Living, eating, breathing Game Boys. Meneo, visual/musical artist on Game Boys. Photo (CC) rabato.

Retro hardware? Vintage game machines? Old computers? New mobile devices? Whatever it is, we’ll make music and motion on it.

The Blip Festival, the legendary international festival of vintage music and visual tech, invades New York today (Thursday) through Sunday. There’s an unbelievable lineup, with fantastic musicians and live visualists playing every single night Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, from music from m-.-n to Bubblyfish and visuals from Paris Treantafales to Meneo (and many other friends). In fact, every single musician has their own live visuals, so your eyes and ears are guaranteed to be (over)stimulated at all times.

Saturday afternoon is a lineup of workshops, including making your own visual electronics with VBLANK and putting music on NES albums with NO CARRIER.

Sunday is the debut of Reformat the Planet, the documentary film.

2008 Blip Festival

And before the Friday night Blip festival starts, get your 32-bit / mobile gaming + music device / happy hour mixer on:

Mobile Music: 32-Bit Blip Drinkup/Meetup with CDM + Boing Boing [Facebook]

Friday 32-bit BB/CDM Meetup @ Bell House Bar

Retro’s great, but, um, heart your PSP? Via hsuyo.

Blip has a strictly 8-bit and/or retro focus. The stated mission is 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…

Now, I love retro tech, but being the subversive character I am, I have to say, cough, “low resolution”? “8-bit”?

And so, with Joel Johnson (Boing Boing / Offworld / Boing Boing Gadgets), we’re hosting a very informal meetup to celebrate all things mobile and 32-bit with the Boing Boing and CDM communities. If you’ve got one, bring your PSP, your Nintendo DS, and your GamePark (or even mobile phone / PDA), and prepare to share. I’m especially hopeful we’ll get some wireless action with multiples of the DS, Korg DS-10, and homebrew. We may be able to unlock your PSP for homebrew (contact us first – likewise, give us a holler if you’re good with a Pandora’s Battery and Magic Memory Stick). If you’ve found a way to hook your 8-bit Game Boy into your new DS DIY MIDI interface, all numbers of bits will be accommodated.  I’ll be bringing my PSP with the incredible PSPSEQ onboard – which sounds utterly beautiful and is really inspiring to use. I’ll have DS homebrew, too.

If you just want to meet me and Joel and folks and see what’s possible and nerd out and have a few drinks, that goes, too!

We’re meeting at the bar at the Bell House, which also happens to be where Blip is happening. So you can come, get some drinks and snacks, and get your mobile music/visual geek on. Bonus: it’s two-for-one happy hour, so bring a friend / significant other and we’ll make them feel at home!

Bell House Food & Drink Menu

RSVP on Facebook

When: Friday, December 5, 6-8p

Where: 149 7th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215 [Map | Directions]

See you there!

Again, very important rest of the planet, I’ll try to stream live if WiFi cooperates in the bar! Watch for updates.

  • Hey.. ill try to get there early enough to hang out!

    We are also letting any blip attendee diary their experiences here:

  • wisefire

    thats nice.. would love to bring my tricked out DS.. however.. its across the bloody atlantic.. cant you guys do something in europe.. for example, holland or something. or am i to thick to have missed all the local fun?

  • @wisefire: Two answers to that question:
    1. If it turns out to be practical, I'm going to try to broadcast from the venue tomorrow. No promises, but then we could get a video chat going with your tricked-out DS. (got a preferred medium for doing that?)

    2. I'm working on a European tour. I did cross the pond in October, but actually getting to all the right places would require some advance planning. It's a nice opportunity, too, because unlike a normal tour, it's not just about getting me to other people, but getting to all of you.

  • kris

    you really should check this out if you're in NYC. seriously. great times.

  • damn, i have a ds and would like to come to this but i live in NJ and have school-related commitments. i have no homebrew anything on my ds, though… can anyone recommend a guide of some kind? i'm bad at getting into electronics modifications–i just can't seem to find stuff.

  • DS… anything from these guys:

    also I really like NitroTracker

    for hacking, I use a R4 card, it's really easy. There are other cards that work well.

    This is a pretty good board for hacking info I've found:

    right now I'm trying to learn C++ development for DS, for games and hopefully for crazy music apps.

    I love DS for the amount of usable homebrew (not pirated games!) available for it and the form factor is nice.

    I would totally go to this in NYC but I'm on the other side of the US

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  • 4lefts

    ahhh… for those of us who live in devon in england? hopefully there'll be some streaming 😉

    is there some equivalent festival in the uk? i would have thought the chip scene here was more than big enough.

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  • kristi

    just skimming along so i'm not sure if anyone has already posted this, but some chiptune artists that will be appearing at the festival were interviewed for npr's weekend america that aired dec 6. if you want to hear it i'm sure you can find the podcast.

  • kristi
  • Lsd25

    Hope you have one of thease again soon.

    I was out of town and feeling like I actually missed something for a change.

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