BRYFACE + FASTBOM @ VANCOUVER RETRO GAME EXPO 2016/05/28
I'll be performing live at the VRGE this year, on May 28th! I'll also be joined by Fastbom from Sweden and we'll be trying to use as many different platforms as we can (GameBoy + NES + C64 + PC trackers + Nintendo DS at last count!)Event Link
I'm currently taking part in the WeeklyBeats challenge for 2016 - where participants try to churn out a new track for every week in the year. It's been nice to adopt the discipline of always trying to create something new without worrying too much about quality (which makes it all the better when you DO surprise yourself with something that actually turned out really well with surprisingly little effort!).Prepare for disappointment
So i have a new website. Just thought i'd take a crack at this site using more recent web technologies. Features-wise there's more to come but this here ought to serve as a decent enough base upon which to build some additional cool stuff.
"HOW TO DODGE LASERS" DS-10 ALBUM
My first full-length album, made using the KORG DS-10.Download on Bandcamp
In fall of 2013 i took part in a tracker music compo on battleofthebits.orgas an excuse to resurrect tracker skills that I had previously laid dormant about 2007.
After six grueling rounds of weekly elimination, and despite facing competition from 30+ EXTREMELY talented composers, I won! Somehow.See how
"MAZE OF STARS" - FOR 'MARIO SOUND TEST' COMPILATION
commandycanrecently put together a Mario franchise tribute compilation featuring a who's who of supremely skilled chip artists! I was able to squeeze a track into the album. I don't do covers often but i had a feeling this wouldn't be your run-of-the-mill album.Check it out
WEEKLY BEATS 2014 - 52 WEEKS, 52 Tracks
For each week of 2014, i worked on a track and released it. This was an opportunity to dabble in a lot of formats and genres i had seldom done before. Here you'll find all sorts of stuff including tracker modules, VST nerdery, weird experiements, plus the occasional instance of me playing a couple of different instruments.Relive the horror
Apparently people want to see this stuff performed live.
I've had the immense privilege of performing to audiences all over the world. Primarily, it's the result of simply wanting to meet and hang with the global chipmusic scene (and then realizing that in most cases you need a plane for that).
My live sets tend to be pretty eclectic and traverse a range of genres. They can be pop/funk-focused, or art-house experimental fare, or stick closely to modern electronic genres like House and DnB. I custom-craft sets depending on the situation, but the aim is usually to demonstrate a high degree of technical sophistication so as to highlight the inherent legitimacy of the artform.
For bookings, email me at bryface (at) waveformtown.com.
You may remember me from such shows as:
8static Festival 2016
Philadelphia, PA, USA
2016/11/10 - 2016/11/12w/ Goto80, Fearofdark, Pocaille, nml styl, sylcymk, Corset Lore, mechlo, Doomcloud, Star Fighter Dreams, Nanode, Solarbear, Nullsleep, Danimal Cannon, Saskrotch, etc.
Sequential Circuits 19
2016/10/15w/ Norrin_Radd, meckz, Fastbom
ØVERFLØW #000 - Vancouver Chipmusic Showcase
2016/09/26w/ Norrin_Radd, meckz, Fastbom
Full Indie - Music Night
2016/08/29w/ Jeremy Lim
Vancouver Retro Game Expo
2016/05/28joint set w/ Fastbom
Los Angeles, USA
2016/01/15with trash80, Kevin Gnartinez Band, SolarBear, Vince Kaichan, Slime Girls, astroskeleton, etc.
MAGFest Presents: Game Over Vancouver
2015/12/17with Freaky DNA, MissingNo., The Runaway Four
Twitch Vancouver Meetup
EXP Bar - Vancouver, Canada
2015/11/15DJ set at EXP Bar
Cyberpunks: Chiptune Edition
2015/10/03with Chibi-tech, J3WEL, Shirobon, Mykah, DJ Master KOHTA, cfgk24, xanadujin, KAZ a.k.a. HIGE, G☆E, etc.
1H1D 9th Anniversary
2015/10/02with HarleyLikesMusic, Toriena, NNNNNNNNNN, Chibi-tech, chipwarrior, Pselodux, cfgk24, etc.
Square Sounds Tokyo 2015 - Pre-party
2015/09/28with Kunio, Hally, RobotPrins, J3WEL, DKSTR, RoccoW, Vince Kaichan
Nerdsquatch Game Boy Festival
Seattle, WA, USA
2015/08/30with Trey Frey, Graz, RTR0 DR34M, 8-bit Zero
New York City, NY, USA
2015/06/20with Danimal Cannon, Mega Ran, Brentalfloss
San Francisco, CA, USA
2015/03/07with Wizwars, Crashfaster, Aliceffekt, Rainbowdragoneyes
Inventor Live #2
London, United Kingdom
Superbyte 2014 - Preparty
Manchester, United Kingdom
Make Music Vancouver 2014
Portland, OR, USA
Square Sounds Melbourne 2014
Square Sounds Tokyo 2013 - Pre-party
Toy Company Festival 2013
Montreal, QC, Canada
Angura Vol. 2
Blip Festival Tokyo 2011 - Afterparty
THREE TIMES A DAY.
OH HE ALSO MAKES MUSIC
Bryan is based in vancouver and writes electronic music of all kinds - with a particular focus on chipmusic. bry combines innovative sound design and modern funk/pop textures with a lyrical, detail-oriented demostyle songwriting sensibility ingrained from an entire youth spent listening to tracker modules in the 90's.
His most recent Game Boy album -- " VARIOUS TOPICS", released via the venerable Ubiktunenetlabel -- cemented his reputation amongst many of the global chip scene's foremost veterans as a highly-regarded and versatile composer with a deep respect for computer music's rich history.
- Q: How long have you been doing this?
- Technically, about 20 years! I first started writing music using trackers (a PC-based format that existed before MP3's came along). Over the years I've moved onto other formats and platforms, with low barrier to entry being my guiding star. I started focusing on hardware-oriented chipmusic during around 2011.
- Q: No seriously, why do you do chiptune?
There are a few reasons. Simplicity. Nostalgia. Sheer Productivity. The compositional purity of music that has no benefit of traditional instrumentation to rely on.
the money.The fact that it represents intersection of my interests in art, music, culture, and technology. The people.
But when it comes down to it, I guess i really just like the concept of the underdog - the sheer economy and thrill of using humble resources to create something impressive.
- Q: Do you write other kinds of music?
- Sure. I'm pretty comfortable writing electronic music of varying genres, using a more traditional DAW. But my songwriting process tends to be pretty platform-agnostic, to be honest.
- Q: Do you do commissions? I have a game / film / interactive thing that could use your music.
- I'm certainly open to it! It depends on whether or not I dig the project you have in mind. That said, music is first and foremost my hobby and i'd like to keep it that way. The less my music feels like "product", the better.
- Q: Can you play at my event?
Let's talk about it further, by emailperhaps.