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8static needs YOUR help to make 8static Festival the best live Chip Music event Philadelphia has ever seen!
8static needs YOUR help to make 8static Festival the best live Chip Music event Philadelphia has ever seen!
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8static Festival is October 17,18,19th in Philadelphia

8staticfestival.com - 8static.com - Grassrootsgameconference.com

8static has been promoting an eclectic collection of genres and styles of Chip Music and Chiptune for the past five years. Not just a dance party, 8static incorporates workshops to educate our audience on the subtleties and technical processes of creating Chip Music. We don't stick to just one genre, rather we consider Chip Music an instrument and keep an open mind on style. Our show has been attracting people to Philadelphia and inspiring creativity every month since October 2008. 

We've reached the point where we've outgrown our current venue and are ready to LEVEL UP our show in many different ways. The culmination of all this experience is 8static Festival, a three day event unlike anything ever seen in Philadelphia.

We need some support to be able to expand our technical abilities to provide a better show, for Philly and for those who tune into our stream and attend the show from around the world. Your contribution will go towards  upgrading our audio and video streaming capabilities to deliver the highest quality live Chip Music experience, both in Philadelphia and online. We've already got a ton of momentum, but we need your help to take it to the next level! 

FOR THE FEST

8static Festival will take place at the historic First Unitarian Church. We are raising funds to dedicate more resources in 3 key areas: Performers, Personnel, Equipment. We'll use the money to book bigger and brighter Chip Music stars, and cover their travel expenses. We'll need extra venue personnel, to ensure smooth changeovers and a comfortable experience for our attendees. And lastly, we'll need equipment to power-up our sound and visual system to provide a truly immersive Chip Music experience.

EQUIPMENT DETAILS (A TECHNICAL RANT) 

We're moving out of the venue that's been our monthly home for almost a year and as consequence we'll need to replace the gear they were providing. There is a silver-lining to this, we'll be able to buy new equipment that is best suited to Chip Music. We also have some repairs to make, we need to replace several amps and reconstruct our current mains.  We also want to upgrade to a brighter projector - allowing us to project on darker surfaces at remote gigs.  We've planned to get a new set of HD webcams to deliver a multi-camera live stream to everyone who is attending online! Most people who have been listening on our Arecibo radio stream have only been experiencing half of the show - each event has a dedicated visualist who works hard for the entire duration of the event. We feel strongly that live visuals are a critical part of Chip Music, and these upgrades will allow use to stream everyone's hard work, both audio and visual. Your contribution will not just help us, but all of our performers and everyone in the audience.

STRETCH GOAL

We want a permanent place where we can customize a stage and create unique artistic installations for the performers. Everything we're planning on purchasing and customizing with this Kickstarter can be adapted to other venues or used to create our own. 8static has been a host to some incredible Chip Musicians over the past five years, and we want to keep that tradition going strong!

CHECK OUT THE LIST OF OUR PAST PERFORMERS:

// ??? // 10K Freemen // 8bitbetty // 8BK-OK // 8GB // A_Rival // AdamGetsAwesome // Alex Mauer // Aliceffekt // an0va // Anamanaguchi // Animal Style // ARY // Autoscroll // B4kn // Balun // Baron Knoxburry // Batsly Adams // Bear & Walrus // Bit Shifter // Boaconstructor // Br1ght Pr1mate // Bubblegum Octopus // Bubblyfish // Bud Melvin // Burnkit 2600 // C-Men // Cathode Rays // Cheap Dinosaurs // CHiKA // Chillbrave // Chip's Challenge // Chipocrite // Chromacle // Chromix // Covox // Crashfaster // Cutman // D&D Sluggers // Da Pantz // Dain Saint // Dan Winckler // Danimal Cannon // Dauragon // Decktonic // Disassembler // Disasterpeace // Doomcloud // Dream Fox // Enso // Environmental Sound Collapse // exileFaker // Facundo // FlashHeart // Futurestack // George & Jonathan // Glomag // Go Motion // Goferboy // Graffiti Monsters // Greenleaf // Guybrush // gwEm // Infinity Shred // Invaderbacca // Inverse Phase // J Arthur Keenes // JYK // Kill3r Whale // Knife City // Kool Skull // Kris Keyser // La Belle Indifference // Lissajou // Knife City // Magoni & Chaffel // Mail Order Monsters // Matthew Joseph Payne // Mechlo // Minusbaby // Misfit Chris // Mr. Spastic // Natty // Neil Voss // Nikola Whallon // NO CARRIER // Noisewaves // nonfinite // Note! // noteNdo // Nullsleep // outpt // Oven Rake // Oxygen Star // Paris Graphics // Party Time! Hexcellent! // Peter Swimm // Pixel Seed // Pocaille // Radionarcotix // Radlib // Rhinostrich // Ricky Brugal // Ro Bear // Rolly Mingwald // Rosa // Temp Sound Solutions // Shortsleeves // Shrimps // SKGB // Smiletron // Solar bear // SSD Engage // Starpause // Steve Whittam // Storm Blooper // theDutchess // theskyis256k // Trash80 // Trey Frey // Ultrasyd // VBLANK // Void Vision // Watabou // XC3N // Zen Albatross //

Special Thanks to our Kickstarter crew:  Sean Egan (video editing), Daniel Parisi (camera), Chris DePew (animations and lighting), and Chris Davidson (editing skillz).


