Ultrasyd Photography Book Launch

As well as performing live at the festival, the mighty Ultrasyd is launching his fantastic new photography book at SuperByte.

Inspired by Marjorie Becker’s legendary Chiptography project, the book has around 50 of Ultrasyd’s original photographs of chip artists, events and performances from across the globe and dating back to 2011. The book is bring printed in limited numbers and priced to cover costs and will be available to be shipped out after SuperByte.

If you can’t wait, you can pre-order the book to collect at SuperByte itself from the official merchandise stand. To do that just:

  • Send €27,50 via PayPal to ym2149.sid6581@gmail.com, including ‘SuperByte’ and your full name in the payment description.

There’ll be limited numbers available at the festival itself, so pre-ordering is recommended to make sure you don’t miss out.

Play It at MOSI : Round 2!

After a brilliant VIP launch and some fantastic sets from Auracle and JoeBleeps who kindly stepped up last minute to play, we’ve been invited to host more music and chip shenanigans on the 30th of July in partnership with Replay Events and the Museum of Science and Industry.

SuperByte will be providing a selection of musical entertainment as part of this event and we’ll be hosting live chiptune music from JoeBleeps and Auracle. There’ll also be DJ sets of the best in chipmusic and video game music to accompany your gaming.

More information and tickets for the session are available here. Come along and join us!

Artist Spotlight: Mega Ran

As SuperByte 2015 hurtles ever closer, J3WEL caught up with Mega Ran ahead of his September UK tour and his show with K. Murdock at SuperByte 2015.

Tell us a bit about yourself, where are you from and how long have you been writing music for?

Mc, rapper and producer from Philadelphia, living in Phoenix, making music seriously since 2006.

How do you make your music, what software/hardware do you use to make your signature sound and why?

I utilize a modded famicom, milkytracker, Ableton Live, Native Instruments Maschine – they give me the freedom and comfort I’m used to.

Who are your main influences (if any) and what/who sparked your passion for creating music?

Stevie Wonder, Daft Punk, LL Cool J and John Coltrane. They all raised the bar of creativity in their own ways and are all legendary for risk taking!

How are you feeling about performing at SuperByte this year?

PSYCHED! This should be the best one yet. Breaking out some new jams that I think will floor them. I was afraid to bring my full setup last year, but I’m going all out this time. I love SuperByte because it’s literally the best of the best on one stage, it’s super inspiring.

Artist Spotlight: Galaxy Wolf

In the latest of our artist spotlight series, Galaxy Wolf popped down to Earth for a visit and to chat to J3WEL ahead of SuperByte.

Tell us a bit about yourself, where are you from and how long have you been writing music for?

I’m Galaxy Wolf, I’m originally from a solar system in a galaxy you guys call “Hoag’s Object”. Actually, I’m technically still there, asleep, in a self induced coma. The whole galaxy is a big machine, like an antenna, sort of… It’s complicated. Anyway I started music young, maybe 6 or 7 Earth years I guess.

How do you make your music, what software/hardware do you use to make your signature sound and why?

I’m using LSDj with a DMG-01 (classic brick gameboy). I like it ’cause it’s real primitive, but very flexible too. Ultimately I think the reason I got so in to it is the portability. I like making music on the go, in different locations, it’s perfect for that.

Who are your main influences (if any) and what/who sparked your passion for creating music?

Earth wise, I guess I caught music from my parents, classic 60s stuff; soul, R&B, garage rock etc, and older folk and bluegrass from my dad. The first musician I heard who really blew me away was Jimi Hendrix. Later I got in to Aphex Twin, Squarepusher, other classic warp artists, and a bunch of hip hop, D’n’B, dustup, all that sort of stuff. The first chip artist I heard was DJ Scotch Egg, I doubt I’d have gotten in to making/listening to gameboy music if I hadn’t heard him. Lots of other artists sounds have influenced me over the years, those are just a few of the biggest gear changes I can think of. Off the top of my head, and in no particular order, some musicians producers I’ve definitely taken on board since I’ve been rocking’ the DMG’s; Akira Kiteshi, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Kankick, Darkstar, Dibia$e, and Slugabed, Ghost Mutt and all that other lovely Donkey Pitch stuff.

How are you feeling about performing at SuperByte this year?

I’m really getting hyped about it, I’ve heard a bunch of good stuff from people who’ve been before, and there’s so many great people I’ve met over the last couple of years who are going, I feel like it’s gonna be a bit of a reunion too.

FEF Noise Devices at SuperByte

Our good friend Jonathon from FEF Noise Devices will be part of our expo space at SuperByte this year!

John says:

I am John E Smoke and I love noise. This is why I formed numerous bands including Flesh Eating Foundation, Fun Every Friday, Futile Escapist Front and Shit & Vaseline. It is why I have amassed a huge number of effects pedals, guitars, synth modules and other stuff. This wasn’t enough, I wanted to get inside. I wanted to mess with guts and make things look and sound more wrong.

Come visit him at SuperByte’s expo and art space, browse his wares and get a few tips from the man himself and for more information, check out his Facebook page.


Artist Spotlight: King Wine

Our next Artist Spotlight is here; this time with J3WEL catching up with the ever-wonderful King Wine for a chat.

Tell us a bit about yourself, where are you from and how long have you been writing music for?

King Wine is the best band in the world. We are from a seaside town called Ayr, in Scotland, but we hang out in Glasgow a lot. We’ve been writing music as King Wine since the middle of 2013, but we’ve been making stuff separately for a while before that.

How do you make your music, what software/hardware do you use to make your signature sound and why?

We use a Gameboy and LSDJ to make the basis of all of our songs. Then we add vocals, and after that, whatever we want. Sometimes Ruthie will play ukulele or Craig will play bass guitar, but sometimes we’ll just jump around with tambourines or the little blower things you get at kids parties. We don’t want to limit ourselves.

Who are your main influences (if any) and what/who sparked your passion for creating music?

We are really influenced by the very good band, ‘King Wine.’ We really inspire ourselves to keep being the greatest performers that ever lived and be nice all the time. We started and continue to make music so that we can have fun with our friends.

How are you feeling about performing at SuperByte this year?

We are extremely excited! Craig has been going since the very first year, so it will be cool to finally be on the stage instead of being asked to stop sweating all over the front of it. Our live performances are normally the best audio-visual experience in the entire universe. At Superbyte 2015… imagine something even better than that.