posts, music & more from chris j. hampton
Also very stoked to direct everybody to IMMEDIATELY go over and play my friend Jim’s (aka Twinbeard studios) awesome game, Frog Fractions
Classic tracker composer Chris J. Hampton aka beek has been making music since the mid 90s, and though it appears that he is a new name for Ubiktune, he nevertheless already appeared twice on our releases: the first time as alto-sax player for Around Past by C-jeff & Megus, and also on Wintertunes as ast0r.
Today, we’re glad to announce that his new album titled 7bit date: robot love is going to be released right on Valentine’s Day! This is what Chris told us about it:
“7bit date: robot love is a collection of chips I began tracking in 2008, with one song reaching as far back as 1998. In 2008, having recently graduated from university, I reexamined my chiptune past and decided to get back in the game. Life carried on, and years later, I remembered my original goal of a new chipdisk release.. Here we are today, 2012!
For 7bit date, I didn’t limit myself to traditional chip sounds. I make use of Amiga ST-XX samples in a few tracks — a process which rekindled some of my imagination, as I remembered this or that MOD from back in the day with each Amiga sample I came across. Another characteristic of my chips is to use no external/post-processing effects, just some occasional Schism filters, so the original .IT files will reproduce pretty close to the MP3.
All in all, folks can look forward to a varied collection of chippy goodness: funky, poppy, videogamey, with a splash of reggae and hiphop in a couple tracks”.
hey! one post a year ought to cut it, right?@# jeez. anyways. i’m alive and well in southern california. some updates:
Well, I used traveling as an excuse for not updating this blog … but the jig is up, and I’m back. Actually, I’ve been back 4 months. A third of a year.
Anyway. Travel was awesome. I don’t know where to begin. So I guess I wont. Hah. I do have some music endeavors on the horizon. I hope to finish up the chip disk I abandoned when I left to travel in July 2010. I’m relocating to San Diego. I aim to form a balkan/latino/gypsy/electronic fusion type band/project in the spring of ’12. Here’s hoping!
Anyhow. Will keep you posted at least once a year (which is the main reason I’m writing this. So at least there is one entry for 2011
What’s up yall. I’m on the road! This brief post is to inform you that I’ve set up a travelling blog for Laurel and I to share our experiences, pictures, and more, from our travels. I don’t think I’ll be updating anything here unless I manage to squeeze out some musical productions or something like that.. Most likely everything else will be:
Last night I was upstairs at Rancho and I looked out one of the windows in a south westerly direction and saw what looked sort of like a plane, sort of like a big ass bright star, and sort of like a firey meteor.. I first assumed it was moving and then realized it wasn’t, and about the time I realized that it slowly vanished out of thin air. Perhaps a motionless, stationary flare which burned out?
And in other news, I found out I’m going to be in Helsinki, Finland JUST IN TIME for ASSEMBLY 2010! SUOMISKENE!!
edit: I’ve heard it’s a huge gamer party! I’ll pretend like I didn’t hear that and go about my time there to fulfill my teenage fantasy of geeking out at this awesome massive party hah
Alright well here we go. This is the second in my “note2self” digest series. These are from 2007, when things were building momentum. It wouldn’t be until I spent excess time in front of an office computer with internet that I would be able to really get into the swing of e-mailing myself random thoughts as they passed in and out of my cerebral porthole throughout the workday. Enjoy?
Sent: November 17, 2007
1) van hunt – if i take you home
2) porno for pyros – pets
Notes: ?? Set list for what set? I have no idea on this one guys. But these two songs are pretty good
Subject: wii remote control
Sent: October 8, 2007
“WII to MIDI WALKTHRU for Windows
by MR CREOSOTE
This is a tutorial on how to mix video using a Nintendo Wii controller and VJ Software such as Resolume or Isadora for your PC. I used a Dell Inspiron 8100 with a gig of ram running WinBlows XP, some kinda ATI video card that has disappointed me in the past, and a 2.4 MHZ processor. Running Vista? Haven’t tried it yet. If you have Vista and this walkthrough works for you, let me know.”
Notes: sounds badass? it is. but, I never tried it.
Subject: winter harvest!
Sent: September 21, 2007
radish, champion (25 days)
beets, early wonder (48 days)
cabbage, chinese tah tsai (50 days)
kale, dwarf siberian (55 days)
sugarsnap peas (65 days)
onions, evergreen hardy (65 days)
broccoli, decicco (65 days)
Notes: we ate well that winter.