WE HAVE SOME AMAZING REWARDS!

*Our previous compilation from the last kickstarter

*A New Live Album: recorded directly off the sound board and mixed with the room mics - you've never heard chip music sound this good!  It will feature 24 tracks from 8static performances.  We have been steadily recording the shows off the sound board for the last year and this project is the culmination of a lot of hard work!  This album will be personally curated and produced by Dino Lionetti of Cheap Dinosaurs.

*Collections of Limited Edition Door Stickers (and some other fun ones)

*Dain Saint "Peices of 8"

*DJ Cutman's Lost Beats and Found Friends

*Steam codes for Cipher Prime's game "Splice"

*Storm Blooper "Jawn-Dis" album.  Comes with source sav files and custom LSDJ kits.

*Amazing shirts in two different color schemes: green blue or red pink!

 *A Custom noise maker with 8static logo etched into the pcb called the "eradic8or." Why clap at our events when you can send a square wave back! We'll post the first unit shorty.  This is just the prototype on a breadboard.  Eventually it will have it's own circuit board, speaker and headphone jack - we might add a distortion circuit as well...  made by theDutchess and animal style

*A Custom midi controller made by SKGB...  here are a few examples:

*YOUR NAME scrolled (8bit style) in a custom program (Mac Linux PC) in between acts at the festival.

*Custom PCB Plaque - pixel art 8static graphic printed on a circuit board with your name (and all donors at this level) etched in.

*Festival Passes!  *Special Donor Badge

*Entrance to 8static's monthly event for 12 months!  8static VIP badge.

*personal 1hr Skype NES programming lessons from Don Miller aka NO CARRIER - comes with the source for several custom programs he wrote.

*3 1hr Gameboy Music Creation Lessons (LSDJ) :  Skype lessons with Paul Weinstein aka Chipocrite - comes with the source files for Hit & Run

*3 1hr NES or Genesis / Mega Drive Music Creation Lessons (Famitracker, TFM, or Deflemask): Skype lessons with Joey Maiano aka Animal Style - comes with the source files for Trenchvent and Teletime.

*No Carrier's NES used at one of the many Blip festivals - comes loaded with a Powerpak and several custom programs he wrote

*Animal Style's modded foot controller gameboy used in the 2008 Blip Festival - this unit is not functional without the breakout box and does not include the breakoutbox.   It's something to hang on the wall and to keep as a collectors item.

*Animal Style'sFXDoctor guitar pedal used in just about every gameboy recording and show since 2005 - this includes Blip Festival 2009

*Dino Lionetti's Gameboy (Cheap Dinosaurs) used at Blip Fest Europe  This thing has major issues! Grab a piece of Blip Festival History!

Risks and challenges

The greatest risk for us is not being able to put on a Chip Music show that meets our standards. We've already received sponsorship for 8static Fest from Philly Game Lab, so even without this Kickstarter we'll be putting on a great show. We've confirmed some of our favorite musician and visualists, but there's a lot of room to make 8static Fest truly amazing. We think this campaign is an awesome opportunity to get some unique rewards and help bolster the already fantastic Philadelphia Chip Music scene. We hope you decide to contribute, see you in October!

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD THANK YOU: Our previously released Philly Chip Vol. 1 album

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD CHOICE: Storm Blooper "Jawn-Dis" or Dain Saint "Pieces of 8" - also comes with Our previously released Philly Chip Vol. 1 album

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF THE NEW LIVE @ 8STATIC COMPILATION: 24 tracks recorded directly off the soundboard and mixed with the room mics - you've never heard chip this good! Personally curated and produced by Dino Lionetti. + Our previously released Philly Chip Vol. 1 album

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    SHIRT + LIVE COMP BUNDLE: 8static tshirt + The Live @ 8static Compilation Download + Our previously released Philly Chip Vol. 1 album

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    THE "YOU ROCK" BUNDLE: All 12 limited edition door stickers + 8static tshirt + The Live @ 8static Compilation Download + Our previously released Philly Chip Vol. 1 album

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    MUSIC + GAME BUNDLE: Chipocrite "Hit and Run" CD + Storm Blooper "Jawn-Dis" Download + DJ Cutman "Lost Beats and Found Friends" Download + Steam Download code for Cipher Prime's Game "Splice" + Dain Saint "Pieces of 8" Download + The Live @ 8static Compilation Download + Our previously released Philly Chip Vol. 1 album

