Sprung from the fascination of raw, hard waveform synthesis, chip tune artist tRasH cAn maN started out in 2001 with but a single Nintendo Game Boy running the software LSDj. In his music he seems to cram the very last drop of juice from heavily stressed chip as ecstatic beats are mixed with quasi intellectual melodies and percussive noise. On stage he has been seen combining chip with anything from vocals, electric guitar, forks and spoons, circuit bent and a good sense of humor.
New York City’s Bit Shifter weighs in with a blitzkrieg strike of semiautomatic pixel fire, delivered from a twin Nintendo Game Boy assault rig. Exemplifying a bracing distillation of the less-is-more philosophy, Bit Shifter embraces limitations and eschews overstated indulgences in favor of the streamlined environments of the Nanoloop and Little Sound DJ home-brew Game Boy musicmaking programs. Armed only with two 20-year-old handhelds, Bit Shifter leaves high-end computer music choking on his exhaust, bringing twice the rock with 0.002% of the processing power.
Bit Shifter co-administrates the 8bitpeoples artist collective, co-curates the annual Blip Festival, has released music on 555 Recordings, Hymen, Mirex, Ketacore, and Astralwerks, and has performed over a hundred and fifty shows worldwide.