Born This Way [Bitpop] Tribute to Lady Gaga


Made with C64 sounds exclusively + vocals

As the result for the Australian Marriage Equality Survey looms, win or lose, no matter your ability, gender, sexuality or ethnicity, I and many others are with you.

This one is for anyone who has in any way felt marginalised, excluded or just made fun of. This one is for you, my friends, my equals. Put your paws up!

Born This Way was technically very fun to make and I’ve pulled out every trick in the book and then wrote wrote some addendums to get this one done.

Made with love,
Made with pride,
Made for you and I
Equally we stand
Side by side.

Gavin – Misfits aren’t misfits in the company of other misfits.

Bitpop & My Audio Design Philosophy

Whilst Chiptunes are generally written and performed on real & emulated hardware such as the Nintendo & Commodore families of 8bit systems, they are bound to the technical constraints of the sound provided by that system.

Bitpop tends to be played mostly as a hybrid of 8bit sound-chip sounds and real instruments and/or samples with vocals. Notable artists of the genre such as “8Bit Weapon” or “Machinae Supremacy” tend to focus on Nintendo sounds as do many in the Chiptune genre.

My approach is to not mix with real instruments or samples thereof rather, I want to underlay the vocals with a complete MOS6581 based sound. Given that Bitpop isn’t as pure as Chiptunes, I’ve taken the liberty not abiding by the three sound channel limitation of the MOS6581 SID Chip.

It is part of my objective to constantly minimalise the number of identifiable sounds being played to no more than five or six.
The number of layers I use to make up particular sounds can at times up to four individual sounds modulated together.

My reasoning for a minimalist approach is that I’ve identified a fine line where you can layer so many rudimentary sounds that the merged result is so complex, it sounds nothing like the original.

Pre & Post mixing introduces various effects and modulations but there is a short list of favourties that include reverb, cabinet simulation, gainers, compressors, delays & filters. Again, as with the number of sounds channels, I try to use these as sparingly as I can.

This is a razors edge where Chiptune artists are concerned. Am I being Chiptune or something else? To be clear, this is not Chiptunes. It may be a blood relation, but it is its own being.

In a way, I see myself trying to make Chiptunes more palatable for consumption by the general public. I think it offers the comfort of contemporary pop music with a reminiscent flavour of misspent years playing home computer games.

Bitpop 5

Available for pre-order. Head over to my Bandcamp page to enlist!

Bitpop 4

If its a bit garish, gaudy or camp and a classic, then its Bitpop 4: “Kitsch”

Bitpop 3

Bitpop 3, I think shows that in both the choice and rendition of its songs. Life is now different, less chaotic. Bitpop 3 exhibits a form of clarity.

Bitpop 2

The continued story from my first album. Bitpop 2 contains songs that have been selected not out of whimsy or any simple superficial criteria. Rather, I’ve chosen songs that in their instances, their moments of time, have pulled heartstrings, confused thoughts & emotions or struck affinity on a personal level. Some hit raw nerves. They’ve brought me to realisations of myself and my feelings towards others.

Bitpop 1

Bitpop 1 contains songs that have been selected not out of whimsy or any simple superficial criteria. Rather, I’ve chosen songs that in their instances, their moments of time, have pulled heartstrings, confused thoughts & emotions or struck affinity on a personal level. Some hit raw nerves. They’ve brought me to realisations of myself and my feelings towards others.