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    THE NOISE BUNDLE: 8static Eradic8tor Noise Maker + All 12 limited edition door stickers + 8static tshirt + The Live @ 8static Compilation Download + Our previously released Philly Chip Vol. 1 album

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    FESTIVAL BUNDLE: festival pass (special supporter badge) + all 12 limited edition stickers + 8static tshirt + The Live @ 8static compilation download + Your name in an 8bit scroller program displayed in between acts at the festival + Our previously released Philly Chip Vol. 1 album

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    NON ATTENDEE BUNDLE: Printed Circuit Board Donator's Plaque with your name on it (and all the other donors) + all 12 limited edition stickers + 8static tshirt + The Live @ 8static compilation download + Your name in an 8bit scroller program displayed in between acts at the festival + Our previously released Philly Chip Vol. 1 album

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    NOISEY BIG BUNDLE: 8static Eradic8tor Noise Maker + Printed Circuit Board Donator's Plaque with your name on it (and all the other donors) + all 12 limited edition stickers + 8static tshirt + The Live @ 8static compilation download + Your name in an 8bit scroller program displayed in between acts at the festival + Our previously released Philly Chip Vol. 1 album

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    SKGB's BUNDLE OF CHAOS: Custom SKGB Midi Controller + all 12 limited edition stickers + 8static tshirt + The Live @ 8static compilation download + Your name in an 8bit scroller program displayed in between acts at the festival + Our previously released Philly Chip Vol. 1 album

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    MEGA ATTENDEE BUNDLE: festival pass (special supporter badge) + 8static Eradic8tor Noise Maker + Printed Circuit Board Donator's Plaque with your name on it (and all the other donors) + all 12 limited edition stickers + 8static tshirt + The Live @ 8static compilation download + Your name in an 8bit scroller program displayed in between acts at the festival + Our previously released Philly Chip Vol. 1 album

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    NES PROGRAMMING LESSON: 1 one hour lesson with Don Miller aka NO CARRIER. Comes with source files of unreleased VJ software.

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    MONTHLY 8STATIC VIP BADGE: Monthly 8static VIP Badge good for 12 months + festival pass (special supporter badge) + all 12 limited edition stickers + 8static tshirt + The Live @ 8static compilation download + Your name in an 8bit scroller program displayed in between acts at the festival + Our previously released Philly Chip Vol. 1 album

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    GAMEBOY MUSIC CREATION LESSONS: Paul Weinstein aka Chipocrite will teach you in 3 one hour lessons via Skype how to create gameboy music. Includes the source files from his album Hit & Run.

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    NES OR SEGA GENESIS MUSIC CREATION LESSONS: Joey Mariano aka Animal Style will teach you in 3 one hour lessons via Skype how to create either NES or Genesis / MegaDrive music. Includes the source files from his albums Teletime and Trenchvent.

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    ULTRA ATTENDEE BUNDLE: VIP entry to 8static's monthly event for 12 months (monthly door sticker included) + festival pass (special supporter badge) + 8static Eradic8tor Noise Maker + Printed Circuit Board Donator's Plaque with your name on it (and all the other donors) + all 12 limited edition stickers + 8static tshirt + The Live @ 8static compilation download + Your name in an 8bit scroller program displayed in between acts at the festival + Our previously released Philly Chip Vol. 1 album

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    BLIP FESTIVAL INSTRUMENTS #1: Joey Mariano aka Animal Style's FXDoctor Guitar pedal used in every gameboy and guitar recording since 2005 + every show. Also, the Gameboy Portion of the Gameboy Foot Controller also used at the 2008 Blip Festival. + all 12 limited edition stickers + 8static tshirt + The Live @ 8static compilation download + Your name in an 8bit scroller program displayed in between acts at the festival + Our previously released Philly Chip Vol. 1 album

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    BLIP FESTIVAL INSTRUMENTS #2: One of Don Miller aka NO CARRIER's NES's loaded with a PowerPak and some of his unreleased VJ software. Grab a piece of Blip Festival History. + all 12 limited edition stickers + 8static tshirt + The Live @ 8static compilation download + Your name in an 8bit scroller program displayed in between acts at the festival + Our previously released Philly Chip Vol. 1 album

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    BLIP FESTIVAL INSTRUMENTS #3: Dino Lionetti's Gameboy (Cheap Dinosaurs) - This mangled Gameboy was used at Blip Festival Europe. This thing has major issues! Grab a piece of Blip Festival History! + all 12 limited edition stickers + 8static tshirt + The Live @ 8static compilation download + Your name in an 8bit scroller program displayed in between acts at the festival + Our previously released Philly Chip Vol. 1 album

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