8 Bit Weapon on TV!

Hey Guys!

If you haven’t been following me on Facebook, you may have missed that I’ve been posting about a TV Show that I’m going to be on! It’s called Beyond Geek! It’s going to be airing on your local PBS Stations.  If you don’t see your area listed where it’s showing, please contact your local PBS station and encourage them to add it to your area! We are on the episode called 8-bit of Fun!

Check out the preview of the show here:

Talk to you guys soon!

Michelle :]

The Release of Chiptopia: The Best of 8 Bit Weapon & ComputeHer

1/8/13
Chiptopia: The Best of 8 Bit Weapon & ComputeHer released today!!! Chiptopia covers over a decade of the best groundbreaking work by the chipmusic bands 8 Bit Weapon & ComputeHer. Whether you are new to chiptune or you’re an old school chipper this is a must for any collection! Check it out on the music page and enjoy!40

 

 

The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s “The Art of Video Games” Exhibit will feature music by Computeher and 8 Bit Weapon!

The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s “The Art of Video Games” Exhibit will feature music by Computeher and 8 Bit Weapon!

We are proud to announce ComputeHer and 8 Bit Weapon’s music will be featured in the forthcoming “The Art of Video Games” exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC! “The Art of Video Games” will explore the 40-year evolution of video games as an artistic medium. Both ComputeHer and 8 Bit Weapon will have a combined total of 5 songs being used in a soundtrack at the entrance to this historic exhibition. 8 Bit Weapon’s songs, “The Art of Video Games Anthem” and “Miami Dub Bounce” off the new album “Bits with Byte” are used as well as “Chip on your Shoulder.” ComputeHer’s songs, “Twilight Byte” and “Dark Pub” from her album “Modemoiselle” are also featured. We are profoundly honored to participate in such an important exhibition. We’d like to thank everyone at the Smithsonian American Art Museum as well as our fans for making this possible. Here is the official “The Art of Video Games” Press Release.

TAOVG

Please visit the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s website for information about “The Art of Video Games” exhibition.

ComputeHer and 8 Bit Weapon will also be performing live at “The Art of Video Games” exhibit’s “GameFest” opening weekend event March 16-18, 2012! Please see our events/show page for details.

Thank you, Michelle

My Commodore 64 Goes to the Smithsonian!

5 / 4 / 2011

My Commodore 64 Goes to the Smithsonian!
My Commodore 64 will be on display in the Smithsonian Museum of American Art! I’m truly honored that the exhibit curator, Chris Melessinos, asked to use it. The C64 pictured here will be one of many vintage computers and consoles displayed during the “Art of Video Games” Exhibit coming March 26, 2012!

Read about it here!

~Michelle :]

The Disko Apocalypse Tour is Here!

The Disko Apocalypse Tour is Here !

Greetings Programs, we are packing up our favorite chipmusic instruments and heading out for our “Disko Apocalypse Tour” this summer! Come with us as we take our new live show to New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Portland, and more! The tour will be spread out over several months. Official “Disko Apocalypse Tour” dates and locations will be posted here as they are confirmed.

DISKOPOCALYPSE TOUR - 2010 April 24, 2010 : Street Fighter 4 Tournament Rec Center Studio - Los Angeles, CA May 22, 2010 : Pulsewave Pulsewave / The Tank - New York, NY June 3, 2010 : 8-Bit SF DNA Lounge - San Francisco, CA July 31, 2010 : Classic Gaming Expo  The Tropicana Hotel - Las Vegas, NV  August 1, 2010 : Classic Gaming Expo  The Tropicana Hotel - Las Vegas, NV August 5, 2010 : Big Bang Video Game Hall of Fame  Bridge View Center - Ottumwa, IA August 28, 2010 : Brave New World Comics  Brave New World Comics - Newhall, CA November 1, 2010 : Sanrio 50th Anniversary Party Barker Hanger, Santa Monica, CA

DISKOPOCALYPSE TOUR – 2010
April 24, 2010 : Street Fighter 4 Tournament
Rec Center Studio – Los Angeles, CA
May 22, 2010 : Pulsewave
Pulsewave / The Tank – New York, NY
June 3, 2010 : 8-Bit SF
DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
July 31, 2010 : Classic Gaming Expo
The Tropicana Hotel – Las Vegas, NV
August 1, 2010 : Classic Gaming Expo
The Tropicana Hotel – Las Vegas, NV
August 5, 2010 : Big Bang Video Game Hall of Fame
Bridge View Center – Ottumwa, IA
August 28, 2010 : Brave New World Comics
Brave New World Comics – Newhall, CA
November 1, 2010 : Sanrio 50th Anniversary Party
Barker Hanger, Santa Monica, CA

We Need Your Support !
We are funding the tour ourselves, but we are about $2000 short. This is where you come in, we need to raise money to cover our remaining tour expenses. We have gigs lined up across the USA and its just a matter of funding to get to each of them. If you donate to the tour, we have great gifts/perks (CD’s, T-Shirts, etc..) to offer in exchange for your generosity.

