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New Contract signed for AMF & Microsoft

The Saga continues.

Apparently one day after Austin Wintory took to the interwebs with a rant about how his union (the American Federation of Musicians) was fining him $50,000 for collaborating with non-union musicians to complete The Banner Saga soundtrack, the union signs a 2 year deal with Microsoft to allow musicians to be compensated.

The Deal
$300 per musician for a 3 hour session. This deal is valid with Microsoft until October 2016 which allows use of the recording in the game and subsequent sequels.

Austin Wintory’s Response
Austin took time to respond on his twitter account to the news stating “There are DEFINITE problems with this contract but if even ONE session emerges from it’s a substantial step up from the last 2 years.”

We can only imagine. One session being used in a game and it’s sequels for one time fee. What about things like soundtrack rights? Other entertainment industries have compensation fees based on the performance of the title.

These issues have yet to be addressed, since we don’t have full details on the contract just yet Austin continues on a larger issue with the culture of AFM, “Note that this still does not solve the problem of a threat and intimidation-based culture within the union."

We will be sure to keep you updated on this story as it develops.


Austin Wintory speaks out for Video Game Composers

Austin Speaks Out:

Staring down the barrel of a $50,000 fine, the Grammy Nominated video game composer Austin Wintory is taking a stand against his own union, American Federation of Musicians, in the name of Video Game Music.

In a nutshell the union did not like the fact that Wintory went outside the union and collaborated with Dallas Wind Symphony for the score of The Banner Saga.

In a passionate explanation which is a must see, Wintory risks being further punished from the union in order to tell the truth:

"On behalf of those who create music, and behalf of those who love listening to it and playing games, make your voice heard that the practice of intimidation and suppression of those who speak out against that cannot be allowed to continue."

Under the recruiting webpage, the AFM advertises video games as a medium that is covered in their contracts and collective bargaining section of their Why Join Page:

Contracts/collective bargaining. The AFM negotiates wages and working conditions in order to maintain minimum standards for its members involved in recording, TV shows, music videos, commercials, films, video games and traveling theatrical productions.

We have reached out to American Federation of Musicians for comment and opportunity for interview.


Rhythmus Records seeking “8bit” music submissions

Boston based record label focusing on 8bit music culture looking for track submissions
for compilation & ep release.

Chip fans please send 5-10 tracks to rhythmusrecords by June 25th for review. 5 tracks that “suit” the label best could be picked. One track would be used for initial kick-off compilation & the other 4 would be kept “on-hold” until the release date of an ep.

Source: Chip Music Facebook Group]

Do A Barrel Roll World Debut Track & Interview Download!

cover1 Do A Barrel Roll World Debut Track & Interview Download!

Members of the 8 piece Video Game Music Band “Do A Barrel Roll” joined us last night for a great fun time. This band was great fun to talk to as we covered all topics such as music production, favorite experiences from the road, gaming lineage, and so much more! We discovered that 7 string Violinist Ayalisse dropped her Sega Genesis controllers behind a wall and that was the end of her gaming days for a number of years!!

World Debut Track – Can’t Let You Groove That, Star Funk

Do A Barrel Roll pulled no punches when it comes to their musical talent, stating that the way they do their albums is exactly the experience you will hear live.  They talked the talk, shots were fired, but this band backed up every word they said when we played their new song, “Can’t Let You Groove That, Star Funk” from the upcoming album, BOSS RUSH.

This seven minute song is a jaw dropping medley seamlessly transitioning between scores with note perfect instrumentation and one of the highest quality production values I’ve heard in a VGM album.

Long story short, Do A Barrel Roll is my pick for the band to watch in 2014.


8bitX is proud to be the host of the BOSS RUSH Release Party! Hear the entire album right before the album goes on sale, and then buy it at midnight!!


Background Music:

  • StarFox – Original SNES
  • Mario Kart – Original SNES

Song Breaks:

Do A Barrel Roll – Thunderous Crash Entire album:

  • Rumble Beneath NYC
  • Four Crystals, Four Hearts
  • Maxim Tomatoes and Falcon Punch
  • Heroes of Lylat
  • Intergalactic Victory Lap

World Premiere – Can’t Let You Groove That, Star Funk – BOSS RUSH – Coming Soon!!


Geekend Pick!! – 8bitX Presents UUDD Concert in Philly

Header Geekend Pick!!   8bitX Presents UUDD Concert in Philly

Philadelphia, PA – Summer unofficially kicks off and we are proud to present three of the best bands in video game music converging for one night at The Station starting at 9pm Eastern.

Three bands, three unique styles. Things will start of with the always entertaining The World is Square, a folk style group who’s focus on only playing songs from the Square Enix library proves to be the gift that keeps on giving. This band will have you jamming and then rolling….

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