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From [10.31.09] 8bit Halloween with Bit Shifter at Ai Lounge, posted by Liz Mclean Knight on 11/05/2009 (38 items)
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From experimental blips to industrial and drum ‘n’ bass flavored bangers, to saccharine unabashed pop tendencies, Bit Shifter is a dynamic live presence, pushing as much output from his custom setup featuring Nintendo Game Boys outfitted with homebrewed cartridges and perhaps the maximum emotional output capable from eight puny bits of power. -NEW CITY CHICAGO (“Preview: 8bit Halloween featuring Bit Shifter/AI Lounge“)
If an evening of off-the-radar music is up your alley, then our pick for one of Halloween weekend’s most interesting events will pique your interest. 8bit Halloween at AI Lounge hosts one of the world’s premiere 8bit electronic musicians, Josh Davis aka Bit Shifter. Playing his entire set out of a pair of Nintendo Game Boys, Davis pushes the boundaries of sonic experimentation. – CHICAGOIST (“Halloweek in Music”)
Our friend + previous Dorkbot Chicago presenter Liz Revision is organizing an 8bit Halloween ft. Bit Shifter here in CHICAGO. DORKBOT CHICAGO. (“8bit Halloween ft. Bit Shifter CHICAGO”)
*EDITOR’S PICK – Going.com
It’s all in celebration of a Halloweeen party Saturday night in Chicago, headlined by Josh Davis (BitShifter). Party ringleader Liz joins Josh on behalf of subVariant to represent the IDM-glitch-minimal-tech-house side of things, and Mr. Automatic (Front 312) and Onefiftyone (Chicago Workshop) will be joining in. If you’re in Chicago, this looks like the place to spend your Saturday.–CREATE DIGITAL MUSIC (“Happy Halloween: Exclusive Free Liz Revision Mix, Party in Chicago with Bit Shifter“)
Shout-outs to our sponsoring friends:
Music Industry Workshop [The area’s largest music industry training facility w/ Certified Ableton Trainers]
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Dreamdaze [Live visuals / electronic music]
Kumar McMillan / FarmDev [nerdery^64 / music]
Skewerz [Wicker Park – Hawaiian Fusion]
One of the premiere Game Boy-wielding 8Bit electronic musicians in the world is Josh Davis aka Bit Shifter, and subVariant and Front 312 are excited to have him perform at Ai Lounge on Halloween. Having played over 100 live shows armed with only two Nintendo Game Boys, and two home-brew aftermarket music programs, he has a dedicated following and has been known to ignite dance floors with his high energy live performances.
Tom Loftus of MSNBC.com says of Bit Shifter’s performance,“[B]y the time Davis jumped to his rave-up ‘Parapersona Crash,’ the walls started to shake and what little hesitation the audience may have had over dancing to a kiddy toy’s ‘bleeps’ and ‘bloops’ vanished.”
“We booked him …and I still think it’s the most people that have been in the Tank at one time–hundreds and hundreds of people…” says Mike Rosenthal, Artistic Director of The Tank in NYC. “ Bitshifter just rocked the place–just blew us all away.”
Josh Davis says of the 8bit sound, “This is a really distinctive sound-set that anyone of our generation will have most likely been exposed to during childhood and as a consequence of that it became hardwired into our aesthetic sensibilities….but it was always off-limits creatively. So, people who grew up with 8bit and 16bit video game consoles–if they were musicians, they were able to dabble in just about *anything* else….”
Liz Revision of subVariant will open by digitally spinning minimal tech-house, glitch, and IDM; Mr. Automatic from Front 312 brings electro, new wave, and acid house; and Onefiftyone from Chicago Workgroup plays nudisco.
Bit Shifter explores high-energy, low-bit music composed and performed on a Nintendo Game Boy. The result is an unapologetically fun foray into an evocative and distinctive sound-set, executed on a console generally misperceived as being technically limited. Made possibly by two home-brew Game Boy music-making programs, Nanoloop and Little Sound DJ, Bit Shifter’s music adopts and subverts the playfulness inherent in the familiar Game Boy sound-set, repurposing it into the service of novel idioms. Based in New York City, Bit Shifter has performed over one hundred shows worldwide, having recently circumnavigated the planet in a 20-date world tour with fellow chiptune compatriot Nullsleep.
subVariant is a Chicago-based record label and events production company known for its both its innovative electronic music releases and creative packaging, as well as its edgy and boundary-pushing live events and music showcases. Front 312 has been promoting an eclectic night in Chicago for over a year featuring house, electro, new wave and industrial at Liar’s Club, although individually its members have been churning away in various underground electronic realms, and have collected a diverse group of dedicated followers. Together subV and 312 bring their diverse crowds together to experience Halloween in a cool downtown location with an excellent, creative and diverse lineup unique in Chicago for Halloween.
The first 30 people with presale tickets will get a free surprise treat bag featuring cool stuff from local businesses and online shops.
Ai Lounge is at 358 W. Ontario, Downtown Chicago. The night runs from 10pm – 3am. A late night sushi menu is also available, as is $10 valet parking.