~Michelle :]

The Holiday CD is Here!

8 Bit Weapon & ComputeHer have whipped up a tasty batch of delicious holiday chiptunes for everyone! Go ahead; sink your aural teeth into some fresh chiptune goodies while you drink up a hot mug of 8 Bit delight on a cold winter’s day. Time tested holiday favorites that everyone can sing along to or entertain with at a holiday festivity! Each collectors CD case is hand crafted out of a rare authentic frosty light grey colored 5.25″ floppy diskette! See store page for further details.

by ComputeHer & 8 Bit Weapon

by ComputeHer & 8 Bit Weapon

~Michelle :]

Sony Releases 8 Bit Weapon Loop Library and EP!

Coming Spring 2009 Sony Creative Software will be releasing our 8 Bit Loop Library called “8 Bit Weapon A Chiptune Odyssey” and a Special Digital Downloadable EP of new music! The library covers Apple II, Commodore 64, NES, Gameboy, and the Atari 2600. Each system library has everything from drums, bass and synth to special effects. Both 8 Bit Weapon and ComputeHer have featured demos built into the collection. Stay tuned for more details.

8 Bit Weapon Sony Loop Library!

~Michelle :]

ComputeHer & 8 Bit Weapon work with Plogue

01 /20 / 2009

Plogue’s perfect chipsound recreations!
I’m featured in a new article on creativedigitalmusic.com that has some exciting new Soft Synth Emulation! I’ll be creating presets for this software so keep an eye out.

Check it out here or read it below:

 

Authentic Chipmusic Soft Synth Emulation: Plogue Chipsounds Scoop from NAMM

BY PETER KIRN

 

ComputeHer, 8 Bit Weapon.

You’ve heard the chip hype. But there’s something behind it: vintage digital chips can make wonderful sounds. And I’m thrilled that someone has painstakingly reproduced those sounds in an upcoming package.

Emulating analog circuitry, from amps to classic synths, has been long understood. But we’ve finally reached an age when people begin to appreciate the odd idiosyncrasies of digital technology, too. There hasn’t ever been a comprehensive attempt to emulate each detail of a range of 80s sound chips before – until now. Plogue (makers of the highly underrated Plogue Bidule patching environment) and David Viens have tackled just that as a labor of love, and you’ll be able to use the resulting “chipsounds” library later this spring.

Plogue’s chipsounds recreates the blippy personality of the Commodore 64, the Nintendo NES, the Game Boy, the Atari, the Vic20 – and circuit-bent and abused variations, too. It’s got a powerful artist endorsement from 8 Bit Weapon and Computer Her (pictured here). There are arpeggiators, noise patterns, distortion emulation, custom software, all built on the ARIA synth/sampling engine.

The basic specs:

  • 7 chips: TIA, 2A03 PAPU, VIC-I, SN76589AN, AY-3-8910, POKEY, and SID. Haven’t heard of all of those? No worries. But you’ve probably heard the chips. The horribly-named SN76589AN was used in my very first computer, the IBM PCjr, my first game console, the Colecovision (boy did I pick them), and in the TI. The 2A03 is from the original NES. The TIA was in the Atari.
  • Tricks, built in: One-shot arpeggiators, rapid waveform changes, envelope resync tricks are all built in – stuff that’s hard to pull off, as the creators note.
  • Emulations of psuedo noise patterns, distortion
  • Switch on each chip’s limited resolution and pitch values – or switch them off, and create sounds the PCjr couldn’t
  • Presets from 8 bit Weapon and ComputeHer

 

8 bit Weapon’s weapons: a VIC-20 (well, the box), a C128 (foreground), a C64 (top left), the Woz-designed Apple IIe (aka your entire childhood computer class for many of us), and … a GameCube.

When analog synth emulation came out, we all got something more convenient, but it didn’t necessarily do wonders for the music. Here, I think the situation is very different. Many of the original chip instruments have woefully primitive possibilities for actual composition. (The Game Boy’s wonderful LSDJ and Nanoloop are a notable exception.) Compare that to the software emulations of, say, a Moog modular, which lost a lot of what was great about the original – the interface. You can’t necessarily say that about the AY-3-8910, unless you’re the Ludwig van Beethoven of Assembler. (If you are – we love you.)

And the chip scene has also matured to the point that it’s ready to break out a bit. Getting these emulations on computers can help warp them into music and sound ideas they haven’t discovered before. I believe these sounds are really something special, not just a novelty.

I personally can’t wait to use this.

We have extensive details from a Plogue flyer – you can get it here on CDM, or if you’re on the floor of NAMM, you might get it from the Plogue guys themselves.

Flyer – Front

Flyer – Back

And if you want to hear these sounds making fantastic music, go give the artists a listen:

8 Bit Weapon

Computeher

ARIA is an important announcement; I’ll be catching up on news from Gary Garritan soon.

We’ll have sound samples of this too, as well.