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With some three-dozen musicians and visual artists "occupying the international low-res cutting edge," the four-day event highlights the expropriation of archaic video game and computer systems--from the original Nintendo (think "Duck Hunt" and "Super Mario Bros.") and Game Boy to the Commodore 64 and Atari ST--to create "original, low-res, high-impact electronic music and visuals."
Reformat The Planet, a documentary on the inaugural 2006 festival, was assembled by a crew of "chipmusic" (as the genre is called) documentarians at 2 Player Productions and screened at the 2007 South By Southwest film festival. This year's running of the Blip Festival, which kicks off on December 4th, is expected to make improvements on the successful 2007 event, which included participating audio and visual artists from not only the United States but also the UK, Japan, Argentina, and across Scandinavia and Europe. SEE ALSO: www.blipfestival.org
Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.
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