Sent: September 19, 2007
Message: Hello from Goleta based Bragg Live Foods, Bragg.com is a Pioneer in Health Foods and Health Books worldwide. Our founder was the originator of Health Stores. We are looking for an IT technician and a web page developer. 20 hours a week on average available. Ideal for students with changing schedules.
Notes: NEVER did even apply for this job! I think.. either way, I didn’t get it. coulda been fun? I have a friend who works for Mrs. Bragg and supposedly she’s a bit “out there”? But come on, she’s in charge of all those great Braggs produx like.. man oh man, LIQUID AMINOS!@ nom nom nom.
Subject: BUCA DI BEPPO PIX
Sent: September 15, 2007
Message: send em to mom!
Notes: after a good 6 years of obtaining my undergrad B.A. degree, we had a graduation dinner at this funky ass restaurant in San Diego with some family. By funky ass I mean effing bomb!
Subject: ucsb journals
Sent: August 1, 2007
Ucsb enviro ejournals:
Sent: July 24, 2007
Message excerpt: You have successfully submitted your eApply4UI Application. Please print this page and keep this confirmation number until you receive UI Claim materials by mail. Please allow ten days for your claim to be processed and to receive the UI claim materials. If you have not received any of the UI claim materials after ten days, call EDD at one of the 800 telephone numbers found at www.edd.ca.gov/uirep/uiloc.htm. Keep the confirmation number as your proof of submission.
Notes: never got unemployment. I think I just somehow managed to survive without a job (THANKS LAUREL!) for a couple months before applying to a temp agency and then working at SBCC Bookstore for a quick minute, followed by this 2 year temp job here at SBCEO. wee. For info on how pleasant it is to deal with the EDD on this subject, talk to Lau. She’s an (r)avid fan.
I love it when food from other cultures gets re-named and fit into American terms, like a Spanish torta being called a “Spanish potato omelette” or in Brazil, trying to find a Mexican tortilla in a store by asking for pão Mexicano … So I decided to do it myself and rename rajas “Poblano Relish” hahaha! high five. I made this for a coworker’s last day at work and everyone loved it so here’s the recipe. It’s Poblano chiles skinned, sliced, spiced and cooked with onion & garlic. It’s good plain on a tortilla or stirred in with some eggs, on top of a tostada or really anything.
Chris’s Poblano Relish
9 large Poblano chiles (sometimes mislabeled as “Pasilla”): Poblanos are dark green and about 6 inches long, and wide
1 medium yellow onion, sliced
fresh garlic cloves, minced
agave nectar (1 tsp, or to taste)
ground corriander (1/2 tsp? or to taste)
ground cumin (couple pinches)
ground black pepper (to taste)
salt (to taste)
TO PREPARE CHILES:
wash, halve, seed & vein Poblanos. place in broiler for ~5-10 minutes until skin pops up, remove & place in sealed container for 5-10 minutes. remove & discard skin. slice into strips.
SAUTEE THE ONIONS:
I sauteed them with the garlic in ~2 TBSP vegetable shortening (palm oil). I showed no mercy, taking them almost to the point of caramelization. I added 1/2 of the ground spices near the end of this process…
MIX IN CHILES:
sautee with onion/garlic for 5 minutes. may need to add more oil at this point
add rest of ground spices and agave nectar, cook for another couple minutes and voilà
P.S., this was a seriously improvised dish so I’m not sure about all the measurements/cook times. I overcooked the Pasillas a bit to take some of their spicy heat; you may like them hotter (less cooked). Agave was also added for the purpose of reducing heat. Provecho!
Well, it seems the UCSB Middle East Ensemble has been invited to play en Egypt by the Egyptian ambassador! The ensemble played for him a couple years ago during a visit to UCSB, and apparently he was so thoroughly impressed that he officially invited us to play over there! CAIRO OPERA HOUSE!
Needless to say, I am totally beyond stoked at this opportunity. Apparently, we’re being lined up for 4 (four!) shows at this awesome venue. Two nights will be one set, and the remaining two will consist of a separate set of music. We’ve been practicing and busting the Egyptian classics for over a year now, including 20+ minute long pieces sung by Umm Kulthum, like Inta Umri. More info to come as I hear it. The trip is not 100% yet (I’d put us at about 90%), but I’m pretty sure it’s gonna go down.
