Forever Unknown. Forever At It. (A Status Update)

Posted in Uncategorized on July 2, 2017 by BitPusher

Hello world. How are you liking Digital Bass 2017?….is anyone even listening to it?

I’m actually joking a little, because somehow this album has actually sold more copies and seen more downloads than any of my past works. That to me is surprising. Still never see feedback though, good or bad. That aside, thanks to anyone out there who has tried pushing these bits thru their systems. This was all for you.

So then, what’s going on? I rarely write on my blog, so I thought I’d swing thru for a moment and do that. There has been a change in my life, or more specifically my job that has been, let’s call it significant. I’m in a place I’m just not used to and between the hours and sometimes crushing stress that comes with it, music is something I have not had much time or drive for. That said, I find myself still writing these things believing that someone reads it with interest. Despite all my years in music, I am completely unknown but keep at it anyway. Why? I guess ultimately for me. I’m proud of everything I do and it all means something to me. Being that confidence has always been a bit of an issue for me, I rarely have an easy time accepting compliments let alone believing them. I see no feedback or anything anywhere on my music, but then how do I have so many downloads and CD sales? I love the feeling that comes with that, and I really do appreciate the people that somehow find me and check my music out. Even if my talent for composing is poor, or my music in general for that matter, I keep going at it anyway. Slowly.

With all that said, I am still planning to drop another Gameboy based project at some point, and eventually I want to create another bass CD too. The gist of all this mindless rambling I’m doing right now can be summed up like this:

I am constantly busy thanks in most part to my job. My motivation to create music is weak at this point in time. I am however never quitting and want to let everyone know that I’m still around, I’m not going anywhere, and I will be doing more music at some point.

Love!

  –BitPusher

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BitPusher Presents: Digital Bass 2017!

Posted in BitPusher2600 News on April 15, 2017 by BitPusher

The ultimate digital assault on your system!


So hello everyone. I’m proud to announce my latest release, and what a wicked one it is. This is my 2nd bass CD, and countless measures improved over my 2014 project G33kmuz1k.

In all honesty, having been obsessed with electronica and particularly bass music since a very young age, I was so proud to have dropped a proper bass CD when I did that 2014 project. I felt like I was stepping into a realm of music that was personal. It was always my belief that a majority of people who bought bass CDs were only using them in brief periods of time to demonstrate or work out their system. Then there’s me not even 10 years old with tons of these cassettes and loving them for their music as a whole. When I learned my way around the software I was experimenting with, well there it was. Bass. Still, unlike working purely with 8-bit, there is a good deal more that goes into mixing and mastering than I knew anything about. I also feel that on that release, I tried a little too hard to mix 8-bit and car audio oriented bass.

But why am I talking about all of this? To share a little history because unlike 2014, I have since acquired a little studio equipment, and more importantly alot more production knowledge. The boom you will hear in a majority of my new album is pure and beautiful. Unlike the common techniques you hear so often, such as time stretching or pitch bending kick drum samples, there are no samples for low end here. My bass has been composed using digital FM synthesis, and has been tightly modulated. It is a purely digital signal, allowing for pure sound. As for the rest of the instrumentation, the audio levels are exactly where I want them, and although I am no studio engineer and don’t have professionally trained ears, I do have a passion for bass music and have put a good deal into my own system. I believe everything on this new album sounds just right, and I hope if you are reading this you will give it a download (or if you’re really into pure and lossless digital audio, buy the CD on Amazon.)

I have put sincere effort into these tracks. Some are thicker and composed, some are a little more simple, but all have a 100% attention to detail when it comes to the bass. Depending on what song and at what point you are listening, you will experience sub bass frequencies that range from 80hz all the way to 15hz. I wanted to keep it “me”, so there are a small multitude of subgenres here. There is some electro, techno, hiphop, a couple good ol’ fashioned slow and low DB drag style tracks, and even a pure tone sub bass woofer excursion test track that has zero music or other sounds, just bass sequences. Due to the way licensing and things work nowadays, I intentionally chose not to use any sort of vocal samples, which are one thing any old school bass CD had in abundance. Still, even with the sounds of modern hiphop or electronic music, there is nothing that pushes a system quite like a proper and genuine bass CD, and I would take the purity of digital FM synthesis against fake 808-ish trickery any day.

