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You can find some of our music here!:
You can buy some of our merch here!:
You can find all of our love and hugs at any one of our events!
BOSTON8BIT.com is redirecting you to our tumblr news feed (normally on the front page) while we work to rework the site into a super fantastic place to be. In the meantime, take a moment to add/follow/otherwise connect with us on the various sites below to get updates on the newest B8B happenings!
Holy crap this website has been a wasteland lately, hasn’t it?! For shame!
First big announcement, here is what’s coming up, and VERY soon!:
The PAX EAST 2012 CHIPTUNE EXTRAVAGANZA!!!
We have been looking forward to this from the very moment that the 2011 Extravaganza ended, and are pretty psyched now to announce our return to, and plans to occupy, the JAM SPACE at this year’s Penny Arcade eXpo East, at the Boston Convention & Exposition Center.
If you haven’t bought your passes for the convention yet, you’re almost out of time… 3-day badges and Saturday passes are gone, and Friday passes are running low— FRIDAY is the one you’ll want to get!
Here is the schedule we have planned:
All of this will be happening at PAX East’s JAM SPACE.
On SUNDAY we will not be at the convention but instead we will be having an AFTER-PARTY elsewhere. Details on that to come AS SOON AS I KNOW. That might be invite only I think? This news is so fresh, even I don’t know!
Second kind of big announcement: Boston 8-Bit’s Merch site has been launched! It’s on Etsy (THE place for handcrafted arts) because almost all our merch is lovingly crafted by our merchgirl Maddy’s loving & crafty hands, or in her printshop. Keep an eye on that shop, there will be a lot of new and fun stuff coming and going! Br1ght Pr1mate glow in the dark shirts are coming soon, and so are NEW Boston8Bit shirts with a kind of epic design that we’re just going to have to surprise you all with!
Fuse.tv recently sat down and had a chat with us and our friends while we were having a party in Brooklyn, just TRYING to understand what it is we do! Duck Hunt jokes aside, it was a nice little featurette!
Here’s some of our new releases you might have missed in the time that boston8bit.com has been sleeping and not telling you these important things!
(Jan. 13, 2011) Oxygenstar - Harmony Palace
(Apr. 04, 2011) Br1ght Pr1mate - The Reality Chipmusic Love Industry
(May 22, 2011) Oxygenstar - Data Bomb
(May 29, 2011) Br1ght Pr1mate - Midnight Swedes
(Jun. 14, 2011) Seventh Gear - The Amazing Technicolor Nightmare
(Aug. 09, 2011) Br1ght Pr1mate - The Reality Chipmusic REMIXES
(Nov. 02, 2011) Disasterpeace - Deorbit
(Nov. 11, 2011) Doomcloud - Doomcloud
(Dec. 12, 2011) Steady C - He Started It
(Feb. 12, 2012) Cathode Rays - Verb
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SAT DEC 17: Radio Scotvoid @ WMBR (MIT Radio)
DJ Radio Scotvoid will be guest DJing the ‘Algorhythms’ show on MIT’s campus radio station WMBR 88.1FM. The fun goes from 2AM to 4AM EST, and there’s a call-in number on the website so you can request specific craziness! Join up at the Facebook event to keep yourself reminded.
THU DEC 15: New Release: Active Knowledge - ‘The New Sciences’ EP
‘The New Sciences’, the new EP from Active Knowledge is releasing on December 15th! A promotional track is available over at the album’s Bandcamp page, where you can find the entirety of the album after its release. Digital and physical pre-orders become available on December 9th, and attendees of the Hidden Level show in Worcester may be able to acquire Bandcamp copies of the album early via download code! See below for details.
FRI DEC 9: The Hidden Level Presents: BOSTON8BIT
The Hidden Level Dance & Performance Showcase is an event that takes place in Worcester at T.E.S.L.A., which appears to be a neat hackerspace-type deal. They’ve reached out, and Seventh Gear/Active Knowledge will be performing at this month’s party! Facebook link has the details, but it’s at 97D Webster Street from 7-10PM. A $5-10 donation is suggested, but not mandatory.
