Sunday, August 28, 12:30pm-3pm
Electronic Music Matinee and Panel
Inverse Phase (12:30pm-1:15pm)
Born of the video game generation, Inverse Phase is a game composer, chiptune musician, and retro electronics historian. An expert in his field, he has been writing music for games for over twenty years, and now specifically focuses on 8-bit and 16-bit hardware. Inverse Phase has been recognized by musicians like Trent Reznor for “Pretty Eight Machine”, his tribute to Nine Inch Nails, Fall Out Boy for his tribute, “Save Chiptune”, and more.
New projects include other soundtracks such as a 100% Sega Genesis EDM soundtrack to “Where’s My Mommy?” on Steam, other tributes, and an upcoming from-scratch synthesizer project that can reproduce chiptunes using the original hardware of old school systems, all in a compact, portable box.
In his spare time, Inverse Phase enjoys trying odd, interesting, and new flavors of snacks and drinks, watching both great and horrible sci-fi, having philosophical discussions on the merits of pizza, mac&cheese, and burgers, and of course, playing games.
If you’re into “vintage” electronics, stop by and have a chat!
The Voice of Saturn (1:15pm-2pm)
Analogue synth maestro Travis Thatcher makes modular drone techno in experimental and full out mysterious ways. He is a musician and instrument designer with an education background in computer science and computer music from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He uses a wide assortment of self-designed, modified and vintage electronic instruments to create music that while heavily influenced by 70’s Tangerine dream-esque ambience, 80’s Detroit techno, and Chicago acid house maintains a unique sound of its own.
Travis currently holds a position as the technical director for the Virginia Center for Computer Music at the University of Virginia and has been creating and performing electronic/experimental music for the last 15 years with various projects.
Electronic Music Panel (2pm-3pm)
Come hear local and regional electronic composers discuss their experiences with both analogue and digital electronic music, their influences, tips, and more. The session will include a Q&A period so that you can pick their brains.
- Travis Thatcher – Voice of Saturn
- Brendan Becker – Inverse Phase
- Cyrus Fisher – iku
- Chad VanPelt – This Hollow Machine