Back in 1984, a little cTrix began writing chipmusic on a Commodore 64. In 1991 he shifted to the Amiga with it’s mind-boggling 4 channels of digital 8bit sound and 512k ram. Armed with 10 seconds of sample memory he explored a world of house music, power funk and ’90s rave through collecting disks of samples from computer swap meets and bulletin boards. By 1999 he’d moved to synths and sampling hardware playing live techno sets to local crowds and radio audiences. In 2005 his trusty MC-505 fell off his lap knocking the power cable mid-save and corrupting it’s memory. Neither the backup card nor MIDI dump would restore and 5 years of music was lost.
With a gig looming, cTrix bused out the old Amiga 500 and set about re-sequencing “a few tunes for a one-off Amiga show.” But instead he wrote 8 new tracks reworking his old tunes and every subsequent gig came with the request to “bring the oldskool computers!” He hasn’t looked back since and now adds a Game Boy and C64 to the mix.
Expect phat ‘n’ funky beats, early ’90s vocal house, glitched out jungle drum’n’bass and synth pop all vs. chip mayhem. No laptops – just a portable TV for the Amiga and a filter. His music has been described as “a fun and exciting show with a range styles to keep everyone grooving on the d-floor.” cTrix has since toured Europe, Asia-pacific and the United States.