The 8-Bit Construction Set is an audio love letter to those heavenly early PCs: the Atari and the Commodore 64. Created in the form of a 12-inch record -- you know, an LP -- the release, put out by this city's best record label, Beige, is as much an art object as it is a record. One side is devoted to music created on an Atari, the other to music created on a C-64. Each side has a few different types of sound: a plethora of samples (a sound clip of an Atari commercial featuring Alan Alda; sound effects from Space Invaders, Missile Command and Defender; miscellaneous bleeps and blurts), locked grooves (a cut loop in the record that repeats ad infinitum
, one of which is titled "The Levine Hat Store Loop" in honor of this city's best hat retailer) created using the computers are both rudimentary and futuristic, an original booty-shaking composition created on early computers and a file that, when transferred to a cassette (the storage device on the early PCs) launches a program. Combined, the 8-Bit Construction Set is an incredible object that both celebrates and examines anachronistic technology -- and, if you're of the DJ persuasion, will offer hours and hours of fun.