May 1, 2013 in Events
Now that Blipfest is over, we’re calling on everyone to help keep the scene alive. Please make a donation to the UCW kickstarter, so that this project can move forward!
Ultimate Chiptune weekend is a 3-day festival celebrating various forms of dance-oriented Chiptune music-music made from old video-game hardware or software. The show will feature many of the top names in modern Chiptune world-wide.
November 29, 2011 in Power Player
Power Player #9: Electric Children
I heard about it from a couple other bands I had been playing with on the regular back when I first started doing performances and stuff. They showed me some different trackers including LSDJ, and I fell in love with the sound. I was sort of looking for something to fill out my music a little more and I figured it was just the touch I needed!
Why the change from “Circles” to “Electric Children”?
Electric Children is essentially a different project-it’s much darker, much harder hitting, and more to the point, not even close to the same style of music. I don’t have any shame or regret about everything I did with Circles, but the project was beginning to pull in two different directions before it’s hiatus, and I didn’t want it getting any more eclectic and messy when I started the whole solo thing again. It’s just nice to have a fresh start for my whole back catalog of songs.
How do you feel about the current state of chiptunes?
It’s always surprising to me how quickly it’s moving forward. Within the 4 or so years I’ve been involved in the chiptune community it has become vastly more popular and well-known, even to the extent of seeping its way in to the mainstream a little (Anamanaguchi and Sabrepulse). It’s also pretty surprising to see the quality of instrumentation and technique improve in general. People are using techniques in their song writing right off the bat that it took me a year to even discover, let alone master. More people are trying to branch out and get a unique sound, and as a result there’s a lot of chiptune music right now that would have described as “out-of-this-world” or “next level” when I started. So as far as the current state, I’d summarize all this by saying it’s better and always improving.
You don’t seem to be on the chiptune sites as much these days, why is that?
I lurk more than people realize. I never really was on chiptune sites a lot even before, except to post songs I suppose. Open forums where people have the opportunity to just spout off inflammatory opinions and skewer others consequence-free tend to scare the crap out of me, so I am far more partial to private interaction or if i’m lucky enough, chatting in person. I think this is the sort of general direction a lot of chip artists tend to take after awhile-working more behind the scenes with everyone where the environment is devoid of stress and bullshit.
Will you ever work with Fighter X again?
Not even if hell froze over.
What happened there, anyway?
It’s kind of a long drawn-out story that I don’t mind telling people, but I’m over it at this point and just don’t feel like putting in the effort of getting worked just up to issue another statement on it. The short version is we just had different opinions about how things should have ran, and he couldn’t handle working with me anymore, so he kicked me out. I will make a note to say we didn’t split up, he kicked me out.
What was performing at blipfest like?
Amazing. I met a lot of cool friendly people and the atmosphere was something so different from what I’m accustomed to. It’s always refreshing to be around other people who actually “speak the language,” allowing you to completely nerd out over chiptune stuff. The crowd was awesome, the setup was awesome, the company was awesome, it’s truly an A+ experience.
How did you like the east coast?
Well I’ve been to NY and FL on the east coast now and I’ve definitely enjoyed all my visits. Everyone was ridiculously accommodating and friendly, and who doesn’t love a vacation anyway?
Does the weather in Seattle effect your creativity?
Um, no more than it would affect anyone anywhere else. I suppose I write in a different mood depending on the season, but the negativity in my songs generally isn’t brought on by the fact that we spend 10 months out of the year knee deep in puddles. I will say that the architecture, look, and overall atmosphere of Seattle has definitely inspired my works on more than one occasion though. Seattle is truly an amazing place to live.
Describe your setup. Is it hard composing on LSDJ with 2 linked gameboys?
My setup is 2 DMG-01′s running LSDJ 4.0 and 3.9.9. I occasionally do songwriting on other sequencers, but the operation is more or less handled by those two gameboys alone. Composing on 2 linked Gameboys can certainly be exhausting and overwhelming if you don’t handle it right. It’s not so bad for me now because I’ve learned how to handle it, but the sheer amount of freedom can definitely be a little daunting in the beginning.
What advice do you have for aspiring Power Players? What’s next for you personally?
I’m just always trying to move forward with my music to make something I’m more satisfied with. I always want a bigger sound that can truly express how I feel from one song to the next. I guess my advice for anyone making music is to always remember you’re doing it for yourself first and foremost. This means being satisfied with your music when you’re satisfied, and making it better when you think it can be better, no matter what people are telling you to do with it. Make what speaks to you, no matter how simple or intricate it may be.
Tupac or Biggie?
Of course Biggie. I’m always partyin’ an’ bullshit