The project began in 2008, Brazil, playing electronic music with unusual tools as: Famitracker, a Nintendo sound emulator, and later, LSDJ for the Game Boy, Littlepiggytracker for the Dingoo/PSP and Nanoloop for the Game Boy Advanced. As described, the weapons of choice are portable, obsolete or demi-obsolete video game devices. In 2009, the project joined forces with Pulselooper, Hypnodrive (former Subway Sonicbeat), Escaphandro and Ghouls’n eggs to start a local collective netlabel called Chippanze. The label is a platform designed to spread Brazilian chipmusic throughout the world, but it gained more traction gathering international artists releases, such as: Ralp (Spain), Chalices of the Past (UK), D_strct (US), Analog (Chile), PSS-270 (Poland), Thethethes (Mexico), Stress_TN (Russia)…as well as projecting more local artists: Pixelfire, The industrialism, Fuzzy, Reset Sound System, Sukairobotto, Michtz…The collective label organized some local parties, like NULLBITS (featuring Minusbaby from 8bitpeoples, and many local artists). It lasted two editions, and later on, the collective continued with more intimate small parties. In Japan (current residence), The project played at 1h1d! 10th anniversary, with Chip Tanaka, Hally, DJ Master Kohta and many Japanese key artists at Club Metro, Kyoto.
Droid-on is an expansive music project, guided by chipmusic, but the output is not strained to it (although, the obsolete gear is a must), as a result, it often takes part on several different parties, festivals and events, including experimental gigs (Tarde abstrata, NOVA, Árvore Monstro), video game fairs (SP Game Show), corporate events (Nokia, Itaú bank, SESC), playing with rock and heavy metal bands (Elma, Almirante Shivas, Sexy-Fi) and not so conventional electronic music parties in Brazil (Metanol, Voodoohop, Cryptorave, Confronto Sound System, Freebeats, Soundcloud meetup…). There are some appearances on local radio (Metanol), UK radio (BBC 3 Late Junction), local television (Rede TV, TV cultura, MTV) and newspaper (Folha de São Paulo, Correio Braziliense). As for the compilations: Hy Brazil Vol.3, featuring brazilian artists for worldwide orion’s; HEXAWE TURNTNES (US label), made with Littlepiggy tracker using nintendo samples only; Chipotle, from the mexican label 56kbps; and Dubztract, a dub/riddim oriented release from Chippanze netlabel artists.
Beyond the gigs and label releases, The project managed to maintain a routine of chipmusic workshops, teaching the basics and intermediary of the most popular trackers all over Brazil, sponsored by SESC SP. And, also making soundtracks, featured on some MTV Brazil commercials, artistic audiovisual collabs (Plink Flojd w/ Manuel Fernandez) and most recently, a documentary about the history of video games in Brazil “1983: O ano dos video games no Brasil”, made altogether with Pulselooper. This formal section includes some lecturing at AV LAB Spain and Campus Party 2010/2011.
The partnership is a constant on the project, making remixes and versions for metal bands (Elma, Death Valley High, Almirante Shivas), and collaborative tracks/projects: Wellwellsounds (France), Munha da 7, Ghouls ’n eggs, Octosquare w/ Pulselooper, Tranca Rua w/ Ogro(BR). The visual concept and artwork are developed by Escaphandro, a genius in pixel art hybrids. In many of those collaborations and soundtracks, the Renoise is used, which is a very powerful modern tracker, perfect for hi-fi interactions. The range of music style is a beautiful mess, with roots on the 90’s IDM/BGM 8/16bit lo-fi textures in a Sci-Fi atmosphere. The main influences being: riddim reggae, electro/acid techno/house, noise/drone, modern rock, modern funk, grime/dubstep/ukg, breakbeats, Ninja Gaiden…it is safe to say that each interface favors the composition of different styles, and to choose just one music genre can be a creative limitation. Expect a different live set and constantly renewed albums. 10 years of fun, experimentalism and uplifting partnerships.