Apegenine re-released a compilation on bandcamp the other day and it contains the very 1st song I ever wrote on renoise. That song was a Vocal version of the OST I did for an Iphone game in 2008 called “Venger“. I still have grand dreams of releasing the OST online along with the renoise files but we’ll see how that goes.
The label owner had mentioned on twitter that ‘Venger’ was one of the Favorite things he had the chance to release. Thank you Vincent that means a lot to me.
I’m really into the computer game scene and follow the Kotaku blog. So when the demo you did music for gets a mentioned in a post you get a little giddy. Thank you Kotaku for bringing attention to the world of the Demoscene. It really is the place where a lot of indie ideas are expressed and future gaming companies are born.
The Demo scene is truly where my musicality came from. To have my music Nominated for Best Soundtrack in a demo is possibly one of the most humbling experiences – it’s awesome!. It was quite an accident that I was considered to score this demo but I am so glad it happened. I have been a BIG fan of CNCD & Fairlight and I thank them for allowing me to remix my track All falls down for this one. Thank you to Scene.org for your support as well.
If you love reading about process then you should stop and look at this page. Smaash has done a wonderful job about the challenges in coding a demo like this.
And if you wanna see all the Nominees and even vote then you can follow this link Scene.org | Hunz
I was hoping to blog about this before the actual event happened but I was in a mad pack getting ready for my holiday/vacation and have only just settled in now. My apologies to Laura as I would have loved to have made it along and a big thank you for actually making something this cool with my music. Really appreciate it. Below is the press release for the event.
‘Dig’ is an interactive sound and visual experience, which encourages playful immersion in music. In the form of a tangible media installation, it allows the discovery of objects hidden within a unique digging interface, and engages participants through interaction with audio and visuals in real-time. The setup features a sandpit-like area filled with rubber granules (kindly supplied by Reclaim Industries), which cover specially designed fixed objects. The visuals are displayed above the pit and, as the participant begins to dig, they start to discover the objects. Noticable audible sounds (heard through concealed speakers), as well as visual changes occur as they play their way through the experience. Although Dig allows opportunity for completion, the objective is not to play to win, but rather play to play.
The song the project is based around is ‘Enough to Make You Smile’ by Brisbane electronica artist Hunz. Hunz’s music is comprised of many tracks layered together to create diverse and unique rhythms and melodies. Ultimately, Dig seeks to immerse anyone who likes to play and discover.
A round up of some lovely street press we got after supporting one of our favorite bands. Thanks to all the reviewers for coming out and watching us play. And thank you re:enactment for having us along. Very very wonderful night.
Hunz play brooding, atmospheric New Wave rock with choruses that explode into post-apocalyptic walls of sound. It’s an awesome thing to behold, and they warm the audience up brilliantly for the main act . . .
Hans Van Vliet, better known as Hunz, is a fixture of the Brisbane live electronica scene, and his performance tonight demonstrates why: his fine tenor vocals are as precise and smooth in the live environment as they are on record. Where Hunz uses honey to trap flies, Re:Enactment use vinegar . . .
Next up were Hunz. A small crowd had gathered at the bass of the stage, and with the screaming of some of the crowd members down the front, I had a feeling this was going to be a pretty decent display. The incredibly polished sounds of electronic music that trickled out of the speakers was nothing short of brilliant. With heavy drums and backing bass, the eponymous lead singer was absolutely mesmerizing as he pranced and thrashed about behind his keyboard, delivering vocals that were both powerful in their depth and yet intricate in their falsetto parts. You could tell that the live experience was what Hunz is all about: the band flourished in this environment, lapping up every little bit of the crowd’s energetic mood and throwing it straight back at them. At times, songs began to sound a little bit same-y, but I suppose you can never have too much of a good thing, so I guess I could only class this as a minor annoyance . . .
Thank you Passenger Side for the really nice interview. I had a great time talking with Jodie about what I am up too and many thanks for relating what I said better then I could. I also haven’t posted the whole interview so click below to read more. Send them some likes and comments.
Interview with Hunz
Brisbane artist Hans Van Vliet, aka Hunz, puts forward an interesting proposition with his work. His music is both familiar and yet unusual, combining the art of tracking (at its core, converting numbers into music using computer software) and ethereal, melancholic pop vocals to make something accessible and organic out of so much digital noise. Like his digital production brothers (and sisters?!) in the chiptunes world, Hans is working towards innovation, and not just within the model of music distribution.
Hunz has been around for nearly ten years in some form, always revolving around the tracker/demo music scene and digital music production. In late 2009, he released his LP Thoughts That Move for free. You can download it here, if you like. He doesn’t have the luxury of a multi-million dollar back catalogue to prop him up like Radiohead, but he says it’s working. “It took a month to put the album together [as part of the RPM Challenge] and by the end of it I thought, I put a lot of love into it but not a lot of time, so I thought I’d release it for free and see how it went.” Despite being released almost a year ago, it still has around 70 downloads per week. “Every week a new blog picks it up and tells people about it.”
Hunz represents the emerging model for independent music production. “It’s the idea that the music itself is no longer the product,” he explains. People come to his shows . . .
Here is a little snippet of what went down on Saturday night. I had an awesome night . I got to meet people who are passionate about computer music and then hear their wonderful tones that came from old hardware (gameboys and amiga’s). Thanks for this quick capture of the night 10k. Very awesome .
You can hear a little snippet of my upcoming track from 7bit hero in this wrap up. The song is called “Level 01 – Cat and Bird wake up Boy. Computer can’t sing.”
We are doing a hunz presents 7bit hero show at the valley fiesta pocket music. I had the privilege of doing the poster art for this one and then got a crazy idea to animate this one as well. Hope you guys enjoy it. I would love to send a big /hug out to my wife and ivmotion crew for help on this one. Thank you Manabar and Valley Fiesta for supporting the crazyness of the chip music scene. Oh don’t forget to come to this show too
Here is the artwork.
Did I mention that 7bit hero is turning into an Ep?
Phil, the bass player, and I usually do posters together. I supply the artwork and he does such incredible work on the typography and pulling the look together (thanks phil). Recently we’ve been bumping a certain look through the posters that we’ve been loving which you can see here. Over the weekend however phil put the whole poster together for the up and coming Ric’s Bar show that is happening during the Valley Fiesta. I was so inspired by the poster I had to animate it.
Here is the wonderful artwork phil did up.
In the video you can hear a new track we are working on. So that means New hunz music coming soon. (and no it’s not 7bit stuff either )
Many thanks to Tian for the wonderful review in Rave Magazine this week. It felt really good on stage and it is wonderful that it translated to the Audience. We have 3 shows to announce next month which I’ll do shortly too .. One of them is a Hunz presents “7bit hero”
Rave Magazine Live Show Review
The Hi-Fi – Fri Aug 20
Local electronic three-piece Hunz produce a spellbinding set that could easily headline the night. Their soaring melodies and delicate glitchy ambience fill the room and the crowd is practically glowing from the energy of their performance. The sporadic use of a drum machine works well tonight and their newer material explores the dancier side of electronica . . .