Before I go, I want to share one little secret (thus making it not a secret anymore, I know.) The title, artwork, and even the face of the disk itself are a small tribute to one of my most favorite groups (in either the bass or general music category) ever, Bass 305. I had their first album “Digital Bass” on cassette when I was a kid. I knew that tape front to back and it was and still is a favorite. As such, I did the entire layout for this CD with that particular album in mind. The mixer in the front cover here is a zoomed and carefully shot picture of my own mixer board, as the sloped slider shot on the back cover. All that aside, I am always myself. Not one sequence or one melody is reminiscent of any of 305’s music, I just don’t go for that. Still, this CD’s design is a heartfelt nod to one of my largest electronic music influences.

Wanna check me out? Download the full album in compressed format right completely free right here:

http://www.bitpusher2600.net/digitalbass2017.html

Or if you prefer uncompressed and purely lossless audio mastered directly from its digital source, you can by the CD on Amazon right here:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LTIODJK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_7lkwzbE48SHXQ

Enjoy! And love to my fellow bassheads and woofer junkies.

  –BitPusher

Bassheads & Car Audio Junkies: A Blabber From BitPusher

Posted in Uncategorized on February 4, 2017 by BitPusher

boomers

See those discs above? These are what I felt like writing about. This is my statement (unwavering opinion) on what is SUPREME for your system.

Let me explain something, please follow if the subject of bass music is of interest to you.

I am as of this writing a 35 year old man. I knew the words to “Jam On It” by Newcleus when I was four years old. I have been obsessed with music (hiphop and electronica) literally my whole life. I wasn’t even in my double digits of age by the time I had shelves full of cassettes. Most kids ask or beg their parents for toys and things, but me? I was always begging and pleading with my mom for a new tape, although now and again I would ask for a video game. ANYWAY, my cousin and her husband used to babysit me alot, and they had a system in pretty much every vehicle they ever owned. Nothing competition like, in fact usually cheaper shit. Nonetheless, my obsession with hiphop and electronic music was nurtured strongly by them, and hearing my music bump so hard always gave me goosebumps.

Over the course of my pre-teen and teenage years, I don’t know. I would have to sit down and really think on this but as an estimate, I guarantee you I have owned over 100 different bass albums. Yes, pre-adult. I had stuff from everybody, including Pandisc Records, DM Records, Newtown Records, IBP Records, and on and on. I was extremely fond of playing my video games and just listening to those songs. That music always connected with me.

The point of this story? What is the best for your system? The younger generations probably don’t even know, though I hope so. You see, there are (I believe) in majority two types of bassheads:
Type one: the person who simply wants ‘loud.’ They want people to hear them coming down streets, and care little about the more technical side of things. Just loud and booming. Budget does not matter here, high grade or cheap, boom is their singlemost priority.
Type two: the purist, or the nerd. The types who drop big money into competition systems and compete fit here. But it’s not just them. Even those on a low budget, but care greatly about brand, about configuration, and complete/overall quality. They invest time in researching and are particular about many or all aspects of their system.

I consider myself type two. Still, one thing that anyone, no matter what their preferences and priorities are, want a fantastic experience. They want bass and is especially critical at such a personal depth for the basshead.

Now, to put all of this together, it is my declaration that the two CDs I have pictured above are the supreme discs you NEED to have to demonstrate the both quality and decibel crunching power of your system. NOTHING compares. Of all the ridiculous mountains of bass music I have owned and loved since my childhood, and including the many experiences I have gained over the years (from dicking around with my own or friends’ setups to having been a spectator at some actual competition shows), I can attest, again my personal opinion, nothing compares to these two discs. Younger generations who weren’t anywhere near being born when this stuff was being produced have probably heard nothing like the old bass music. But if they have, I’m glad for them. ANY decent system with ANY modern music can certainly slam. Monster systems can shake the air out of your lungs with just about anything. So people love going for modern hiphop, trap music, modern R&B, or any one of a couple dozen subgenres of electronic music to toss into their system and boom the hell out of it. Likewise, ANY bass CD will definitely push your setup nice and hard.

All I want to say is this; if you are any breed of basshead, car audio junkie and fanatic, etc, find a copy of Bass 305’s “Digital Bass” or Techmaster PEB’s “Bassgasm” and just listen. Sure, like most modern produced electronic music the entire production is completely and purely digital from top to bottom, just like these albums were. Digital composition, digital recording, digital processing, digital mastering. Yeppers. There is still something more to these albums though. Of all the bass music I have owned and heard and know from front to back, the sound quality and production of these two albums are simply unparalleled. I value these two CDs more than any music I own. My attachment to Bass 305 is extreme anyway, and perhaps my bias is present here since I had Digital Bass on cassette, and it was in my headphones often when skating around the neighborhood and so on.

