Master Boot Record (first live show)
+ Lazerpunk + Midnight Danger
Entry Requirements: 14+. Under 16s MUST be accompanied by an adult
MASTER BOOT RECORD is a project run by the italian producer Victor Love that mysteriously appeared on the internet on September 1st, 2016 via a release entitled C:>FIXMBR. Featuring a command prompt text and a Vegvìsir symbol on its cover, the release was accompanied by binary code in its description which when translated stated: “Heavy Metal is not dead. It was just not evenly synthesized.” The release initially featured 3 tracks, “+000hex,” “+1BEhex,” and “+1CEhex.” But in the days following, the release rewrote itself to a set of 7 songs representing the classical hard disk MBR structure. A description of the project also appeared on the page: “I am a 486DX-33MHz-64MB processing avant-garde chiptune, synthesized heavy metal & classical symphonic music. 100% Synthesized, 100% Dehumanized.”
Soon after, more albums began to emerge, progressively updated to include extra tracks and forming the albums C:>EDIT CONFIG.SYS (September 4th) and C:>EDIT AUTOEXEC.BAT (September 11th). Then on September 12th, the first raw data lines of a new album called C:>CHKDSK /F appeared. Processing began on 09/12/2016 at 8.41. Processing was completed on 09/21/2016 at 00.38. Then on the autumnal equinox, 09/22/2016 at 16.21, the program went live. These albums, released in rapid succession, spread like a virus through word-of-mouth, and received nearly universal positive acclaim from the music community, culminating in each release sitting atop the Bandcamp sales charts for more than a year.
After these four albums were released, MBR established a second communication channel, opening a SoundCloud account which featured syntheses of classic video game music. Amongst the legendary themes covered were titles such as DOOM, Castlevania, Duke Nukem, The Legend of Zelda, Dune, Golden Axe, Ghosts n' Goblins, Alone in the Dark, Mega Man, Street Fighter II, and many more, forming a collection of 27 cover songs, with more being continually developed.
At the end of 2016, the album C:>CHKDSK /F made the transition to analogue media via Data Airlines as a floppy disk shaped vinyl LP and cassette, followed by all other MBR releases on cassette format.
On March 7th, 2017, the 2nd full length album was released again on floppy disk vinyl and cassette via Data Airlines, titled C:>COPY . A: /V, serving also as a tribute to the Warez Scene and Demoscene. New to this release was a more complex crypto riddle in the album's description. Solving the riddle would reveal more details of the album's concept. Another first with C:>COPY . A: /V was the inclusion of songs that were composed in real-time while streaming on Twitch.
Just 2 months after its release, this technique of live composition resulted in another new release, called 486DX, including a 16-minute long single titled "33Mhz.”
Both albums reached #1 on the Bandcamp charts and maintained a spot in the top 10 several months after their release. All of this rapidly appearing content, bolstered by the regular appearance of covers songs via SoundCloud set the stage for September 20th, 2017.
Upon the autumnal equinox that year, without warning, the quickly growing fanbase was treated to MASTER BOOT RECORD's first double release, now considered the unit's signature opus, entitled INTERRUPT REQUEST. Featuring the 16 IRQ channels of computer hardware configuration, the album also featured an even more complex crypto puzzle, rewarding fans with a bonus track cover version of Beethoven's 5th Symphony, 1st movement. The album was an unexpected success, garnering massive positive accolades and remained the top album on Bandcamp for a month straight, continuing to this date as a best-seller.
The rapid explosion of the project caught the attention of Blood Music, who signed MASTER BOOT RECORD to release their latest masterpiece, DIRECT MEMORY ACCESS. Releasing April 20th, 2018, this album is the first instance of MBR with vocals. Gonzo French vocalist Öxxö Xööx (Rïcïnn, Igorrr) accompanies in various places throughout the record, crafting a fuguelike state of incredible beauty. Haunting, electric, and utterly unique.
On 2 October 2018 a new surprise release titled "Virus.DOS" and inspired by early 90s DOS viruses was released on Blood Music on all digital platforms.