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Based in New York City, Bit Shifter explores high-impact, low-res music produced using primitive synthesis as a deliberate aesthetic choice. Adopting a distillation of the less-is-more philosophy, Bit Shifter operates with a standard Nintendo Game Boy as a means of exploring the aesthetics of economy, pushing minimal hardware to its maximum.

He is also in it for the laughs.

Co-administrator of the 8bitpeoples collective & label, and co-founder & co-curator of the international Blip Festival event series, Bit Shifter has released music on Hymen, Astralwerks, Mirex, 555 Recordings, and Ketacore, and has been fortunate enough to perform extensively around the world.
"The Butterfly"
From Closed System Blues, Data Casualty
℗ & © Bit Shifter · Maximum R&D (ASCAP)
"Strange Comfort"
From Bit.Trip Flux Original Soundtrack, Gaijin Games
℗ & © Bit Shifter · Maximum R&D (ASCAP)
"Easy Prey"
From miwak twelve, Hymen Records
℗ & © Bit Shifter · Maximum R&D (ASCAP)
Units: "Warm Moving Bodies (Skyscraper Cell Mix)"Bit Shifter remix
From Units: Connections (Warm Moving Bodies — The Remixes), Opilec Music
℗ & © Units · Let's Go Music / Very Safe Music (BMI)
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Pinch me, I think I'm dreaming — fifteen years after its release on 8bitpeoples, my EP Information Chase is being released on limited-edition vinyl via the wonderful people at Ship to Shore PhonoCo.. Absolute dream come true for me. Preorders are open now!

Pressed on transparent blue vinyl, the album comes in clever die-cut packaging which boasts additional new artwork by pixelsmith Drew Wise. Remastered for vinyl by Dietrich Schoenemann of Complete Mastering.

Purchase of the vinyl gets you a digital download of the album (which, for reference, includes the two bonus tracks that had been included when putting the EP up on Bandcamp in 2013) — PLUS a never-before-released third bonus track — an alternate, "low gravity" version of the song "Reformat The Planet" that some might recognize from various live performances — finally given a proper studio recording, and masterfully mastered by Chris Burke (glomag / the Mandible Judy podcast).

Whether this EP is brand new to you, or old news to you, I'm just very excited that it now exists in the world, and I hope you enjoy it.

Preorders available starting Tuesday June 8th, with final product tentatively shipping in July.

Preorder here:

• 🇪🇺 [EU] Black Screen Records
• 🇬🇧 [UK] chipfreq
• 🌐 [everywhere else] Ship To Shore PhonoCo.


Announcing MALADAPTIVE STRATEGIES VOL. 1 — the first installment in a multi-volume retrospective release series, collecting all of the Bit Shifter project’s non-album tracks — songs from far-flung compilations, songs informally made available on a homepage, and a few that never got released at all.

Taken as a whole, the series includes dozens of tracks, spanning 17 years — plus additional bonus content where applicable.

Vol. 1 presents tracks made between 2002 and 2005, all expertly remastered by Carl Peczynski (Planet Zaxxon) and boasting breathtaking artwork by Andi Soto.

Vol. 1's material showcases the exploratory nature of my process at the time (and that of chipstyle music in general), and includes some of the tracks that, looking back, I'm most proud of — like “Not That You Asked,” a hyperactive melodic outburst; the tuneful, never-released “Prokaryote Fight Song;” and my version of Kraftwerk’s “Antenna” from 2007’s 8-Bit Operators compilation.

This volume also includes liner notes, providing context and background for each of the songs, and for the release as a whole.

Additional volumes on the way, so stay tuned. Thanks for listening.

Remastered by Carl Peczynski (Planet Zaxxon)
Artwork by Andi Soto

Available for download or streaming at the Bit Shifter Bandcamp page.



Bit Shifter: Closed System Blues on compact disc Bit Shifter: Closed System Blues on compact disc

Mixed and mastered by Luke Chaos
Artwork, layout, and design by vaporstack (andrew macfarlane)

Available via download, streaming, on cassette, and on compact disc.


CDs are also available at the following fine stores:

Rough Trade NYC · (currently moving, new location TBA)
Final Form in Portland OR US · 7315 N Alta Ave., Portland, Oregon 97203


New items — high-quality 3" embroidered patches and 1" matte-finish pins featuring a handsome skull & ring emblem, perfect for your bag, hat, or chiptune battle jacket. New shirts with the same imagery, printed large on black Tultex tees, available in cuts the manufacturer refers to as "unisex" (Tultex 202) and "ladies" (Tultex 213). A grim and futuristic look, custom-tailored for our grim future.

Available for mailorder via my Bandcamp page.
Selected Discography
Bit Shifter: Maladaptive Strategies Vol. 1
2019 12 20 · x_x004 • Data Casualty · digital
Bit Shifter: Closed System Blues
2018 09 10 · x_x003 • Data Casualty · digital & CD
2019 06 24 · DATA0084 • Data Airlines · cassette
Bit Shifter: Information Chase EP
2006 02 27 · 8BP059 • 8bitpeoples
2013 06 18 · x_x002 / 8BP059 • Data Casualty / 8bitpeoples
2021 07    · STS-108 • Ship To Shore PhonoCo.
Bit Shifter: Life's A Bit Shifter
2003 11 24 · 555CD66 • 555 Recordings · CD
2013 12 19 · x_x001 • Data Casualty · digital
2013 12 19 · HORN-010 • Hornbuckle Records · cassette