Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Chip Music Is Dead dot Compilation released on the Chiptorrent label

I have a track in this compilation for Gameboy and Vectrex.

:: TRACKS ::

1. altemark - bushfirst
2. little-scale - extractionpoint
3. FB5K - Arcade State Of Mind
4. mikro orchestra - lobo.mp3
5. Kami86k - Echolifter
6. Flashbob - Every Once In A While
7. MM - Just Can’t Get Enough (Depache Mode Remix)

"It’s released! Chiptorrent’s first release is now out (with a wee bit of change in name). Featuring 38 megs of micro-inferno by artists such as MM, Flashback, and little-scale. Grab the torrent while it’s hot!

Let the seed be eternal!

:: ABOUT ::

On the 31 of August, 2007, Ignatz posted a manifesto on both the Micromusic-forum and the LSDJ-mailing list where he declared the chip music dead.
Why? Because he thought that Teh Mainstream is reaching to grip around the fragile retroneck of chip with it’s claws of consuming that turn everything it touches into shit and effectively kill everything the culture stands for.

This compilation is a reaction to that manifesto. Is chip music and culture truly dead? Is that a good thing? Is Ignatz wrong? Will we be consumed by Mainstream? How can we defend our-self against the “threat”?

(About the cover:
At least here in Sweden, the country of chip music, shirts with broad black-and-white stripes were considered “Alternative” (especially when it’s worn with keffiyeh). Everyone who was a bit excentric, arty or
otherwise weird wore on all the time.
Some years ago it became modern to be “your own” and “alternative”. It was important to “find your own style” and “personality”. What did the alternative people wear? Copy-paste.
Nowadays, the most frequent wearers of this clothing are those 14-year old girls who spend most of their time on social networking sites and poses on hotornot. Not the alternative crowd (even if it’s not totally out of the picture).
I thought this was a bit fitting.)"


M. Altemark said...

Ignatz is wrong, of course everyone is wearing a uniform, no matter how much they say they are alternative or are only "being themselves".

The fact that the demoscene is one of the few subcultures that capitalism hasn't subsumed, packeted, and sold back to us doesn't make the fact that malcolm mclaren or any other bullshitmeister is something to get upset about.

subcultures and countercultures are in fact part of capitalist society, there is no way to act outside it and we must accept that the only way for change isn't "true alternativeness" or bitter nihilism.

Libertarian movements of the previous centuries show ways of moving forward that doesn't put all the eggs in one basket. Culture is a part of our struggle, but as it is subsumed capitalism is forced to react to our reactions to this, just as workplace resistance is forcing capitalism to develop different models of managing and dividing the working class.

Manifestoes are not bad per se, but this one doesn't contain anything to build a concrete praxis from.

M. Altemark said...

IMHO of course

Sebastian Tomczak said...

Thanks for your comment!