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Long-time 8bitpeoples member, minusbaby, born Richard Alexander Caraballo in New York City, trades in counterpoint, subtle dissonances and surprises. While it may be impossible to predict what will happen at each performance, one constant can be expected: a forceful equatorial beat. Each familiar song is given new variation while the center holds it down with a bassy bottom end to make anything bump and bounce that hasn't been tied down, exploding the very meaning of 8-bit orchestration.

Since 1999, he has come to prominence in the chip music scene, with a foundation in New York City and the 8bitpeoples. He has performed extensively, having been featured in London's DMZ Media Arts Festival, the International Chiptune Resistance, Blip Festival 2007 and 2008, multiple Pulsewave nights, headlining the premiere of The Tank's "Less Than Three" and Philadelphia's only monthly chip music event, 8static.

Recently, he completed a seven show, month-long European tour playing Bleep London and Chipfest IV in England, Blip Festival Europe in Denmark, Bang! in Portugal, two sets at Era New Horizons in Poland and Budapest Micro 2 in Hungary.

In addition to music, he is a prolific pixel artist who, since 2001, has been largely responsible for defining the unique aesthetics of the modern 8-bit creative movement. Spearheading the visual identities of 8bitpeoples, Pulsewave and the Blip Festival has contributed to making minusbaby's work ubiquitous to the public's perception of chip music and art.

His work, which he has referred to as, "a practice in primitivism, but mostly a stab at trying to continue several traditions at once," is often guided by a central idea meant to be interpreted by the individual. Combined with his love for patterns, type and limited color palettes, minusbaby has developed his own unique visual language. Rather than easing into the more common pixel trends, he utilizes multiple sources outside of video game culture to broaden both his and the movement's repertoire so as to expand the canon and avoid Super Mario cannons.

Works

minusbaby "Left" (8bitpeoples • Mini-CD • 2009)

"Cadê o Pescador?" (A/V installation @ Multiplicidade, Rio de Janeiro, BR • 2009)

Blip Festival Europe (Art direction and production • 2009)

V/A "Blip Festival 2008: 32 Live Recordings" (2PP/8BP • CD • 2009)

glomag "DaMaGe" (8bitpeoples mini-CD • 2009)

8static Logotype (2009)

Pulsewave visuals with J.Y.K., outpt and Paris (January 2009)

OxygenStar "Thy Name Is Adventure" (Anonomogon • Audio cassette • 2009)

For a complete list of his works, visit his website.


Discography

Monkey Patch (8BP036)
Saudade for Beginners (8BP089)
Left (8BP101)
Derecha (8BP110)
Strong Arctic Winds Take Terns (Rappers I Know MP3)
O Que Não Tem Juízo [2003–2006] (Self-released MP3)

Compilations

Drum Machine Collection (R-Bot Records MP3)
Diversity Is Forbidden (Dancing is Forbidden MP3)
alphabets & animals (Godxiliary MP3)
202020 (Godxiliary MP3)
The Ottoman Empire (Couch Fort Records CD)
Hippocamp Ruins Sgt. Peppers (Hippocamp MP3)
The Best of 16 Color (16 Color/CustomFlix DVD)
Hippocamp Valentines Compilation 2004 (Hippocamp MP3)
Soulseek Compilation 001 (Soulseek Records CD)
Micro_Superstarz_2000 (Domizil CD)
Yesmamma War Child CD (Yesmate/Magex/Ninja Tune CD)
Artist Info

REAL NAME

Richard Alexander Caraballo

BIRTHDATE

January 26, 1975

LOCATION

New York, NY, USA

AFFILIATIONS

8bitpeoples Beat Fanatic Godxiliary Micromusic Pixelpod Unclassed Media

WEB SITE

http://minusbaby.com
Artist Props

The dance clubs of the next decade play his music nightly.
– Benjamin Raymond Kelley

In my head you remind me a bit of Charlie Mingus. Well, without the extreme bouts of violence.
– Philip "Firebrand Boy" Cunningham