We are very close to D-day for Square Sounds this year, so we just wanted to give you a little update of all the things that you should keep in mind when planning your weekend!
Thursday night – Pre Party. Catch some awesome people’s open mic sets, or perform one yourself. We have sets from Aday, Stray.CE, cTrix and a special international guest – Cerebral Scars, all the way from the UK. This is at Melbourne’s best bar, Forgotten Worlds, which combines old school arcades with an awesome selection of boutique beers from all over the world.
Friday night – Night one. Catch Bubbletown Babe Crew (VIC), Alex Lane (NSW), DFO:BAD (NSW), Eyeliner (NZ), xyce (NL), Galaxy Wolf (UK), NNNNNNNNNN (JP) and Chipzel (UK) playing night one. Lots of Gameboy this evening, and given the buzz about Chipzel being in town that we are getting from press (Cyclic Defrost, Zen Arcade and VICE and more have all been chatting to her!) she’s going to be one you don’t want to miss. But we’re also really excited about Eyeliner – who you may also know as Disasteradio. One of our non-chip performances, his music is inspired by vaporwave, with chippy elements. Think 80’s, think digital, think synthesizer.
Saturday day – Workshops. Square Sounds isn’t only about the nights. During the day on Saturday, we have workshops, that may just have you taking the stage at future chip events. This year, we’re focusing on visuals with a how-to guide to both Resolume (software based) and NES (hardware based) visual goodness. Resolume is presented by little-scale, and NES by Lazerbeat, but we’ve organised them back to back so that you can get an understanding of both, and see what may work for you in the future. We haven’t forgotten about the music though, because for the first time cTrix will be showcasing his SNES project and talking about the journey to using it as an instrument. Follow the links to book for FREE spaces)
Saturday night – Night Two. Night two packs in even more bass, a wider variety of sounds and consoles, and one of the legends of gaming music – Chip Tanaka (his day job at Nintendo had him working on everything from Donkey Kong’s sound effects to Super Smash Brothers Brawl). A legend in Japan, his live set is decidedly non-gamey and you are going to love it! Other acts for the night are MEN64 (NSW), Chr15m & Fenris (WA/VIC), GN (QLD), Atomsmasha (WA) (with guest visualist Kataplexia), Goto80 (SE), Toriena (JP) and the return of Henry Homeweet, who brought the housedown with his SoundBytes set some 5 years ago… and you might want to stick around to the end as we have a very special secret set planned!
Sunday night – Post Party. The post party is the best way to recover from a full on weekend of heavy bass and hard drinking (because let’s face it, that’s what happens) by hanging out in a beer garden, hearing DJ sets that are chip inspired or by chip artists doing their ‘other’ stuff and hopefully soaking up some sunshine (the long range forecast is looking good!) and hanging out with the new friends you’ve made over the weekend. We have sets from Henry Homesweet, Velatix, B.O.O.M.A, Package Holiday, DJ Innes, Talkshow Boy and Melt Unit and this is always our favourite part of the weekend!
Can't wait to see you all there! Remember to get your tickets in advance and save yourself some $$ http://tiny.cc/squaretix