AndyAbstract
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"permanently cracklecakes"

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Sydney
Australia

Last login: Feb 15, 2017
Member since: Jun 25, 2014
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About me
I like to describe my music as a straw of chiptune, dipped into a cup of mystery shake, stirred about with a serrated spork, spilled all over the countertop to mix with a few lines of sherbet, then snorted.

With chronic attention deficit amusement, I launched myself upon the tracking community in October 1995 with some half-arsed MODs made in TetraMED and Scream Tracker 3 under a couple of various silly monickers.

In September 1996, I formed UnCo!WP. Welcoming into the fold for a few minor productions, T0Mb, Smokey, Frenz'ix, Frutedrop, Juice, and Stef chipped in for a musicdisk or two. In April 1997, I joined Optix, and was briefly in a group called Rain, another one called Slut, and also joined Inflicted in 2001, though there was really probably only a couple of releases with them before we all lost contact.

My first commercial release is the Emotions Gemini vinyl LP. I put it out after being requested to put something out in a physical format, as most of my friends hadn't heard what I did and were curious... lucky for me I was working 12 hours a day, 6 days a week at the time so could afford to get it pressed. It's a 220g, transparent blue, 12" vinyl album with 14 songs and a moderately chippy, 8-bit laden disposition. Now available for download on Bandcamp - see https://andyabstract.bandcamp.com/releases for that.

Though I didn't release much between 2005-2013, I have quite a bit waiting in the wings, namely a couple of more LP's.

I will try to release the majority of my entire back catalogue here.

During 2015, I have been releasing new material, put the Emotions Gemini album up on Bandcamp for sale, and have been in touch with radio stations across the world for playback of various songs on the album. You may hear one of the album's songs in some surprising corners of the world... even on shortwave! So far, some of the stations who have played songs from Emotions Gemini include: JJJ, 2SER, FBi, and 2BOB in Australia; Sumer FM in Iraq, 973FM in Singapore, Park FM in Canada, WFAQ and WBGU in USA.

New album slated for late in 2015, working title of "Molecule Halted Transition". Guaranteed to be a mix of upbeat chiptune, 8-bit experimental and all kinds of bitpop-laden sounds inbetween.


Contact me for a co-op, rant, chat, buy a copy of the Emotions Gemini LP (AU$20 + postage), or whatever - andy.abstract.uwp@iinet.net.au.

Websites
https://andyabstract.bandcamp.com/releases
http://modarchive.org/index.php?request=view_artist_modules&query=69444
https://www.scenemusic.net/demovibes/artist/5517/
http://chipmusic.org/andy+abstract
https://www.facebook.com/andy.abstract.uwp
http://www.reverbnation.com/andyabstract
http://web.archive.org/web/20070814231855/http://www.s3m.com/dma/displayuser.php?user_id=879
http://web.archive.org/web/20090727082904/http://geocities.com/daveyflopit/
http://misc.yero.org/modulez/static/sections/artist.php?id=1127
https://myspace.com/uncowhateverproductions
https://myspace.com/flowingthroughmyxylem

Favorite music editor
Impulse Tracker v2.13

Favorite musicians
Hunz, Chuck Biscuits, 4-Mat, Necros, Basehead, Force Format, Void, Mick Rippon, Stef.

Musical inspiration
Electronics, computer parts, instruments, inanimate objects, food, outer space, technical terms, dictionary, hexediting of DOS binary files.

