Thursday, December 10, 2009

Break out the Gameboy: Blip Fest '09 coming

Chiptune fans, your Woodstock is here.

From December 17-19, the Bell House hosts Blip Festival 2009, a festival devoted to the makers of 8-bit, music (and art) made through the manipulation of gaming programs like Atari, Nintendo and Game Boy.

Sound nerdy? It is, but the festival welcomes hardcore fans and neophytes alike to experience the over 30 artists pooled by the Manhattan arts organization The Tank, in partnership with New York-based artist collective 8pitpeoples (and, the latest stage of hipster is the meta-nerd anyway, right?).

Bands included in this 2009 festival, now in its fourth year, include the New York-based Bit Shifter, Nullsleep, Bubblyfish, Starscream and Minubaby. Offerings from abroad include Japan’s The Hunters, Je Deviens DJ en Trois Jours and Eat Rabbit, both from France, and Hungary’s Failotron.

Visualists participating this year include Enso, Jean Y. Kim, Rosa Menkman, No Carrier, Outpt, Paris, Vblank and The C-Men.

In addition to the shows, the festival also includes daytime workshops, film screenings and open mic events.

And given that a lot of the bands’ members, like Starscream’s, are high schoolers themselves, the event is all ages. Then again, wasn’t Woodstock?

Blip Festival 2009 is December 17-19 at the Bell House (149 7th St.). Tickets are $15 per night for $40 for a three-day festival pass. For more information, call 718-643-6510.


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