Tag Archives: nes

Chew remixes and covers

Tim McGravy – Planet PCM

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Title: Planet PCM
Artist: Tim McGravy
Album: Chew
Date: 2010

In honor of my newly resurrected Nintendo, here’s an early 8-bit cover of this Black Sabbath classic that I recorded in the Red House basement one cold, Washington winter day.

I would like to dedicate this one to Baxter and her expanding family, notably the newest member.

This is the sound coming off the actual NES itself (2 channels).
About the resurrected Nintendo – it just started going to a solid white screen on turn on, so I went the most popular route and bought a new 72-pin connector. That didn’t help, so I started seeking out a new NES. The one I ended up finding was in pretty bad cosmetic shape, so I yanked the circuit board out of it, and stuck it in the nicest case I had…which also already had the mods for 1/4″ out.
All this for a show I’ve got coming up on Friday 02 September for Atarimatt’s record release party – this is going to be an insanely rad show.
Download: Planet PCM (right click and choose ‘save as’)

As Yet Unknown collaborations remixes remixes and covers

Noggin – Brinesta (Full Mix)

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Title: Brinesta (Full Mix)
Artist: Noggin
Album: As Yet Unknown
Date: 2010

After too much delay, I got around to modding a Nintendo (graciously donated to science by DJ Dag-Nab-It) to output two independent channels of audio. The original NES is mono (one cable), and this mod has been described as a ‘stereo’ mod. What’s actually going on is a little bit cooler.
The NES can only make five sounds, 2 square wave tones, a triangle wave, a noise channel, and a very lo-fi sampler. From the chip inside the game system, the two square waves come off one pin, and the rest of the sounds off the next pin. That means you can hack in a couple jacks, run one channel (square waves) into one channel of a mixer, and run the rest into another…giving you hands on control of each track independently.
If you’ve ever heard me talk about mixers before, you might know that the mixer is probably my favorite instrument to play. So having such immediate, analog control over such raw, mathematical signal feels really good. This is the first time I fired up MIDINES with the MPC sequencer.
The second half of this track is a remix / rejiggle of Smile Transylvania’s excellent re-jAm / repurpose of a track from the Super Nintendo game Super Metroid.
We even made a video of what midines synthesises to the incoming midi messages.

Download: hutchines20100410 (right click and choose ‘save as’)
This the original version of this track: http://turntablearchives.com/trackaday/music/eps/live-at-johnny-picassos/noggin-brinesta-live-version

Live at Johnny Picasso's

Noggin – Brinesta (live version)

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Title: Brinesta (live version)
Artist: Noggin
Album: Live at Johnny Picasso’s
Date: 2010

Live version of the first track I ever wrote for Nintendo via midiNES. I have to give huge major props to Kyle in Anacortes for recording this show. This is literally the first time I had ever played the Nintendo outside of my basement, only about a day or two after finally modifying the NES for 1/4″ output. The mixer at open mic at Johnny Picasso’s (great times!) luckily had some reverb built in so we get a bit of the cave effect.
Second half is an homage to Smile Transylvania / Super Metroid / Jeremy / Bill / Freddy because those guys turned me on to that riff, and I always love watching them play their version and their subsequent songs inspired by said riff.
Download: Noggin – 03 – Brinesta (Live Version) (right click and choose ‘save as’)
edit: live version of this track.

Side B

Noggin + Blau – Smile Song

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Title: Smile Song
Artist: Noggin + Blau
Album: Buzz Exports
Date: 2011

Here’s one I played a lot with my homey Karl. We would generally open with this one, the lyrics being nothing but a well timed, big smile from both of us. Worked as a pretty good dirty jam to just get the crowd funked up enough to know where things were heading. This is an early demo I made of this running through a bit of rack fx courtesy the studio quad. This one is labeled Pictures of Clouds cause that’s the tape it came from.
I walked outside yesterday and Mr. Blau was right there. Good times!
Download: Pictures Of Clouds – 23 – B23 (right click and choose ‘save as’)

Buzz Exports

Noggin – wroteonguitar

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Title: wroteonguitar
Artist: Noggin
Album: Buzz Exports
Date: 2003

This is one of those filler / scrap tracks that I’m uploading for completeness. It began life as a chord progression / arpeggio pattern on acoustic guitar, then morphed into this buzz / vst / tweakbench nes-fest. This is using the amazing and free ‘Peach’ plugin, which is basically a synth built from what sounds like classic Nintendo samples.
Grab peach here (win vst only): http://www.tweakbench.com/peach
Download: wroteonguitar (right click and choose ‘save as’)

Live at Johnny Picasso's

Noggin – Johnny Picasso

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Title: Johnny Picasso
Artist: Noggin
Album: Live at Johnny Picasso’s
Release Date: 2010

100% Nintendo Entertainment System – 1980’s model NES running MidiNes.
Thank you Dj Dag-Nab-It for the Nintendo to experiment on and modify. This was the first live jam I made using the NES as the sole sound source. Hooked up to the MPC sequencer, it’s one of my favorite synths to work with.
This track was recorded live…actually the first time I ever brought the nintendo out for a gig. A friend of mine, Kyle, ran the open mic at Johnny Picasso’s in Anacortes, and to him I say Thank You for making this recording. I also have to give him much props for dealing with my unpredictable setup, hot signals, and requests for more and more reverb.
Download: Noggin – Johnny Picasso (right click and choose ‘save as’)