Less is more. Brevity is the soul of wit. Simplicity is beauty. Sounds familiar? Well, all passages/quotations illustrate the charm and practicality of the minimalism movement, which for me, is the ultimate sophistication.
And New York City based Chiptune/8-bit musician and composer Bit Shifter (Joshua Davis) lives by this mantra in all of his creative endeavors. Case in point: He utilizes a standard Nintendo Game Boy to create tracks that are fascinatingly arresting in its economy and modesty. His low-resolution, high-impact works of art via primitive gadgets/synthesis is something to behold—no unnecessary cowbells, just unassuming yet envelope-pushing (driving minimal hardware to its maximum) music that is both relatable and compelling.
There is indeed beauty in simplicity and for this reason, Bit Shifter has been able to resonate among kindred minimalist spirits and travel/perform extensively around the world as well as release music on various record labels such as Ketacore, Astralwerks Hymen, Mirex and 555 Recordings.
As the world plunges into uncertainty and unprecedented complexity with Trump’s stunning White House victory, all you need to do to make sense of it all is to simplify things. And Bit Shifter’s music might just be that perfect soundtrack to decompress while you pick your jaws up off the floor so that you can get your life back in order! Alright, it’s a bit of a stretch but I just can’t help but address the huge, mind-boggling elephant in the room!
I guess what I’m trying to say is that for your own sanity, check out Bit Shifter music. It’s simple. It’s straightforward. It’s simply good music.