I’m not all that talented of a musician myself and have limited capabilities, so I am not able to produce music of this quality and this composition. Believe me, you have no idea how badly I wish I had the equipment and such studios. But please at least take one second to consider my personal history here and then think why would this person make such a statement about these albums? He’s not a child, he’s been around a few years suffice it to say, so why does he hold such a strong opinion? Look, some nobody and his blog can’t really influence anyone to do jack shit, not to mention the likelihood that anyone targeted here would even see it or read it. Still, if you do, get those CDs. Yeah I had those cassettes, and later got them on CD not just because I loved them so much as a kid, but because as a pure basshead, I believe them to be absolutely essential for testing your setup, and for the listening experience they provide. I will repeat myself for the last time: these two CDs are the finest possible choice any basshead can make to demonstrate both the sound quality and raw power of their system. The absolute best of bass music. Just because you might not be the type who would casually listen to this kind of music like I do does not mean that they can’t serve you as a tool. Tune your system with these. Especially Bass 305. Absolutely gorgeous. DO IT RIGHT! Don’t download those albums as mp3s and expect gorgeous fidelity. If you really don’t know any better, understand that mp3 and similar compressed audio really do effect music in many negative ways, but make small files in return. Fortunate are the people who can’t hear the difference between an mp3 or iTunes aac vs a CD. When you get into higher-end equipment though, this begins to really matter, most of all with bass music since we’re talking about music with extremely low frequencies which take some real damage from the many processes involved with compressing audio into one of these “lossy formats.”

To all those who understand and live with the addiction I do; I love you guys. Bassheads for life.
–BitPusher

How Can I Improve? Wrong Question Chiptuners.

Posted in Uncategorized on January 18, 2017 by BitPusher

I hate question although when people first get invovled in the chiptune community that is some kind of dogma, the question everyone seems compelled to ask.

If I could offer just one valuable, genuine idea in the form of an answer to the question “how can I make better chiptune?” Don’t ask. You ought to quit right now if that is your biggest question.

Asking people how to better implement a specific software technique, how to better process audio, better methods for executing such a such a function, surely. Ask away. You can expect snobbish assholes to throw you the “read the manual” and “search the web yourself” attitudes (they can be correct there however), or help you out.

But all aside, you go into a forum or the like asking people how you can improve your chiptune? I despise that mentality because all you are really doing is asking a group of people on a forum what they want to hear. You are honestly taking other people’s opinions of what sounds good and what doesn’t upon yourself. Consider this; one person could love hardstyle tracks and the sounds that come from that, vs someone who prefers softer, more rhythmic sounds vs someone else who loves uppity pop style tunes, and you want them to tell you how your music is wrong. What could you do better? By whose standards? Hell no. Absolutely not.

If you want to make chiptune or any music for that matter, quit daydreaming of being a big star or building some kind of admiring fanbase like a goof because if impressing people is where your head is really at underneath it all, you are really, truly missing the point or at least you are aware of that fact and your goal is to be plastic. If people like your sounds, great. Attention is always nice, but if people don’t like it, so what? You should be happy to hear your own creations and shamelessly play them in your own car or headphones and still feel good that they are your tunes and you made them. That right there, that’s what it’s really all about.

I’ve been pushing my bits since 2010 and have had brief moments here and there of recognition, but I’m largely unknown and I don’t have fans. So I’m a shitty musician with shitty music? That’s cool. It’s now 2017 and I’m still at it, at my leasure not going wildly far out of my way to promote and sinking alot of time into that effort. I love making music and my pride is stroked every time I hear my own tunes banging out of my system. I hear them and remember nearly every step of constructing the tune, and the journey (long or short) to its completion. As I said, this process and this feeling are what it should be all about, especially something as niche as chiptune.

Quit asking. Be yourself and love it. Also, fuck corny cliches. Please consider my words.

  –BitPusher

deadmau5 & That Originality Rant

Posted in Uncategorized on December 11, 2016 by BitPusher

I fucking loved this, can’t lie.

I love a majority of the guy’s music, rarely pay attention to his videos. I’m glad however I caught this one because it speaks to a truth you either get, or you don’t care. I pity the latter.

