Archive for Artists

Dan Hett

A bit of a last minute announcement, but we’re stoked to welcome the awesome Dan Hett to the SuperByte lineup on pre-party visuals!

Hailing from the rainy streets of Manchester, Dan is a creative coder, visual artist, and all-round programming heretic who specialises in firing brightly-coloured flashing pixels directly into your retinas.

Mounting a one-man crusade against boring programming neckbeards (they’re just no fun), Dan causes colourful noisy trouble with his code at every opportunity: making videogames at extremely speeds, live-coding reactive visuals at raves, and generally destroying and rebuilding software until it does something interesting.

At the SuperByte pre-party Dan will be live-coding projected visuals completely from scratch, creating evolving visualisations powered by beats, bass and algorithms.

Links:

Blog / Twitter

Bit Shifter

Our final artist announcement for SuperByte 2014 – Bit Shifter will perform on SuperByte’s main stage!

Photo by and © Aja Pilapil, Ajapopfilms.

New, unusual. Hear songs and see performances by self-professed “musician” holding small white video game consoles. All the rage. Harsh, annoying. “This is gaoing to blaow ahp,” says Mr. M. McLaren of Paris, France. Exciting new movement. You better tune in now. Otherwise in ten years everyone will trading stories, and then won’t you feel left out. Staring into your drink, wishing you had something to say. We’ve all been there. Now’s your chance to change all of that.

Curious new music. A startling and innovative step backwards in technology. What will they think of next?

Links:

Official Website / FaceBook / Twitter / SoundCloud / Bandcamp

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

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