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VERKAMI’S AIM
After one year working in the production of EUROPE IN 8 BITS www.europein8bits.com, we are quite close to reach the necessary budget to finish the documentary. That’s why we decided to use the Verkami platform with the purpose to attain the necessary budget to finish the film.

THE DOCUMENTARY’S AIM
The main objective of EUROPE IN 8 BITS is promoting throughout the general public the existence of this new music style based on the reuse of old computers and videogame hardware of the 80’s. The audiovisual speech will arise from a European perspective based on multiculturalism and the new generations.

IDEA OF EUROPE IN 8 BITS
Today we live in a changing society full of technological innovations that incorporates all that is new and discards the old. However, obsolete media need not be forgotten and disappear. They can be recovered, but not to fill a gap on a shelf but to take on new, hitherto unimaginable purposes.

EUROPE IN 8 BITS SYNOPSIS
EUROPE IN 8 BITS is a documentary that explores the world of chip music, a new musical trend that is growing exponentially throughout Europe. The stars of this musical movement reveal to us how to reuse old videogames hardware like Nintendo's GameBoy, Atari ST, NES, Amiga or the Commodore 64 to turn them into a tool capable of creating a new sound, a modern tempo and an innovative musical style. This is a new way of interpreting music performed by a great many artists who show their skills in turning these “limited” machines designed for leisure in the 80’s into surprising musical instruments and graphical tools. It will leave nobody indifferent.

STORY OF EUROPE IN 8 BITS
The documentary’s story tells us about the beginnings of this musical trend, which is mushrooming throughout Europe. EUROPE IN 8 BITS travels across Europe conducting interviews with the movement’s main artists and seeing its events, talking to the most brilliant software designers, musicians and visual artists as well as the most eccentric and peculiar followers. EUROPE IN 8 BITS scans the current European music scene, revealing the reasons for the emergence of chip music in the 21st century. For although it may appear that music in 8 bits is out of date, never has the appearance of this music based on recycling technology been so timely.

STRENGTHS OF EUROPE IN 8 BITS

1.- EUROPE, A GLOBAL PROJECT

Music in 8 bits began simultaneously in various parts of the world, but Europe was the continent that mostly led its progress. In the 80's, Europe was the cradle of the Demoscene and later, early in the 21st century, the 8 bits scene. Here there were significant programmers and pioneers such as Gebhard Sengmüller, Gino Esposto, Michael Burkhardt, Johan Kotlinski, Oliver Wittchow, Goto80, Covox, Stu, Gwem, Ralp and Tonylight to name but a few. Internet was also pivotal in the emergence of this movement, and European pages like www.micromusic.net revolutionized communication between artists and their music. * EUROPE IN 8 BITS* visits cities and concerts and conducts interviews with those involved in this music scene throughout the continent. The countries include, among others, Italy, Germany, France, England, Sweden, Norway, Holland and Spain. * EUROPE IN 8 BITS* is a comprehensive project that will reveal a multi-faceted Europe, but an increasingly united one.

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2.- ORIGINAL MUSIC
EUROPE IN 8 BITS has music by the greatest writers in the chip music scene in Europe. In total, there are over 60 artists from different parts of Europe who have worked or want to collaborate with EUROPE IN 8 BITS, providing their music and giving up their original works. This musical anthology will be indispensable in showing this flourishing musical culture from within and familiarizing the viewer with sounds that create a unique experience. The soundtrack thus becomes a significant part of EUROPE IN 8 BITS. It is the main thread accompanying the revelation of this social phenomenon and which will help us understand why its existence became necessary.

3.- INNOVATORS
Music in 8 bits is an innovative movement that has been mushrooming significantly throughout the entire European continent over the last decade. This movement’s young artists are the pioneers of a musical trend that will very soon be jostling among the most representative modern musical trends of this decade. For this reason, EUROPE IN 8 BITS is a documentary produced at just the right time, since it has the chance to create a portrait and analysis of the emergence of this movement, which will very soon be on everybody’s lips. So far, no documentary about the chip music movement has been made in Europe, so that EUROPE IN 8 BITS is an innovative, pioneering and original project.

