◆ Date: June 20th, 2015
◆ Location: The Studio at Webster Hall, NYC
◆ Music: Mega Ran + K-Murdock, Danimal Cannon, bryface, and brentalfloss
◆ Visuals: Claire Kwong and EM_Dash
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This was I/O Chip Music’s 2nd show at the Studio at Webster Hall since it’s comeback a few months ago. The lineup opened with non-chip music performer, Brentalfloss. With over 300,000 subscribers on YouTube his celebrity was created from his mastery of adding lyrics to classic video game songs as well as creating original compositions in the same style. It was a something different for the chip music crowd but one that was welcome and celebrated.
Hailing from Vancouver, Canada, bryface took the stage with high energy chip tune beats and got the crowd dancing happily. He told the crowd how honored it he was to play in NYC as it was his experience at Blip Festival 2011 that inspired him to start create chip music.
Pictured above, visual Artist, Claire Kwong, as she manipulates visuals for bryface’s set. Quoted from her website, “I make interactive art to dramatize my personal experience with technology. I work across mediums, including digital, installation, and performance art. My artwork explores how technology mediates human identity, interaction, and the body.”
Here, bryface is about to throw a bag of almond nougat candies he brought from home to share with the I/O crowd.
Danimal Cannon is a chip music legend hailing from Buffalo, NY. His performances span around the globe at events such as Blip Festival, Pax and Magfest. He’ll soon be adding Manchester, England’s chip festival series, SuperByte, to that list in September. Speaking for TEDx Buffalo, he helped to bring awareness of chip music to the world . He’s a truly talented musician and artist who combines his impressive guitar solos with detailed LSDJ compositions live for a unique and unmatchable performance.
I/O founder and head curator, EM_Dash stepped in to do some visuals.
Carey Shenkman did a live raffle drawing for his release of the mobile rhythm game, Chip Beat Blaster. As part of the official release party, all I/O attendees received free in-game purchases. The long-awaited game features gamified versions of chip musicians from around the globe as well as exclusive tracks. The game is free for Andriod users on Google Play and its release on iOS is imminent. This game represents the love Shenkman has for the chip music community much like the love that many people involved in the scene express through their dedication to the music, visual work, documentation and events.
Mega Ran headlined with K-Murdock for a performance that brought the crowd to life. As he rapped about video games and nerd culture he also told his own personal story of his journey from elementary school teacher to working with video game distributor, Capcom. The highlight of his performance has always been his freestyle in which he raps about random items from the pockets of people in the crowd. He really upped the ante when he was handed a tie and he used it as a blindfold to continue his freestyle completely blind. His genius was brought to the spotlight as he not only invented the challenge but was able to thrill the crowd with his spot-on wit about each of the items passed into his hands.