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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Gamepak presents: Herv

The electronic break & blipmeister known as Herv comes for his debut Gamepak gig to launch his new E.P Portable Music Vol. 1.

Gamepak brings you music from & inspired by video games in a friendly and interactive atmosphere.
Dust of your plunger & comb your moustache!

Entry also gives you Hervs E.P on cassete for your walkman. :)

All for only €8!

1/4/11 @ 9:30pm
O'Byrne's Beverage Bar, Capel Street, Dublin.

Heres some info on Herv who you should check out:

Portable Music Vol. 1: a record that was composed on buses, train  
platforms, and in friends' houses; concocted while commuting and on the  
go; a record that beats the clock and dodges your workplace's CCTV. This  
is Portable Music, released on April 1st by Boy Scout Audio, on limited  
edition CASSETTE tape for your personal stereo walkman.
With 'Portable Music Vol. 1', Herv returns to the world of hand-held  
gaming devices and to a new generation of gear uniquely suited to the  
adept knob-twiddling he has demonstrated on previous releases, and sees  
him train his hyper-active musical mind to focus on minute subtleties  
within square-shaped vignettes. With the user restricted to a mere 16  
notes per pattern and 16 patterns per track, he squeezes the last drops of  
musical juice from a Nintendo DS, battering the synthesised daylights out  
of the bare-bones Korg DS-10 software that is the sole sound source of the  
Herv had another reason for switching to portable methods: giving away  
music for free is all well and good, but a man's gotta eat. Returning to  
full-time day-job hours away from his studio, he soon realised that  
increased restrictions on his time would mean drastic changes were needed  
if his musical output was to endure. Adapting his methodologies to this  
end, he traded studio gear for portable devices.
Stalwart Dublin-based producer Herv has always had a thing about free  
music. His anarchist aesthetic becomes clear when you notice the number of  
free releases available on respected net-labels such as Acroplane,  
Net-Lab, Cock Rock Disco and The Centrifuge. By no means simple promos,  
these records are a match for his swarm of physical format releases on  
Irish and international independents, including labels Risc and Go Away  
Recordings, while remaining true to the net-label scene's DIY and chiptune  
roots. Herv is one of Ireland's premier and pioneering exponents of the  
chiptune genre, with tracks such as 'Party Gaff' (from the album  
'Customer', Go Away/Reconfiguration Records, 2006) standing out as one of  
the scene's most loved floor-filling choons.
Also in high demand as an old-skool-rave referencing DJ (with a  
free-download mix on Brighton label Wrong Lab), his production advances  
stylistically prog-influenced wildly modulating chord progressions, which  
jostle and balance jauntily against razor-sharp beat programming to  
melodically eccentric effect. Herv's music grabs hold of your  
channel-hopping attention span, bashing it against the speakers to the  
battle-beat of its perversely contrarian itinerary.
We've watched his music evolve from the experimental folktronics and  
concrète of his 2002 debut 'Snap Hands' into the full-frontal punk assault  
of breakcore excess. With later releases such as 'Gang Molded' (The  
Centrifuge, 2010) re-integrating his rave roots, his noise urges are now  
simultaneously and comprehensively satiated, not only in the layered  
subtleties of his Herv production aesthetic, but in the company of his  
alter-ego Muttermal and as part of duo Gland & Conduit.
And so, on April 1st, Gamepak Dublin and Boy Scout Audio are proud to  
celebrate the release [BSA003] 'Portable Music Vol. 1' by Herv. The  
release is available on strictly limited edition Cassette for your  
Personal Stereo Walkman, and on digital from April 14th through
Support on the night comes from Bluefood (Ghettoquietly, !Kaboogie),  
Glotchbot (Gamepak), PR! and SU7A7S of Siam Collective, with WuffaH laying  
down some deep and dubby 8-bit tinged vibes in the Bar area.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Oxegen line up released

Irelands biggest festival line up has been announced.
Sounds pretty cool.

Decent acts on the list so far worth watching:

Paulo Nutini
Sven Vath
Foo Fighters
Primal Scream

Full line up:

Foo Fighters, Coldplay, the Strokes Arctic Monkeys, Blink 182, Paolo Nutini, Swedish House Mafia, Two Door Cinema Club, Black Eyed Peas, Tinnie Tempah, The Script, The Vaccines, Beady Eye, Plan B, The Minutes, deadmau5, the National, Beady Eye, My Chemical Romance, Weezer, Pendulum, Primal Scream, Bright Eyes, Imelda May, Eels, Bruno Mars, Jessie J, Calvin Harris, Jimmy Eat World, Friendly Fires, Crystal Castles, House of Pain, Chase and Status, All Time Low, Noah and the Whale, Fight Like Apes, Sven Vath, Hurts, Bloody Beetroots, Jenny and Johnny, Steve Aoki, Crookers, Mona, The Naked and Famous, Ryan Sheridan, Bipolar Empire, Madisun.

Bit expensive though eh?
I might just stick to private fests and the un-commercial.
Considering you will easily spend 400 quid over the weekend too.

And you can grab tickets from here   after selling a kidney or 2.