Bit Shifter interview
AUDIO: “The World Has Turned and Left Me Here” vocal track from Bitshifter (Weezer Cover)
AUDIO: “Activation Theme” by Bitshifter (Original Instrumental)
VIDEO: “Bitshifter Interview”
TEXT: “Interview with Bitshifter” (Longer, more technical interview)
Thanks to everyone who came out and either got art-nerdy or got their DnB on to Tara Grunwald towards the end of the night! Check out the pix from Regroup 1.
Get ready to re-live the heydey of electronic music in Chicago with Raver Rewind 2000 on Saturday September 19 at Ai Lounge. Four Chicago-based DJs who’ve experienced the scene firsthand back in the day will be playing records only from 1992-2000 for an authentic soundrack. Contemporary instruments like laptops, digital DJ gear, Monomes / APC, Lemurs are specifically prohibited as well.
What’s not prohibited is getting into the “raver spirit” by dressing the part–phat pants, bright colors, ravey t-shirts, and bringing some PLUR and good vibes. For some of us who were there in the scene, it will be a night heavy on nostalgia, and will bring back the joy of hearing classic tracks that we remember fondly. For the newer recruits into the contemporary electronic music scene, it will be educational to hear the tracks, trends and products of available technology that influenced the kind of music being made today.
SPECIAL GUEST: Cesario Magnifique (Italso / electro / disco)
Popkan (Textone, subVariant) will focus heavily on old school house; Gianna Hardt (Forte Productions, ForTheMammas), a promoter uniquely familiar with of underground parties idolized and was influenced by DJs like Larry Heard, Farley Jackmaster Funk, and Julian Jumpin Perez. Tim Kasper (House of Godz) will bring his collection of vintage techno to throw down. Liz Revision (subVariant) hosts. Arrive early to nosh on Ai Restaurant’s AMAZING Japanese food & killer sushi. Valet is available for $10 all night. 358 W. Ontario, Chicago, 10pm-2am. 21+
“Pirate Party” was the third in the Artificial Intelligence series presented by subVariant at Ai Lounge in Chicago’s Loop. subVariant’s Artificial Intelligence showcase is a series of concept parties that aim to merge art, design, humor, and fun into a dance music scene that often takes itself too seriously, while still maintaining the high level of musical quality and experimentation the company is known for and continuing to support the local electronic music community.
So, “Pirate Party” didn’t mean just dress like a pirate and get three-sheets-to-thar-wind on rum (although, we can’t lie…there was a bit of that in effect as well on Saturday)…it was an invitation for local artists to hand in the work they wanted to share, for free, on the subVariant site, and be promoted and featured in the local press, music blogs, social networks and the like. Sort of like The Pirate Bay, but totally legal since everyone who handed in music has the right to distibute the works (yes, there is a mighty huge .torrent link at the bottom too…please seed!) Continue Reading
Wouldn?t it be cool if music could relieve your hangover?
Hangovers are the annoying, productivity-inhibiting result of a night spent drinking quite a bit, and yet we still put up with them because it’s fun to loosen up, be social, and dance. Sure, it’s easy to pop some aspirin, rehydrate and muddle through the morning, but wouldn’t it be cool if music could relieve your hangover? That’s the concept behind Exception AM and Exception ER (Extended Release), a free digital compilation from subVariant that aims to present an extended release of electronic music to help you feel better in the morning after a night of drinking.
1. DEAMDAZE: “Lock of Yellow Hair”
2. PROSWELL: “SC_090608_220727”
3. AUTISTICI: “Slow Temperature”
4. DEREK MICHAEL: “Cinco de Mayo”
5. DON SOLO: “I’m Pure ER”
6. PRAVEEN: “II”
7. MACHWHAT: “A Shorter Excuse”
Wouldn’t it be cool if music could relieve your hangover? That’s the concept behind Exception AM, a free digital compilation from subVariant that aims to present a collection of electronic music to help you feel better in the morning after a night of drinking.
Hangovers are the annoying, productivity-inhibiting result of a night spent drinking quite a bit, and yet we still put up with them because it’s fun to loosen up, be social, and dance. Sure, it’s easy to pop some aspirin, rehydrate and muddle through the morning, but wouldn’t it be cool if music could relieve your hangover? That’s the concept behind Exception AM, a free digital compilation from subVariant that aims to present a collection of electronic music to help you feel better in the morning after a night of drinking.
1. PROQXIS: “Proto”
2. HYPERVIOLET: “So Easy”
3. CRAQUE: “Sunset Moon”
4. MATTHEW MERCER: “Hourglass”
5. INSTILLE: “Ataraxia (Jaw Drop Mix)”
6. PROJECT RUORI: “Static”
7. DJ MANI: “My Remedy”
8. AIN SOF: “To Collect”
9. JUSTIN MCGRATH: “The Night That Laid Still”
10. MODEL.FRAGMENT: “The Fortress at Sea Level”
11. PHYLUM SINTER: “To See or Not See Bees”
12. MOCHIPET: “Oly”