Europe in 8 Bits Screening at SB2014

We’ll be showing chipmusic documentary Europe in 8 Bits at the SB2014 post-party!

We’ve licenced a screening of the documentary to be shown in full at our post-party/come down event on Sunday 14th September in Fab Cafe. You can read the movie’s synopsis and view the trailer below, and if you can’t wait until SuperByte to see it, you can stream it online right now.

Europe in 8 Bits is a documentary that explores the world of chip music, a new musical trend that is growing exponentially throughout Europe. The stars of this musical movement reveal to us how to reuse old videogames hardware like Nintendo’s GameBoy, NES, Atari ST, Amiga and the Commodore 64 to turn them into a tool capable of creating a new sound, a modern tempo and an innovative musical style. This is a new way of interpreting music performed by a great many artists who show their skills in turning these “limited” machines designed for leisure in the 80’s into surprising musical instruments and graphical tools. It will leave nobody indifferent.

Europe in 8 Bits – Trailer from Javier Polo on Vimeo.

equinoxe

equinoxe joins the SuperByte 2014 main stage line up!

equinoxe is a pseudonym for Liam Fretwell – an electronic musician and producer from Yorkshire, UK. Having started by programming music in BASIC on the C64, Liam progressed through making tracker sequences on octaMED on the Amiga before finally finding MIDI programming on PC in the form of Cubase.

A collector of vintage computers and consoles, Liam was determined to unleash their musical potential one day and that day came when he wrote the track that would become ‘Evolution (8-Bit Girl)’ in 2007. It took 3 years and a lot of revisions before the track became what it is today. The use of a Commodore 64 on the track was almost an afterthought until Liam realised that’s where he has begun, and he was mixing those sounds with an up-to-date sound on his computer. Evolution refers to the evolution of the technology behind his music.

In 2010 Liam released ‘Evolution (8-Bit Girl)’ as an album, self published through his personal website. With the help of friends word soon got around the various C64 blogs, websites and newsgroups and reviews came in fast. A limited edition pressing of 50 CD’s sold out fast and the album is still selling a respectable amount of digital downloads as of 2014. 2014 sees the release of ‘Memories in 8-Bit’, the follow up to ‘Evolution…’ and already the buzz has started!

Links:

Official Website / SoundCloud / Twitter / Bandcamp

Jeroen Tel

The legendary Jeroen Tel will perform live at SuperByte 2014!

Jeroen Tel (aka WAVE) is best known for numerous computer game tunes he wrote in the 1980s and early 1990s for the Commodore 64, Tel is a founding member of the computer music group Maniacs of Noise alongside Charles Deenen who he met at computer meetings in Venlo, the Netherlands. He worked for several years at Funcom in Norway. In addition to being a video game musician he has composed numerous demoscene tracks and commercial works.

His most popular compositions appear in  Commodore 64 games such as: Combat Crazy, Cybernoid, Cybernoid II, Dan Dare 3, Eliminator, Hawkeye, Myth: History in the Making, Nighthunter, Robocop 3, Rubicon (title music), and Supremacy.

Links:

Maniacs of Noise Website / FaceBook / SoundCloud

Data Airlines will be at SB2014

We’re delighted to be working with Data Airlines, one of chipmusic’s most prominent record labels as part of SuperByte 2014.

As well as having a number of label artists already performing at the festival itself, they’ll be hosting a market area where they’ll have a wide range of music, merchandise and other items for sale. For more information, check out the label’s home page and be sure to say hello at SuperByte.

Alone

Alone will perform live at SuperByte 2014!

Retro games consoles filtered through digital delays and drum machines. Layered with guitars, some distortion and even a few words. Alone paints a post-something slice of hazy danceable sounds pulled from late night memories of virtual adventures.
Alone is James Reichelt, and is found in Cardiff, Wales.

Links:

Official Website / FaceBook / Twitter / SoundCloud / YouTube