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Archaic game and home computer hardware is recast into the unlikely role of musical instrument and motion graphics workstation in the BLIP FESTIVAL 2008, a four-day event showcasing nearly 40 musicians and visual artists occupying the international low-res cutting edge. The Blip Festival takes place DECEMBER 4--7, 2008 at The Bell House, and is presented by Manhattan art organization THE TANK and NYC artist collective 8BITPEOPLES.

Highlighting the chipmusic phenomenon and its related disciplines, the festival aims to showcase emerging creative niches involving the use of legacy video game & home computer hardware as modern artistic instrumentation. Devices such as the Nintendo Entertainment System, Commodore 64, Atari ST, Nintendo Game Boy and others are repurposed into the service of original, low-res, high-impact electronic music and visuals -- sidestepping game culture and instead exploring the technology's untapped potential and distinctive intrinsic character.

The Blip Festival assembles nearly 40 practitioners selected from the chipmusic movement's expansive global underground, taking care to represent as many as possible of the genre's surprisingly diverse styles, geographical and technical scenes, communities, and traditions. The festival's concert program will be supplemented by daytime events to be announced, including workshops, presentations, and screenings. The Blip Festival's intended result is to provide a cross-section of a movement currently in explosive flux, teeming with artistic exploration, and poised at the cusp of global awareness.

Performers include the notorious Bit Shifter and Nullsleep who also appears on my 2007 Christmas mix and who just released a new free EP. The full schedule and lineup, along with ticket info., is listed at Blip's site. A promo video and list of all artists (who do you recommend?) is below...

Blip Festival 2008: The Promo

Blip Festival 2008: The Promo from Richard Alexander Caraballo on Vimeo.

Archaic game and home computer hardware is recast into the unlikely role of musical instrument and motion graphics workstation in the BLIP FESTIVAL 2008, a four-day event showcasing nearly 40 musicians and visual artists occupying the international low-res cutting edge.
Artists performing include:

Anamanaguchi

Animal Style

Bit Shifter

Bubblyfish

Cheap Dinosaurs

Cow'p

Dubmood

Entter

Glomag

Graffiti Monsters

IAYD

Ikuma

Jellica

Lissajou

Low-Gain

m-.-n

Meneo

minusbaby

Mr. Spastic

NO CARRIER

nordloef

noteNdo

Nullsleep

Paris Treantafeles

Role Model

Sidabitball

Starscream

Stu

Sulumi

Syphus

The C-Men

Tonylight

Trash80

Unicorn Dream Attack

USK

VBLANK

zabutom

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Comments (12)

Anamanaguchi is pretty awesome! local too. http://www.myspace.com/anamanaguchi

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2008 1:23 PM

no crystal castles?

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2008 1:34 PM

no depreciation guild?

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2008 2:14 PM

Shouldn't Blip Blip Bleep be playing here?

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2008 2:19 PM

I know where I won't be dec. 4-7

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2008 2:45 PM

@Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2008 2:45 PM

Gainfully employed?
Surrounded by those that love you?
within 50 ft of minors unaccompanied by adults?

Posted by peter | December 1, 2008 3:11 PM

is that nullsleep song really 8 bit? it sounds sick

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2008 3:12 PM

depreciation guild was the best part of last year

Posted by josh | December 1, 2008 7:45 PM

USK & trash8000000000000000000

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2008 4:44 AM

STARSCREEEAAAAM

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2008 5:26 AM

Stu and M-.-n are great...I list other recommendations at: www.mixedtapedujour.blogspot.com

Posted by Carmen | December 3, 2008 7:09 AM

Shouldn't Blip Blip Bleep be playing here?

Posted by شات كتابي | October 27, 2010 5:09 AM

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