The situation in Japan is dire. Being absorbed fully by the vortex of PAX East for three days, it wasn’t until I was on the bus ride home from Boston that I really had a chance to watch the news and soak up the exact nature of what is happening over there. I was floored by the devastation and horrible loss of life. What’s awesome is that so many people across the globe are rising to the occasion to offer aid and donations to help out in Japans recovery efforts…which will be ongoing for a very long time.
Led by Pixelh8 and True Chip Till Death‘s Peter Swimm, the international chip music community is rallying together with its own fundraiser to gather funds for the Red Cross to support Japan. By donating money via a secure page setup through Firstgiving, you’ll gain access to a link to download a massive, multi-volume chip music compilation. Volume One comes out today and features over 35 tracks from a huge range of chip music artists. One of my new tunes is featured on the first volume alongside awesome artists like 8bitweapon, Little-Scale, ComputeHer, Pixelh8, br1ght pr1mate, and more. I suspect a second volume is in the works too, and I know they’re looking for more donations and chip music artists to contribute songs for the project.
As of this writing, the comp has raised $1,000 of its $5,000 goal, so please take a moment to donate funds, spread the word, and contribute in any way you can. All proceeds go to the Red Cross for Japan relief efforts.
You can find out more about the project and how to donate RIGHT HERE.
I have to say: I’m getting pretty pumped about the Nintendo 3DS. There’s a slick run-down of the system and a bunch of games in the works for in the September issues of Nintendo Power. You’ll also find a few pieces I wrote this issue: Page 95 has a Community features on Tyler Mann’s killer Kingdom Hearts cosplay, and on page 90 you’ll find my reviews of the DS and Wii versions of Despicable Me. Pro tip: if you’re going to shell out for that one, pick up the DS version. That’s all for this month, but I have more NP stuff in the works shortly.
I’m particularly excited to now have the April 2010 issue of Nintendo Power in-hand, because it features two large community pieces I wrote and am quite proud. First, there’s my community feature on pg. 92 about hip-hop artist Random (aka Mega Ran) who kicked off his musical career in the independent rap world and more recently has circulated in the nerdcore hip-hop scene. His two Mega Man themed albums are super fresh and he’s already got a track up on his site inspired by Mega Man 10. Also, I attended Blip Festival 2009 in December and was floored by the sheer level of badassitude on display. Great music made by some very interesting folks. My write-up of the event appears on pg 95. Bummed you missed the show? Don’t worry, because there’s a ton of videos and mp3s floating around from the event’s killer performances. The April issue also contains my reviews of Dawn of Heroes and Squishy Tank, both on DS.
The March 2010 issue of Nintendo Power is in, and I have two articles in the Community section that turned out rather nicely. The first is a full-page feature on Dave Sterling, who crafted a close-to-scale NES console, two controllers, a Tetris cartridge, and a small TV all out of LEGO blocks. His work with little plastic blocks is quite impressive. The second is on Deadcraft‘s freakin’ adorable little Nintendo hero amigurumi dolls. So cute. Coming up next, I have two reviews and two more hefty community pieces running in the April 2010 issue that should be out next month. Cheers!