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BRKfest 2016

BRKfest the midwest’s longest running chip music festival is back for the end of summer for its fifth year.  It will be Friday September 2nd to Sunday September 4th at the Chameleon in Cincinnati, Ohio.


Friday night starts 9pm with cooshinator, Umin, Monotony, Hypnogram, Snesei, nonfinite, and boaconstructor all doing forty minute sets till late at night.  Saturday is Bit Wish, Infodrive, KITE SPLASH, AndaruGo, Triangles, Kris Keyser, Bubblegum Octopus, and Bit Shifter starting at 8pm.  Sunday starts at 9pm and features Dsv101, Solabear, Inverse Phase, CCDM, Dollfin, and hedonismbit.  Closing Ceremonies will be at 1am with DJ Boa.

Admission is $5 for each day or $10 for the weekend.  All tickets will only be sold at the door.  The show is 21 and older only.  Food and drink will be sold on site.  There will be vendors selling Game Boy

Fans, and those wanting to be fans, of chip music will want to at least catch one day of the event to hear great music and party with fellow fans.



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New Inverse Phase Shows and News

There are a few chances to catch chip music creator extraordinaire Inverse Phase coming up this August.  You can hear his music and learn about chip music creation.

In Washington DC at the Rhizome Space in Takoma on Sunday August 7th at noon a gathering of Muff Wiggler forum users will feature various synthesizer demonstrations, most of them analog.  Inverse Phase will have his custom chiptune synth that he is building (read further down) on display.

Then on the weekend of Friday August 26th through the 28th on Sunday he will be at Omegacon in Charlottesville, Virginia at the Holiday Inn.  He will be doing a performance and a discussion panel over the weekend, plus exhibiting in the vendor hall.

He will also be at this year’s BRKFest in Cincinnati, Ohio on September 2-4.  I will post more about this one later.

Inverse has also been building his own chiptune synthesizer from scratch, having previously been using emulators to create his music.  He has been building it quietly for a while now just hinting to fans about it.  It currently only produces basic music but Inverse will continue to work on it.  He promises “amazing things are going to happen” with it.  You can read more about the creation on his Patreon account.

Fans of chip music should try to catch one of these shows if you can.  If you are not familiar with chip music, its culture, creation, and genres then check out one of these shows and let Inverse Phase tell you about it.  He is one of the best at explaining it to novices.

Follow Inverse Phase on social media or sign up for his newsletter to keep up with future shows what other adventures he is on.

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BRKfest 2013 is Coming

The chiptune music festival BRKfest is back for a second year.  Three days of food, drinking, friends, and chip music.  August 2nd-4th at Al’s Bar (601 N Limestone St) in Lexington, KY.  Friday August 2 at 12:00PM to Sunday August 4 at 4:30PM.Cover Photo

They have a big line up of chip artists.  From Game Boy DJs to trackers to old consoles and from moshing music to dance music.  Returning from last year AndaruGOHunterQuinn,  Awesome ForceSPRYRoboctopusSp00ked, and Solarbear.  New musicians BSK, Trey Frey, an0va, Mr. Wimmerboaconstructor,  ProtoflightShanebroParallelis,  blog fave Inverse Phase, Starpilot, SoftRESET,  MonsterVision,  Auxcide, Ricky Brugal+LET’S DISINFECT!+Rainbowdragoneyes,  Snesei, Galaxy Wolf,  Chillbrave, and SKGB.

Tickets will be on sell Monday May 27th.  There will be only 200 available for $50 for all weekend.  If there are still any left over they will sell one day passes at the door for $20.  Show if for people 18 and older.

If you like chip music and have the money, I would suggest checking out the show.

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Live @ BRKfest

Last year was the first the chiptune festival in Lexington, KY called BRKfast on July 13-14.  Dozens of artist and their fans gathered for two days of music, fund, and partying.  You can now relive that weekend or learn about for the first time with the live@brfest album.
live@BRKfest2012 cover art

The album is 27 tracks long.  Twenty two of the tracks are live recordings of different artist performing and the others are various quotes and sound bytes made over the weekend.  A chance to understand some of the inside jokes from the event.  The download also comes with 39 pictures from the event.

The album is “pay what you want” meaning you get to choose how much you pay for it including nothing.  If you do give money for it all donations go to helping to pay for BRKfest later this year in July.  Plus for any amount of money give you are able to receive seven Little Speed DJ files from some of the different chiptune artists at the event for free.

The album itself is a mix of different types of chiptune music. From music that sounds like it was straight from an old school video to an electronic/techno sound to Tracks vary in length from under two minutes to over seven minutes.  Quick note, the album does have some profanity on it, so not really for the kiddies.

Special favorite songs of mine include: LomPARD! by Str8bit, it kind of has this dance mix feel but pure old school NES game feel to it that I like; Don Draper by  sp00ked, very mechanical and bleep bloop sounds that is exciting and musical as well ; and Oracle by Smiletron, has this dream like quality that lets you float on the notes yet still feels very 8bit.

The rest of the artists on the album are: HunterQuinn, Shitbird, KKrusty, sp00ked, SSD Engage, S.P.R.Y., CCDM (because of them I have decided to dedicate my life to learning who has the football), Awesome Force, Freque, datacats, pandaSTAR, Nestrogen, Solarbear, Str8bit, CompyCore, Saskrotch, Bitman, Dream Fox, AndaruGO, Roboctopus, Nonfinite, and Smiletron.

The whole album was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Narayan Choudury (S.P.R.Y)  in Smoking Mirrors Studios in Cincinnati, Ohio.

This year’s event is slated for July.  They are working on bringing over chiptune artists from all over the region and beyond.  If you want to perform; submit a demo to Solarbear (Curits Ware) at solarbear@brkfest.org

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Chiptunes for BRKfest

A new music festival starts this weekend.  A chiptune festival for the Southeast and Mideast called BRKfest in Lexington, Kentucky, July 13-14.

The event was created by local game boy musician Solarbear. The whole thing will be two nights of chiptune musicians playing.  The show starts each night at 7pm till about 12:30, with each act playing a thirty minute set.  Friday it will be Al’s Bar and on Saturday at Cosmic Charlie’s. The event is listed as 18+, so keep that in mind.

The acts for the event come from the Chicago area, Cincinnati, Nashville, Atlanta, St. Louis, and more.  Smiletron, Nestrogen, Roboctopus, Shitbird, Freque, Nonfinite, Saskrotch, Kkrusty, CCDM, Compycore, Dream Fox, AndaruGO, Awesome Force, HunterQuinn, Sp00ked, SPRY, PANDAstar, Datacats, Str8Bit, and The Bitman

Tickets will be $15 per night at the door, since pre-reg has already closed.

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