November 27, 2007 12:00 AM | Simon Carless
Not much to say here except - this is the full line-up, and if you're on the East Coast and you don't check this out, then you are truly not enjoying life:
"The Blip Festival 2007, a four-day [New York-based] celebration of music and art made with vintage video game and home computing equipment, today announced its full schedule of events, screenings and workshops celebrating chiptune culture in all its many forms.
With nightly concerts, weekend screenings and workshops, and a group gallery show “B I T M A P: as good as new” presented in association with the festival at Williamsburg’s vertexList Gallery, The Blip Festival 2007 [held from November 29th to December 2nd, 2007] brings together the biggest names in the field of low-bit art and music for an opportunity to be seen and heard in the epicenter of the creative world.
Among the featured artists who will be showcasing their skills on Game Boys, Ataris, Commodore 64s and other old school gear are Tokyo-based 6955, the Netherlands' Gijs Gieskes, and New York's very own Bit Shifter and Nullsleep. In addition, daytime workshops, held on Saturday and Sunday, December 1 & 2, include such topics as “Break the Circle and Become an Atari DJ” and “Pixel Pushing the PPU: An Introduction to NES Graphics.”
[NOTE FROM SIMON: Chiptune fanatics - some of the top artists I've spotted which the press release didn't mention include Neil Voss, Virt, Japan's Hally, Germany's awesome Bodenstandig 2000, 6955, gwEM, and the spectacular Blasterhead. And that's just for starters!]
The Blip Festival 2007 will also present the world premiere of 8-BIT Generation, a new documentary about low-bit art and chiptune music, and the influence videogame culture has had on an entire generation of artists. Directed by Lionel Brouet, who will be present at the screening and will introduce the film, 8-Bit Generation features punk godfather and former Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren, Role Model (Sweden) Lo-bat (Belgium), Relax Beat (France), and The Wild Strawberries (China).
Among the festival’s related events, vertexList Gallery is presenting “B I T M A P: as good as new,” a group exhibition celebrating the history of the digital image, the aesthetics of early computing, and early videogame consoles, featuring Cory Arcangel, Chris Ashley, Eteam, Kimberly Hart, Tom Moody, and many, many more.
For more information, including a complete schedule of events, visit http://www.blipfestival.org/schedule.html."