PET.CORP + Goto80 Opening @ Spaceblanket

How many pixels and megabytes do we really need to express ourselves? The answer usually seems to be more. But PET.CORP suggests something else. They work with text characters and small scripts to create surreal, meditative, frenetic and beautiful works of art. All their works in this exhibition was made with only a few kilobytes of code and a “palette” of 256 predefined text characters.

PET.CORP uses a set of text characters known as PETSCII. It was embedded as a font in the Commodore 64 computer from 1982, which is exactly what PET.CORP uses for their visuals. Nothing more, nothing less.

While some of their work is made with a traditional frame-by-frame animation (365 — 1 Year of daily GIF, 2016) they mainly works with scripts that run as programs while you are watching it. They are not videos.

PET.CORP also invited Goto80 to be part of the exhibition, partly to show their joint effort Shirbum, but also to exhibit his Robot Music Non Stop (2019) where a robot uses a PETSCII interface to create music on the fly.

S H I R B U M

We just launched Shirbum! A shirt + an album by Goto80.

Catchy and melancholic pop music full of mega basic FM-sounds, synth speech vocals, 80’s drum machines and friendly acid bombs.

Two options:

  • Shirbum is a high-quality tailor-made C64-shirt that comes with all the 23 songs (QR/stream/download).
  • Shirbum Light is the naked digital version with 15 songs.

The shirt won’t be available for long, so choose wisely! When you place your order you will get the music instantly, and the shirt will be shipped as soon as the tailor is done (more info here).

Btw, the shirt shows one of the songs from the album (Buck) as it looks in the C64-software, JCH Editor, that it was made in.

Global Game Jam 2019

The theme this year was “What home means to you”.

So we decided to do a game that describe the Hong Kong housing market.

The goal is to survive, as buildings keep falling from the sky, while trying to get rich by collecting the money generated  by the new blocks.

Here is the presentation: