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Soundtrack Lineup Announced for Music Puzzler ‘Chime Sharp’ – And it’s AWESOME

Publishing studio Chilled Mouse announced the soundtrack lineup for the upcoming music puzzler game Chime Sharp (or ‘Chime#’) today, and it’s pretty fucking awesome.

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Grabbing a variety of artists involved in the electronic, experimental, and chiptune music scene to provide a brand new ambient and engaging playlist for the project, the music sequencer/Tetris puzzle game challenges players to rearrange blocks to be read as notes, which in turn remixes the melodies into energetic dance pop tracks.

The game will include 15 levels, with 15 new songs by the following artists:

I told you it was rad.

Expect to see it on Steam in late June!

 

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Retrograde: New Adventures in Chiptune // Second Chiptune Compilation Album from I Thought You Were a Marxist Records

A little over a year ago, netlabel I Thought You Were a Marxist Records scoured the forums of the internet to collect a group of chiptune artists for a Bandcamp compilation release called Operation Fuck the Moon. It was rad (and also free to download HERE) and full of bleepy, experimental chipmusic goodness with mellow, upbeat, dark, and noisey beats thrown together in a sort of “anything-goes” mash up of underground artists.

A follow-up to the compilation, Retrograde: New Adventures in Chiptune, is now online as a free, 10 song digital album on Bandcamp. It features experimental and chippy dance songs from artists involved in the previous album (myself included!), as well as music from a handful of new artists!

Grab your headphones and check it out!

“18 months ago we commenced Operation Fuck the Moon. After impregnating Luna with our 8-bit chunks, we left for a pack of heart containers and never came back. Now we have settled on Mercury and are enjoying the metaphysical inconsistencies that are a result of our new planet’s state of retrograde, and impart it in our art. Here is a collection of musical amalgams; our new adventures in chiptune.”

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The Smell is Fighting their Demolition Notice with Crowd Sourced Donations

The Smell, an iconic all-ages DIY venue located in the heart of LA, and a crucial staple for the LA music scene, is fighting their demolition notice with crowd sourced donations in order to find a permanent home in downtown Los Angeles.

Jim Smith, the owner of The Smell, along with their pool of volunteer staff that keeps The Smell alive, have launched a GoFundMe campaign with a $1.4 million dollar goal to try to find a permanent home for the community that’s spent almost 2 decades at their current location.

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They’re not the only ones being forced to leave their building either. Last Friday, the entire block was slapped with demolition notices from L&R Group of Companies – an L.A based group that owns and operates parking lots.

The Smell, which provides a pretty bare set-up in itself, has been an influential venue for an array of indie and experimental artists, performances, and musicians, and a welcoming home for the local communities that surround them. Covered wall-to-wall in graffiti, art, and stickers, as soon as you enter the venue from the side alleyway (yeah, you go in through an alley) you can tell the show-goers who have attended throughout the years were determined to leave a piece of themselves there in some form or another. You’ll also notice that the venue has a no-alcohol policy, but serves coffee, teas, and a variety of snacks instead, to ensure that the venue stays all-ages and no matter how old or young you are, you’ve got a place to go if you want to get weird.

Doing anything you can to share the fundraiser goes a long way, so if you can, tell people about the GoFundMe campaign and #SaveTheSmell!

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It’s also home to 8bitLA’s annual chipmusic event, Freq.Fest, which started at the smell 5 years ago and now brings a variety of techy talent from all over the world to LA for three days straight.

To check out our photos from Freq.Fest 4 and Freq.Fest 5 at The Smell, click any of these links below!

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Freq.Fest 5 photos –

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