Monday, December 1, 2008
Blip Festival '08
Great news, FMLY has been hooked up with passes to NY's Blip Festival this week and we want to make sure that even if you can't go you get the full experience. I'll be covering as much as I can, but take a look at the schedule and let me know what to check out, what you want reviewed and if there are any questions that you have for a particular artist, send 'em my way and I'll make sure to get an answer! I also need to mention that on Sunday Anamanaguchi will be playing from 9:20 - 10:00, other artists that day are Starscream, nordloef, and Trash80 to name a few. The festival is one of my favorites and will take place at The Bell House Thursday through Sunday - don't miss it. Thanks to The Tank and 8bitpeoples for making this awesome event happen.
"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."
Speaking of Anamanaguchi, their new album Dawn Metropolis will be released very soon via Normative Records. Get on it.
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