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FEATURE: Chip Bit Day

Chip Bit Day is a chiptune music event based in Manchester UK which celebrates all things 8bit, electronic and retro with the accent heavy on music inspired and enabled by old school game technology. Now in to its third year, we decided to talk to the people behind the event, bloggers Chip Bit Sid.

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Martin Christie’s Music Travels: Ableton User Group Sheffield

There is no doubt that one of the most influential pieces of software for electronic music making in recent years is Ableton Live.  Its capacity for embracing and working with live performance has given it an edge over other software.  The manufacturer’s approach of encouraging and bringing musicians together for physical User Groups (not just on-line forums) has also helped develop the software.  Being impressed with what I’d seen and heard of Ableton, I wanted to find out more about this software and get an impartial view from two musicians I respect immensely, Josh Wright of L8 BIT and Limit Break, and Emily Johnson aka Emily J Electric who also happen to be involved in Ableton User Group Sheffield.

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Martin Christie’s Music Travels: We Are Us

We Are Us (also known as UX) are a high energy electronic duo who play heart felt music that resonates the incredible ups and tougher downs of living in the post knowledge society (the age of unreason).  There is real emotional depth to their music and live performance, so I wanted to find out more about what Dan Elsmore and Stu James were planning for 2018.

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Martin Christie’s Music Travels: TOOM

Influenced by film and game music the appropriately named TOOM is the solo music project of Manchester based Tom Woolnough.  With a forthcoming EP release and lots of new music in the pipeline, I decided to find out more about TOOM’s dark and unique music from the man himself.

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FEATURE: An Interview with Martin Christie

Martin Christie is a poet, musician, author and much more, and is the driving force behind the Electronic Music Open Mic (EMOM) movement, which provides electronic musicians with a live forum in which to perform their music. The concept has taken off quickly since its inception early this year, with regular events occurring in the Midlands, Yorkshire and the North West of the UK. We spoke to Martin to find out more about him, his events and his own work.

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LIST: The Top 10 Albums of 2016 [according to Mark Buckley]

I normally have the attention span of a forgetful fruitfly with a tequila induced hangover, so this top ten of stuff is er, my top ten of stuff as I write it. After a few rewrites it has changed a bit – there was just too much good stuff out there. Oh look! A cute dog on the internet!

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