Tuesday, October 28, 2014

CHIP HITS THE FAN 2014


Happy to announce that we were able to set-up another CHIP HITS THE FAN this year! It will be on the 15.11.2014 and this is the first time, our festival come along with a movie-screening and even better is, that you can watch the latest and freshest chiptune movie documentary called EUROPE IN 8 BITS by Javier Polo.
This became only possible due to a new cooperation with the music-documentary festival notes on music.
After the movie you can join a Q & A session with MEN OF MEGA - a Gameboy-liveact which also appears in there.


Europe in 8 bits Teaser in English von europe8bits

Then we start the live-show with a short OPEN STAGE followed by this line-up:

ULTRASYD (FR)
MEN OF MEGA (NL)
irq7 (AT)

+ 8-Bit Visuals by back to Newc45tle (DE)!

For more information visit our Facebook event or chiphitsthefan.de.
All about the movie you can find at notes on music.

The festival including the movie will be at the Künstlerhaus Nürnberg (upstairs this time!).



Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Live at PLAY14 in Hamburg!

After a long summer-break a bunch of liveshows are upcoming!
The next irq7 concert in on Friday the 19.11.2014 at the PLAY14 - a Festival for Creative Gaming in Hamburg.

At 11:00 you can listen to a short presentation about Chiptune and living in the Dot-Matrix and in the afternoon I have also the honour to give a Gameboymusic-Workshop (in German language) for Chiptune-newcomer and people who are interested in making music with their favourite handheld.

COME AND PLAY!
Support: The HuitBeat Dance Collective
 

Sunday, October 27, 2013

CHIP HITS THE FAN 2013


The biggest Chiptune-Festival  in the south of Germany is back! *taading*

On the 9th of November the Gameboys taking control again in the K4/Nuremberg.
The line-up this year is bigger than ever before and of course we have an "open stage" for everyone.

Our headliner this year is "Gamegirl" Chipzel from Ireland. She is well known in the scene and played all the big festivals around the world. We are also happy to announce that Gampoy is our surprise guest from Austria who is rocking the stage next to MELTED MOON, TriAC, Back to Newc45tle (also responsible for the awesome 8-Bit analogue visuals) plus 9-Heart and irq7.

For further information please visit chiphitsthefan.de and the Facebook-page.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

PAL vs. NTSC vs. ME


Well - it's a long story and it started a few moth ago when my chiptune bro 9-heart used a device called VBLANK M1 for making visuals at a gig we booth played. Some day's later I thought that could be a nice toy for my shows as well! Then I remembered my  Sega Game Gear with the broken screen which would give that device a nice housing and if I find a small TFT-display, I may use it for the monitoring of it's visuals.
Cewl.
So I ordered the VBLANK M1 and a I also found a perfect fitting TFT at adafruit.

The Game Gear provides a lot of space

The VBLANK is basically a PCB with a microcontroller and a few passive elements. It has a cinch with video composite output and a jack-socket for the audio-input, which is used to trigger the 8bit-style video effects programmed into the controller. It has two wires for power supply and two LEDs. One is the power-LED and the other is blinking if the audio on the input is loud enough. I planed to put the VBLANK and the TFT into my Game Gear and drill holes for the I/O's into it's housing. When I received the VBLANK and the TFT, the trouble starts. The TFT worked well with my DVD-player, but not with the VBLANK. After asking the VBLANK-developer I found out, that the VBLANK is a NTSC device *umpf*. After that short shock I also found out, that the TFT is compatible to PAL _and_ NTSC. So I asked at adafruit and they confirmed the compatibility to NTSC. They also suggest to return the TFT, but I didn't want to give up that fast and decided to test the VBLANK first with my projector. On my projector it works, but looks a bit strange and not exactly like it should. Btw - this is what my projector shows, when I connect the VBLANK: 15,3 kHz, 60 Hz ,720 x 480i.

I found out that there are some PAL/NTSC converters on the market for cheap so I ordered this one. The converter didn't worked as I expected it *grmpf*. You can just see some stills in an interval of a second. Very unsatisfied but enough for the video-monitoring in the Game Gear. The converter is also small enough to fit into the housing, if everything else is removed. After disassembling the Game Gear, I also noticed that I can reuse the power-supply unit, which provide 6V for the converter and 9V for VBLANK and the TFT. It also has 38V(!) because the original backlight of the Gamegear was a neon-lamp!
     
