Or order a physical copy of “Wordplay”!

Shows.. showssss... SHOWWWWWWS!!!!!! – 09/12/13, 6:06 pm

Sorry if it seems like I haven't updated the news on this page in a while. It certainly wasn't for a lack of things to talk about — I just wanted to keep the Lebowski announcement at the top. But with a slew of upcoming shows to announce, I figured it was time to highlight some of this exciting stuff! (And in case you wanted to hear it anyway, I did keep the Lebowski player at the top... See what I did there?!)

All dates, addresses and such can be found in the sidebar to the right on this page!

Anyway, it's hard to say what's biggest, but the first thing I want to highlight is the 8static Festival, which is going to be an epic, three-day marathon celebrating 8static's fifth anniversary as Philly's monthly chiptune concert and all-around showcase of awesomeness. The line-up is already legendary, featuring an impressive variety of rare performers, retirees returning to the stage, and timeless favorites — and I am beyond honored to be a part of it. Too many amazing artists to mention! It's going to be a memorable and spectacular event either way, but if you have the means and would like to contribute to making it even more super special, please donate to our Kickstarter!! As of this posting, we're almost there, but we still need your help. Thanx!!!

In other news, conventions, conventions, conventions!! In just a few weeks, I'll be doing the old "panel plus performance" thing at RVACON, a new event in Richmond, VA, shaping up to be a pretty sweet celebration of nerd-dom and related nerdiness. And I'm thrilled to announce that I'll again be a part of this year's chiptune lineup at MAGFest 12, the renowned weekend-long video game and music party in National Harbor, MD. I promise surprises and amazingness for all who attend! Seriously cannot wait. Stay tuned for more details!

Finally, but certainly no less significantly, I also seriously cannot wait to open for Peelander-Z at Strange Matter in Richmond. Anyone who was at the show I played there with Anamanaguchi in July knows just how fantastic this place is, and how great that show was, so let's do it again! Get your tickets in advance here!

And in other news, NEW MUSIC. I promise you I've got totally fresh original stuff in the works, and I expect to have it to you very very soon. Just finishing up some Game Boy programming, then gotta record it all.. It's gonna sound great, I promise. STAY TUNED for that, and in the meantime, see you at one/some/ALL of these shows!


Attention all Little Lebowski Achievers: As promised, my new EP is available today, the 15th anniversary of "The Big Lebowski!" Stream or purchase "8-Bit Lebowski: 100% Electronic" NOW:

I'm super excited to be putting out new music!! This fun collection of covers from one of my favorite movies oughta hold you all over 'til I get out some fresh originals. (Soon enough, friends, soon!) In the meantime, I hope you abide.

From my Bandcamp page:

"8-Bit Lebowski: 100% Electronic” is a tribute to several seemingly unrelated entities that are, individually, quite important to me: chip music, one of the greatest films of all time, White Russians, flamenco re-arrangements of classic rock tunes, fake pornos, Kenny Rogers, and so much more. Although I originally performed these songs as a one-off live set at Lebowski Fest Philadelphia 2011, I quickly realized that taken as a whole, they actually make up quite a comprehensive little release. I feel like it really ties my discography together.

So, in honor of the movie's 15th anniversary (the very date of this EP's release!), here you have it, to listen at your own leisure, whether through your car’s tape deck (provided it’s not stolen), with your significant other (provided she’s not kidnapped) or during a chilled-out rug meditation session (provided the rug, also, is not stolen). Best of all, it’s not, ugh, techno-pop.

Entirely arranged for one Game Boy running LSDJ, “8-Bit Lebowski” is dedicated to all the Achievers out there who have faith that the bums DON’T always lose. Please, enjoy it, down through the generations, westward the wagons, across the sands of time until we — aw, look at me, I’m rambling again. I hope you abide.

This album contains six licensed cover songs, including:
"Tumbling Tumbleweeds" by Sons of the Pioneers
"The Man In Me" by Bob Dylan
"Lookin' Out My Back Door" by Creedence Clearwater Revival
"Traffic Boom" by Piero Piccioni
"Hotel California" by The Gipsy Kings
"Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)" by Kenny Rogers & The First Edition

Arranged and Recorded by Chipocrite
Produced and Mastered by Chris Davidson
Artwork by Batsly Adams and Alex Baderian

Big (Lebowski) News! – 02/24/13, 3:03 pm

UPDATE: The EP will be released online Wednesday, March 6! Stay tuned for links and such. In the meantime, here's a preview:

As you may have seen on my Facebook or Twitter pages, I just announced that in the first week of March, I will (finally) be releasing a comprehensive EP featuring all of the songs I arranged and performed for Lebowski Fest Philadelphia in 2011! "8-Bit Lebowski: 100% Electronic" will feature six cover songs that are as inseparable from the iconic film as Kahlua, vodka and milk are inseparable from The Dude's minibar.

