The Games Institute presents the next of a series of "Brown Bag Seminars" on November 29th, 2016. The GI is located in EC-1, and these events are open to all members of the University of Waterloo.
Presenter: Anders Carlsson
Title: What can 8-bit music teach us about the future?
Abstract: 8-bit musicians were among the first to collectively engage with typical traits of 21st century digital music: copyright dilemmas, remix cultures, new distribution networks, and non-recorded music. While 8-bit music is often described merely as nostalgic or anti-capitalist, this talk goes deep into the music of an oft-forgotten subculture called the demoscene. Already in the 1980's it was a large-scale digitally connected subculture that distributed music for free around the world. They developed their own praxis and norms regarding production, aesthetics and community building, which can give some pointers for anyone interested in alternative futures for digital music.
Date: November 29th, 2016
Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Where: The Games Institute, EC1, Room 1331
12:30 - 1:15pm – Speaker's Presentation
1:15pm - 1:30pm – Questions and Discussion
Biography of the Guest Speaker:
Goto80 (Anders Carlsson) is a Swedish old media artist and researcher who works with music and text. His live shows are usally an explosion of genres, seamlessly mixing pop, acid, electro and punk together in his own particular 8-bit style. Catchy, noisy, funky and fearless.
After his 1990's schooling in the demoscene hacker culture, he was one of the first to bring chip music to the stage around 2000. He has performed around the world and released thousands of songs for free download, on C64-cartridge, in cheese burgers, in the wall of the Museum of the Moving Image in New York, etcetera.
As an artist he usually takes a critical look at how humans and computers interact, and has shown his work at Transmediale and Aars Electronica. In his Dataslav-project he creates music live, based on requests from the audience. When he makes ASCII graffiti he turns himself into a cursor who sprays text characters on walls.
As a researcher he has published texts about chip music and the demoscene at Ashgate and Rhizome. Currently he studies collective retro archiving together with associate professor Jörgen Skågeby, and writes books and papers about text graphics. Goto80 also curates t3xtm0de, an archive of text graphics, and blogs at Chipflip.