Advice to other musicians
Don't release your first track unless you've spent a long time tweaking it, like I mean months. I learned from that mistake repeatedly :P. Play other people your tunes and get their opinions. Use the computer as an instrument that can produce sounds and styles that you can't produce with physical instruments. Trying simply to emulate orchestral or rock or metal or something otherwise organic/acoustic tends to sound lame more often than not. As a challenge, use as few samples & channels as possible like the old 4-channel MODs. It teaches you to do more with less, and ups your skill level. Hendrix & Zeppelin's engineer Eddie Kramer has given the advice that if you can't mix a full band to mono, you're doing something wrong. Same goes with tracking, if you can't make a full song with minimal channels & samples, you're doing something wrong. Listen to and pick apart other musician's tracks. It helps you to learn more tracking skills. Borrow their techniques and put your own twist on it. If you borrow a sample from another musician, CREDIT THEM! It costs nothing but a line in your song message, and will probably even welcome you into the tracking community more. Think about your target audience. Will it be someone simply playing it in the tracking program you use? Will it be played by a range of MOD players? Do you intend it only to be played in Open Cubic Player? Test your creation in as many playback scenarios as possible and aim for maximum compatibility. This is why trying to stick with conventional MOD standards is best for wide distribution, as still not all playback routines play XM, IT, S3M or other formats correctly. If you have found it plays correctly under for instance Open Cubic Player, then write a note in your MOD or IT or XM file that it plays correctly under this tested player. If you find it doesn't play correctly under any other player than the tracker you made it in, then note that for the person downloading it also. For instance, I made a track that only plays correctly in the tracker I made it in, MultiTracker, so I make it clear that this is the case. Otherwise, I try to use volume/pan/pitch effects, pattern cuts & speed effects that are easily compatible with Open Cubic Player, Inertia Player, WinAmp, MikMod, Midas Sound System, etc... it helps, especially when making musicdisks & demos.

Notes about my music
Most of my stuff post 1997 is chiptune or bitpop style. I make no apologies, as this is one of my favourite genres. Almost all of my tracks play best in Impulse Tracker v2.13 or Schism Tracker in the exception of a couple that play best in MultiTracker. Most play ok in Cubic Player / OpenCP. I don't recommend playing any of the S3M's or IT's in FT2-based players or trackers. Any of my MOD's should play fine in any player or tracker. MTM's I have tailored to play under Impulse Tracker, except for the minor exception. Here I will upload almost everything I've done, however awful and half-arsed, back to the beginning of UnCo!WP in late 1996. I've lost all my early releases from Oct 1995-Aug 1996, which is probably for the best, as they were pretty horrible :P. Feel free to critique, remix, borrow samples (credit please), review, or drop me a line andy.abstract.uwp@iinet.net.au.

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surface mount corrosion
By: AndyAbstract
Added: 3/30/2015
Genre: Other
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glowing dusty beam
By: AndyAbstract
Added: 2/04/2015
Genre: Bitpop/Chiptune
Downloads: 3
Plays: 28
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814 transition
By: AndyAbstract
Added: 1/28/2015
Genre: Bitpop/Chiptune
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Baffled Conductor
By: AndyAbstract
Added: 1/26/2015
Genre: Bitpop/Chiptune
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Reactive Control
By: AndyAbstract
Added: 1/20/2015
Genre: Bitpop/Chiptune
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Pain is my friend
Reviewed: March 14, 2015
Artist: T.Kuusniemi
Overall, I would listen to this again and I am going to put this in one of my playlists. I would make the score a 4.5 but TIS only allows whole integers. Composition is very good, it's worth listening to a few times at least. I'd like to hear more by this artist.
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August Carnival
Reviewed: March 13, 2015
Artist: audiochosis
Creepy track, works well as a piece on its own but would also work well as an intro to a thrash metal song, or an opening sequence to a tv show or short film. For what it is, I give it a 5/5 because the sounds are well placed, there's enough space around the guitar and atmos tracks so that they don
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Super Mario Plays A Real Chiptune
Reviewed: March 13, 2015
Artist: Ahornberg
As a musical piece, it's not too bad, but not great either. I would listen to it a couple of more times for a laugh but probably not again after. The reverb on the vocals are distracting and the short blip sound is a bit annoying. It's an alright track, give it a listen and decide for yourself, bu
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Nico & Vinz - Am I Wrong (Spectrum Remix)
Reviewed: July 17, 2014
Artist: Spectrum
Definitely not my style of music, but I can appreciate it for being a good track, for what it is. Could be more creative and artistic, but really, it's a house remix, it doesn't need to break barriers. Being that I'm not a fan of the style and I enjoyed listening to it, that says something.
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The red shoes
Reviewed: July 16, 2014
Artist: tawny
I've heard better, but it's not bad. I'd say give it a listen, but the clipping/distortion of the encoded MP3 makes it difficult to listen to.
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