Chip Bit Day Interview: PROTODOME

Chip Bit Day Interview: PROTODOME

I hope you’ve been enjoying all these interviews? For me it’s really good to get a proper insight into what these artists do/doing. The next one is especially important to me as he was one of the reasons that got me interested in chiptune. Based in southernly coast of the UK, Protodome creates chipfunk, a creative blend of chiptunes, funk and jazz. He has been part of the chiptune scene for a long time now, using a variety of different hardware; from FL Studio, to a NES. Most recently as part of his PHD, Protodome has been writing 1bit micro-controller music.

If you’ve been enjoying the interviews so far and are thinking about coming down to watch, you can get a ticket via the link below:

1. Who are you, what is your artist name and where do you come from?
I’m Blake ‘PROTODOME’ Troise from, broadly, the South Coast (I’ve moved about a bit).

2. What music do you make & what instruments/hardware/software do you use?
I typically make chiptune jazzfunk using FL Studio, the NES and assorted hardware / software. I’ve also been writing 1-bit microcontroller music for the last 4 years as part of my PhD research.

3. How did you get into the chiptune scene?
Growing up I was always fascinated by Game Boy music, though it was through OverClocked ReMix that I got a chance to experiment with chip sounds.

4. How has your music evolved since then?
I hope it’s less bad. (It NEVER has been – Richard)

5. Where have you played?
As PROTODOME I’ve played a few Hyperwaves and a μCollective event in London, Ludomusicology conference in Bath, John Hansard Gallery in Southampton and National Videogame Arcade events in Nottingham.

6. What has been your favourite venue you’ve played at?
It’s got to be the Royal Concert Hall Nottingham.

7. Describe your music in one word (or emoji).

8. What’s been the highlight of your musical career?
It’s dumb, but the best moment for me so far has been getting a shoutout in the manga: ゲームやるから100円貸して!

9. What’s your favourite artist and song at the moment?
It’s not chipmusic, but I’ve really been digging Anomolie’s ‘Métropole’ albums. In the chipscene, my album of the year (so far) has got to be Dimeback’s ‘Wandering Floor’.

10. What one piece of advice would you give to someone starting out in chiptune?
Don’t get too hung up on authenticity, dick around with sounds, have fun and write something!

11. Favourite game soundtrack?
Probably the Pokémon Trading Card Game on the Game Boy Colour. The instrumental writing is a bit vanilla compared to contemporary Game Boy techniques, but masterfully done. The harmonies are creative and communicated wonderfully through three part writing.

 You’ll be able to catch Protodome at Chip Bit Day 19:
4.55pm, 1st Floor, 14-16 Faraday St, Manchester, M1 1BE

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