Friday, November 28, 2008

Sound Bytes Round Two

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Friday 21/11 saw SoundBytes Round @ hit Softbelly Bar in Little Bourke St, for another night of chiptune mayhem.

The night started early with people wandering in to play Mario Kart and a plethora of old school gaming titles on MAIM boxes while they soaked up Softbellys retro feel in their exceptionally comfy couches.
Once it hit 9 o'clock we were flooded with arrivals to see MC Talkshow Boy take the mic for a set all of his own, getting the party well and truly started with his brilliant lyrics and hiphop beats.
Next up, fresh from his flight from not so sunny Brisnbane (not so sunny at the moment anyway!) we had Dot.AY hit the stage with his Gameboy, guitar hero and DDR dance mat in tow. AYs, breakcore influenced style rocked the crowd with some heavier noise than patrons of the last gig would remember and the crowd loved it, especially being able to interact with the DDR mat!
Last but not least, our stylishly attired hero (see pics), 10K Free Men & their Families returned to Sound Bytes with his own special brand of insanity, table dancing and chiptune beats. Despite playing about half a dozen variations on Happy Birthday for the birthday boy in the house, the crowd still requested an encore which gave us an opportunity to enjoy more of the show.
All in all, despite a couple off issues with the sound (dancing feet and cables do not mix boys and girls) and the bass being 'too loud' for the venue (which is almost a source of pride for all concerned) the night was a big success with a happy crowd and lots of curious onlookers very interested in finding out what was going on from the front room.
Next gig is probably early '09 - stay tuned to for more details as they come to hand.
Many thanks to Tom, Adrian, Alex, Maddy, the slurry crew and everyone who made the night a success.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

The countdown is on

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Only 6 more days to go until Sound Bytes returns for round 2.

We'll be kicking the night off from 6pm with some gaming fun in the back room and the MAME box and nintendo on hand as well as the Slurry Beats Collective spinning tunes to get the night started.

Later on the live noise kicks in and we take over the whole venue with 10K, dot.AY and Talkshow Boy on hand and guaranteed to get you moving.

Flyers have been distributed around town (tip - check out our friends at Dungeon Crawl if you want to lay your hands on one) so to get in for just $7 make sure you grab one while you can.

Have a great week!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Flyer's Out

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Well... almost! By the weekend the flyer for the November 21, Sound Bytes gig @Softbelly bar will be hitting the streets of Melbourne, getting holders $7 entry (instead of $10) to the gig. The flyer looks fantastic (if we do say so ourselves) and is definitely worth grabbing for your wall/desk/viewing pleasure.

If you want to get your hands on one leave a comment so we can let you know which of your fave gaming stores/cafes etc to hit for cheaper entry. Til then, check it out to the left!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Artist Lineup

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Great news!
We have managed to confirm most of our line up for the 21/11 gig.
The night will be a big one (sheerly taking into account the number of people performing!)

10k Free Men & Their Families, as previously mentioned, will be back in Melbourne, rocking out with his gameboy out.
Dot.AY will be making his way to Melbourne from Sunny QLD for some breakcore influenced 8-bit sounds.
Melbourne's own Talkshow Boy will also be performing some of his impressive, hilarious and downright awesome rhymes over some sweet beats.
And, of course Slurry Beats Collective will be back for more DJ interludes, spinning some of the latest and greatest chiptunes.

As always, more details as they come to hand

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

News Just in!

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We have just finalised the booking at Softbelly for our next gig!
Soundbytes v2.0 will take place at Softbelly on Little Bourke st, Melbourne on November 21st.

We are still finalising the line up, but 10,0000 Free Men and their Families returns to Melbourne for what will hopefully be another sell out gig.

Don't forget to keep a close eye on the page for more details as we have them!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Recovery from SoundBytes 1

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Wow, what a night! We had a capacity crowd at Bunker Lounge last night for dpad's first live chiptune gig and all I can say is (from our, biased POV) was that it was a massive success with a capacity crown and people were apparently getting turned away at the door which well exceeded our expectations (although next time people, buy more drinks so we get our deposit back!!)

The night consisted of four very different styles of live chip as well as DJ interludes between sets to keep the party going. Featuring Derris-Kharlan, little-scale, 10K freemen and their families and hidden village as well as the slurry beats collective, the night was jam packed with some amazing tunes and few moments of hilarity too.

Despite a couple of early issues with the sound levels during Derris-Kharlans set (and some general issues with the sound at Bunker in general really) the music was great and, additionally the added bonus of Talkshow Boy and MC Frogger in a spur of the moment "battle of the babble" was fantastic.

Highlights of the night?
Non musically -
  • everyone who came in the door got very excited about the pacman door stamp
  • the rat that was hanging out near the girls toilets (yeah, sure, blame the restaurant upstairs bunker)
  • the snes set up that meant that people were having their own little mario kart tournaments
Musically, for me was definitley 10kfm&tf - the amount of energy in that room was amazing and the crowd went absolutely off. The music was a hell of a lot of fun and it is completely obvious that 10k does what he does for him and not to please anyone else (even though it DOES please others) and the obvious enjoyment he got from making music just fed throughout the venue.

Thank you SO much, to Seb, Lauren, Nathan and Tom for performing (and als very much for the pleasure of their company) and to the Slurry boys for all their help in getting everything set up and ready to go.

Next up, we are looking at a gig on the weekend of 22/11... More details as they come to hand!

Here we go again!
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