8Bit Lounge

8Bit Lounge

I’ve been helping run a night at the Hare and Hounds in Kings Heath called 8Bit Lounge. To explain what it is imagine the coming together of beer, Gameboy music/chiptunes and old consoles!

A male hippo, apparently Justin and Mark battle it out @genzaichi and @stef on X-Men @peteashton on the decks

There’s been two nights so far, the most recent being Tuesday 6th October, which you can read about over at fizzPOP.org.uk. We’re somewhat lacking in 8Bit consoles (the lowest bit number was a 32bit Sega Saturn with 10-player Bomberman) but that’s something I hope to remedy when I get my Commodore 64 down from the attic

I’d like to see more things like the improvised music that we had at the last night and also things like livecoding, which has taken off big time in London recently. Still, it’s all early days.

The next night is on November 3rd so come on down!

New Chip Tune – Dolphins

Project planning can get really tiresome and boring, so I spent the bulk of my evening learning how to use LSDJ better, with help from a tutorial on 8BitCollective. Here are the results:


I’m having a few problems with the volume at the mo. You can probably hear a very quiet noise in the background, and I have no idea how to turn it up… yet.

More to come


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Gameboy, originally uploaded by hellocatfood.

It’s surprising how hard it is to win a Gameboy from ebay. Nearly everyone wants one and because they’re usually sold in a bundle with other games and accessories it usually goes for about £30. Luckily I managed to get one from the Indoor Market for £5 and the Gameboy Camera for another £5. Schweet!

Like everyone else and their mother I’m hoping to get my groove on and make some music using programs such as LSDJ. I’m gonna get a Gameboy Pocket to make the actual music on, due to it’s bigger screen and better display, but according to some surveys the DMG has the best sound. So I’ll export it all using this one.