I am somewhat recovered from my adventure last night. (If you missed it, a friend and I travelled to Campbelltown arts center for pixel sounds, which is an annual chip tune gig. It was an amazing night, although, we had a long way to travel (our travel had nothing on the artists though, who'd mostly come from Melbourne and Perth))
Speaking of artists, I'm going make a list for your listening pleasure. They were all phenomenal, and deserve their music to be listened to by as many people as possible. I must also mention that chiptune is best listened to live. It's amazing what brilliant sound systems, stunning (and sometimes hilarious) visuals, multiple gadgets with all sorts of brightly lit screens and colourful wires, and the artist themselves grooving away to their sweet sweet bleep bloops adds to this style of music making.
Calavera: Is what I'd describe as good wholesome chip tune. His melodies are beautiful, and his wave channel is crunchy. Basically his chiptunes encompass everything I love about music made on a gameboy. I also love his charismatic performance style, which is so overwhelmingly happy.
Maddest Kings Alive: Maddest Kings Alive take on chiptune is what I'd call chilled out and minimal. His live set was created with a bunch of snazzy gadgets which I failed to identify, but it seemed as though he was constructing his sound live on stage, in a similar manner to how one performs an acoustic instrument. It was amazing to watch, and even more amazing to listen to.
DF0:BAD: Part of the charm of live chip tune is when the technology fails. Most of the time the artist is using technology which is 20+ years old, and sometimes it dies. DFo:BAD's technology was not immune to the curse of failing technology, with some songs dieing halfway though. Despite this, his set was skillfully composed, and very well performed.
cTrix: I must say, cTrix is one of my favourite chiptune artists. He makes music on a bunch of different systems including (but not limited to) an Atari (which he's turned into a guitari) a SNES, a Mega Drive, an Amega, a gameboy and a pocket thingy with lots of wires on knobby bits which I can't remember the name of. Something I love about his performance style is that he always takes a little time to educate the audience by explaining what he's using (and if you're lucky) how he's using it. He also had technology fail last night (although, it was the modern tech as opposed to the ancient tech) and handled it skillfully, entertaining the audience with some impromptu Beat Boxing)
Atomsmasha: Unfortunately I didn't get to see Atomsmasha play (it was a choice between catching a slightly earlier train, or waiting 3 hours for the super sketchy one), but I can verify that his music is completely marvelous. He makes melodic and hard 8 bit techno, and does it really really well.
So yeah, check all these mad boys out yo! Also, I will mention for all my music friends who don't do the chip tune thing, if you know how to use Sibelius, there's not much of a learning curve to being able to use the LSDJ tracker on a gameboy (I'll post a tutorial link here) Basically, I think y'all should make chip tune so NSW can have a scene (as much as I love the Melbourne scene, YOU'RE ALL SO FAR AWAY :( )