Music and visuals collide in this interactive album composed with a Commodore 64.
DUBCRT is a music album, interactive light synthesizer and remix gadget released as a Commodore 64 cartridge . With music and visuals from some of the most prolific experimental artists of the 8-bit scene, DUBCRT taps into ’60s modernist forms, ’70s dub, ’00s glitch aesthetics, and futuristic sustainable computing. DUBCRT features:
• Eight songs that cross from ambient to IDM to drum n’ bass and beyond
• User-controllable visualisers that react to the music
• A secret remix module that allows you to re-interpret all the music on the cartridge
All of this uses only 64 kilobytes—equivalent to 1.5 seconds of MP3-audio. This is possible thanks to a clever use of resources, and by making all the graphics in PETSCII, the colourful and quirky ASCII-variant of the Commodore 64.
Everyone involved has a background in the so called demoscene, an underground creative computer subculture around since the 1980’s.
Listen to the album here.
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