Fresh off an “Event of the Year” nomination in the 2014 Philadelphia Geek Awards, experimental electronic collective 8static is preparing to host its second 8static Festival from October 16th to 18th at the First Unitarian Chuch. The festival will consist of both and audio and visual art by artists using only technology considered to be old or obsolete, re-purposing and giving new life to old gaming objects such as GameBoys and other 8-bit adventure tools.
The centerpiece of the festival is the chiptune showcase. For those not in the know, chiptune is a genre of dance music where the only rule is that sounds can only be synthesized using old technology, be it an old school 4-gigabyte 80’s throwback computer or your Nintendo from when you were a kid. The glitchy 8-bit sound offers a frantic yet deceptively systematic groove to a fast tempo, making it the perfect style for those who really like to move.
The festival will feature nationally- and internationally-renowned chiptune artists such as Virt, Trey Frey, Danimal Cannon, Trash80, and many more. The 3-day event will also feature local Philadelphia chiptune artists like Cheap Dinosaurs, Void Vision, and Chipocrite, to name a few. The festival will be taking place at the First Unitarian Church. One-day passes to the event will cost $20, and three-day passes will cost $50, tickets and more information can be found here.
8static, First Unitarian Church