8STATIC Philly’s premier 8-bit/chiptune concert and video party, returns this month with music performances by Ovenrake, Inverse Phase and Nanode. Dino Lionetti of Cheap Dinosaurs will provide live visuals throughout the show.
Baltimore’s Brendan Becker, known by his stage name Inverse Phase, uses Atari, Commodore, and Nintendo hardware to compose his own chiptune music and video game soundtracks. He regularly speaks and hosts workshops on game music, chiptunes, and composing. He’s also known for Pretty Eight Machine, his Nine Inch Nails tribute album. His live sets are unpredictable and always entertaining.
Ovenrake is the performing alias of Philly-based musician Dakota Clark. An 8static veteran, he writes electronic music using various pieces of hardware and software — all under the umbrella of low-fidelity sounds — but his primary instrument is the Nintendo Game Boy. His music spans a wide spectrum of styles and emotions, from funky and danceable to ambient and reflective.
Hailing from Connecticut, Sam Sher, a.k.a. Nanode, is a lo-fi and EDM producer who works in various programs, such as Nanoloop, LSDJ and Ableton Live 9. His dream of making music came to life starting in 2013 with several projects and collaborative efforts; today, he’s producing fun, exciting music for people of all ages and backgrounds.
Dino Lionetti (of the Philadelphia-based chiptune band Cheap Dinosaurs) will be accompanying each musician with his unique visuals, all entirely handmade in a program known as Processing. Using his own algorithms and key commands, Dino interprets the live audio and creates beautiful psychedelic backdrops.
8static will kick off with an informative workshop at 7 p.m., in which Inverse Phase will present the second of a two-part discussion on the demoscene and underground computer art in the 70s and 80s. The presentation will be followed by open mic at 8 (five minutes/one song max.) and the main show at 9.