8 Bit Generation: The Commodore Wars – 20 minute clip followed by Q&A with the producer and director

Hey everybody, only 12 hours left until the party gets started!  We just wanted to let you know that Bond/360 has provided us with a 20 minute clip of a new documentary called 8 Bit Generation: The Commodore Wars.  The film documents the rise of Commodore and their underdog battle against IBM and Apple and how this shaped the computing and video game movement ingrained in our culture today.  We’ll play it at 5 PM on Saturday and it will be followed immediately by a VOIP call for Q&A with the producer and director.


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Friday Night Concert

We’re pleased to announce the Friday night concert – ‘Velvet:Live’.  This concert is organized in cooperation with the Artisan’s Asylum A/V Club and features live-controlled synth and sampler based house / acid / techno.

Musical Performers:
Andrew Carvey
Die Young
Rob Ticho vs. John Gonter

Visuals by
Jeff Mission  – Projected visuals and LED light effects that react to dancing audience members.
Sacha Panic – ‘Traveling spaces’: A realtime generated, sound reactive, 3d projected, & VR experience.

Installation by
Luke Stark
A tightly packed mass of blinking lights and strange noises for your background entertainment.

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Compo Machine Uuuuuupgrade!

i5-2400 -> i7-3770K
Radeon HD 6950 -> Radeon R9 Fury
Win7 32-bit -> Win10 64-bit

Fun Fact:  When I took the new graphics card out of the box I was so astounded by how heavy it was that I grabbed the closest thing at hand for a comparison.  So yes, just in case you were wondering, the new graphics card is heavier than a C=64.

Come to @party to witness the power of this fully upgraded and operational compomachine!
May the 4th be with you!

– Dr.Claw

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Live Performances!

It’s our pleasure to announce the performers for @party’s pre-compo chiptune concert:

Azuria Sky
Visuals by Ohhinaifu

The concert will be on the evening of Saturday June 4th and will be followed immediately by the main compo block, neither of which should be missed!  We’re also putting together a Friday night “Velvet” concert featuring local live synth-based techno courtesy of the Artisan’s Asylum A/V Club.  Stay tuned for further information!

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Registration up, Compo rules updated

Hey everybody,

Registration is finally up, click here to register!

We’ve also updated the compo rules, go check them out even if you’ve participated in @party before as some rules have changed. We’ve also combined a few compos and created some new ones.

New compos this year:

  • Shader Compo – Low barrier to entry, Shadertoy-compatible shader coding.
  • VR Compo – We should have at least one of each major headset on-site.  Apply your graphics skills to these state of the art platforms!
  • Freestyle Interactive Compo – Basically any hardware / software system somebody can interact with be it a game, interactive demo, animatronic sculpture, etc.
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@party 2016 is on!


It is our pleasure to invite you to @party 2016!

This is the 7th annual @party and we’re moving two miles down the road to Artisan’s Asylum in Somerville, MA USA.  The new venue is more laid back than our previous sites and will allow us to return to three full days of scheduled programming from Friday June 3rd through Sunday June 5th with doors open ’round the clock.

The room will have a permanently installed sound system and bigscreen comparable in size to the party system of the past three years and you’re welcome to consume meals and refreshments at your computer place.  You can’t sleep here though, so please make arrangements for a hotel or roomshare if you don’t intend to stay awake for three days straight.  Registration and full compo details for 2016 will be up this week or next week at the latest, stay tuned.

We’ve also already begun scheduling live acts for Friday and Saturday and seminar presentations for all three days. Stay tuned for further details or contact us if you’re interested in presenting or performing as there are still some time slots available.

Thank you, and we hope to see you at @party 2016!

– Dr.Claw and the rest of the @party Orga Team

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