Nerdy Show

Episode 29 :: Fight the Power [Button]

Posted by NerdyShow on August 25, 2010

fight the power buttonMy fellow Nerds, a crisis is upon us. As some of you may have heard, a recent high court ruling in the UK has greatly jeopardized the future of the Chiptunes movement. The hardware integral to creating music from current and retro gaming systems is now illegal. This aggression will not stand, man – and we won’t sit by idly while our bothers and sister across the pond cannot pick up their Gameboys and bleep bloop in public. …Did that come out wrong? NEVERMIND.

In response to this ruling, Nerdy Show has created Fight the Power, an organization and movement dedicated to fighting for the rights of nerd musicians and the right to make nerd music of all kinds. Read the Fight the Power Manifesto, join the Facebook Page and find out what you can do to join in the fight.

In this episode we elaborate on the plight in the UK and talk with British chiptune musician, Pixelh8 about his feelings on the ruling, what he’s doing to turn the tide, his upcoming projects, and how BBC America butchers British television. We’re also joined by chiptune beatsmith: DJ RoboRob, calling all the way from Iraq, and yo-yo master and chiptunes rapper: Doctor Popular. All that plus a surplus of cool video game news, Mike gets weirdly (and disturbingly) political, and crackpot Russian conspiracy theories – oh boy!

As though we needed to further emphasize their relevance Chiptunes just recently got its own showcase at PAX Prime!! We also want to give a shout-out to a handful of WPRK DJs who are taking up the Fight the Power cause and dedicating their radio shows to Chiptunes awareness: Flying High in the Mushroom Kingdom, Marc with a C‘s radio show, the Real Congregation and the Freaking Geek Show are doing a combo show for five hours of pixelated political partying! You can catch Flying High in the Mushroom Kingdom in the taint of this Friday night/Saturday morning at 1 AM – 3 AM, and the Freaking Geek and Real Congregation mashup next Monday night/Tuesday morning from 1 AM – 6 AM. These are, of course, Eastern time, so plan accordingly!

This won’t be the last you see of Fight the Power! We have big plans including not just for fighting hate on the chip community, but also fighting big corp wherever they stick their head in the nerd’s world.

Tracks:

  1. Aurora (Meet Me In the Strars) :: Anamanaguchi
  2. OutBrk :: Sabrepulse
  3. Computability Love :: Pixelh8 Computability
  4. Spiral :: Pixelh8 *NERDY SHOW EXCLUSIVE*
  5. Before I Go.. :: .:ikanetik:.
  6. The End :: Firebrand Boy
  7. Harder, faster, Stronger, Better (DJRoboRob) :: Daft Punk
  8. So Say We All :: DjRoboRob
  9. SysOp :: ComputeHer
  10. Artificial Ocean :: Plain Flavored
  11. Crimson Dreams (ft. Doc Pop & Beefy) :: crashfaster Purchase Album
  12. Hassle the Dorkening (Doc Pop Rare Demo) :: MC Frontalot *NERDY SHOW EXCLUSIVE*
  13. Bedbugs (ft. YTCracker) :: Doc Pop

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a picture of the pixelh8 one 128k’s controllboard: http://twitpic.com/2hgdvz

3 Comments

  1. [...] So in the UK some High Court people made a ruling that can and will severely endanger the future of chiptunes. Now it is making it impossible for people to play pirated software on their Nintendo DS. The hardware integral to creating music from current and retro gaming systems is now illegal. This aggression will not stand, man – and we won’t sit by idly while our bothers and sister across the pond cannot pick up their Gameboys and bleep bloop in public. [nerdyshow.com] [...]

  2. Okay, now I get it… That is terrible… My friends and I sympathize with the struggle, including one friend who is a fan of anamanaguchi, and would be pissed if they had to stop making chiptunes because of the freaking UK…

    Anyways, ROW ROW FIGHT THE POWA!!!

  3. [...] for the Fight The Power (Button) movement. You can find out more via this handy Facebook page, this episode of the Nerdy Show podcast, and this interview I did recently about the situation. The music is a bit different from what [...]

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