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Boston Chip Music Artists Take A Byte Out Of Nyc
Br1ght Pr1mate, Active Knowledge, and Disasterpeace to perform at I/O chip music showcase on October 4, 2010
We‘re thrilled to bring the Boston8bit crew to the Antagonist Art Gallery,” said Jessen Jurado, founder of I/O. “In recent years chip music has exploded beyond New York City, and cities all around the country have started their own scenes. This I/O will be an awesome opportunity to see some of Boston’s best new breed of chip musicians show us what they’ve got!”
Chip musicians use vintage computers, keyboards, and video games to create raw, gritty electronic music. Visual “chip” artists manipulate these computers and game systems during a musical performance, projecting the resulting graphics on a screen, “playing” their art live as accompaniment to the music. Chip musicians also sing or play conventional musical instruments in their live sets; the songs are pre-programmed but mixed and improvised live so that no two performances are ever the same.
Former Boston rock scene alums Lydia Marsala and James Therrien (Fugitive Kind) combine forces for a new take on live electronic music. Using a unique blend of live vocals, acoustic instruments, Game Boys and vintage electronics, Br1ght Pr1mate explores, bends and completely ignores the boundaries of Chiptune, Pop, Art, Electro, Rock, Jazz and Soul. Their music has been featured on FOX News National Morning Show "Fox & Friends", and has received praise from The Boston Globe and The Boston Phoenix.
"It's not so much the preservation of youth, as the celebration of it," says Chris Mahoney, better known as Active Knowledge. Firing notes through an original Nintendo Entertainment System, Active Knowledge mixes vintage video game sounds with synchronized glitchy, spastic visuals. The idea is unadulterated fun, with a focus on un-adult.
Disasterpeace is a curious form of chip music that blends progressive rock, minimalist, jazz, and dance tendencies with an aesthetic sensibility that pays homage to the sounds of the past yet that is largely synthesized from the ground up. He has been featured in Time magazine.
I/O is a monthly chip music and visuals show in New York City's Lower East Side. Sponsored by the Antagonist Art Movement and presented by Alphabet City Soup, I/O is free to play and free to attend, with the aim of providing exposure for, and showcasing the talents of, new and upcoming chip musicians and visualists on the same stage as established performers. For videos and more information on past shows go to http://ioshownyc.blogspot.com.