SuperByte 2015 Chiptune + Low-tech Arts Festival Returns To Manchester In September


SuperByte is a celebration of all things DIY and lo-fi, where nostalgia takes a back seat and forward-thinking creativity is encouraged through limitation.

SuperByte 2015 – a ‘Chiptune, Low-Tech & 8-Bit Arts Festival – returns to Manchester, UK this year for its fourth installment.

SuperByte has risen to prominence over the last three years as one of the most important events on the international chiptune calendar.

The festival launched in 2012 as a one-day chiptune and retro gaming event and featured performances from the likes of Henry Homesweet and Chipzel. Having grown considerably over the last three years, the main performances of the 2015 edition will take place at Manchester’s The Zoo, with other activities and fringe events being held in various venues around the city.

There’ll be retro gaming expos and competitions, art exhibitions, circuit bending stalls and workshops for making music on various old-school gaming consoles. Continue reading

Twisted Electrons Crush Bitcrusher


Twisted Electrons’ Crush is a tabletop effects unit that creates bit rate and sample rate reduction effects.

According to the company, “Crush can reveal interesting textures surprisingly rich in character and harmonics by lowering the sample rate and resolution of you sound.”

You can adjust the amount of distortion manually with the Crush knob, and/or add some modulation with the dual-shape LFO. Continue reading

BOCS – Volume 1 (Boards Of Canada Synthesis)

BOCSSampleism has released BOCS Volume 1 – a sound library inspired by the sound of Boards Of Canada.

These sounds have been created using the same types of methods used by the group. Vintage analog synths, 4-tracks, valve amps VHS recorders were used.

As a result, the sounds have a ‘dirty, dusty, and dream like quality’.

Here’s a preview: Continue reading

Critter & Guitari Intros Black & White Video Synthesizer

BlackWhiteScope-Connected_grandeCritter & Guitari has introduced the Black & White Video Scope – their latest video synthesizer.

The Black & White Video Scope is a video synthesizer that generates visual patterns in response to sound. It features 16 patterns, including oscilloscopes, strobe effects, flashing squares, rotating blocks, and random pixels. Some of the modes respond continuously to the sound, and others respond to percussive sounds, advancing a pattern on each hit.

It also features a Randomizer mode where the modes change randomly at a selectable rate between 1 frame – 30 seconds.

Here’s a preview of the Black & White Video Scope in action:

To operate: Connect it to a television, projector or video rig and connect a sound source to the ¼” audio jack. Select one of the 16 patterns and, using the gain knob, adjust the sensitivity to the audio input.

The Black & White Video Scope is available now, priced at US $165.