The Blip Festival takes place DECEMBER 4-7, 2008 at The Bell House

At the end of the week I will be going to New York to visit a friend of mine. It’s probably bad timing to go to NY instead of going to Miami for the fairs but I am excited to check out this years Blip Festival. The Blip Festival is a yearly celebration of music created on vintage gaming systems and computers. Blip is organized by The Tank and 8bitpeoples

“Archaic game and home computer hardware is recast into the unlikely role of musical instrument and motion graphics workstation in the BLIP FESTIVAL 2008, a four-day event showcasing nearly 40 musicians and visual artists occupying the international low-res cutting edge.

Highlighting the chipmusic phenomenon and its related disciplines, the festival aims to showcase emerging creative niches involving the use of legacy video game & home computer hardware as modern artistic instrumentation. Devices such as the Nintendo Entertainment System, Commodore 64, Atari ST, Nintendo Game Boy and others are repurposed into the service of original, low-res, high-impact electronic music and visuals – sidestepping game culture and instead exploring the technology’s untapped potential and distinctive intrinsic character.”

The festival not only has performances every night but also workshops. For tickets or general information please check out Blip’s website

I would like to add that if you are going to be in Miami this weekend you should check out Art Fag City’s link to The Boyd Level Miami Art Fair Map.

Meg Onli

Meg Onli is a visual artist and blogger born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Meg moved to Chicago, Illinois in 2005 where she received a Bachelor in Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has been with the Chicago-based art and culture podcast/blog Bad at Sports since 2006 where she is currently the Associate Producer. She has an unfathomable apatite for documentary films, 60s & 70s performance art, and cute cats. Meg has exhibited work in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York City. Currently, she is working on a project that documents her steps in recording Motwon’s first girl group sensation, the Marvelettes, version of “Where did Our Love Go?”

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