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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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Ohio Valley Filk Fest and Pegasus Awards

The Ohio Valley Filk Fest (OVFF) is the world’s largest fan-run filk convention and home of the Pegasus Awards For Excellence in Filking.  This year it is October 24-26 in Worthington, Ohio.   This year is a special look at filkers and filking from Canada.


Guest of Honor for the con is Decadent Dave Clement, a filker from Winnipeg who has traveled to Europe to filk.  Toastmaster for the con is Stone Dragons, Filk Hall of Famer, Pegasus and Aurora Award winner.  The Honored Listener is Howard Scrimgeour, attendee of every OVFF and committee member of FilKONtario.  The Interfilk Guests for this year are Debs and Errol and the New Voices Guest is Copy Red Leader.

Events get started on Thursday night with open filk called Frisky Puppy filk.  On Friday things begin with the Mad Hatter’s Teat Party (bring your own hat), then the Pegasus Nominees Concert, then apple-tasting party in the con suite, a workshop or two and open filk in late in the night.  Saturday is filled with workshops and theme filks throughout the day, formal concerts, the Pegasus Awards Banquet at 6pm, then the songwriting contests, Interfilk Auction, and plenty of open filk.   Sunday has more workshops, yoga, more concerts, the Iron Filker songwriting contest, and the Farewell Jam Session in the afternoon, and if you stick around on Sunday evening you can go to the Dead Dog Dinner Run and the Dead Dog Open Filk.

The Pegasus Awards were founded to recognize and honor filkers and filking. Anyone in filking is eligible to be nomineed and win.  Anyone interested can cast their vote for a winner, you do not even need to go to the con.  This year award categories are: Best Filk Song, Best Classic Filk song, Best Writer/Composer, Best Performer, Best Adapted Song, and Best Song of Passage.

Membership is $50 if you pre-registered by October 10 and $60 at the door.   This covers everything but the awards banquet.  Tickets for it are $35 in advance and $40 at the con.  Child membership is at a lower price, $10/$30.

If you are a filker, want to be a filker, or just like filking you should check out this event.

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Pegasus Awards

Since 1984, the Ohio Valley Filk Fest (OVFF)  has given out Pegasus Awards to the top in filk music.  They are currently taking nominations for this year’s awards.  Anyone with an interest in filk and the filk community is encouraged to send in their suggestions.

The Pegasus Award Emblem

Each year they have four constant categories: Best Song, Best Classic Filk Song, Best Performer, and Best Writer/Composer.  They also have two floating categories that change every year.  Examples of past years’ floating categories are Best Love Song, Best Literature Song, Best Techie Song, Best Sing Along, Best Battle Song, Best Song that Tells a Story.  This year they are Best Gaming Song and Best Travel Song. Explanations and nominee requirements of categories below.

Best Filk Song: Any filk song is eligible in this category so long as it has not previously won a Pegasus Award, and has not been on the final ballot in this category in both of the previous two years.

Best Classic Filk Song: Any well known filk song that is at least 10 years old and has not previously won a Pegasus Award, and has not been on the final ballot in this category in both of the previous two years.

Best Writer/Composer: Any writer/composer of filk songs who has not won this Pegasus Award in the past 5 years.

Best Performer: Any performer in the filk community who has not won this Pegasus Award in the past 5 years.

Best Gaming Song: Any song that refers to gaming, reflects activities in a game, etc.

Best Travel Song: Songs that take you somewhere, or are about destinations.

Nominations can come from anyone in the filk community or fan of it.  Ballots are online of the Pegasus Awards website.  Nominations will be taken till the end of July; the ballots will be counted and the selection process begins.  The top five nominees in each category will be announced the first weekended in September, Labor Day.  The Final Ballots will be online and distributed at conventions for anyone to vote.  You can vote up till the Wednesday before OVFF.  If you attend OVFF, in Columbus, you can submit on-site ballots till Midnight on Friday night of OVFF, after the Pegasus Nominees concert.  The winners are announced at the Pegasus Award Banquet on Saturday.

Nominations can be anyone who is part of the filk community, anywhere in the world.  Filkers from Europe, Australia, and Asian have one in past year. If you want to take part in the voting process but do not know a lot of filk artists, Pegasus has lists of already suggested artists and songs to check out.  Also, you can look at the ones I have list on the right site of the blog.  Remember this is for people who fit in with filk and are fine with being part of it.  Weird Al is not one of them.  Past winners and nominees are also listed on the website as well, so check there too.

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