wasn’t feeling too well for some reason, but ffffuuuuuuuu cow’p certainly made me feel a lot better! Was definitely the highlight of the first day for me. Bud Melvin also went down a lot better than I was expecting and NNNNNNNNNN was probably the crowds favourite of the day. Covox’s visuals were amazing and Ultrasyd was astonishing, too. VJs wise, they were all great, but Kenji made me laugh with his custom made robot head and Furby in the backstage room getting groped, raped, spun around, and shouted at. It stood up to the abuse though and had a good dance on the balcony.
Was really really glad I made it to chibitech’s sound check on Sunday. Has to be one of the only sound checks that had people coming out of the backstage room, run downstairs and give a standing ovation. Her ridiculous craftsmanship had me excited and giddy like a child for the rest of the day, which I spent planning my stage dive. My Facebook cover photo is a stage dive I did at Blip 2010 shot from behind. I had to do one better than that, so I decided to film myself diving this time. I think I pulled it off

Going through the other acts quickly: Loved Gwems punky, raw style; Toriena is as cute as a button and a good padawan to NNNNNNNNNN; Sulumi’s visuals and thick sound were great. Bit Shifter shifted bits like there was no tomorrow (but was sad not to see him collar with Luke Chaos this year); Abortifacient was a great drunk offending the audience, and probably himself, too; Aliceffekt had visuals to die for; and chibi finished blip with a MASSIVE bang.

Following all that, my announcement about Square Sounds seemed to go down well, and the crowd asked me to do another stage dive, so I did! haha. The audience was awesome though out the whole event, couldn’t ask for a better bunch of people!! I missed Hip Tanaka in the blur that followed, but only he could really follow the precedence chibi had made just before.

It was great meeting a bunch of chip tuners that I knew by name but not face, catching up with some of the people that I spent time with in NYC in March (Batsly, Bit Shifter, note! etc) Working with Lazerbeat (always a pleasure) and pulling the event off!”

Release Round-up – Week 42 2012

October 21, 2012 in Review

Releases

8-BITchin’tendo – Little hero going to the bar - The improbably unstoppable 8-Bitchin puts another tasty meal on the table. When the table is laid, all may eat.

Jellica - One Thousand Two Hundred And Thirty Four - Four tracks of atmospheric space disco Sid music.  Tune in and space out man.

Chip Country – A Donkey Kong Country Tribute - It’s bananas!  It’ll really roll your barrels. This one really diddied it for me. Closing monkey related pun.

JuicePouch – Transients - JuicePouch’s debut is five tracks of expertly crafted LSDJ dance music with an overall chill vibe.  Supergroovy.  Don’t think, just download it.

Feryl – How to Heal a Broken Heart.  – Feryl breaks the norm in LSDJ and creates some cardboard box thumping beats, sharp snares and bittersweet melodies. From: I Really Do Care’s earnest to Trusts stuttering rapid fire kicks, the whole release is very uplifting, sad and grounding. Beautiful work.

If you want to put forward suggestions for the weekly roundup, we’ll be taking them in the forum here. 

Release Round-up – Week 40 2012

October 6, 2012 in Review, Site News

Here’s a roundup of some of this week’s notable releases.  This is not an exhaustive list because maybe some of us are lazy and had a few beers and, you know, then it was time to grab a burger or whatever.  Someone was playing Minecraft, and, well…

If we missed your release, just send a member of noichan staff a PM and we’ll add it!

Chiptunes = Win Expansion Pack - Practically essential compilation from some amazing artists. J. Arthur Keenes Band, Disasterpeace, Electric Children, OxygenStar, and more.

Hunteruinn – Cyberchamp.  Densely layered, progressive LSDJ album.  As ferocious as it is brooding.

Hunterquinn – Cyberphanton.  The counterpart to Cyberchamp.  FinaLLY alone is worth the price.

The J. Arthur Keenes Band – Xinyue Yam and the Mystery Level OST.  New JAK Band. Dig it.

2PLAYER – Impossible Pixel OST.  The always-fantastic 2PLAYER follows up his excellent Infinity Force album with a fantastic OST.

Subterrestrial – Retro-Futurist.  Subterrestrial offers up the soundtrack to a game that never was. 16-bit-like.

Rokko Chan Extended Play EP.  Not sure why it’s called an EP, when it’s definitely album-length, but semantics aside, a great collection of artists making cool game music in the Mega Man style. Get it.

[edit] We’re going to do a release round-up every week.  If you’re putting out a release and want to be mentioned in the round-up, just shoot any noichan staff member a message.

Danimal Cannon Interviewed by NPR for MAGFest

January 18, 2012 in Review

 NPR has a feature about this year’s MAGFest and they talked to Danimal.  Pretty neat.

http://www.npr.org/2012/01/18/145347111/from-mega-man-to-final-fantasy-live-video-game-music

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DJ CATS REVIEWS STUFF!!

November 11, 2011 in Events, News, Review

I really want to involved in the site.  So, starting later this month I will be starting a review show.  It will range from the latest music to the newest games and everything in between.  So I’m calling upon my bro-sans of NoiChan.org.  I have the first review in production but I need more things to review.  And it can be ANYTHING!! So, leave your suggestions below in the comments. PEACE!!