Apr 1, 2014

Europe In 8 Bits - The Rise Of the European Chiptune Scene

The philosophy of 'less is more' is one that I've come to appreciate over time. Constraints are actually a good thing in the creative field, boundaries to abide by that allow for a tighter style or feel to any endeavor. Chiptune music is just one of these niches that abides by that belief, relying on the hardware and limited technology of older sound chips to output a very particular sound. Europe In 8 Bits is an upcoming documentary that explores the growing chip scene in Europe. You can watch the documentary for $3 on Vimeo's on demand service.

The stars of this musical movement reveal to us how to reuse old videogames hardware like Nintendo’s GameBoy, NES, Atari ST, Amiga and the Commodore 64 to turn them into a tool capable of creating a new sound, a modern tempo and an innovative musical style. This is a new way of interpreting music performed by a great many artists who show their skills in turning these limited machines designed for leisure in the 80’s into surprising musical instruments and graphical tools. It will leave nobody indifferent.

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