REPOST: Be on the lookout for Sales! Radio Shack closing 1100 stores. (now 1,784 stores with complete list and map!)

The following is a repost from my March 2014 blog post about Radio Shack shuttering 1100 of it’s stores, now with the complete list of the 1,784 stores closing by March 31, 2015, and a Google map of the locations. March 2014: Back in 2006 I scored some major deals…

New iPad app, SoundScaper, to resemble 8-bit/circuit bending sounds

Igor Vasiliev has submitted SoundScaper to the iTunes store for review. From the developer’s site: SoundScaper is an experimental sound mini lab for creating unusual soundscapes, atmospheric textures, drones, glitches and noises based on circuit bending ideas…The oscillators, based on simulating schematics of actual 8 bit lofi sound playback chips,…

Circuit Bending featured at TEDx

Valéry Sandor gave a talk and live performance at TEDxDunkerque in France. While I don’t speak French this is pretty cool that circuit bending is being featured on such a big platform as TEDx. Some cool French language toys are shown, as well as a box with what looks like…

Circuit Bending Workshop in Detroit

This Sunday in Detroit, MI, the Mobile Homestead will be hosting a Circuit Bending Workshop. From the Facebook Event page: Emphasizing spontaneity and randomness, circuit bending is the creative, chance-based customization of the circuits found within electronic devices such as low voltage, battery-powered guitar effects, children’s toys, and digital synthesizers….

Critical Vibrations releases Circuit Bent Collection Live Pack

Circuit Bent Collection, a new Live Pack from Critical Vibrations has been released. Built from a huge library of samples recorded from circuit bent toys, keyboards, and drum machines, it contains 140 instruments for Ableton Live 9. From their site: “This collection isn’t just the glitchy lo-fi toy sounds you…

Venetian Snares demos new glitchy analog drum module!

Dr. Snarold Snarington (Aaron Funk of Venetian Snares) shows a quick demo of the new Mutant Machine module from hexinverter.net. This drum module is described as having a “microcontroller-free analog percussion synthesis engine.” They go on to say, “The Mutant Machine is a dynamic analog instrument capable of generating a wide…

Denver Synth Meet 2015!

Denver Synth Meet is an all ages sight and sound sharing event. The meet will include: Modular, Old & New Hardware/Software Analog/Digital Do It Yourself Controllers Guitar Pedals Manufacturers  Demos You will be able to buy/sell/trade and open tables will be available for you to show off your gear. Live…

Video Game Music Conference features Chiptune Music

The North American Conference on Video Game Music will feature a talk on “Compositional Techniques of Chiptune Music” The talk will be given by Christopher Hopkins of Long Island University. Hopkins is as adjunct faculty member of the music department of Long Island University. His work integrates the music from gaming’s past into…

8-bit video game developer delivers marriage proposal via surprise scene

A video was spotted on YouTube of a video game developer proposing to his fiance via his 8-bit alter ego. In the video, seen here, the live reaction to watching the in-game scene develop is in the upper right hand corner. It’s a little dark, but you can still see…

Just released: Chiptune Guitar (iOS) Authentic chiptune sounds sampled from vintage hardware emulation

Chris Motola has released Chiptune Guitar for iOS. Chiptune Guitar lets you customize a grid of twelve fully-selectable chord slots and features 12 instruments sampled from vintage hardware emulation. “Chiptune Guitar is a music app like no other…  play virtually any song on instruments derived from authentic chiptune sounds.” Chiptune Guitar is available…

R.I.P. Lo-Fi SES, the lovable, hackable 8-bit chiptunes instrument we never knew

In a sad update on their Kickstarter page, Assorted Wires has cancelled their campaign for the Lo-Fi SES. After a +500% funded campaign and great media coverage, they’ve shut down the project. “Over the past few weeks I was hit hard with a series of things that have consumed all…

AudioThing releases miniBit, 8-bit/chiptune style plugin synth

miniBit is a VST/AU/AAX synthesizer from AudioThing that recreates the sounds of 80s game consoles and retrocomputers. It’s main oscillator features 12 waveforms paired with a square wave sub oscillator one octave below. From AudioThing: “The waveforms are not bandlimited and will produce aliasing. Furthermore, using the built-in bitcrusher, you can…