Posted in music | pictures on May 27, 2011

photos by Leia Jospe

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This year's Blip Festival was thrown at Eyebeam on New York City's West Side by a collective of chip musicians called 8bitpeoples, with help from NYC nonprofit The Tank.

Many of those who play chiptunes--music made through the sound chips of old video game hardware--have long resented the tight correlation between their music scene and video gamers. If that seems implausible at first, think of it this way: They're using the hardware as an instrument to create original electronic music that they hope everyone can enjoy, but the video gamey sound often leads to the misinterpretation that they're making "video game music", or that gamers are the only ones who can participate.

It seemed as if the surliness has relaxed. It's similar to the same kind of diversification that's been taking place in the gaming scene--the softening of divisions between types of players as the audience broadens--and this year's event welcomed gamers, musicians, hardware junkies interested in making new art with circuits, and music fans from the chip-savvy to the casual culturists. [Kotaku]

This year's Blip Festival took place from May 19-21 at Manhattan's Eyebeam. Pictures from all three days continue below...

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Zen Albatross

Zen Albatross

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Talk To Animals

Talk to Animals

Talk to Animals

Talk to Animals

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Talk to Animals

Anamanaguchi

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(Anamanaguchi plays again at Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 22.)

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Comments (15)

I SEE WHITE PEOPLE.

(With the exception of Anamanaguchi, do any of these bands ever get booked out of their terrible genre ghetto?)

Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2011 11:21 AM

Yea I got booked to play your funeral on Sunday.

Posted by peter swimm | May 27, 2011 11:25 AM

I see a chick in her bra

Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2011 11:43 AM

these pictures get my dick so hard that its leaking fluid.

Posted by peter swimm | May 27, 2011 1:25 PM

Well played anonymous.

Posted by peter swimm | May 27, 2011 1:27 PM

LOL @ indie blog reader whining about "terrible genre ghetto". go back to listening to chill-witch-alt-wave-gaze or whatever it is happens to be playing at urban outfitters these days.

Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2011 1:28 PM

nintendo plus boobies = every 8 year old's dream from 1989

Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2011 1:31 PM

Im a college dropout so you all will have to help me out, you are supposed to say "well played" when you mean sometime is lame and poorly executed right?

Posted by peter swimm | May 27, 2011 1:33 PM

Isn't getting indignant at an obvious troll just validating them?

FWIW, I think there's a lot of potential for compositional genius using a minimal chiptunes style palette or with tracker based music or whatnot. However, the majority of the "artists" showcased by the Blip Festival (with the exception of Anamanaguichi who are something along the lines of "Cheap Trick w/ nintendo synths) are barely musicians and should stick to posting on Tumblr, /b/ & dump.fm all day.

Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2011 3:03 PM

Yea but if what if we suck at social media too? WHERE THERE THEN IS A PLACE FOR US?

Posted by peter swimm | May 27, 2011 3:45 PM

Where's minusbaby? He also had a full band up there on stage. That didn't deserve pics?

Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2011 4:01 PM

"However, the majority of the "artists" showcased by the Blip Festival are barely musicians"
Really, how do you figure?

Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2011 8:52 PM

leia loves that girl's boobs apparently

Posted by Anonymous | May 28, 2011 10:22 AM

Here's a video I made featuring artists from Blipfest. Gonna be in a documentary...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxW_pug4GQg

-z

Posted by Viva Amiga | June 2, 2011 5:32 PM

"However, the majority of the "artists" showcased by the Blip Festival are barely musicians"

lol. I know for a fact that is not true. You'll find many a jazz pianist, session guitarist and even quite established film composers amoungst those you consider "barely musicians" ;-)

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2011 7:53 AM

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