On Friday, February 17, I joined John and Paulo (of RubioFilms) to check out the Sony PS Vita launch at 99 Sudbury. I was eager to get my hands on the gorgeous new handheld early (release date is February 22) and it did not disappoint. The huge LED screen is pure luxury and I found it extremely easy to lose myself in gameplay. The entire unit feels light, but it plays very big. This video (shot and edited by John) features some of my first impressions of the device as well as gameplay footage from titles like Escape Plan and Little Deviants.
Over the past month or so, the rad ass members of The Royal Canadian Chiptunes Orchestra have been rehearsing for their performance at the Tiff Bell Lightbox as part of Toronto’s annual Nuit Blanche all-night art event. I am honoured to say that I’ve been playing with this amazing group of talented people and we’re all very excited to share our music. Our set consists mostly of awesome cancon covers which have been given the 8-bit treatment. I assure you fun will be had by all and noise will be made by as many as possible as we will be highly encouraging audience participation. To entice you further, here’s a teaser of what you might expect to hear from the night.
Aside from The Royal Canadian Chiptunes Orchestra, there will also be a ton of fantastic 8-bit musicians slotted throughout the entire evening right up until the early morning. Performers include Battle Lava, Deadbeatblast, .exe, Radius and Helena, Oxvylu, Cybernetic Orchestra, Freque, Awesome Force, Jeff the World, Starpilot, Tetris Hold’em, bossFYTE, DJ Finish Him, Press Start 2 Play, and Spell ‘n Math. Now, that’s a LOT of chiptunes!
The Music of the Video Game! is on from 7pm to 7am on Saturday, October 1, 2011. So if you plan on heading out for Nuit Blanche tomorrow night, why not find a way to squeeze in a stopover at the Tiff Bell Lightbox [Cinema 1] onto your art-roaming schedules. You won’t regret it!
I love the video game, Animal Crossing: Wild World. When I first started playing it, I created a “Feng Shui” video that was part tutorial + part item bragging. Now years later, the obsession continues with this quick impromptu remix I made using a short sample from my favourite K.K. Slider tune. The song is called K.K, Cruisin’ and the bootleg version (used here) is heavily west coast influenced. Though, his live coffee house version is also pretty chill. I might do a full length remix at some point. Until then, enjoy this tasty sample!
Tonight, I’ll be attending Midsummer Rock Showcase at TIFF Bell Lightbox. The evening will feature music from the iPhone\iPad indie smash hit game Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP, which will be performed live for the first time by the music composer and sound designer Jim Guthrie and his seven piece band. By the way, this is a no-brainer, must-buy app for your iDevice of choice. I promise you will not be disappointed.
In honour of this amazingly rare one-night-only event, here are my Top Three Video Game Soundtracks