4.- INTERACTIVE PLATFORM
In keeping with a common demand from the media in recent times, * EUROPE IN 8 BITS* has created an interactive platform located on the net: www.europein8bits.com. This is a web.doc platform that will regularly provide different audiovisual content such as exclusive video capsules, news, reports and activities related to developments in music in 8 bits and about the documentary. The web.doc www.europein8bits.com is already up and running and is connected to social networks and other collaborating websites, thereby generating a large number of daily visits and constant new links to other websites with issues related to the music. The web page www.europein8bits.com has already become the exemplary meeting place for this trend’s European musicians and all those curious people who visit the web.doc every day out of interest in this musical movement.

5.- CREATIVITY IS NOT IN RECESSION
Much of Europe has been subject to the scourge of an economic recession that has been squeezing it in recent years. This affects the vast majority of the member countries’ industrial sectors, which have been hit by severe budget cuts, with the cultural sector being among the top casualties. On the other hand, we think it is important to point out the difference between culture and creativity since, contrary to expectations, in times such as these creativity becomes honed and good ideas take on an unexpected yet necessary role. This is the case with music in 8 bits - a musical trend that has decided to dispense with new consumer technology to create its works and is currently experiencing considerable growth and playing a significant role on the international music scene. Yes, for music in 8 bits there is no recession.

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Q&A(11)

  • Más de dos años después, el documental ya se estrenó hace un tiempo, incluso está a la venta en la web de europein8bits, pero los mecenas no tenemos noticias sobre nuestra recompensa... me hacía ilusión, pero hace tanto ya que no la recuerdo...

    Made by damian

    Hola Damián y gracias por escribirnos, como hemos ido actualizando por correo, estamos a falta de concretar la BSO del documental, ahora mismo la está masterizando en Inglaterra uno de los protagonistas del documental y esperamos tenerla pronto acabada. Una vez la tengamos lista mandaremos todas las recompensas que faltan, la gran mayoría ya las tiene en sus casas afortunadamente, y como hablamos por email ofrecemos la oportunidad de mandar un screener online gratuito a todos los mecenas, para que puedan ver el documental ya. Un saludo y aquí estamos si quieres que te lo mandemos, un abrazo y perdón por la demora.

  • este proyecto dinalizo hace mucho ya y no tengo noticias de la bso ni del film que paso con el proyecto

    Made by tehachece

    Hola, y mil perdones por la tardanza, hoy vamos a escribir un post informativo, muchas gracias por la paciencia.

  • Tengo una par de recreativas para uso personal he aportado en este proyecto crees que una vez en mis manos podria usarla para que sonara de fondo cuando selecciono los juegos?????? saludos retrogame forever

    Made by tehachece

    Perdona no entiendo muy bien la pregunta, una vez en tus manos el qué? Un saludo y perdona por el retraso en contestar ;-)

  • Ya ha finalizado el plazo para poder conseguir el abono al Arenal Sound para estar con Meneo?!! :( Vais a activarlo de nuevo o no? porque estoy muy muy interesado. Gracias!

    Made by Ferranico23

    Lo siento pero ya no se activara :-(

  • Quiero mi cd ya! :D:D larga vida a la gameboy , espero que consigáis sacar el proyecto adelante. ;)

    Made by dacostyle

    Seguro que sí, ¡¡nos estáis ayudando mucho!! Un abrazo y mil gracias por el apoyo

  • Hola Estoy lanzando una campaña de apoyo a proyectos interesantes para que puedan ser grabados en máxima calidad con las nuevas RED SCARLET-X http://danielhernandezaudiovisual.blogspot.com.es/p/red-scarlet-x.html Ánimo con vuestro proyecto!

    Made by Daniel H.

    Muchas gracias por la información! Apuntado queda. Un abrazo :-)

  • No existe la recompensa "La Camiseta" en modo "rest of europe"? ;-)

    Made by tpanades

    Hola, sí que se puede, sería al mismo precio que para Europa, perdona por la confusión.

    Un saludo :-)

  • El montaje con las fotos de todos los mecenas, también se enviará como recompensa?? O se va a colgar en alguna plataforma virtual? Gracias! Muy buena la iniciativa!

    Made by fortes_23

    Hola! El montaje con las fotos se colgará en nuestra web www.europein8bits.com y se enviará por email a todos los mecenas.

    Gracias por la pregunta, un saludo.

  • 8 bit musicians, what kind of people are they?

