SQUARE SOUNDS TOKYO 2018

Square Sounds is a boutique micro-festival that celebrates the world’s foremost chipmusic talent.

With Game boys, Commodores and other consoles scavenged from op shops and forgotten toyboxes in hand, artists come together from all over the world to stretch the boundaries of what video game consoles can do; coaxing mind-bending sights and sounds from these unlikely tools. Building a community is what the last four years have been all about and in year number five, we have managed to line up some of our most requested artists from talented newcomers to legends of the scene, bringing them together across four days of music and visuals.

This is the 5th year of SST, and we have racked up almost 100 artists from around the world. This year, as always, we have an exceptional line-up of artists and visualists taking centre stage at KOENJI HIGH. Definitely, a massive weekend not to be missed!! Whether you’re coming along to catch some of your favourites on the main stage, or taking the stage at the open mic to show off what you can do; Square Sounds caters for fans, artists and future legends of the scene.

Check the LINE UP!!

Quarta 330

Quarta 330 is a Japanese artist belonging to the UK-based record label, Hyperdub, founded by one of the dubstep pioneers, Kode9.
He entered the limelight when he released his first 12-inch single on Hyperdub and a remix of a Flying Lotus track on WARP. Since then, he has performed with Prefuse73 (WARP), Darkstar (WARP), The Bug (NinjaTune), and Kode9 (Hyperdub). Recently, he performed at “Hyperdub 10 – 10th Anniversary Party,” “Red Bull Music Academy Tokyo 2014 presents 1UP: Cart Diggers Live.” Additionally, his music has appeared on compilations by famous labels and artists such as Thom Yorke (RADIOHEAD), Mouse On Mars, Ministry of Sound, etc.
Among Japanese artists, he has accomplished remarkable achievements at a furious speed.
Quarta 330 originally started his career as a chiptune artist. In fact, he integrated chiptune sounds with current dance aesthetics when he performed at Square Sounds Tokyo 2011. However, he has branched out his curiosity in music and has started interpreting/ recomposing sounds.
Finally, he developed a new style called, “Pixelated Dub (Nagagutsu).” Now, he is introducing audiences to this new form of sound through his songs and performances.

Links

Homepage | Soundcloud

Robotprins

Robotprins is a half-robot, half-prince hero, who likes adventuring and fighting the evil Ondman. Whatever he does he is always accompanied by sweet chiptunes that make him stronger and more handsome.

During the last year, Robotprins has been playing the guitar to his sweet chiptunes during his performances. On his newest EP “Robotprins Plays Guitar” you can get a taste of what his live performance sounds like.

Links

Bandcamp | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud

Droid-on

Electronic music created from trackers and sequencers for old video games. The project began in 2008 and since then has been absorbing all the possible influences to create songs in 8/16bit original textures. Always searching for strange breaks and weird notes, The weapons of choice may vary between Famitracker, LSDJ, Littlepiggy and Nanoloop, and some co-op synced action. Co-founder of Chippanze collective netlabel, with chipmusic artists from Brazil and worldwide.

Links

Bandcamp | Chippanze

Rekcahdam

Roger ‘Rekcahdam’ Hicks – Roger Hicks, known by his stage name “Rekcahdam,” is a music producer, video game & app developer. Roger decided to fuse his interest in programming with that of his artistic passions and went on to become a freelance game developer, sound engineer and session musician. His most notable works include his game Celestial Mechanica and his percussion recordings for the hit show “Steven Universe”.

Links

Homepage | Bandcamp | Twitter | Soundcloud

Cheapshot

Cheapshot is the curator of CheapBeats records and organiser of the Square Sounds Tokyo festival.

Born in the UK, raised as a chiptuner in Japan. Cheap started making chip around 2009 after being introduced by a friend and hasn’t looked back since. Drawing on works by Quarta330, minikomi, boaconstructor, cymba, and 0f.digital, his works include LSDJ releases on 8bitpeoples and metrodub, piggy tracker on OSCBox, and more recently nanoloop on CheapBeats. Expect techno, bass, and good times.

 

Links

CheapBeats | Twitter | Facebook | SoundCloud

Yokemura (YMCK)

Yokemura is better known for his role in YMCK as a lyricist, songwriter and sound producer.
He is also the creator of the MacOS-AudioUnit “Magic8bitPlug” as well as the iPhone app: YMCK Player!
We are very excited to have him perform solo for us at SST2018..!

Links

Homepage | Twitter | Facebook

Chip Tanaka

  • 1980 – 1999: Involved with the development of Nintendo’s game sound chip and development for various games including the Mother (Earthbound) series, Dr. Mario, and Metroid.
  • 2000 – Present: Creator of many of the Pokemon TV anime songs and BGM as “Hirokazu Tanaka
  • From 2007: Active as the musician “Chip Tanaka” at various events.

Links

Homepage | Twitter | Soundcloud

Boaconstructor

Since 2012, Seattle, WA’s boaconstructor has been incorporating the sounds & styles you’d expect to encounter in nightclubs & basements into his extensive creative pallet for chipmusic production. boa’s dark & grimy bass music tunes are minimalist yet undeniably primal; using Gameboy Advance units fitted with nanoloop cartridges, he’s able to invoke some incredibly deep sub-bass riffs with glitchy FM-synthesized textures – all while keeping things fresh with a healthy dose of live manipulation & a sense of fun-loving swagger.

Links

Soundcloud || Bandcamp || Twitter

Bit Shifter

Active since 2002 & armed with only two off-the-shelf Nintendo Game Boys, Bit Shifter has been among those leading the charge in the global chipmusic underground, helping to curate releases & throw shows under the 8bitpeoples banner, helping to spearhead the international Blip Festival event series, and from time to time releasing his own material & performing around the world.

Links

Homepage || Facebook || Twitter || Soundcloud || Bandcamp

 

Toriena

Toriena is the queen of chiptune in Japan.
She started producing music in 2012 in Kyoto, and began the Japanese chiptune label “MADMILKY RECORDS” in 2013. Since then she has been involved in lyric writing, song writing and arrangement, artwork and vocals.
Her unique approach to chiptune sees her using both authentic hardware such as Gameboys as well as modern DAWs for hard hard HARD as nails poppy chip music. She has supplied music for projects with both Konami and Capcom and has appeared at a number of international music concerts such as Square Sounds Melbourne 2015, HYPER JAPAN 2017, MAGFest 2018.
In 2017 she released her latest major EP: MELANCOZMO

Links

Homepage | Soundcloud | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube