This March, 8-Bit artists from both sides of the Atlantic are joining forces to travel the US bringing diverse styles of low-res, high-energy party jams. Chip music has been around for many years, but now this new generation of young artists wants to welcome in an even larger audience.
The 8-bit Alliance tour starts March 5th in New York City at Market Hotel and ends in Austin, TX just in time for South By Southwest, where it will culminate at the furious party that will be Datapop 2010. Click here for the tour dates!
Sabrepulse (UK) is the undisputed godfather of the current 8-bit scene in the UK. Every year he organizes and performs at the Chiptune Alliance Tour where his breakbeats and sugar-coated melodies force kids into a frenzy at every stop. This is his first tour in the United States.
Henry Homesweet (UK) takes Nintendo gameboys and drops them straight into a modern context, performing crunchy lo-fi techno and electro straight from the consoles, synced and mixed into one constant assult of mind candy. The listener is invited on a journey through time and space, to a musical void where style's and genre's are not seperate entities confined by the performer, they are one. His live sets are assembled on the spot, directionless, unpredictable and effing bonkers.
outpt (US) has performed at the 2008 Blip Festival (NYC), 2009 Penny Arcade Expo (Seattle), and 2009 Live Performers Meeting (Rome), as well as shows throughout the East and West Coasts such as Eyewash (NYC), Pulsewave (NYC), and 8static (Philadelphia).
Paris (US), previously known as Voltage Controlled, writes custom software to transform hand held game systems such as the Game Boy Advance and the GP2X into visual performance instruments. His visuals are abstract and influenced by his background and continued interest in mathematics and theoretical physics. He has been creating live visuals for the chip music scene since 2005. During that time he has performed at Blip Festival 06, 07, 08, Blip Europe, at many Pulsewave NYC events, 8Static events in Philadelphia, SxSW, PAX, chip shows across the country and his visuals are featured in the documentary, Reformat the Planet. In addition, he was awarded a residency at the Experimental Television Center and has given talks in the US and Europe (Pixsel Festival) on Open Source Software development for the arts.