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.

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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.

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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

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Homepage | Soundcloud | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube

Xinon

 

Xinon: Japanese Gameboy musician!

He started making chiptune around 2004 focusing mainly on trance and house music.

In 2011 he played the biggest chiptune event in Japan – Blip Tokyo.

He has released on albums far and wide such as on New York’s 8-bit peoples, and also the Chinese label Shanshui Records.

For projects within Japan, Xinon was included on Cygames’ GRANBLUE FANTASY CHIPTUNE REMIX  and SQUARE ENIX FINAL FANTASY IX・X CHIPS compilation CD. As well as these projects, he has also contributed music to both games and mobile applications.

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Homepage | Bandcamp | Twitter | Soundcloud

Scythe

 
Scythe started making music in 2008 focusing on pop, house and futurebass sounds.
In 2016 he was inspired by the artists at Square Sounds Tokyo to start making chipmusic so started playing with LSDJ.
He released his first chiptune album on CheapBeats in 2017 and played the Square Sounds Tokyo post-party.
His style focuses on lush melodies and the “Northern Sound” (he’s from Hokkaido, Japan’s northern island 🙂 )

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NES BAND

NES BAND are literally a NES band. Each member is in charge of one particular sound as they recreate classic NES soundtracks live..!

They started touring in 2011 and have performed all over Japan. In 2015 they performed a solo live event and in 2016 they appeared at the huge Nico-nico meeting event.

Link

ホームページ || Twitter (for each member):

なおこーん(Naokoon)
マツケん(MatsukeN)
サキヤマ(Sakiyama)
ホソタケ(hosotake)

SQUARE SOUNDS TOKYO 2018

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

Join us on September 15th and 16th!

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!!

Dot.AY

Credit: O-Zan Photography

Dot.AY has been a stalwart of the Australian chipscene since it’s inception. Embracing an anything-goes ethos to sound design and musical creation born out of parties underneath houses in Queensland he has gone on to play Blip Festival Australia, I/O in New York, PAX Aus and previous runs at Square Sounds Tokyo and Melbourne. 2018 marks Dot.AY’s return to a straight up noisy bass assault of Game Boy music, looking to the future with a foot firmly placed in his roots.

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Facebook || Bandcamp || Soundcloud

Kubbi

From Norway, Kubbi’s ever-expanding discography has lately made waves in chipmusic. Growing up with the game boy in one hand and a bass guitar in the other one thing leads to another and boom 7 albums. Every piece manifests personal evolution with wordless storytelling. Raw and uplifting melodies backed up by landscapes and sounds from many corners of technological advance. Merging the many worlds of electronic music with progressive rock in a Chiptune melting pot and all this with a persistent DIY attitude.

Kubbi has been featured on youtube channels like “Trainer Tips”, “Slamacow”, “mrSuicideSheep”, “DexBonus” next to soundtracks written for “Slime-San” and “Just Shapes and Beats”. His performing history is packed with tours in Russia, EU as well as performances on Eindbaas and Magfest. He enjoys cartoons and plays too much Melee.

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Kris Keyser

Kris Keyser mixes fun and fury with his low-bit compositions, taking the concept of “lateral thinking with withered technology” to new heights by squeezing every last drop of power out of his Game Boys. Kris is the co-founder of Kick.Snare, a show series that bridges the gap between chipmusic and non-chip electronic music, and lWlVl (low-level), a multi-day festival showcasing lo-bit music, art, and interactive work. From Mexico City to his home turf in Brooklyn, notable performances include Blip Festival, Toy Company Festival, MAGFest, PAX East, and The Engadget Show. Kris is a featured artist on the 8bitpeoples label. His music has appeared on NPR’s Planet Money, Techcrunch’s Droidcast, and in several indie games.

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