Today I am still recovering from being sick, so I'm busy at work surfing the world wide web. I somehow ended up on this guy's myspace page, 8-bit Shifter
, not to be confused with 8-bit
, the local LA indie/rap/electronica outfit. BIG difference.
It seems I've hit the Nerd Jackpot!!
First things first - I am pro-Nerd. If I had to pick a favorite computer geek of all time, it would have to be the lead singer of my all time favorite band MUSE
. Matt Bellamy
is either a genius or a whack job. Have you seen his guitars? Smoe with mousepads that light up, others with over 8 nobs.
(***MUSE SUPER-NERDY FUN FACT***
got their record deal, Matt Bellamy took most of his signing bonus and bought himself a JET PACK
!) Taken from THE GUARDIAN
"Bellamy informed interviewers he could communicate with the dead and claimed his band's early fanbase had been comprised of local witches. He spent his early royalties not on vintage guitars or Beatles memorabilia but a device called a Paramotor: a propeller-operated 'jet pack' that attaches to the back. Suitably equipped, Bellamy would apparently soar over the Devon Riviera."
Now back to Nintendo Nerd Rock!
from N-Sider.com: 8-bit Radio
"There's a young and largely undiscovered sector of music beginning to flourish in the New York City underground—a subculture most often referred to as the "chip scene" by its veterans—that involves using sound code from old hardware (in this case, the NES) to produce original music. Like the developers of yesteryear, today's musicians can create songs that run natively on Nintendo's grey box with both brilliant and nostalgia-inducing results."
(BTW: Incase you forgot, N-Sider.com
webpage is "The World's Most In-Depth Nintendo Resource"
If you are as facinated as I was and wish to learn as much as you can about the 'Chip Scene'
and how it got started . . . check out this awesome interview with ANAMANAGUCHI
, one of the first bands on the Chiptune bandwagon: CLICK HERE
(***BEST NAME USED FOR A COMPUTER PROGRAM***
The Program you have to use to input Nintendo (NES) sounds is called the NERDTRACKER 2
and is designed by Nerds R US
! HA! I couldn't make this up!)
A few other Nintendo Nerds on myspace:BITS SHIFTER
*make sure to read his blog post - it's funny and facinating - and i'm jealous. must be nice getting to jetset around the world playing nintendo!! I want to be in the Gameboy Music Club
*3 member 8-bit pop from TOKYO.
*hearing these chiptunes makes me want to play some Super Mario Bros. or EXCITEBIKE
*when asked how they came up with the name Anamanaguchi
- peter responds 'it's a word that's in the vernacular of both Jabba the Hutt and a Japanese businessman in a sauna.'
WOW. NERDS have such an extensive VOCAB! Vernacular
!?! I haven't heard that word used since me and JG
had dinner with ROSS GOLAN
!Best New Band (With A Name That Sounds Like It Belongs To This Nerdy Nintendo Rock Scene But Isn't) Goes To: GAMEBOY/GAMEGIRL
*Listen to "Sweaty Wet/Dirty Damp"
*These guys & girls are from Melbourne, and they are sooooo fun! They are all over the blogs, plus they site Man Like Me
as an influence - so I was already IN before i even heard a note.
I can't wait till them come over to LA - jerry
make it happen! they need to play HELL YA!
So yeah - - - Go Nerds! Instead of Comicon
this year, book your flights to NYC for the BLIP Festival!
Labels: 8-bit, ChipTunes, Gameboy / Gamegirl, Jet Pack, Muse, Nintendo-Rock