It goes without saying that I'm a HUGE fan of "The Big Lebowski," and with the movie's 15th anniversary coming up, the timing seemed absolutely perfect for me to put these songs out. So if you're a fan of Creedence, psychedelic Kenny Rogers jams, "Logjammin'" and more, stay tuned for additional details soon! Now I'm just gonna go find a cash machine...

It's time for 2013 yo (plus a MAGFest wrap-up) – 01/21/13, 1:01 am

Hey everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic holiday season and a spectacular New Year's Eve. I spent mine semi-seasick but still having fun in the middle of the ocean a few nautical miles north, west, or northwest of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The entire cruise was a blast, and it was a truly inspiring and exciting experience seeing so much unique life and culture first-hand. (We stopped in about 10 different countries in 25 days!) But I'm pretty excited to be home so I can continue working on music and playing some shows for all y'all.

Speaking of those things, stay tuned for announcements over the next few weeks about upcoming jawns. It's too early to announce and confirm, but I 100% wholeheartedly promise you there will be releases and opportunities to see me live — and sooner than you think. Until then, I can leave you with an awesome wrap-up from this year's MAGFest.

Initially, I was really just there to hold down the low end for Cheap Dinosaurs (video of our set can be found here), but the weekend rapidly turned into much more on several accounts! First, I am thrilled to announce that MAGFest 11 featured the first public showing of Dragon Runner, a game currently in development by my good friends at Cleaversoft. The game — for which I am composing the soundtrack — is a "one-runner" in which you fight epic battles against flying dragons. The game went over INCREDIBLY well, and it was seriously exciting to see the enjoyment people got out of it, even in its very early stages. If you didn't get a chance to see the game at the convention or haven't heard about it, here's a great video that talks more about the development process and all the amazing artists involved. More news on DR as it develops!

And finally, I've been posting all over Facebook about how I had an amazing, entirely impromptu opportunity to play a mini-set on the MAGFest main stage. As if that wasn't cool enough on its own, I was joined by the absolutely mindblowingly talented Rekcahdam on drums. Considering we had never played together before, I wasn't even sure what songs I was going to play, and he had certainly not even HEARD any of the songs in advance, I think we pulled off a kind of magical feat.

Sure, it's a little rough at times, but given the circumstances, the stuff that sounds good (which is most of it) is pheNOMENAL. I'm hoping we can collaborate again soon... In the meantime, I'm looking forward to announcing other news as soon as it's announceable!

Seeya Next Year! – 12/06/12, 9:09 pm

Perhaps you're wondering why it doesn't seem possible to order physical CDs or t-shirts anywhere on the site. Maybe you sent me a message a few days ago and I haven't gotten back to it just yet. Or mayhaps your Spidey-Senses® are tingling and you're wondering why I'm not responding to the Bat Signal™. Well friends, the truth is, I'm going away for the rest of December on a big trip around various countries in Central and South America! I predict that it will be an intense and truly awe-inspiring journey, and I look forward to coming back with a ton of exciting new music (should have plenty of time to work on stuff while traveling) and some moderately entertaining, candid vacation photos. So to address your hypothetical concerns from the top of this post: I didn't want anyone ordering anything that I couldn't ship while I was away; I will have limited internet access but I'll try to respond to emails when possible; and those two pop culture references are from totally different comics, I'm not stupid.

(In the meantime, you can still download the CD here. Shirts not available for download.... yet.)

In all seriousness though, 2012 has been just as amazing as 2011, if not moreso, and I'm looking forward to continued awesomeness. I'll be back in early January, just in time to rock out with Cheap Dinosaurs at MAGFest! See you all there — and please have a super incredible holiday season, and thanks for bearing with me while I'm away. Hold down the fort while I'm gone, yeah?

Multi-instrument, multi-channel, multimedia update – 10/26/12, 4:04 pm

It feels like I've been all over the map lately — not physically perhaps, but in terms of multimedia outreach, I guess — so I wanted to post some highlights here. First, if you will, please check out this video of me performing my song "Henceforth" during the Alumni Showcase at 8static's four-year-anniversary show earlier this month. This is the first time I ever performed live with a Game Boy and six-string electric guitar (and since I'm such a guitar performance n00b, I apologize for the slightly out-of-tune accompaniment... I hope you can deal with it):

Pretty fun stuff. The plan is to incorporate even more electric guitar into my songs and live show, so who knows where this will take us...

In other news, I wrote a post on my friend Steve Lakawicz's blog, Classical Gaming. My contribution, a kind of absurdly negative critical analysis of the soundtrack to the game 720° for the NES, is part of the blog's "Game Music Hell" series, so you know it's gonna be fun to read. As I said in the comments section of the post, I offer my sincerest apologies to the composers, if they happen to stumble across the post, but some of that stuff just had to be said. Read it here!

Thirdly, I've once again extended my reach into the podcastosphere by providing some theme music for an exciting new show. Check out The World Exists, a unique podcast in which some of Philly's finest storytellers recount the quirky anecdotes that shaped their lives. Listen for the abridged versions of "Mr. Knight" that start and end each episode!

