E3 2005: 8-Bit Weapon
Indulging the sounds of the golden era.
Article by James Cunningham (Email)
May 30th 2005, 12:48AM
As if additional entertainment was required at E3's Classic Gaming Expo, at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Thursday the music duo 8-Bit Weapon put on a performance using classic computers backed up with drums. Seth Sternberger played a combination of Commodore 64, Commodore 128, and classic bulky Gameboy, also providing some vocals through a vocoder. Stacey Taylor played the drums and Omnichord (a weird 80s handheld synthesizer), and also provided some Gameboy backup when needed.
Most of the music was best described as what you'd get if old-school gaming tunes were given a good audial polishing with a strong dose of drums, and it made for surprisingly fun listening. Mostly instrumental in nature, it had a good beat and kept the crowd entertained. The odd bit of vocals was done through a vocoder, giving them a nicely synthesized sound that fit in well with the nature of the music.
For more information, check out their website. They just released their first CD as well, the self-titled 8 Bit Weapon, and it's not a bad way to blow $7.95 for those looking for something a bit different.