Into You [Bitpop / Chiptune] – Tribute to Ariana Grande

Made exclusively with the sounds of the Commodore 64

I simply like this song. It’s catchy. I’ve gone for a more raw Commodore 64 SID chip sound in this one. Big arpeggios, rattly drums and plenty of pulse width modulation – all the defining sounds of that computer’s chiptunes.

This track has been created with only the sounds of the 35+yo Commodore 64 MOS-6581 Sound Interface Device (SID) chip. Renoise was used to build this piece and give me as many C64’s as I needed and processing effects.

Made with ♥
Gavin

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Homepage: http://gavingraham.com
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/gavindi
Google Play: https://goo.gl/QCQT3o
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1Ap6PPAcMUnBZtpJ52ntui
ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/au/artist/gavin-graham/1251158291
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/gavindi
Twitter: https://twitter.com/gavindi
Renoise Artists: http://renoise.com/artists/gavin-graham
Commodore Scene Database (CSdb): http://csdb.dk/scener/?id=8611
Amiga Music Preservation: http://amp.dascene.net/detail.php?view=2973
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Vocals provided by Karaoke Version (www.karaoke-version.com) and Tency Music (www.tencymusic.com).

Bitpop 5 now on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify & Deezer

Bitpop 5 Cover Art

Bitpop 5

Bitpop 5 – Now Available on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify & Deezer
Pop music and chiptunes combined using the sound of the Commodore 64 8bit computer.
Track Listing
1 A Sky Full of Stars – Tribute to Coldplay
2 Uprising – Tribute to Muse
3 Born this Way – Tribute to Lady Gaga
4 Fuck You – Tribute to CeeLo Green
5 Drops of Jupiter – Tribute to Train
6 The River of Dreams – Tribute to Billy Joel
7 California Love – Tribute to 2pac
8 Uprising (Bonus Atari 2600 version)
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/6RRaF5omjafQ4IeI3hutoo
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/bitpop-5/1345161559?uo=4
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Gavin_Graham_Bitpop_5?id=Bxpp5bcv5lumtunyazzk4npoeky

Cool Change [Bitpop] – Tribute to Little River Band

Made with the Commodore 64 MOS6581 SID chip (Multi-SID).

A classic Little River Band song and the first Australian song I’ve bitpopped. It seems fitting for a New Year to start with a song like this; Particularly if you plan to make some New Year resolutions.

All the best & enjoy,
Gavin
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Buy Bitpop 1-6 and support me, please. You can name your own price as a form of donation.

Bandcamp
https://gavingraham.bandcamp.com/
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Homepage: http://gavingraham.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MaestroGavinGraham
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/gavindi
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/gavindi
Twitter: https://twitter.com/gavindi
Renoise Artists: http://renoise.com/artists/gavin-graham
Commodore Scene Database (CSdb): http://csdb.dk/scener/?id=8611
Amiga Music Preservation: http://amp.dascene.net/detail.php?view=2973
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Vocals provided by Karaoke Version (www.karaoke-version.com) and Tency Music (www.tencymusic.com).

History Repeating [Bitpop] – Tribute to Shirley Bassey & The Propellerheads

Made exclusively with the sounds of the Commodore 64 MOS6581 Multi-SID

“Déjà vu is simply remembrance of the future.” ― Wayne Gerard Trotman

Farewell 2017 – Hello 2018! Happy New Year to all.

Gavin.
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Buy Bitpop 1-6 and support me, please. You can name your own price as a form of donation.

Bandcamp
https://gavingraham.bandcamp.com/
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Homepage: http://gavingraham.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MaestroGavinGraham
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/gavindi
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/gavindi
Twitter: https://twitter.com/gavindi
Renoise Artists: http://renoise.com/artists/gavin-graham
Commodore Scene Database (CSdb): http://csdb.dk/scener/?id=8611
Amiga Music Preservation: http://amp.dascene.net/detail.php?view=2973
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Vocals provided by Karaoke Version (www.karaoke-version.com) and Tency Music (www.tencymusic.com).

Purple Rain [Bitpop] – Tribute to Prince

Made exclusively with the sounds of the Commodore 64 MOS6581 Multi-SID

“I want to try something before we go home. It’s mellow.” – Prince

When there’s blood in the sky – red and blue = purple… purple rain pertains to the end of the world and being with the one you love and letting your faith/god guide you through the purple rain.

I appreciate the time you all spend listening to my Bitpop arrangements.
Gavin

All Right [Bitpop] – Tribute to Christopher Cross

Made exclusively with the sounds of the Commodore 64 MOS6581 Multi-SID

Though the past can make you weary, just know that the future doesn’t have to be more of the same. It’s all right because next time around it wont be like the time before.

This 8 bit arrangement was made with you in mind.

Peace out,
Gavin

Fuck You [Bitpop][Explicit] – Tribute to Cee Lo Green

Made exclusively with the sounds of the Commodore 64 MOS6581 Multi-SID

As its title suggests, ‘Fuck You’ is essentially a middle finger extending from the fist of a pop single—and a gloriously catchy Motown stomper of a pop single at that.

It felt nearly criminal to have this much fun in making a song into a Bitpop cover. Nice brassy arpeggios, fat bass, flute flourishes, oh fun fun fun! I crammed a lot into six sound channels. The trick is you can get away with a lot of substitutions when you layer vocals over the top.

Enjoy. Made with groovy love,
Gav.

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Buy Bitpop 1, 2, 3 & 4 and support me, please. You can name your own price as a form of donation.

Bandcamp
https://gavingraham.bandcamp.com/
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Homepage: http://gavingraham.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MaestroGavinGraham
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/gavindi
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/gavindi
Twitter: https://twitter.com/gavindi
Renoise Artists: http://renoise.com/artists/gavin-graham
Commodore Scene Database (CSdb): http://csdb.dk/scener/?id=8611
Amiga Music Preservation: http://amp.dascene.net/detail.php?view=2973

How I manage my audio projects


Geek time. I’ve mentioned previously how I use Git to version all my work. Regardless of whether its audio, video, text/code or config, it goes into version control.

This time I want to show you how I project manage my albums. I use Google Keep for purpose it’s actually not designed for. Yup I’m doing Kanban lite project management with Google Keep. Haha! It’s nuts, but it kinda works to my style.

Each song starts its life in the WIP card and as it starts to form into something I think I can work with, it gets promoted to an album card. Likewise occurs underneath on the version control level with branches and such.

So, there is some method to my mayhem!
That said, I tend to not let method or procedure encroach on my inclination to freestyle. Even as an IT Professional I work that way. I call it “fluidgility” 🙂

Born This Way [Bitpop] Tribute to Lady Gaga


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 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.