Finally, note that you'll have a few chances to see me in real life (perhaps the finest medium of all) next month at both Anime USA in Washington, DC, and the H&H 8bit Invasion in Fredericksburg, VA. That oughta be enough for now, but you never know when I might have more announcements, so check back often, y'hear?

Little Strauss DJ – 09/13/12, 6:06 pm

Just to prove to you that I'm still super active down here in Virginia, and also in response to the overwhelming volume of requests for this song (hey, I think two or three separate people asked for it), I'm ready to share my Game Boy version of the Richard Strauss classic "Also sprach Zarathustra" with the world. Some of you may have heard a snippet of this during one of the "Sci-Fi Month" episodes of the Continue? YouTube show; others may have heard me play an earlier, shorter version live recently. Well, I was so excited about that short version that I decided to extend it a little and make it more of a full-length track — and now you can download it for free by clicking here!

For those of you who just want a funky, fun, and slightly novel new Chipocrite track, just click on the link and enjoy. If you're interested in learning a little more about why I chose to cover this song, or if you feel like you've not only heard the classical piece on which it's based but also this very arrangement somewhere else, here's the deal. The song itself is a renowned orchestral "tone poem" written by Strauss in 1896, probably most famous for its usage in the classic sci-fi movie "2001: A Space Odyssey," which is, incidentally, one of my favorites. If you don't recognize it by name, trust me, you will when you hear it. BUT to take it one step further, the arrangement I used for this version is based primarily on Eumir Deodato's infamous funked-out cover of the song from 1972, which ITSELF is probably most recognized for its usage in the Peter Sellers movie "Being There," which is ALSO one of my favorites of all time.

As a final piece of trivia (hey, if you've read this far, don't stop now), I've sped up Deodato's arrangement a bit so it's a little heavier, more rocking and dramatic, probably most closely resembling the cover of this song that the group Phish — and I am unapologetic in that Phish is my favorite band in the world and has been for about 17 years — is known to play during its live sets. So we've got favorite movies, favorite bands, tone poems, funk, spaceships, Peter Sellers... Basically there's a little something for everyone here. Please enjoy and I'm gonna stop typing now.

TL,RD? Here, you can also listen to it on SoundCloud!

Babycastles Summit Closing Party! – 08/22/12, 11:11 am

Well, it sure has been hectic in Chipoland over the past several weeks. I suppose the biggest news is that I've relocated to Charlottesville, Virginia! I'm still settling in here but things are going well. I expect to have my own monthly chip showcase up and running any day now.. The tentative plan is to call it 9static.

(On a side note, yes, I am aware there is a lot of internet info out there that says I'm still Philly-based. Well, you can take the chip out of Philly but you can't take the Philly out of the chip, so I'm gonna keep it that way for a while at least.)

But just in case you were wondering if I'll still be able to play shows up north, I'm already booked for an exciting show in NYC this weekend! Babycastles is hosting a weekend-long summit in honor of Keita Takahashi and several other video game rock stars, and they're closing the entire event with an epic chip music concert featuring me, Radlib, Bubblyfish, NO CARRIER and CHiKA. The show is this Sunday, August 26, from 5pm to 10pm; it's located at the Museum of Art and Design, and it's ALL AGES! Check out the full calendar of events — there are some truly inspiring and intriguing things scheduled for this weekend. If you have any interest in video game culture, don't miss it.

And in other news, if you haven't seen it yet, I was featured as the musical guest on this month's episode of "On The Verge." And let me tell you, they made me look very cool. Here are the two clips, embedded for your convenience:

I got WARPED – 07/14/12, 1:01 pm

As you may have seen me post on Facebook or Twitter, I had an incredible opportunity to play the VANS WARPED TOUR this week!! I was featured on the Ourstage.com Stage at the Holmdel, New Jersey, tour stop on Friday, July 13, and had a blast playing some live Game Boy music for a large audience that might not have ever seen it before. I got a very positive response — special thanks to the dude who told me my set was easily the best thing he had seen all day :) I hope to post some pics and/or video soon!

Extra special thanks to LiveNation, Warped Tour, ourstage.com and everyone else who made this possible.

Finally, if you happened to catch me at Warped and are now checking me out online, hello! Thanks for your support, and please check out the Media page for music, shirts, videos, etc. And don't forget to check back frequently for show updates, new music, all that stuff. THANKS!

Chipocrite shirts now available!! – 06/15/12, 12:12 pm

As promised, Chipocrite shirts are now available for purchase online. Designed by good friend and art mastermind Sean Egan, these shirts feature a charming visual representation of the Chipocrite universe. Only $15 plus shipping, which ain't much by shirt standards nowadays, and they come in several sizes. Check it out yourself and pick up one or two or seven on the Media page!

Also, see you at TooManyGames this weekend! I'm playing on Sunday as both a solo Chipocrite set and an Autoscroll set... what more could you ask for?!

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