A massive music library, and nobody I’ve ever known (even my best friend) know hardly any of it no matter how much I could rant about it. Anyone has their opinions of what is good and not good music, but god damn is it sad that opinion in that matter can be biased or based on the majority. He mentions Justin Beiber, and that is a damn good example. You could look at that kid as a player in the game, making money. Fine, but that doesn’t change that he’s garbage. He sells millions of records, and then there’s guys like me who get excited if more than one person checks out a tune. So who’s the winner and who’s the loser? Well, if young Beiber were to ask me that with that traditional scoff on his face, I would still say yeah, you’re garbage.

What deadmau5 touches on here is something I believe in with all of my being, and that is that if you call yourself a musician, an artist, etc, you have to be creating. So called artists who serve no purpose in life but to run with and boast the fruits of everyone’s “art” and efforts in their own name are people I have no problem seeing fall of a building. This isn’t like someone designing and building and instrument, a synth, a tool of some sort and then someone else making big on it. Example, Jimmy Page is one of the few guitarists in the world I revere greatly, and he did not invent the electric guitar. He used the tool however to craft his own, beautiful and awesome work. Whole different subject matter. The point is, what was crafted is what he wrote, he created. He didn’t have someone else craft his music and then just emulate it in front of a crowd.

Compare that to Justin Beiber who has a small team of people writing his music, writing his lyrics, crafting his “art” and the dude turns around and considers himself a musician and artist solely because he can carry a tune. How in the world can any rational human look at that as legit? Now take mr. mau5 for a moment. I don’t love the guy because he’s known for cocky comments, because he lives a lavish lifestyle, because he plays in front of millions of fans. I couldn’t care less. I love the guy because he composes badass tunes; himself. Because he is a brilliant studio engineer, and because when it comes to his music he does not waiver. It’s his way or the highway. That formula goes beyond just being a fan of a CD or two, it’s a fundamental respect.

This whole argument is the very basis of my character which is what had me enthused when I decided to watch this video and got about a minute into it. I have been making my own shit for a long time, and I prefer vintage video game hardware for making beats. I will never be recognized, nobody likes my shit. I figured that out quickly, and I still do it anyway. I maintain a website, I at great leisure craft tunes that sound neat to me, and throw ’em up anyway. My passion and obsession with electronic music evolved a good deal vs coming from my youth when I was all about DJ’ing, just mixing and manipulating other people’s shit because the mixes could come out sounding dope. I still considered myself a musician of sorts and how fucking stupid I was. There is nothing like being your own creator, which is the entire point of any so called “art.” I am as proud now as I was when I started making chip beats of every single thing I did, even the shit during my learning and experimenting phases (which i’m not sure ever really ends.) Trust me, I try to keep to myself but I’m never afraid to say “yeah, I made that and it’s mine.” I sincerely hope I’m not a total blasphemy and shit stain on any small element of EDM, chiptune or etc. Ahhh yes, nothing like those damn I love myself motherfucker moments.

So cheers to those known and unknown alike who are actual artists, no matter how good or awful your work is labeled to be. There is such a profound truth and degree of integrity in originality compared to the Bieber’s of the world. Forgive me for calling you a cocksucker if you know better and just don’t care, maybe money does that to people. The label often thrown at guys like me is “hater.” Guess so, because I will not give respect where I don’t believe it is earned. I can only say that I will go to my grave never convinced that sales and fame tell the real story, because those two points are not nearly enough for me to appreciate anything. I would be a liar if I said I didn’t want to perform a Kraftwerk cover or two on my Gameboy for fun and out of pure love, but there is no way in hell I would ever allow someone to write my music for me and then call it my own no more than I would do said Kraftwerk cover(s) and claim that I wrote it. That, and I rather like giving my music away, and I’m not even sure why. I don’t want to be paid for music, ever. That is not where I belong, no matter how stupid that sounds. Truthfully, my biggest dream is having one my own albums pressed on vinyl, and sold for as dirt cheap as possible, with zero money going to me. Man that would be awesome. You know, I’m not sure if that attitude makes me a complete tool or not, but on the other hand, I’m only following that for me, all for me. I won’t write something for someone else. Fuckery.

end babble.

–BitPusher

Reminiscing On Iron Butterfly (What?)

Posted in Uncategorized on October 7, 2016 by BitPusher

Occasionally I find myself in the mood to just write and ramble on one thing or another, and right now would be one of those times. No music news from me right now other than I do have some new chiptunes very slowly in the works. I’m in no rush.