    Made by Mariam

    It has been such a great time to be filming all over Europe meeting so many interesting characters… I would not like to stereotype, but if there is something that they have in common it is the passion for the machines. Being say that, you could imply that some of them might be a bit geek or nerd, but they are just people like you or me with a special passion for something, in this case, the videogame hardware and the 8 bit sounds. It might sound a bit corny, but I must say that most of the people that I have met in the chip scene or the “microfamily” (as some people call it) is very kind, easygoing and grateful.

  • ¡Muchos ánimos! queda compartido en www.culturachip.org, ¡no os olvidéis de nosotros!

    Made by Love Through Cannibalism

    !Muchas Gracias! Entre todos conseguiremos el objetivo :-)

    ¡Estamos en contacto!

    Un abrazo

  • Si necesitais ayuda con la parte de la demoscene, podeis poneros en contacto conmigo e intentaré ayudaros en lo que pueda.

    Muchas Gracias, David. Necesitaremos recopilar algo de material gráfico y visual, así que cualquier cosa en la que nos puedas ayudar perfecto. :-)

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EUROPE IN 8 BITS

EUROPE IN 8 BITS

Raised €5,355
of €5,000
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EUROPE IN 8 BITS is a documentary about reusing outdated technology in creative ways to revamp the music scene.
EUROPE IN 8 BITS es un documental sobre la reutilización de tecnologías obsoletas de manera creativa para renovar la escena musical.
Created in: Godella

Thanks! This crowdfunding campaign ended on May 26, 2012.

 
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    Magnet, earing, coaster, bracelet, key ring, diadem; of "Invaders", Piranha, Transformers, Phantoms, Mushrooms, Super Mario...

    [Shipping included only for Spain]

    In addition to this reward we will make a mural in 8 bit with one picture from each crowfunder that helped us in this campaign.

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    PIXELATE YOURSELF
    You will get one of the items of your choice that you can see in the picture. You can also request new designs.
    Magnet, earing, coaster, bracelet, key ring, diadem; of "Invaders", Piranha, Transformers, Phantoms, Mushrooms, Super Mario...

    [World Shipping included]

    In addition to this reward we will make a mural in 8 bit with one picture from each crowfunder that helped us in this campaign.

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    This copy of the drawing of the Game Boy by littleisdrawing.
    Limited drawings from 1 - 30 print in high quality and signed by littleisdrawing. www.littleisdrawing.com

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    THE DVD
    The Dvd of "Europe in 8 bits".

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    In addition to this reward we will make a mural in 8 bit with one picture from each crowfunder that helped us in this campaign.

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    Limited Edition "Europe in 8 bits" T-Shirt.

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    In addition to this reward we will make a mural in 8 bit with one picture from each crowfunder that helped us in this campaign.

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    PACK FILM & BSO
    DVD of the film + CD with the Original Soundtrack.

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    In addition to this reward we will make a mural in 8 bit with one picture from each crowfunder that helped us in this campaign.

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    Limited Edition "Europe in 8 bits" T-Shirt.

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    In addition to this reward we will make a mural in 8 bit with one picture from each crowfunder that helped us in this campaign.

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    THE DVD
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    In addition to this reward we will make a mural in 8 bit with one picture from each crowfunder that helped us in this campaign.

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    Ticket VIP Arenal Sound 2012 + Be in the backstage with the 8 bit's artist MENEO.

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    In addition to this reward we will make a mural in 8 bit with one picture from each crowfunder that helped us in this campaign.

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    THE DVD
    The Dvd of "Europe in 8 bits".

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    In addition to this reward we will make a mural in 8 bit with one picture from each crowfunder that helped us in this campaign.

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    WORKSHOP
    Ticket for a workshop of 8 hours where you will be able to learn the first steps to create 8 bit tunes with Nanoloop or LSDJ.

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    DVD of the film + Limited Edition T-Shirt + CD with the Original Soundtrack + Item of your choice.

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    In addition to this reward we will make a mural in 8 bit with one picture from each crowfunder that helped us in this campaign.

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    8 BIT PACK
    DVD of the film + Limited Edition T-Shirt + CD with the Original Soundtrack + Item of your choice.

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    In addition to this reward we will make a mural in 8 bit with one picture from each crowfunder that helped us in this campaign.

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    Commodore 64's original drawing by littleisdrawing. A4 size and framed.

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    In addition to this reward we will make a mural in 8 bit with one picture from each crowfunder that helped us in this campaign.

Thanks! This crowdfunding campaign ended on May 26, 2012.

 

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