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The Blip Festival is a three-day music and arts festival presented by Manhattan arts organization The Tank, in partnership with NYC artist collective 8bitpeoples.

Celebrating the best and brightest from the realm of chipmusic and its related disciplines, Blip Festival showcases the use of the former heavyweights of computing such as the Commodore 64 and Amiga, the Atari ST and 2600, and the Nintendo Entertainment System and Game Boy to create arresting music and visual art.

The festival, now one of the worlds largest and longest running events of its kind, continues to evolve with a greater breadth of international artists, a growing sophistication of styles and creative vocabulary, and a forward-thinking enthusiasm driven home by over two dozen of the worlds best musicians and visualists.

If there's one thing festival-goers can expect, it's to have their expectations blown away. And the high-energy, low-res live experience is also supplemented by daytime workshops, film screenings, and open mic events -- all in an open, friendly, all-ages atmosphere, accessible to the hardcore fan and the chipmusic neophyte alike.

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Blip Festival 2011: May 19-21 @ Eyebeam NYC

The Blip Festival returned to NYC for its 5th Anniversary May 19th-21st, 2011, at Eyebeam.

WFMU was there to broadcast live, and the Free Music Archive is just beginning to add audio recordings from these three…

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jason on 06/09/2011 at 04:00PM

Blip Festival NY 2011 Round 1

Blip Festival, the world's premier international chipmusic event, celebrated their 5th anniversary May 19-21 at Manhattan art & technology center Eyebeam. For the second year, WFMU was on-hand to stream live audio, and we had a blast!

Organized by The Tank and 8bitpeoples, Blip Festival brings together a range of incredible artists working within the realm of "chip", utlizing classic computing systems like the Game Boy, Amiga and Atari to produce music in an array of styles. Many of the performers incorporated other instruments into their set, including guitars, drums, Minusbaby even brought along band with clarinet, tuba, cavaquinho, mandolin, agogô, tamborim, pandeiro, and surdo! With daytime workshops at Eyebeam and afterparties at Babycastles, the Blip Festival is a multimedia experience. Every musician was paired with a visualist if they weren't providing their own, backed by three video screens.

We've kicked off the Blip11 Collection here on the FMA with a dozen sets by...

4mat  ::  cTrix  ::  exileFaker  ::  Henry Homesweet  ::  Minusbaby  ::  NNNNNNNNNN  ::  Tristan Perich   ::  Ralp  ::  Stagediver  ::  Ten Thousand Free Men & Their Families  ::  Ultrasyd  ::  Wet Mango

These are tracks that that want to be shared, and there are a bunch more on the way. You can subscribe to the RSS feed here if you'd like to know the minute new tracks appear...dig in and stay tuned!

>> Full FMA Blip11 Collection

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jason on 05/11/2011 at 01:00PM

May 19-21st: WFMU Live Streams BLIP FESTIVAL from Eyebeam

Banner300x250 The world's premier international chipmusic event event, the Blip Festival returns to NY May 19-21. WFMU will be there live streaming direct from Eyebeam to your home computer. We'll also compile another Blip Festival collection here at the FMA for all to share!

Produced by 8bitpeoples & The Tank, the Blip Festival celebrates the best and brightest from the realm of chipmusic and its related discilplines. This year, artists from all over the world will converge at Eyebeam, the leading not-for-profit art and technology center in the USA, for three days of arresting music and visual art utilizing former heavyweights of computing like the Commodore 64 and Amiga, the  Atari ST and 2600, the Nintendo Entertainment System and Game Boy.

Some rights reserved by Anne HelmondWFMU will once again be webcasting live from the Blip Festival! So if you’re not able to make it to Eyebeam in the flesh, you can surf on over to wfmu.org each night for the live stream, Accu-Playlist, photos and a realtime comments board. WFMU DJs Bennett4Senate, Marty McSorely, and Jason Sigal will be joined by special guest DJ XC3N from Montreal CISM | 89.3FM to host and DJ between sets both on the stream and in-person at Eyebeam.

Highlights from these performances will be available from the Free Music Archive, where you can also enjoy a vast collection of mp3s from the 2009 Blip Festival at the Bell House in Brooklyn! Below, True Chip Till Death's Peter Swimm (who is also a 2011 Blip Festival performer!) made a mix of highlights from artists who performed at the most recent NYC edition of the Blip Festival:

Check out blipfestival.org for more information, and this year's incredible lineup which includes musicians like Anamanaguchi, Bubblyfish, Tristan Perich, and Minusbaby paired with visual artists like visualicious, m7kenji, No Carrier, and Party Time! Hexcellent!, plus "Arcade After Parties" hosted by Babycastles and a whole lot more! See you at Eyebeam and/or surfin' the live stream!

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