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SidTracker 64 Puts Retro Chip Music Creation on Your iPad

Pity the iPad. Unlike the Commodore 64, Apple’s wundertablet doesn’t come with a state-of-the-art SID synthesizer chip inside. Well, now emulation solves that problem. SidTracker 64 is both an emulation of the SID sound chip on the Commodore computer line, plus a workstation for arranging your own songs. And it’s already got some songs to get you started, like the classic “Commando” by Rob Hubbard, which you can play or remix. It’s loaded with all the usual production extras. And don’t let the “tracker” name put you off: you can play in real time, which naturally works well on the …

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Painting with People: Pac-Man and Other Human Pixel Projects by NOTsoNOISY

Recalling the imaginative antics of football-field drill teams, the work of Swiss filmmaker NOTsoNOISY (Guillaume Reymond) makes human beings into pixels. People themselves become the medium as much as the stop-motion film, with charming results. So, speaking of what that means for a building facade, it’s worth visiting some of the other best work from this artist. Human beings can even become an LED matrix: Human Led Matrix

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Game Boy Graphics, in Monochrome, Become The Canvas of a Music Video (Get the Tape!)

Play enough Game Boy – as some of you may have done in your childhood (or recently) – and you could start to dream in washed-out grayscale pixels. Artist David Stoll sends a music video that seems to emerge from that dream. David – aka The Beep – tells us this creation is “a demake 8-Bit Game Boy Music Video I’ve made recently and it features 8-Bit interpretations of a MPC 2000 and an SU-10.” Yes, incidentally, a “demake” is a thing. It repurposes the game visuals to produce something that treats the video pixels as a medium. I’ve said …

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Animate Everything: Musical Beeple Film IV.10 is Like if Drugs Were a Video Game

Finding something intelligent to say after watching Beeple is like trying to compose a work email after sex. You just want to sit in the afterglow. Beeple’s tenth instrumental film is full of three-dimensional goodness, a joy ride through a fantastic, videogame world. It’s also eminently musical. As fanciful characters pop out of a rotating globe in some dream combination of Shigeru Miyamoto and George Dunning, you get a sense of popping, Alice-like, into the world of the music. Animator Beeple, aka Mike Winkelmann, created music and visuals alike for real audiovisual instrumental art. It’s Merrie Melodies for the digital …

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Reformat the Planet, Feature-Length Chip Music Documentary, Arrives on DVD

REFORMAT THE PLANET trailer from 2 Player Productions on Vimeo. The journey to complete and release a documentary is a long one, but Reformat the Planet, a feature-length documentary on the chip music scene, has reached the other side. Focused on the hub of artists in New York and the Blip Festival, Reformat the Planet has had some significant success out on the festival circuit, and it’s the product of a talented team of producers called 2 Player Productions, who do some really lovely work. (Staking out a corner of the indie game world, they also have worked on the …

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iDrum Video Game Edition: 8-bit iPhone Drum Machine Fun Times

If you’re looking for something fun to fiddle around with this weekend, this could be your ticket: we’re tipped off that iZotope have released a video game-themed expansion for their iPhone-iPod touch drum machine. As Timbaland would surely say, were he asked: T: It’s from a video game, idiot! [laughs] P: [laughs] T: Freaking jerk. (Look that up, if you don’t know what I’m talking about.) Update: VIDEO. Sweet, brilliant video.

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