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BLIPTASTIC! by ComputeHer

BLIPTASTIC! by ComputeHer

While games have been the major force behind the rise of the retro scene over the last decade or so, one of the most interesting side-effects has been the resurgence of music created using the soundchips of the 8 and 16-bit eras. Combined with the explosion of digital self-publishing this has lead a number of artists and ex-demo scene members to be able to return to the formats of the '80s and '90s, creating some quite remarkable music using hardware which was previously considered only good enough to provide primitive bleeps and blips.

Michelle Sternberger has been at the frontline of the chiptune movement since the earliest days of this revival, both as part of the band 8 Bit Weapon and via her own solo project, ComputeHer. BLIPTASTIC! is ComputeHer's third full studio album and another solid demonstration of her talents.

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