Documentary 8 BIT Available for Rent on Vimeo #MusicMonday
If you missed the 2006 documentary 8 BIT, or hey if you just miss 2006, now’s your chance to time travel and stream it on vimeo! For the folks who didn’t have 8 BIT on their radar, cdm published this great piece:
And now is in many ways the perfect moment. New York’s venues may have gotten scrambled through time and gentrification, but chip sounds and images have only flourished since. I mean, in some ways it’s funny to even write this copy, because nowadays I think you don’t have to explain what chip aesthetics are the way you did in 2006. No, of course it’s not just nostalgia – least of all as younger artists experiment with lo-fi pixel art and synths who are too young to remember the original hardware. No, it isn’t only about gaming – but now the line between game culture and digital art is blurred enough that I doubt anyone cares arguing.
And maybe in the midst of a massive short of semiconductors – a Chipageddon, if you will – now it’s even more urgent to think of rehabilitating old hardware.
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.