Updates! Comp. news! Shows! FUN!

Hello everybody!

I have a few updates I would like to share with you! First of all news on the Boston 8bit and Frenz compilation!

So far we have a killer lineup of local and national acts lined up for the album. Artists include Coda, up and coming (T-T)b, 8bit bEtty, Rainbowdragoneyes and more! It’s not too late for you to get in on the fun though, and here’s how!

All you have to do is provide two tracks, one new and one older one. Your new track can be a remix, cover or anything as long as it hasn’t been released yet. The new track must remain exclusive to the album for 3 months. After which you can do what you see fit with it.

The deadline has obviously been pushed back due to more and more artists wanting to be a part of it. Wanting each and every song to be as amazing as possible, I’ve provided ample time for all artists involved to create music. Another reason for the push back is I didn’t want to have to start a new volume right away due to late submit ions. However the final deadline will be February 1st. No more pushing back, no more delays. If you want in on the album please submit your tracks NO LATER then February 1st. I hope not only you understand, but you’ll join in on the fun!

If you would like to submit at track, please email the following to jay at boston8bit dot com:

-Two tracks in .aiff/.wav format, one new, one old. Please send the track as you want it to appear on the album. If you need help with levels or EQ, let me know and I can do a limited amount of mixing for you.

-Please include the following information in a .txt file with your upload:
Name of band/project.
Website Url/Twitter handle/Facebook link
Short bio on your music/project

I’m looking forward to hearing anything you submit, I’m sure it will be awesome! Questions, comments or tracks can be sent to jay at boston8bit dot com:

SHOW NEWS!

This weekend Boston 8bit will be collaborating with our BFFs at Geekbeatradio.com for a showcase at NorthEast Comic Con.The convention is $15 per day and is located in Wilmington MA. Make sure to stop by and check out all the cool booths and music that will be going on all day!

Also coming up is the return of Crunk Witch at Comicazi in Davis Square. This time Sam Mulligan and Sur5ill will be jointing in on the fun. The show will be $8 advance and $10 at the door. You can buy your tickets here and RSVP on Facebook here!

Also this is not related directly to Boston 8bit, but our friends at the Indie Game Collective will be putting on Bit Fest December 11th from 5pm to midnight at the Aeronaut Brewery in Somerville. It’s free to get in, and there will be plenty of arcade games (stock up on rolls of quarters!), retro game systems, trivia and of course beer. Since it’s in a brewery, you need to be 21+ to get in, but the event is free to enter! We hope to see you there/beat you in a game!

That is all for this installment, but this isn’t all we are working on! We have quite a few ideas we have been working on and hope to share it with you as soon as possible!

Twitch Friendly chiptune Database

Since Twitch has begun monitoring streams for illegal music, we here at Boston 8bit have decided to compile a list of artists who are OK with having there music used on streams.

If you are interested in joining the list please email me with the following:

-Artist name/style
-preferred streaming tracks
-link to where people can get your music.
-contact info Incase there are any issues

Please nite if you are a member of ASCAP or any other similar groups we can’t accept your music. You may be cool with it, but they’re Dickbutts and will not consult you first!

Attention all Boston area Chiptune acts!

ATTENTION ALL BOSTON AREA CHIPTUNE ACTS!

Boston 8bit is releasing our first compilation album of regional Chiptune acts! It’s not limited exclusively to established Boston 8bit acts though, so as long as your part of the northeastern scene you are welcome! We want to cover from Maine all the way down to Dirty Jersey. If this is something that interests you, please read on!

1. The album will tentatively feature 14-16 acts. Each act must submit two tracks, one previously recorded track and one new track. The new track will be an exclusive track to this album so make it count!

2. Send the track as you want it to be published. What this means is make sure to mix it down and do some EQ work. It should also be noted that straight up noise will not be accepted. Not to say noisey tracks won’t be accepted, just don’t get LSDJ, hit some random buttons and submit it.

3. The deadline is October 31st, more then enough time to get some killer tunes. Any late submissions will be released at a later date (volume 2 or a follow up album).

4. When submitting a track, please provide your artist name, information on who you are, and the audio in lossless format. Downloads from bandcamp are acceptable for previously released songs, but please do not upload the exclusive track to bandcamp! Mediafire is an acceptable solution however.

Good to go? Send your tracks in via email and we will do this!

Show alert! This Sunday Sunset Hang in Salem!

