oh wow, I had no idea your visuals were done with piggy, as well.  We met briefly towards the end after the show, as you told me and Fumu to grab as many pins as we could because you had too many, but we didn't speak much beyond that.  we'll have to catch up some other time, though. =]

ah okay. thanks esc.  btw, it was cool seeing you at 8static a couple months back.  your set was pretty cool.

ah. I always thought it was a mod thing because the psp I bought from pandastar is modded. it's got a crap load of roms on it as well as piggy tracker.

I myself use a psp2k with a pandora battery and it works just fine.  however, I bought the psp2k premodded from Pandastar when she was in a bind and don't know how to do the modding part msyelf, which is a shame, because I have a crystal psp I've been wanting to make music on but can't because I'm not so sure how to mod it on my own and furthermore, I don't want to risk screwing it up.

How to help chiptune musicians, eh?  I think that's like asking how to help people, or how to be a good person.  it's not like chiptuners arn't human, so just doing things people would like is helpful.  in terms of specifics, though, here's what I've done in the year I've been in chip.

-bought food and drinks for chiptuners
-bought their music
-gone to their shows
-promote their shows online
-invite other people to go to events featuring chiptune artists
-help people make connections, even across genres
-buy their old videogame equipment when they're low on cash
-offer them a place to crash when they're in town
-party hard with them
-interview them for blogs
-give them music and video game equipment you're not using anymore

and perhaps the most important thing I've done since chip

-pay for their way to MAGFest.

I won't say who I've done the last one for, but that person has since become my dearest friend in chiptune and I hope to remain good friends with him for the rest of my life.  he's one of the sweetest, most sincere people I know and he doesn't deserve half the bull he puts up with from his family irl.  I'm not a rich man, but I grew up poor, and I promised myself that when I was finally in a position to help provide for others, I would do so. 

Chiptune, both the music and the community, saved my life when I was on the verge of suicide after a horrible string of events, most notably being left by my ex-fiance for another man.  that was painful.  fortunately, a friend reached out to me and invited me to Blipfest 2012, which was not only my introduction to chiptune but where I met my good friend I helped get to MAGFest, as well as many of you.  In that festival, I found myself and a reason for living, and have since dedicated my free time to enjoying this community and giving back to it. 

its been worth it.  thank you for what you guys have done for me.  I hope to continue to give back to you.

What do the people around me think of chip?  hmmmm...well...my sister and friend like some of it and appreciate that I like it (they even came to blipfest 2012 with me) but it's not their thing.  I at least thank them for getting what I'm about.  my other, non-chip friends think its cool but don't get it quite as much as my sister or my friend andrew. 

my dad thinks its pretty cool.  he doesn't like the sound but he's fairly handy when it comes to electronics and I think as a more classically trained musician as well as a self taught electrician, he appreciates the ingenuity of the tech that goes into making what we do.

my mom doesn't understand the music but she loves my blogging for Chiptunes=WIN.  she's probably the only other person besides Dire Hit that's read all my articles. 

last but not least, there's everyone else I know that's not in chip.  most people don't get it, so I've found that describing chiptune as a form of DJing we do with modded videogame hardware makes the most sense to them.  and some people react a bit better to that than others.  Surprisingly enough, though, I found in trying to explain chip music to some people at my job that there are some people in the facility I work at that are also in the scene, sort of.  in particular, while he leans more towards traditional electronic vgm, Jose "the bronx rican" Felix of OCRemix works at the same hospital as me, and he has expressed interest in doing a project with us at ChipWIN when I asked him about it, so while nothing's set in stone yet, an OCRemix/ChiptunesWIN compilation is possible.

I work in the ER of a Level 1 trauma hospital here in NYC.  Admittedly, I don't like a lot of the people there but the work pays well and I get to see a lot of patients and hear a lot of stories that end up in the news, so while the job can be aggravating, it's also rather entertaining, for what its worth. 

that being said, because the work--especially the environment created by my coworkers--can be rather poisonous at times, I've begun working on the side as a blogger, and am slowly building up my body of work and my resume so I can change careers into a professional social media position.  It's somewhat difficult and time consuming, especially as a college drop out, but I figure if I can go from animation to emergency healthcare as a drop out, I can transition from healthcare to social media management, as well.

Hey there, everyone.  my name's Kuma.  I've been in the scene for about a year and after little, consistent pushes from Dire Hit I kinda caved in and finally decided to join this community.

While I'm still fairly novice at making chip music (which I do primarily with LGPT on my PSP or Sunvox on my laptop), I'm fairly familiar with most of the people in the chipscene, particularly on the East Coast in the US, as I've become a blogger/promoter for Chiptunes=WIN in my time in the scene.  Most notably, I do artist interviews for the blog, and so far have interviewed SKGB, Compy Core, Decktonic, Jay Tholen and Dire Hit. 

If you guys have any questions, let me know.  I look forward to being as much a part of this community as I am on the ChipWIN group page on Facebook.