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Power Player #36: Auxcide

July 28, 2013 in Power Player

This picture was stolen during a Solarbear reconnaissance mission trying to prove that Auxcide had no friends. That mission failed.

Powerplayer #36: Auxcide

Auxcide is a MIDI-mastering, LSDJ-monstering, multitasking synth enthusiast, pianist, part time bro, full time hero, works behind the scenes for everyone’s favorite iCompany, and volunteers his time teaching underprivileged students at Berklee what real music is.

Okay, the last thing isn’t true, he teaches at SoCal, but he’s a pretty awesome guy. Get to know him.

He actually doesn’t teach at SoCal either, but read on, full time bros.

 Cool. What did were you doing two hours ago?

 
checking out the hotel online that i’ll be staying at for BRK! also thinking of setlists in my head
 
Wowza. How long ago was it when you found out you had been accepted to play BRKfest? And what was your initial reaction?
 
i think it was August last year that Curtis contacted me after the very first clipstream. i couldn’t believe it! i had listened to the BRK stream last year and dreamed of going just to watch. I couldn’t even imagine being an artist in it. . . my response to him was “i’ll start saving right now. brb making a BRKpiggybank” haha
 
So I take it that working in supply for a big computer company is helping with that? (And acquiring new gear? You seem to love things that glow and morph sounds)
 
My job sounds impressive but i’m only a temp. I pretty much took this job just to save up money and get new gear for BRK. I really wanted to expand on my sound and bring something different to the table in Lexi. It pays the bills. I do a lot of overtime so I can get extra money for merch. I seem to have a knack for finding the best deals on gear though. I got lucky and got some good eBay buys. My Arturia MiniBrute was actually bought on a whim and some good advice from Roboctopus. Best buy cause the thing is crazy.
 
You have a pretty strong piano background, how long have you been playing? Despite the cool flashy doodads you can’t forget the basics.
I’m almost completely self-taught in piano. I started when I was young but abandoned it for the Alto Sax. I eventually came back to it seriously in high school. I also took it in Junior College but all I ever played were video game covers and my teachers decided what I was doing was better then what they were gonna teach me. Actually for my Student Recital, I played like a 15 minute long medley of battle music from the Final Fantasy franchise. It went over surprisingly well.
I think it’s been like 8 serious years.
 
Pretty cool to see the alto sax background, I think Russelian and Megaflare also play it a bit. Have you ever thought about doing a chip-and-piano side project?
 
battle music from the Final Fantasy franchise. It went over surprisingly well.
 
[messages are lagging out a bit for me, not sure about you]
 
Almost all of my music has started off being written on piano. of Atoms and Stardust was completely done in piano first. The song Eos is especially apparent when you see me play it on piano. I have a very dancey and dramatic piano style so I think it’d be a good mix for a project. I have a couple songs out now that use a piano setting on a keyboard controlled by the Arduinoboy. I’d love to be able to do it live, but I do so many tempo changes that it’d be a lot to write. Actually did an experiment on a track that emulates my piano playing with lots of T commands. Look for it on the next Chiptunes = Win [ HYPE ].
 
Danimal Cannon did a rendition of the Moonlight Sonata (one of the movements, 2nd I think) that used tons of T commands to replicate the piano style in LSDJ. In LSDJ, you have blossomed into quite the hardware wizard. Some people cite LSDJ as being tough to learn, was your experience hard? How has it compared to learning the ins and outs of your other hardware?
 
haha I feel as if I’ve got a lot to learn still about LSDJ. . . I also feel like there’s a lot to learn with my hardware as well. With any new thing, it’s best to immerse yourself in it and that’s exactly what I did. It was so easy to explore because it’s such an interesting system and the first and only tracker I’ve learned. It actually came pretty easy to me. I first taught myself as much as I could, while exploring the software and then later explored tutorials and threads on cm.o about 2xLSDJ. The community was so helpful. Back then, it seems like it was less known to do 2xLSDJ, but I knew from the start that’s one of the things I wanted to make a staple in my music. The other, which is what drew me into LSDJ and making chip in general, was the Arduinoboy. I think if you stick with it, LSDJ isn’t that daunting.
 
Good to hear! You say that LSDJ is the only tracker you really use, are there any others you wish you had time/willpower to learn?
 
Famitracker! I still am always trying to devise ways to sync the NES and Gameboy together. Recently I hooked my arduinoboy up to my laptop via MIDI to sync with Famitracker but there was too much delay. One day, I hope to churn out some Fami tunes.
also the C64 is tasty.
 
Word has it we may see FaMi (from Batsly Adams) http://www.batslyadams.com/search/label/FaMI make that a reality with pure hardware. Worth keeping an eye on for sure. I myself struggle with Famitracker. Two questions left, first one is: are you a big sandwich fan?
 
I’m a vegetarian. We can’t be too picky about our sandwiches. If it’s edible, I’ll eat it!
 
Last question: If you were forced to be a stand up comedian, what would be your big running gag, and why?
 
“Solarbear cleans the carpets at my house. . . why? cause he sucks more then my vacuum!” *ba dum duh tssh*
also that is true. He does suck.
 
Thanks for taking the time to talk!
Can’t wait to see you at BRkfest!
 
Can’t wait to meet everyone in real life, man.
For those unaware, Auxcide and Solarbear are (im)mortal enemies. Buy BRKfest tickets and watch them fight to the death on stage. My bet is on the Arduinoboy becoming sentient under the influence of its tentacled overlord Roboctopus and destroying both of them.

Thanks for reading!
The Bitman 

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!”

NC041 Released: shanebro – The Sky is Ours

October 9, 2012 in NoiChan Release, Site News

Shortlink: noichan.org/nc041


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The debut release from the mighty shanebro, created using LSDJ. Featuring a cameo by The Bitman himself, prepare to go airborne.

Art by Frostbyte. Recorded at Smoking Mirrors Studios in Chipcinnati, Ohio. Produced by Narayan Choudury aka S.P.R.Y.

Stop the Presses! (Bitman makes his local newspaper)

March 30, 2012 in News, Site News

Bitman was on the front page of his Uni newspapper. He is amazing and we love him, long time.

http://cw.ua.edu/2012/03/29/xpress-night-flows-at-the-ferg/

Bitman’s release Ten Day EP can be downloaded right here on noichan!!!

NC015 Released: Bitman – Ten Day EP

March 23, 2012 in NoiChan Release, Site News

Shortlink: noichan.org/nc015


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10 minutes in 10 days, that was Bitman’s mission, in a style he wasn’t familiar with. These things are usually hit or miss, and this crunkstep offering has hit.

Also available on thebitman.bandcamp.com