This Sunday will be the annual Sunset Hang at the Salem willows! Representing Boston 8bit will be none other then robotsexmusic. There are also many electronic acts as well as DJs that will be performing all day. Also make sure to bring your quarters so you can get your game on at the Willows Arcade (between acts of course).

For a complete list of acts please check out the Facebook invite. We hope to see you there!

Artist Highlight: Invisible Robot Hands

From time to time we’ll highlight a chiptune artist that deserves to be herd by the masses. In this first installment we’ll be talking about Invisible Robot Hands from Road Island.

You may have seen him playing the halls of Pax East for the past few years. Invisible Robot Hands is the epitome of DIY chiptunes. Founder of 8bit Northeast, Invisible Robot Hands (real name James Winter) creates hard edged chaotic chiptune. If you have the opportunity to check him out live, it is highly recommended. If not, you have to check him out on bandcamp*

WARNING: The majority of people witnessing/listen to Invisible Robot Hands have had there faces melted off. If you have a history of face meltage it is highly recommended that you check him out anyways. Who the hell needs a face anyways?

HI!

2014 has been a productive year for all of us at Boston 8bit. We started off strong at Pax East and went on to do many awesome things such as playing the Pop Culture Expo,  releasing new music and playing shows with such greats as Megaran, D&D Sluggers, Skyblew and Crunk Witch (more on that later).  Our friendship with the awesome people at Geekbeatradio has gotten even better and we all have a common goal: To make Boston 8bit not only as awesome as possible, but as accessible as well.

The Current line up of Boston 8bit includes, but is not limited to:

Robotsexmusic – Bandcamp Twitter

Sam Mulligan – Bandcamp Twitter Website

Diamond Machine – Bandcamp Twitter

MC facepalm – Bandcamp Twitter Website

Bifflecup – Bandcamp

Glenntai – Bandcamp

We’re not limited to just music, we also have different media outlits such as Geekbeatradio, Nerd Rock Radio (ran by Sam Mulligan) and Clip Stream (Glenntai plays a major part). We will also be adding live set recordings to our Boston 8bt Live bandcamp for your enjoyment.

We also have a show Sunday August 17th at Comicazi in Somerville! Comicazi is easily accessible via the MBTA Red Line to Davis Square. Here is the flyer for the show!

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Click here for the Facebook invite and tell your friends, family and even your Mom! The show is all ages and family friendly so lets come out and support the scene!

That is it for now! Thanks for checking out the update, and make sure to check back because we’ll have a LOT more for you in the coming weeks!

 

#freakstyle

Aaaand we’re back.

UNICORNZ

Unicorn casts ‘AWESUM1′.

Finally, the site is back up and running – we’re busy preparing part 1 Friday and part 2 Saturday of our wild chiptune party (and the Chipstage!) and all the info to communicate with you awesome fun people during the expo. Bear with us, get connected with our Facebook and Twitter pages to receive updates when they are released over the next couple of days, and GET READY TO PARTY!

Cheers
-B8B <3

Artist highlight: Invisible Robot hands

From time to time we’ll highlight a chiptune artist that deserves to be herd by the masses. In this first installment we’ll be talking about Invisible Robot Hands from Road Island.

You may have seen him playing the halls of Pax East for the past few years. Invisible Robot Hands is the epitome of DIY chiptunes. Founder of 8bit Northeast, Invisible Robot Hands (real name James Winter) creates hard edged chaotic chiptune. If you have the opportunity to check him out live, it is highly recommended. If not, you have to check him out on bandcamp*

WARNING: The majority of people witnessing/listen to Invisible Robot Hands have had there faces melted off. If you have a history of face meltage it is highly recommended that you check him out anyways. Who the hell needs a face anyways?

Artist Spotlight: Crunk Witch

This edition of Artist Spotlight covers an act that Boston 8bit was introduced to this past Sunday: Crunk Witch.

From the Pop Corn Capital of the world*, Crunk Witxh Fuses equal parts chiptune, electro pop and dub step breakdowns, Crunk Witch provide the soundtrack to every single party you’ll ever go to. They were also kind enough to share some touring tips for anyone who is planning on going on tour (go to Barns and Noble every chance you get and read a chapter of a book. By the end of the tour you’ll have read at least 2-3 books without buying them was a good one).

Check them out on Bandcamp and grab there newest CD and make sure to check them out on tour!

*Maine May or May not be the Pop Corn Capital of the world, I’m not sure.