Game Gear neon light and a mirror to bundle the light

Because the TFT supports two composite inputs, I added an additional composite to the Geam Gear, so I also can use it to monitor external video-sources. An additional switch can disconnect the VBLANK from the TFT if the output-level maybe make problems some day to drive two video-sinks. You never know...
All in all a dirty hack, but hey: You can use the whole system also battery-powered! =)

Video monitoring of external sources via composite

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Compilations, Compilations...

No new irq7 release for such a long time! Scandal.
Well - as you might notice I was playing a lot of live-shows since the last EP and at least contribute to some compilations. Here they are!



90's Cover Compilation / COUCOU
My first compilation I ever attended was the "90's Covers Compilation" hosted by the Italian netlabel COUCOU. The track "Dark Side of the Moon" nearly didn't made it to the playlist and was added last-minute as a bonustrack. At the time the song was released, it was my most advanced one featuring vocoder-vocals, samples from the movie "Iron Sky" and a complex composition with just one Gameboy. Maybe my own mastering was a bit poor. I tried to make it better and put the slightly remastered version on soundcloud. The whole compilation was really good quality a fun to listen!





80's Cover Compilation / COUCOU
Right after the 90's Compilation, COUCOU initiated a follow up featuring the 80's (guess what's next? ;-) . For that release I decided to have vocals again, but instead of using the vocoder I want to go back to my "Jamie & Me" - roots using heavy distortion on my voice to disguise my singing-skills a bit. Unusual for an international compilation I choose a (even in Germany) mostly unknown, but awesome song called "Polarlicht" by the New Wave band "X-mal Deutschland". I first heard that song also as cover-version by the Slovenian Industrial-Metal band "Coptic Rain" which is one of my all-time favorite. Ever!



PXL -WIN Compilation  / PXL-BOT
 After so many cover-version I tried to made a own song to submit it to the "Chiptune = Win Vol. 2". Well - I failed to get on the playlist of that compilation (which is a really good one but just does not fit to my contributed song or vice versa ;-)
The makers of  "Chiptune = Win" offer me to be on a side compilation which hosts a bunch of brilliant tracks who also didn't made it, but are still awesome enough to be on the "Pxl-Win Compilation". My track "Twisted" was very well mastered by Pxl-Bot and got number 3 on the playlist which made me even more lucky. The positive responses on soundcloud are just astounding!



Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Back to Koblenz!


Happy to be on the 8bit Breakdown again! Germanys biggest chiptune-series  This time together on stage with my Gameboy-Stammtisch bro 9-heart, Gampoy (all the way from Austria - hey!) and a really cool chiptune-crew from Aschaffenburg called Melted Moon. You can see the whole bunch of Gameboy-addicts on 5.7.2013 in Koblenz / Druckluftkammer.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Back to Erfurt - Retro Party

We are back in Erfurt!
Back to Newc45tle will play his own set plus doing amazing retro-console visuals. I'm also very happy to play again with TRIaC . This time also DJ the_Agent will join us and play music between electropunk and chiptune-disco. There will be also a lot of retro-consoles there you can play with.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Live in Mainz!

This line-up will definitely take no prisoners!

Together with my fellow and VJ back to Newcaste we are visiting Mainz. The location BARON is well known for it's chiptune-partys and we are happy to play there together with Stern Fucking Zeit and Lafftak.

8-bit consoles all over the place for your personal pleasure, 8-bit chipcoreorgelpunk in your ear and retro eye-candy will melt your brains. Nothing more to say, just...

irq7 back on the road!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

CHIP HITS THE FAN 2012

I'm so happy to announce the line-up of the big chiptune-festival
CHIP HITS THE FAN taking place on the 22. September 2012
in the K4/Zentralcafe Nürnberg.

--- a festival for chiptune & DIY culture ---

DEADBEATBLAST (CA)
GAMEBOYMUSICCLUB (AT)
SPUTNIK BOOSTER (DE)
BACK TO NEWC45TLE (DE)
IRQ7 (DE/AT)


+ Gameboy Music Workshop
+ Open Stage
+ 8-Bit Visuals

http://chiphitsthefan.de 

https://www.facebook.com/Chiphitsthefan

https://twitter.com/chiphitsthefan


Thursday, June 14, 2012

irq7 + Les Trucs rock'in Nürnberg!

I'm not sure what makes me more exited about this event - the fact that I'm playing another liveshow in a really cool location or to see the the mighty LES TRUCS live for my first time. Their last release was for a sooo long time on heavy rotation on my mp3-player and it still rocks me like hell. Checkout their videos on youtube or  - if you want to get surprised better do not watch it!  Beside all the chiptune - anarchy - craze you will also have the experience of mad 8-Bit visuals by back to Newca45tle. All made with old game consoles modded by ourself.
For my performance I can also promise you new stuff and wicked sounds from my little Gameboys.
Don't miss that! I mean: DON'T MISS THAT!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Live at 8Bit Breakdown!

