Dedicated to new advances with old machines, 8BITPEOPLES celebrates its 50th release with 8BP050, a special 50-artist compilation capturing the current exciting moment of radical and explosive evolution in the chiptune scene. This document is assisted by The Tank, a non-profit art space and the definitive chiptune epicenter of both New York City and North America. It is released to coincide with the Blip Festival 2006, an international convergence of over 30 chiptune performers, organized by both parties. 8BP050 intends to document a groundbreaking scene, a continuing partnership, and the largest-scale chiptune event to date.
8bitpeoples, based in New York City, is a collective of musicians and artists dedicated to exploring the audiovisual style of low-bit video games and home computers. Championing this aesthetic, 8bitpeoples has become an internationally recognized hub of well-respected creative activity, and has become a driving force in advancing the growing international chiptune scene. 8bitpeoples and its individual members have been featured in Wired, The New York Times,, Rolling Stone, The Wire,, the Los Angeles Times, GameSpot, Nintendo Power, XLR8R, frieze, FuseTV, NPR's The Next Big Thing, and recently appeared in the documentary 8 Bit, which premiered this October at New York's Museum of Modern Art.   The Tank is a non-profit organization, bringing compelling cultural productions to New York City for over three years. With an eye for the offbeat and left-of-center, The Tank has provided New York with rare glimpses into new and unusual movements in art, such as the Bent Festival, an annual event focusing on the subversive practice of circuitbending. A forerunner to the Blip Festival, the Bent Festival has enjoyed attendance in the thousands, and has been the subject of two feature-length documentaries. The Tank hosts experimental arts events most nights of the week in their TriBeCa performing arts space.