"Pleasure Construct" by Nullsleep, performed September 4 at Koenji High as part of the Blip Festival Tokyo concert event.
Nullsleep is the alias of Jeremiah Johnson, an electronic musician whose style could best be described as post-cyberpunk: a combination of distorted synthpop, electro, and industrial produced with repurposed low-bit electronics. His approach embraces the politics of appropriation, leveraged limitations, destructive process and data corruption. The result is a wall of digital noise driven by a heavy beat, expanding and collapsing in a series of glitches and drones emanating from cheap plastic devices. In 1999 Nullsleep cofounded 8bitpeoples, a collective of artists interested in the audio-visual aesthetics of early home computers and video game consoles. He has since released a number of recordings through 8bitpeoples, Astralwerks, Aniplex and others. Based in New York City, Nullsleep has performed over 150 shows throughout North America, Europe and Asia, including successful world tours in 2006 and 2009.
Composers of Independent Games Play Blip Festival Tokyo:
Michelle Mitchell is ComputeHer, a one woman wall of lo-fi sound! Michelle creates her unique music using vintage computers and video game consoles, as well as an assortment of other fun synths & drum machines. When she isn't blasting bits with her beats, she can be found in her garden where she tends the beets you can eat! Michelle is also a member of the band 8 Bit Weapon and will performing a double shift on this summer's "Disko Apocalypse Tour 2010". She will be performing a solo music set as ComputeHer, then perform another set as half of 8 Bit Weapon.
8 Bit Weapon is Seth & Michelle (AKA ComputeHer). The group has performed their chip music across two continents with their arsenal of retro game consoles: Commodore 64 and 128, Apple II, couple Nintendo Gameboy classics, Nintendo N.E.S., Amiga 1200, Intellivision synthesizer, Atari 2600, Speak n Spell & Speak n Music, some hybrid lo-fi acoustic-electric drums, and an assortment of other vintage and toy synthesizers.
Inspired by classic videogame soundtracks and electronic music from the 70s and 80s, 8 Bit Weapon delivers a sound that is as unique as it is original. Clever melodies, nostalgic atmosphere, and energetic beats create a decidedly modern sound while maintaining a fun, lo-tech aesthetic.
The IWADON Hiroyuki Iwatsuki Tribute Album will be available for free download from Bandcamp beginning July 23. The compilation includes 40 arrangements of music by the game composer, released on his 40th birthday.
The announcement trailer also briefly describes the Nobuooo website's first steps toward a potential DVD release to coincide with a funding initiative happening between 10.10 and 11.11.