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8=8 is a group of 4 programmers = 4 composers = 4 VJs = 4 musicians = 4 artists. Each has two hands. All four bring their own programming, visual and musical sensibilities to a collective instrument, the Abstract Machine Hypertable. By moving one's hands over the surface of the Hypertable, images and sounds are generated, creating a unique opportunity for musical improvisation. All programs are generated by the members of 8=8. There is no distinction between performer = musician = artist = programmer. All members have been exploring computer programming as an artistic medium for several years, notably through collaborative research at the Atelier Hypermedia (