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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org