I'm happy to have the opportunity for a second live-show in Koblenz!
My support will be again the chiptune-artist and visualist back to Newc45tle, so be prepared for 8-bit visuals made with lot's of old gear. We use for example modded NES and analogue video-mixers for you personal eye-candy.
8Bit Breakdown has become one of the biggest Chiptune event-series in Germany and this edition also features Stern Fucking Zeit, g4mp0y (from Austria not from Down Under! ;) and sixteen-817.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

8-Bit Bassvergleich Bamberg

My next gig is the mighty "Bassvergleich" (eng.: 'Basscomparison') on the 28.4.2012. This is a regular Drum'n'Bass and Dubstep - Club in Bamberg featuring DJ-Legend "ZIM", DJ HUNK, MC General Ludzn, a trumpet-player and my fellow back to Newc45tle which will do super-duper 8-Bit visuals with lot's of old videogame-hardware and analogue mixers.

Facebook-Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/211410102294416/

Monday, October 24, 2011

Superheros approaching...

A short clip from the wicked gig in Augsburg :)

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Friday, September 9, 2011

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

irq7 - Girls 'n' Gameboys EP


















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It's time for my next release called "Girls 'n' Gameboys".
After a lot of cover-versions on the "It's not me EP", I decided to have more own songs on the follow-up release and here you are! Well - there is at least _one_ cover-song on the EP. Sorry, but I could not resist ;)

First I have to mention the awesome cover-artwork done by Vera. This not only saved a lot of work for me - it also looks sooo much better than everything I did before.
Thanks for all Vera! :)

This EP is also featuring a song with my own vocals called "Jamie & Me". The whole thing was heavily inspired by my personal muse called Irina. She also fixed my bad English. Me like!

Another novelty is the usage of amen-breaks in some songs. Don't expect high-quality samples, but the breaks were well received on my performance at The Tank/NY :D
Of course all songs were produced with one Gameboy Classic and LSDj.

I also did a short C64-demo featuring the first song of the EP:


Tracklist:
1.) Bad Taste
2.) Terror Uschi
3.) Godmode
4.) Get Ready (cover)
5.) Jamie & Me
6.) Coma
7.) 1988

irq7 live

I got a lot of request for playing some live-gigs.
So check-out irq7 playin live in your city. I will regularly update the dates here and on facebook.

31.08.2011 ARS Electronica Center, Linz
This is not a real irq7 gig, but I can play some songs as a part of the famous Gameboymusicclub at the same event where I got the first contact with this nice people from Vienna:
The ARS Electronica!

We are playing at the opening-ceremony in the ARS Electronica Quater which is in the front of the ARS Electronica Center. The Tesla Orchestra is also playing! I mean check this out:




16.09.2011 chip - nyte, Frankfurt, Stereo Bar (irq7, Sabrepulse, Stern Fucking Zeit)
Whoooooomp! I have a gig with the awesome Sabrepulse and the Gameboy hardcore legend Stern Fucking Zeit :D

17.09.2011 Planet 8Bit, Schwäbisch Hall, Club Alpha 60 (irq7, Sputnik Booster)
The free German radio-station sthoerfunk.de is celebrating a big chiptune-night also featuring Sputnik Booster and a screening of the chiptune-documentation" Reformat the Planet".
Don't miss that!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

T-Shirts available now!

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Visit http://irq7.spreadshirt.de for more irq7 t-shirts and merchandising!

Gameboy Tronified!
















A few days ago I ordered some El-wire (0.9 mm) in a webshop only to try it out. I also bought a so called "inverter" which transforms the battery-voltage from 3V DC to more than 100V AC. The inverter is very small and fits perfect into the Gameboy. I soldered the power-supply of the inverter to the first two batteries in the Gameboy. Because I use this Gameboy only for live-performances, I did not add a extra switch to turn-on/off the El-wire (the wire consumes about 60mA). At the end I just glued the EL-wire around the Gameboy with superglue. Together with the blue backlight everything looks very harmonious....and now we have to enter the system and fight the MCP! :D














The inverter does not need much space.















Friday, May 27, 2011

irq7 live in NYC (I mean 'holy shit!')















I had the honour to play at the open-stage in The Tank / New York during the Blip Festival 2011. The crowd was just awesome screaming and dancing like there is no tomorrow. Seven days of chiptunes, I will never forget.

Kamerakind Irina did a cool and shakin' live-footage of my unreleased song "godmode".
Thanks to her and "The Agent" for the picture above!