TCTD and Pixelh8 have joined forces to create a compilation of chipmusic with proceeds going directly to the Red Cross to support ongoing efforts toward earthquake/tsunami recovery in Japan. So far, volume 1 of the compilation has been released with over 40 tracks, and a second volume is coming soon. You can receive the compilation by donating via the widget on our sidebar, or submit your own track by e-mailing email@example.com. Visit http://truechiptilldeath.com/japan for information on how to obtain your copy after donating. Thank you for caring! :-)
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Geekbeat Radio was awesome enough to have MC Facepalm, Br1ght Pr1mate and Seventh Gear in the studio for live sets during their Post-PAX East wrap-up show! Click here [MP3] to listen to the podcast from their appearance, huge thanks to Geekbeat Radio and Unregular Radio for supporting chipmusic in Boston!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BOSTON8BIT & MAGFEST HOSTING 3 DAYS OF CHIPTUNE CONCERTS AT PAX EAST
Chip music pioneers Bit Shifter and Glomag to headline a 3-part showcase in March
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 24, 2011 - Those yearning to hear the reinvigorated sounds of vintage game consoles at this year’s PAX East will not be disappointed: Established local chiptune collective BOSTON8BIT are bringing the high-energy back to PAX once more with a 3-part showcase featuring scene pioneers Bit Shifter and Glomag, as well as a whopping 13 additional performances from some of the country’s most promising micromusic acts. Each set will be enhanced by live circuitbent visuals from Invaderbacca, H_N_i_C and Batsly Adams, forming a mesmerizing audiovisual gestalt you won’t soon forget.
Chip music, sometimes called “chiptune” or “8-bit music,” is a growing subculture of electronic music that utilizes the sound chips found inside obsolete videogame consoles and computers to synthesize new original works in music and visual art. In the past decade, small communities dedicated to exploring and expanding the practice have emerged around the world, including here in Boston where local organizers from BOSTON8BIT have been putting on sold-out shows at venues like the Middle East since 2009.
The concerts will take place on all three days of PAX East, March 11th, 12th and 13thfrom 11am&-2pm EST in the JAMSPACE concert area, which has once again been graciously provided by our friends from Northern Virginia’s Music And Games Festival (MAGFest). In addition, chip musician and videogame culture journalist Zen Albatross will give a presentation on the history of chip music, followed by an artist Q&A session on Saturday, March 12th at 10am in the Jamspace.
The full lineup of performances is as shown below:
=== FRIDAY, 3/11 ===
=== SATURDAY, 3/12 ===
=== SUNDAY, 3/13 ===
glomag and Corset lore
Don’t forget to stick around the Jamspace to catch some extra special surprises throughout the weekend, like bonus jam sessions from The Protomen, Armcannon, Mega64 and much more. And don’t forget that the Jamspace will be available for freeform jamming each night up until 2am — Just come in, sign up, pick up an instrument and play!
RSVP on Facebook, and follow @Boston8Bit on Twitter to learn about more events like these in the Boston area and beyond. For all inquiries, please contact Chris Mahoney at firstname.lastname@example.org
PAX East will take place March 11-13th, 2011 at the Boston Trade and Convention Center in Boston, MA. For more info and travel directions, please visit http://paxsite.com.
One of my bestest friends Facundo has been facing a serious uphill battle to remain in the country, a lot of you already know him/how awesome he is. I DON’T WANT FACUNDO TO GO. I’m setting up a Bandcamp site to re-host releases from a bunch of artists, with donations going directly to the legal battle.
If you’re a musician and want to make a difference, you can! If you have a Bandcamp account already, email a link to your contribution to email@example.com. Include artist/album info, the minimum donation you’d like to set for purchase and any special message you’d like to place on your page. If you don’t have a Bandcamp account, that’s okay! Just email firstname.lastname@example.org with the same info and I’ll arrange to receive audio files from you. WAV/AIFF/FLAC only, please.
Thank you, every little bit counts!
Okay, updates to the main page of our site have been scarce and scattered so it is time to take it down and start fresh. The rest of the site is still hanging out to the left on the sidebar, feel free to look around in the meantime! The next BOSTON8BIT show is taking place on November 14th at Church in Boston. Check out the Facebook event page for more details!
- The B8B Team
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