µChip3: 3-day UK fest with Chiptunes, 8-bit hardware, hacking, LSDJ & other Glitch Art hosted by Vivid Projects & μCollective

Micro Collective and Vivid Projects will be hosting µChip3, starting Thursday, March 19, 2015 in Birmingham, United Kingdom. While there’s not much info consolidated into one place, this is what I could find: Glitch Art Workshop: Join Antonio Roberts for this one-off workshop in which he will lead participants on a journey…

Circuit Bending type synth app, bent.fm lite v3.4, released in anticipation of full version. @bent_fm

bent.fm has released bent.fm lite v3.4 for iPhone. In anticipation of the full bent.fm app, bent.fm lite has been updated to version 3.4. Description from the app store page: bent.fm lite is a model of a circuit-bent synthesizer. bent.fm allows the user to tweak classic circuit bending modifications like fine…

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,…

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…

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…

A DIY 8-bit Arduino based mono synth, drum machine and more
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A DIY 8-bit Arduino based mono synth, drum machine and more

Just released, the Atmegatron from Soulsby Synthesizers, is an Open Source 8-bit mono synth based on the Arduino platform.