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+++ BLIP FESTIVAL ***PAUSE*** +++
Note: this is reproduced from the email sent out to the Blip Festival list. I guess I need to go to Japan now.
7 YEARS 11 FESTIVALS 4 CONTINENTS ++
When we invaded an old bank in NYC’s financial district back in 2006 to throw the first Blip Festival there was no way we could have predicted the way that it would grow over the years. All the while, the organizational team behind-the-scenes has remained a very small and hands-on crew. Running it all has been an immensely rewarding experience, but also incredibly demanding, and often monopolizing our energy and efforts at the expense of other 8bitpeoples projects. So after careful deliberation, we’ve decided that this October’s Blip Festival Tokyo 2012 will be the last installment of the Blip Festival event series for the foreseeable future. A special thanks to Christian Villum, David Adams, Kristy Dossor & Eugene Davoren-Britton — without whom, the overseas editions of Blip Festival would not have been possible.
To all the people that have shown Blip Festival so much love over the years, we thank you. We hope that you’ll come join us for one last hurrah in Tokyo, and that you’ll find our other future endeavors worthy of the same enthusiastic support.
The Blip Festival team
Blip Festival 2011: THANK YOU
Six years ago, I had never been to a chip music show in my life. I had no clue how to use a tracker and I didn’t know what a “hexadecimal genome” was (I still don’t, but I’m known to stagedive when 10K asks loudly into a microphone). Nevertheless, I reached out from my academic prison in upstate New York to channel what I could of the radiant energy that seemed to pour from a tiny subculture in my neighboring childhood urban sprawl of New York City.
Tirelessly pursuing my soon-to-be-worthless B.A. in Digital Media Art, I began to uncover what I could about this vibrant music scene that repurposed outdated computer hardware to make music. I hosted a radio show, which was really quite terrible, and let the sounds of artists like Bit Shifter, Glomag and Nullsleep inspire my early art projects, which were also really quite terrible.
Finally I secured my useless degree and fled to New York City. But my daring escape came with a price: 9 months of unemployment, extreme poverty and all manner of disheartening misfortunes lay in wait for me.
Somehow I survived, thanks mostly to the moral support of a number of individuals, many of whom were the very artists I had once admired from afar, and all of whom I now consider some of my closest friends.
As expected, saying it’s been a surreal pleasure to perform at the Blip Festival this past weekend alongside so many absurdly talented and generally amazing people rings harshly in my head as an obscene understatement. Even if I were to play dozens more music festivals in my lifetime, I simply can’t imagine they’d include the sense of unfettered camaraderie that Blip so effortlessly provides.
Consider this letter my giant THANK YOU to everyone that made this happen. Stand by for massive GREETZ:
To Jenn, Ricardo, Dustin, Adam & Kris K - I couldn’t have found a nicer and more supportive set of core bros if I had combed every street of all 5 of these boroughs (even the Bronx, lol)
To Josh Davis, aka Bit Shifter & Chris Burke, aka Glomag - Your friendship, support and enthusiasm has proven to be just as inspiring as your music
To all the organizers, artists & volunteers at 8bitpeoples and The Tank - Thanks for keeping this shit going long enough to make this part of the story possible.
To Emi - You don’t deserve half of the shit I make you put up with. The other half is fair game so DEAL WITH IT.
To all the visualists who have given sight to my sound: NO CARRIER, Invaderbacca, vade, Batsly Adams, et al - Don’t let anyone ever tell you that your shit is less than half the reason these things are so incredible. (in fact, sometimes it’s probably more)
To all musician-friends from near and far: cTrix, minusbaby, Animal Style, Nullsleep, little-scale, Starscream, TOO MANY TO MENTION - Being able to see all of you perform (some more times than I can count) throughout the years has provided an unparalleled creative energy that’s as exciting as it is inspiring.
To the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Tim Wu and DIY’ers everywhere - You are an inspiration for creativity and freedom in a world where our technologies are otherwise owned & enslaved by an unfeeling corporate hand. Never give up the fight.
All supporters on the journalism front: Peter Swimm, Matt Hawkins, Samit Sarkar, Topher Cantler, Leigh Alexander and everyone else who has helped spread the word out of genuine love for the scene.
Everyone who has ever come to a show and did not ask me if I’m playing videogame music - Your informed appreciation makes me feel better about making music with shitty electronics.
See you all at BLIP FESTIVAL 2012: MAYAN LONG-COUNT APOCALYPSE EDITION™