And since I’m out there, I’m going to use Egypt as the launch point for a (hopefully) six months long backpacking adventure through as much of Europe as I can. Main points of interest being: everywhere. Hehe Well, Turkey for sure, Scandinavia, Central Europe, South & Mediterranean Europe, even North Africa if I can squeeze it in. I plan on WOOFing a lot to stretch out the stay as much as possible, as well as a good deal of couch surfing to keep down costs while keeping it real. I actually hosted ~60 couchsurfers this summer, the vast majority from Europe. With any luck, some of them will be willing to return the favor and host me and Laurel for a night, or two, or a week, haha. Damn I’m stoked.
I just realized that I’ve been sending “notes 2 myself” via Gmail’s filter function since the beginning of 2006. The idea was, instead of writing something down on a piece of paper to be lost or filed away in one of my several near random places, I would e-mail myself the note and it would join the mass of other correspondences, spam, near spam, uncooked spam, forwarded spam, spam musubi, and volunteered spam (aka mailing lists). BUT, all would not be lost, because Gmail’s filter would auto tag them as a note from me to me, making them easy to find and just as searchable as all the other mostly stuff in my little e-mail universe.
First note to self? Here it is.
1. Subject: cool lit site?
Sent: Jan 18, 2006
Is it a cool lit site? Looks like it, sure, probably.. Maybe? Was it a place I even ever visited again? No. This is how, if anyone else acts like me, we consumers of information go about scouring the net to please our information buds. I apparently, just want little, tasty bits of information. But stringing together larger systems or works of information? Meh, not so much, apparently.
So, 4 years and nearly 592 notes-to-self later, I thought I would begin to engage in the reflexive process of looking over all these damned notes and seeing if any of it was worth noting in the first place. And if so, if it might still be relevant or worth my attention years later. At the very least I’ll be able to sum them up here in little note-to-self “digests” as I digest and..regurgitate?..them. Teehee. Okay.
The rest of this post here will summarize and list the remaining 7 notes to self sent in 2006. Since I can’t completely recall that far back what I was doing, I half think that I may have created the note-to-self filter in 2007 and backward applied it to any email originating from my email address to my email address. Not sure.
2. Subject: mark twain quote
Sent: May 2, 2006
Message: “In religion and politics, people’s beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second hand, and without examination.” –Mark Twain
Comments: I’ve definitely been busted on this one, quite recently in fact, on yahoo! answers. lordie.
3. Subject: essay
Sent: May 19, 2006
Message: In your essay, you should trace the parallels, connections, but also differences, between worship and devotion on the various levels we have looked atover the past three weeks.
Comments: this class I remember.. It compared the oral Vedas of the Hindu religious tradition to the written Torah of the Jewish tradition.
4. Subject: billboard article (short) 2005
Sent: June 5, 2006
Message (excerpt): While overall music sales declined in 2005, all things en espanol continued to rise. Led by the success of Shakira and Daddy Yankee, Latin music was the only genre to register growth from 2004 into 2005, with figures from Nielsen SoundScan and the Recording Industry Assn. of America reflecting substantial sales jumps.
Comments: can’t remember what paper this was being researched for.. music in latin america? something.
5. duplicate of #4 (but included citation information)
Sent: June 22, 2006
Message: (excerpt from wiki article linked): The word “football“, when used in reference to a specific game can mean any one of those described above. Because of this, much friendly controversy has occurred over the term football, primarily because it is used in different ways in different parts of the English-speaking world. Most often, the word “football” is used to refer to the code of football that is considered dominant within a particular region. So, effectively, what the word “football” means usually depends on where one says it.
Comments: kind of a weak note to self.
7. Subject: ACADEMIC DISQUALIFICATION
Sent: June 23, 2006
Comments: oh snap. I think I was on a quarter-long “academic probation” which could have led to academic disqualification. All I know is at some point along the line a year later I ended up with a degree (which I have yet to request to be mailed, since the first mailing was to an old address and returned). Word.
8. Subject: You have an Action Cat postcard!
Sent: December 10, 2006
Subject: link to a postcard which is no longer valid
Comments: I found this on the site which linked to the now invalid postcard. Long live animated GIFs.
Well, that wraps it up for the 2006 notes to self. I can now close that little open drawer of random thoughts and goings on of my life in 2006. Oh wait, I still probably have to track down the random bits of paper and receipts that I put here and there. Track them down, burn them, and bury the ashes. Okay, late!