HEK - 8bit MixTape Workshop

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8Bit MixTape Claaassiiic Yogyakarta Staaayyle

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Since 2013 an international team of geeks from Lifepatch.org (Indonesia) and various groups in Switzerland, dusjagr labs, SGMK, a.n.y.m.a, Gaudi Labs, [1], have developed a series of 8bit MixTapes, sound-codes and homemade circuitboards.

The 8bit MixTape is a very simple sounds & beats generator based on an ATtiny microcontroller, compatible and programmable using the popular Arduino environment. Only a little bit of soldering is needed and you then can start programming your own sounds, noises and 8bit tunes. Generating a sound on an 8bit chip, like the ATtiny, is very easy, you can start with simple square waves and later on go to more interesting algorithmic sounds using the famous one-liners introduced in the demo-scene by viznut.

During the workshop we will introduce the participants into simple programming to generate sound on the ATtiny and show how an Arduino can be used as an ISP-programmer. A selection of different boards is available to make / solder your own 8bit Mix Tape. Furthermore we will also make an 8-Step sequencer to play more complex rythms.

  • You like the chip-tunes of the old 80ies computer games?
  • You are a DIY electronics enthusiast?
  • You are interested in algorithmic 8bit music?

You NEED an 8bit Mix Tape!

No previous knowledge is needed, but some basic skill with the arduino are appreciated.

Date and Location

HEK (Haus der elektronischen Künste Basel), Sunday 28. June 2015

See Workshop description on the HeK website

Time: 11 - 18h

Location: HeK



Limited participation: max. 15 people

Register: mail to: Vermittlung@HeK

Cost: 40.- CHF incl. all materials

For who?

Age: 14 and above

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  • You like the chip-tunes of the old 80ies computer games?
  • You are a DIY electronics enthusiast?
  • You are interested in algorithmic 8bit music?

You NEED an 8bit Mix Tape!

The workshop is perfectly suited for beginners aswell as more experienced programmers, 8bit musicians and lo-fi enthusiasts. Basic arduino programming is appreciated but not needed to be able to participate and make the 8bit MixTape.


dusjagr aka Marcjono aka Marc Dusseiller

Dr. Marc R. Dusseiller is a transdisciplinary scholar, lecturer for nanotechnology, cultural facilitator and artist. He works in an integral way to combine science, art and education. He performs DIY (do-it-yourself) workshops in lo-fi electronics and synthesizers, hardware hacking, phyisical computing, nanotech and microscopy. He was co-organizing Dock18, Room for Mediacultures, diy* festival (Zürich, Switzerland), KIBLIX 2011 (Maribor, Slovenia), workshops for artists, schools and children as the former president (2008-12) of the Swiss Mechatronic Art Society, SGMK. In collaboration with Kapelica Gallery, he has started the BioTehna Lab in Ljubljana (2012 – 2013), an open platform for interdisciplinary and artistic research on life sciences. Currently, he is developing means to perform bio- and nanotechnology research and dissemination (Hackteria | Open Source Biological Art) in a DIY fashion in kitchens, ateliers and in developing countries.

Felix Bänteli aka FX aka Lucerne Culturehead 2013

FX is an artist! He often works with soundelectronics but also as visual artist in various forms! After studying art, art teaching and art mediation at the university of arts in Lucerne, FX continued to study machine-engineering in Horw! For 2 years he was proud CEO of the Swiss Mechatronic Art Society! Now, he works as coordinator and teacher for the workshop-agency actioncy. With people out of many different communities in the fields of makers and artists they give independent workshop-education in context with contemporary media, art and technology!

8bit MixTape on GitHub



Credits and Thanks

The 8bit Mix Tape has been developed as an international collaboration of various groups and individuals between Switzerland and Indonesia.

Later editions are now developed in collaboration with:

  • Gaudi aka Urs Gaudenz - GaudiLabs

Special thanks go to:

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The 8bit MixTape is based on Viznut's "Algorithmic symphonies from one line of code". Kiitos!

The sequencer code is modified from the attiny85 powered pocket sequencer and is part of an instructable at [2], written by: Adam Berger.

Impressions of earlier 8bit MixTape sessions

The Beginning

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8bit MixTape Workshop @ Radiona, Zagreb

Next Level Shit edtion, by GaudiLabs, in progress

If you are lucky you might be able to purchase this new toy during the workshop!!!


8bit Mixtape Workshop @ WSK, The Festival of the Recently Possible, Phillipines

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8bit Mixtape Workshop @ Piksel Festival, Norway

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8bit MixPult @ Forschungswoche, ANYMA, Switzerland

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Felix in the mix!!!