Blip Festival

Thrift-store electronics collide with dancefloor sensibilities as Blip Festival makes its long-awaited return to New York City. Produced by 8bitpeoples in association with The Tank and Live Nation, the Blip Festival 2012 finds Manhattan once again at the center of the chipmusic universe. From May 25-27, musicians and visualists from all corners of the globe assemble at the Gramercy Theatre to perform astonishing music & motion graphics, produced on & inspired by early-generation home computers and gaming consoles.

With six years and ten international editions under its belt, Blip Festival brings together shining examples of the global chipmusic underground -- performers conscripting devices like the Commodore 64, the Nintendo Entertainment System, the Game Boy, and the Sega Genesis into the service of music spanning every conceivable style, with results that are shockingly futuristic. Rounding out the event's three nights of explosive live performances will be supplementary daytime programming including workshops, how-tos, presentations and screenings -- offering a glimpse into exactly how it's all achieved, and perhaps even inspiring some 2013 Blip Festival performers-to-be.

For those of you not heading out of town Memorial Day Weekend, the 2012 Blip Festival happens May 25 - 27 at the Gramercy Theatre. Tickets (individual or three-day passes) are on sale now. Full schedule is below.

In related news, Blip Fest regulars Starscream are changing (some might say transforming) their name to Infinity Shred. Starscream play their final show under the old name on Saturday (5/12) at Shea Stadium. Says the band:

Due to unfortunate legal circumstances this will be the last show we ever play as STARSCREAM! We'd rather turn this bad news in to a fun time though so let's have a great party! Our new name is INFINITY SHRED and this will also be the release party for our first EP under that name.

The show also features Idiot Glee, and the Strongbros Crew. They will then make their debut as Infinity Shred at the Blip Fest on Sunday, May 27.

Speaking of Idiot Glee, the Kentucky artist who is playing with Starscream Saturday is in town for more than just one show. As previously mentioned, he also plays Public Assembly tonight (5/11) with Nick Diamond of Islands/Unicorns.

Full Blip Festival schedule is below.


May 25-27 2012 · at The Gramercy Theatre at 127 E. 23rd St.
New York NY 10010 US

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE (subject to change):
Set Time · Musician / Visualist

05/25 • Friday
08:00 · exileFaker / Batsly Adams
08:40 · shitbird / enso
09:20 · Zen Albatross / Chromacle
10:00 · Chipocrite / CHiKA
10:40 · minusbaby y Su 8-Hit Combo / mikrosopht & the p.irateship
11:20 · Nullsleep / NO CARRIER
12:00 · Kodek / Jean Y. Kim
12:40 · George & Jonathan [music & visuals]

05/26 • Saturday
08:00 · :| kREW / mikrosopht & the p.irateship
08:40 · Wizwars / Jean Y. Kim
09:20 · Kris Keyser/ enso
10:00 · Pulselooper / Chromacle
10:40 · Bit Shifter / Batsly Adams
11:20 · Omodaka [music & visuals]
12:00 · Graffiti Monsters / NO CARRIER
12:40 · Radlib / CHiKA

05/27 • Sunday
08:00 · Burnkit2600 / NO CARRIER
08:40 · deadbeatblast [music & visuals]
09:20 · FlashHeart / enso
10:00 · Danimal Cannon / CHiKA
10:40 · Monodeer / Batsly Adams
11:20 · Infinity Shred / Jean Y. Kim
12:00 · Dr. Von Pnok / Chromacle
12:40 · MisfitChris / enso

5/23 Pulsewave:Modulation | Reformat The Planet Screening
9:30PM, Wednesday May 23 at The Tank (151 West 46th Street, 8th Floor). Admission is $5.00

5/24 Pulsewave | Blip Festival Open Mic
8:00PM, Thursday May 24 at Tada! Youth Theater (15 West 28th Street, 2nd Floor). Admission is $7.00

5/28 MINT JAMS 2K12 | Official Blip Festival Afterparty
9:30PM Monday May 28 at 285 Kent (Brooklyn). Admission is $8.00

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