Blip Festival: Reformat the Planet


Pitchfork.tv is showing the documentary Blip Festival: Reformat the Planet for one week only. The Blip Festival is an annual chiptune event in New York City featuring musicians who use video game consoles as part of their production. The documentary has a ton of artist interviews and music from all across the spectrum. Most of the initial featured artists are using the Game Boy LSDJ tracker cartridge. [Nullsleep] has put together a tutorial for the device. You’ll see a lot of other old hardware and hear discussions of coveted mods like adding backlights as well. [Mark Denardo] is shown using a PSP as part of his performance. Other people are using software like Fruity Loops to build tracks with Nintendo samples. Honestly, our favorite part was a clip of the loud objects doing a live soldering circuit bending performance on top of an overhead projector at the Bent Festival. Although not musical, Element Labs’ Versa TILE makes a fairly mesmerizing backdrop throughout the film too. You can find links to all the featured artists on last year’s festival page.

Blip Festival 2008 happens December 4-6 in Brooklyn, NY.

[via Waxy]

[photo: ziggy fresh]

Comments

  1. trekeyus says:

    I love chiptunes

  2. Vulpyra says:

    One chapter, that’s it? What a waste. Also, Denardo’s website is near impossible to use.

  3. sigg3 says:

    If you like bit bit music, check out our Norwegian underground star Binaerpilot @ http://www.binaerpilot.no

  4. MEAT says:

    Very awesome, but the closeup shots of the DJ have the unmistakable feel of a clip from Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job. And I have to get a painting like the ones that guy has in his NYC apartment.

  5. Kunal Gupta says:

    no way, this website is impossible to use!
    http://vanitaphonecompany.org :)

    here’s more about the painting: http://tristanperich.com/Art/Machine_Drawings/

    thanks so much for the loud objects mention!

    Kunal

  6. peter says:

    yea denardos site is real confusin, what with the words BLOG STORE and EMAIL.

  7. It is important to take care to look after your hearing, I actually like taking care hearing and whilst I do agree with the higher up poster and I really hope I do not get shot down for stating this, but I believe it is important to take all things in moderation.

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