Directed by the Valencian Javier Polo and produced by Turanga Films, Europe in 8 bits is a documentary film that explores the world of chip music, a new musical trend growing exponentially throughout Europe and is belatedly arriving to the United States.
The main artists in this musical movement (Meneo, Culomono, Omino Lego, Catani, Lautaro and Tonylight, just to name a few on the scene) show how you can reuse old consoles and computers such as GameBoys, the NES, the Atari ST, the Commodore 64 or Amiga and turn them into tools for creating an innovative musical style.
This new kind of musical performance is currently being practiced by a multitude of artists who joined forces in the early 2000s and created a movement from the micromusic.net website, where they demonstrate their skills and make these machines from the 80s into amazing musical instruments and graphical tools.
Ranging from the Peter Pan complex to a combative attitude toward the use and abuse of the technology industry today, none of the approaches to chip music in this documentary will leave you indifferent.
Europe in 8 Bits is not only a statement from the artists—it also uses innovative animation to recreate the universe of chip music. It had its world premiere at the prestigious IDFA festival and has already won numerous awards and made international selections. It is also competing in the international documentary section of FeelFest.