Blip Festival 2006

Blip Festival 2006 from 2 Player Productions on Vimeo.

Filmed in New York City in late 2006, this collection of videos presents one song from each of the 32 musical performances at the first Blip Festival: an unprecedented four-day event showcasing an international roster of musicians and visual artists exploring the untapped creative potential buried within vintage gaming consoles and home computers.

A year earlier, 2PP had set out to produce a feature-length documentary about the multifaceted world of video game music called "Play." One of those facets, the chipmusic community, already had an easily accessible stronghold in New York with artists banding together and putting on shows on an increasingly regular basis. Of these, it was Pulsewave, a monthly series hosted by non-profit art space The Tank and curated by members of the art collective 8bitpeoples, that had the highest profile. With a rotating cast of acts local to the tri-state area and the occasional international artist, Pulsewave quickly became the epicenter around which 2PP focused their documentation. As more and more of these videos made their way online after each show, the excitement they generated amongst a geographically scattered fan base was palpable. So when The Tank and 8bitpeoples decided to put on the Blip Festival, the crew was a natural fit for producing a comprehensive event DVD.

The festival was a massive success, far outstripping everyone's expectations. Realizing they had something truly special on their hands, 2PP decided to abandon "Play" in favor of a new documentary -- one that would focus on chipmusic exclusively and use their footage from Blip as its backbone. This project would eventually become the flagship of 2 Player's body of work, "Reformat the Planet." Although the film featured many performances from the festival, there was not enough screen-time to properly showcase all 32 acts as well as they deserved. Plans to produce a separate festival DVD were resurrected and the finished product was released the following year at Blip Festival 2007. As a bonus, the disc featured all of 2PP's other chip videos produced up to that point, offering viewers a rich snapshot of the scene in 2006 as well as most of 2007. This DVD will always be treasured as 2PP's first major collaboration with the chipmusic community.

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List of Blip 2006 Videos on Vimeo:

Anamanaguchi
Aonami
Bit Shifter
Bubblyfish
Chibi-Tech
Coova
Covox
Mark DeNardo
The Depreciation Guild
Glomag
Goto80
Hally
Kplecraft
Bud Melvin
Nullsleep
Pepino
Tristan Perich
Portalenz
Quarta330
Rabato
Random
Receptors
Saitone
Starpause
Jeroen Tel
TouchBoy
Tugboat
Virt
Neil Voss
Herbert Weixelbaum
X|K
YMCK