Anyway, I want to talk about one of the very few bands I call a favorite. This would be Iron Butterfly. The few people who actually know me know more or less what I’m all about when it comes to music. Music is something I can talk at length about because it is so vital to my personal existence, it flows thru my head in some form or another nearly 24 hours a day. Then of course, the folks that know me and my family, who have known me my whole life, know that even since the youngest age, I have been almost all hiphop. Hey, I am proud to this day, thanks to my mom never letting me forget over the years, that I at the age of four was able to recite “Jam On It” by Newcleus word for word (and I’m sorry people, if you consider yourself a true school hiphop head but can’t recite the full 8 minutes of Jam On It, you’ve got it all wrong. Trust me.)

So all that said, I have written in the past about how bass music and electronica entered my life at a rather young age and also became a vital part of my existence. It is safe to say that in majority, I have never much liked anything else. I cannot under any circumstances tolerate country music for example, I really can’t take it. Likewise, alot of rock, metal, etc never really resonated with me…until my early teens. I can’t recall exactly, I was maybe 13 or 14, and I happened to have the complete (at the time) collection of Freddy Kreuger movies. In one of them, a kid is staring at a busted TV set while smoking a joint. In comes Freddy with all this psychedelic shit and the song In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida is playing. I thought it was awesome. That began a hell of a relationship for me.

I ended up getting ahold of that album and disliking half of it straight away. The poppy, hippy sound of the era. That song though, so different than all the rest. I also grew to like a couple others on that short album and the sounds grew on me. I shortly thereafter got both their Live album and a full greatest collection called “Light And Heavy.” I was fucking stoked the first time I heard the instrumental badassery of the Iron Butterfly Theme. Something about the off-key and unusual sounds of the stuff on the Live album (especially “In The Time Of Our Lives) really seemed to strike something special in me.

I know Iron Butterfly’s discography (with the great Doug Ingle) almost word for word. Ball is probably my favorite album of the bunch. It was likely a weird thing in anybody else’s eyes. You look at this kid’s massive (and I do mean massive) collection of music, a young teen, and you find mounds of hiphop and singles, mounds of bass tapes and bass CDs, and all this electronica, then somewhere in the middle of it all is a couple Iron Butterfly CDs. I will never know what it is, be it Doug Ingle’s awesome voice, his keyboard talents, or his unusual and intelligent lyricism, but that man and his band did something to impact me a bit and certainly added something totally different to my life. I will always love those guys. Hell I know by the time I had my first car I had it all, their albums on CD, some deluxe boxset stuff, even a VHS with music videos. I watched that many times.

I guess my whole point today is to throw a little love out to Doug Ingle and the memory of Iron Butterfly. Over the years since that era of my life, I admit my tastes still have remained semi-linear. I went thru a brief hard-punk age (complete with blue mohawk, and a spiked patch coat.) I still liked my bass music, my hiphop, and etc. That phase passed after a year or thereabouts before I got back to myself. In that time though, I picked up some bands that I love so much to this day, top of the list is Henry Rollins with both the Rollins Band and Black Flag. Also, the Misfits, Crass, and (yeah I admit it) Rancid. Finally, in the very small world of my non-hiphop and non-electronic love, I can’t forget Iron Butterfly. I would still wager than in my 100andsome gigabyte library of music that Iron Butterfly does not seem to belong, but they so much do. There are only just a few songs they did I truly do not like, but there’s a grand majority that I love and I can only appreciate Doug Ingle and company for such unique and awesome music. I think alot of music lovers discover that one thing that ends up affecting them yet does not make sense or fit their format. That happening is an awesome thing.

See ya.

  –BitPusher

EMS64 And Mac? No Problem Now.

Posted in Uncategorized on September 17, 2016 by BitPusher

Hey guys. Just felt the need to share something completely awesome. A fellow at chipmusic.org has shared a tool he wrote that allows you to read and write both your roms and sav files on the Mac with absolute ease, no configuration needed! It’s called EMS-Qart. He has made it for Windows and Linux as well although I’m not using either of those OSes so I haven’t tested it there. That aside, here it is:

https://github.com/rbino/ems-qart

The original thread on CmO is here:

http://chipmusic.org/forums/topic/19036/emsqart-a-program-to-flash-ems-64m-carts-linux-os-x-windows/

In my experiment, I tried flashing my kitted out LSDJ to one bank, and a game to the other, and everything just worked without a hitch on El Capitan. I can’t believe it. When I get a chance to, I will keep a copy of this on my own web server as well just in case and link it on my site for download.

Best of luck folks. Keep chipping!

  –BitPusher