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

LA Times Featuring ComputeHer and 8 Bit Weapon

7/1/11

ComputeHer and Obsolete Featured in LA Times!
A great read about the LA chiptune scene is over at the LA Times website!

Click Here to Read the Article or read it below:

Saturday: Obsolete collective’s monthly chiptune showcase in downtown L.A.

JULY 1, 2011 | 12:42 PM

Obsolete

In today’s world of hi-gloss electro, you’d be hard-pressed to find gritty laser zaps and the sounds of Zelda poking their way into the L.A. club scene. But as they unpack their arsenal of glitchy Game Boy beats on a sweaty, warehouse dance floor surrounded by blinking lights and acid-trip wall projections, the local practitioners in the chiptune scene don’t seem to mind much. Especially now that they have a slice of underground nightlife of to call their own.

In recent months, a pool of innovative L.A.-based artists who create music in an electronic subgenre called chiptune have formed the Obsolete collective, and have commenced throwing shows to celebrate their lo-bit love affair.

This weekend, the consortium offers the second installment of a monthly, downtown party at their designated warehouse space, dubbed Pixel Frequency. Held on the first Saturday of every month, Obsolete’s flagship event is forging a meeting ground for an open-ended chiptune genre with roots that stem back to the ’70s (though it was rarely performed live until the 2000s).

Despite being a worldwide sonic medium, chiptune rarely pokes its head above ground in L.A.’s saturated club scene. The idea, as the name implies, is to highlight artists whose musical ingenuity embraces out-of-date NES cartridges, Commodore 64 computers and any gaming or electronic technology built before the Clinton administration — a niche pedigree to say the least. Cristina Fuentes, an artist performing under the moniker Wet Mango, has helped wrangle some of the scene’s most active artists within L.A.’s micro-sized chiptune community.

“Even though it’s a really young scene, we pretty much already know each other,” Fuentes said. “It’s an Internet-based genre — everyone communicated and shares through the Internet. But getting all of us together to play shows is the new part of this.”Casting a rotating lineup of artists for every show, the second Obsolete party features performances by Beta to the Max and Wizwars, each of whom foster unique blends of blips and bass. Often relegated to performing in scattered, random shows throughout the city, members of the collective are hoping to not only bond over their own prideful Nintendo geekdom, but also to expose new fans to a genre that’s much more varied and ill-defined than many realize. Also on the bill will be Mike Bleeds, Encord, daSID and DJ Sysop.

“Chiptune is as wide for genres as guitar or any other genre,” said Seth Sternberger, one half of chiptune duo 8 Bit Weapon. Based in the Simi Valley area, he and his wife, Michelle (who also performs solo as ComputeHer), were the driving force behind Club Microwave, a chiptune monthly that traveled between venues such as the Echoplex and Lava Lounge before extinguishing in 2005. (updated note from ComputeHer 2014: We have since restarted Club Microwave!)

“It’s country, it’s bluegrass, it’s blues,” added Sternberger. “It’s such a wide range of performers and artists and I think everyone’s doing their part for their specific genre.”

Started in February by a core of about 20 local members — including musicians, radio DJs, promoters and visual artists — Obsolete offers fans and practitioners in the L.A. chip scene a unified outlet for live performance. In a constellation of underground collectives and labels such as So Simple and Dark Matter Sound System that focus on harsh electro sounds and roaming warehouse parties, Obsolete’s platform connoisseurs of outdated tones is starting its own brand of underground buzz.

For Pablo Bert, a.k.a  DJ Mike Haggar, regular events such as the ones on Saturday have been a long time coming.

“It’s really cool that they’re starting a monthly show,” said Bert, who has also played on the L.A. chiptune scene since the Club Microwave days in the early 2000s.

“The chip scene wasn’t really that big back then,” Bert said. “But now that they’re doing this, now there’s a big enough following in L.A. to actually succeed.”

Obsolete occurs on Saturday, July 2 (first Saturday of every month) at Pixel Frequency warehouse, 931 E. Pico Blvd., Suite 202, Los Angeles. 8:30 p.m. All ages. $5 at the door. Obsolete.fm/

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 :]

NEW ALBUM – Modemoiselle

07 / 28 / 2010

Welcome to the New Site !
To coincide with the release of my new album: Modemoiselle, I’ve completely updated the web site! Some new info has been added and some has been streamlined. I hope you like the new look!

Modemoiselle

Modemoiselle is Now Available !
Ladies & Gentlemen, It’s our pleasure to present to you ComputeHer’s latest musical opus, “Modemoiselle!” A sensational mix of exotic and electric sound tapestries with jubilant, throbbing rhythms. Each song adds to the canvas with the most dynamic and rich colours possible. Let go and indulge yourself in this aural world of pure lo-fi sensuality and mischief! But don’t take our word for it, have a peek for yourself…

~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 :]