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BlipTalk with tRasH cAn maN

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Sprung from the fascination of raw, hard waveform synthesis, chip tune artist tRasH cAn maN started out in 2001 with but a single Nintendo Game Boy running the software LSDj. In his music he seems to cram the very last drop of juice from heavily stressed chip as ecstatic beats are mixed with quasi intellectual melodies and percussive noise. On stage he has been seen combining chip with anything from vocals, electric guitar, forks and spoons, circuit bent and a good sense of humor.

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BlipTalk with BIT SHIFTER

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New York City’s Bit Shifter weighs in with a blitzkrieg strike of semiautomatic pixel fire, delivered from a twin Nintendo Game Boy assault rig. Exemplifying a bracing distillation of the less-is-more philosophy, Bit Shifter embraces limitations and eschews overstated indulgences in favor of the streamlined environments of the Nanoloop and Little Sound DJ home-brew Game Boy musicmaking programs. Armed only with two 20-year-old handhelds, Bit Shifter leaves high-end computer music choking on his exhaust, bringing twice the rock with 0.002% of the processing power.

Bit Shifter co-administrates the 8bitpeoples artist collective, co-curates the annual Blip Festival, has released music on 555 Recordings, Hymen, Mirex, Ketacore, and Astralwerks, and has performed over a hundred and fifty shows worldwide.

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BlipTalk with Photographer Marjorie Becker

Most of the vibrant photos you see flashing across the front of blipfestival.org were taken by this year’s official Blip photographer and blogger, Marjorie Becker.  Since she will be enduring the entirety of Blip Festival with her camera in hand, we took a minute to get to know her.

Blip: Before you got into chip music, what type of music or art were you into?

At the time I was listening to a lot of Fiona Apple, Bjork and Nellie McKay. I really enjoy getting to know what other people listen to as well. There’s a lot of different sounds out there so I never get bored.  

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BlipTalk with Eat Rabbit

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EAT RABBIT EAT DIETETIC BUT MOVES ELECTRIC ON TONIC MUSIC.

HE DANCE GENETIC ON ELECTRONIC RYTHMS AND DIABOLIC LEADS.

BIP BIP DOES THE KEYBOARD BOOM BOOM

DO THE LOUD SPEAKERS AND THE MAGNETIC ATTRACTION BRING US IN A MUSICAL SPIRAL LEADED BY EAT RABBIT.

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Bliptalk with Leeni

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Leeni first came across 8 bit music in 2006 when she was bored at her job in Seattle. She ordered a nanoloop cartridge, borrowed an old Game Boy, got laid off from said job and decided to try to write an album during her 2 weeks of severance pay. It took more than two weeks but 8 Bit Heart was born: a stripped down album consisting mainly of Game Boy and vocals. She then learned LSDJ and procured a sync box that would allow for more electronic instruments to be added to the mix, as well as other gameboys. She wrote Labyrinth with this configuration and has continued to evolve her sound with each new project.

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