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BlipTalk with The Hunters

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In 2008, 3 Japanese women formed a unit called The Hunters with a unique approach to music and images. The sounds are composed of nanoloop and some gadgets, and combine with original graphics for a lovely fusion. They perform at Lo-bit Playground (a well-known chiptune party in Japan) and have played at a new year rave in Akihabara and a famous triennale in Yokohama. The main members are Coova, Sol and Gel, although they sometimes perform with two members and sometimes with four.

Blip: Before you got into making chip music, what type of music or art where you into?

(coova): I love classical, especially, the baroque period. I like the cembalo and the organ, I listen to a lot of classical music.

Blip: How did you first become aware of the possibility of chip music?

Quarta330 gave me Nanoloop 1.2, I quickly came to love the sound, especially the noise channel. The GB is very portable so I can use it when traveling. I can compose more or less anywhere. I haven’t used a PC to make music before, I tried LSDJ (but) found it a little tricky, NL is easier for me.

Blip: How does your background influence your current work?

I have played and composed piano since I was a child, I also draw abstract pictures, both of which influence my music. Sol (The Hunter’s VG) works as a games designer doing 3D graphics, which influences her work.

Blip: Who are you most excited to see at blip? Why?

I love Bubblyfish and am really looking forward to seeing her live again. I haven’t seen most of the other artists before. I am pretty excited to see everyone.

The Hunters are performing Saturday at 10pm.

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