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Rock Out with Your NES Out Thursday at Tritone

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Tritone BannerIf you’re anything like me, the bleeps and bloops of music from Nintendo Entertainment System games hold a special place in your nerdly little heart.

I’m certainly not alone; tracks from Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Punch-Out!! and so many other games have been remixed countless times in countless ways.

I’ll go out on a limb and just say it: classic video game themes are among some of the most memorable tunes composed in recent times. So, if you share my sentiments, then you really ought to show up at Tritone Bar this Thursday, June 18, where the air will be sizzling with the electrically charged sound of chiptunes music.

Chiptunes artists employ the use of video game console sound chips, like the Ricoh 2A03 from a Nintendo Entertainment System or the analog-digital hybrid Atari POKEY from an Atari 400/800. Artists modify the machines in such a way that they become real-time synthesizers and, in the right talented hands, become a hauntingly beautiful new form of electronica music. Trust me, it’s a good thing.

This Thursday, Tritone Bar is hosting two local chiptunes groups, Cheap Dinosaurs (myspace.com/cheapdinosaurs) and Void Vision (myspace.com/voidvision), as well as Death Domain and Femme Covert, who hail from Baltimore and North Carolina respectively. To top things off, local Philadelphian and live visualist Don Miller, A.K.A. NO CARRIER (no-carrier.com), will be providing visual works that incorporate “both new and recycled symbols and patterns” from the Nintendo Entertainment System and Commodore 64 that will no doubt complement the aural experience perfectly.

The NES-inspired bonanza kicks off at 8 P.M. at Tritone Bar, which is located at 1508 South St. Admission is $7 and no one under 21 will be admitted, so make sure you have your I.D. handy. If you do come, be sure to single me out ‘cause someone has to buy my drinks!

Until then, hop over to the artists’ respective websites, preview their music, and maybe leave some comment lovin’ – it’s always appreciated.