Björn Gustavsson gives 12 points to Sweden in Eurovision 2008

May 28th, 2008

The Swedish announcer, our national pride. ;)
This guy is an up and coming comedian around here, and he was the one who reported the Swedish votes. I didn’t pay attention to the ESC at all; I havene yet to hear a single entry from the contest, from Sweden or abroad. But I found these clips on Youtube after being someone recommended them to me.
The first clip is form the grande finale in Belgrad, where he “happens” to give 12 points to Sweden, just to excuse himself by saying “No, you can’t on your own!”. I think this is a parody on the East European countries which almost just seem to vote for each other, practically leaving the competition to them.
Some Swedes said their ashamed about him, because they think people abroad will start to think that this is how all Swedes are, a bit insecure, speak bad English, make clumsy mistakes, maybe a bit too much Aquavit. To them I’d like to say: Grow up! Everybody realized it was a joke. I rather think it helps shatter them image of Sweden as a stiff, overly PC country.

In the second clip he acts drunk in the national semi-finals. The English subtitles were made by yours truly.

GlitchDS Sample Pack: The Sounds of Mortima T #1 (Universe)

May 28th, 2008

Here’s my first sample pack for the really cool up and coming DS homebrew music/sound app DSGlitch. It’s a sequencer and sound glitcher based on John Conway’s Game of Life where each position in the grid can trigger one out of six samples.

The sound is kind of random and I like it so much that I’m planning to make a concept album with sounds processed by the program, with the corresponding sample pack to go with it. (I’m making some tight ass samples for it!)
Until then, I’m going to release a number of sample packs based on the incredibly jazzy and moody sounds of Mortimer Twang’s Amiga mods. More packs coming when I feel like it!

Watcha waiting for?
First grab a copy of GlitchDS for your Nintendo DS
Then grab the Mortima T samplepack

Update: To the best of my knowledge, here’s the first track using samples from the pack: Just For Her by Litebritedeath

.txt:

           The Sounds of Mortima Tee
           =========================
  what: sample pack
  for: glitchds
  samples from: universe.mod (#1)

 this is the first in a series of sample packs
based on the ameega mods by sweet fatha mortima
twang. The sounds were exported as played in the
mod, sliced when necessary and given minor edits

this first pack contains samples from universe,
a moody downtempo mod with a nice vintage sound
consisting of beautiful strings and a bass line
  made with a double bass sample

these packs will be made in respect to mortima's
 moody, jazzy, trippy, groovy sounds. to listen
 to the original mods, pay this website a visit
 http://www.mono211.com/modsoulbrother/mt.html

          original sounds by mortimer
            twang aka lukas nystrand
             compiled by: nitro2k01

This sample pack is licensed with the Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license. It gives you the right to share and remix the work if the resulting work is non-commercial and attribution is given to the original creator. (That is, Mortimer Twang!)
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nitro2k01 @ En Festival i 8 Bitar, May 17, Västerås (Sweden)

May 15th, 2008

En festival i 8 bitar poster
Hiiya! I was booked in the last minute for En Festival i 8 Bitar (A Festival in 8-bit) in Västerås, Sweden. It’s a two day festival for 8-bit music taking place this weekend, and I’ll be playing at May 17, 7 PM.

More info

New “song” - Multi-pHasal Realms

May 12th, 2008

A new song is up on 8bitcollective. Or rather a sonic landcape or what I’m supposed to call it. It’s based on Crappus Rex that I uploaded to BotB in a rush. Crappus rex is named after this blog, for a good reason. That song was made on my Gameboy with LSDj.
Multi-pHasal Realms is basically the same sound with an awful lot of effects added on top. No new elements were added, only effects on the existing sounds. The name comes from this blog post by Tim Boucher. The capital H in my title stands for pH, as in acid.

Listen:
Download Multi-pHasal Realms

Download and comment on 8bitcollective

Michael Jackson and the music in Sonic The Hedgehog

May 11th, 2008

A guy I talked to at Microdisko told me about how he was in love with the sound from YM2612 FM chip in the Genesis/Megadrive, although most game music composers at the time didn’t know how to fully utilize the chip’s full potential. He (as well as I) love the music of Sonic 2 and beyond.
And today I stumbled upon the awesome news that some of the tracks in Sonic 2 might have been composed by Michael Jackson. Yes, that Michael Jackson, the king of pop. Apparently he composed music for the games, but then it was removed when the pedophilia accusations started to pop up. This video show a compelling argument, supported by statements by former Sega employees, that the music in fact remained in the final games.
Unfortunately, they won’t let me embed it. :/
So here’s a link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbVM-l2Oku4

Instead, I’ll put a video of Streets of Rage here, which my newfound friend told me about for the music. It’s nothing actually nothing short of rave music, and I love it.

Automatic Mario Music Video

May 9th, 2008


Automatic Mario - Kumikyoku “Nico Nico Douga” from Doctor Zhao on Vimeo.

In the beginning there was LunarMagic. On the first day, 2ch created Super Mario hacks. On the second day, they created Automatic Mario…
Seriously though, this is not the first Automatic Mario music video that I’ve watched, but by far the best one. Even though you have to use speial block like fast forward block and the jump block, it’s still brilliantly well timed. And what’s more, it’s filled with internet culture symbolism. Fuck you nichanneru for being so awesome. (Inb4 weabooism)

(Through Kotaku)

More Broccoli!

May 6th, 2008

Back once again with the IRC quotes. Do watch the video!
On a related note, I think a part of the Bee March melody resembles the classic Super Mario melody. Ok, it’s only a couple of notes, but I’m still wondering if that might be where Koji Kondo got his original spark of inspiration from… We might never know!

18:31 -!- CalmDownKidder [...@user-5af482c6.sqy145.dsl.pol.co.uk]
          has joined #8bc
18:31 < _2tronik01> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GabHGlGm14 An
                    ocarina made from broccoli!!?!?!?!
18:32 <@Dauragon> :O
18:32 <@Dauragon> oh shit son
18:32 <@Dauragon> its CalmDownKidder
18:32 < CalmDownKidder> where?
18:32 < Inkoddi> I made a whistle from a carrot once
18:32  * CalmDownKidder looks around
18:34 < CalmDownKidder> a cucumber, when inserted into a person’s
                        bottom can produce all sorts of spectrums of
                        noise
18:34 <@Dauragon> D:
18:35 < Inkoddi> broccoli is perfect for instrument making
18:35 < Inkoddi> since it is really dense
18:35 < Inkoddi> and quite hard
18:35 <+herr_prof> and has natural rythm
18:36 < CalmDownKidder> The “more cowbell” sketch was originally
                        “more broccoli”

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