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MIFF review: Europe in 8 Bits

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Miami is no stranger to electronic music. Many South Beach nightclubs have hosted concerts by artists such Deadmau5, along with the Magic City becoming the site for one of the biggest electronic music concerts of the year: the Ultra Music Festival. The music showcased in “Europe in 8 Bits” is a different breed of electronic music compared to what you would hear at Ultra. The artists profiled in “Europe in 8 Bits” used a different and unique musical tools in order to create what is called chip music. Abandoned and discarded, outdated 1980s videogame systems like the original Nintendo gaming system and the GameBoy find a second life as musical instrument for chip musicians such as Kenobi and Mat64. Director Javier Polo explores the world of chip music, which was described as “Super Mario on Acid” when one of the chip musicians heard for the first time. This innovative musical genre first became popular in Europe before influencing other chip musical artists around the world from Japan, Ireland and the United States. Polo’s documentary is a wonderful sight to see on the silver screen as he explores the history of chip music by using cool animation and screen transitions. “Europe in 8 Bits” is an eye and ear-opener for people who might not be a fan of electronic music and for gamers who thoroughly enjoy the sound of 8-bit music.

Plays tonight at 9:10 p.m. at Regal South Beach Cinemas and Friday at 9:15 p.m. at Paragon Grove 13.

For ticket information, visit miamifilmfestival.com.

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