st, Blip Festival 2009 > Tickets & Schedule


Tickets for individual nights are available at the door, or for advanced purchase. Three-day festival passes are available at the door on first night only, or for advanced purchase.

Event Schedule

Dec 17 Thursday Dec 18 Friday Dec 19 Saturday
      6:00 Blip Festival Artist Happy Hour For artists & backers
8:00Silent Requiem With visuals by Jean Y. Kim 8:00Disasterpeace With visuals by Enso 8:00 The J. Arthur Keenes Band With visuals by Rosa Menkman & Enso
8:40 failotron With visuals by Paris 8:40 Starscream With visuals by Jean Y. Kim 8:40 tRash cAn maN With visuals by Jean Y. Kim & Paris
9:20 Leeni With visuals by VBLANK 9:20 Fighter X With visuals by outpt 9:20 Bubblyfish With visuals by NO CARRIER & outpt
10:00 minusbaby With visuals by Enso 10:00 little-scale With visuals by Rosa Menkman 10:00 The Hunters
10:40 Chromix With visuals by The C-Men 10:40 I, Cactus With visuals by VBLANK 10:40 glomag With visuals by The C-Men & VBLANK
11:20 Je Deviens DJ en 3 Jours With visuals by NO CARRIER 11:20 Nullsleep With visuals by Rosa Menkman & Paris 11:20 Bit Shifter With visuals by outpt & Enso
12:00 Albino Ghost Monkey With visuals by outpt 12:00 Rainbowdragoneyes With visuals by The C-Men 12:00 David Sugar With visuals by NO CARRIER & VBLANK
12:40Eat Rabbit With visuals by Rosa Menkman 12:40Patric C With visuals by NO CARRIER 12:40Psilodump With visuals by Paris & The C-Men
   1:30 CONDOM & HALLY Covox & Random collaboration plus special guest Hally. For artists & backers   

Workshops & Daytime Events

Film Screening - Blip Festival: Reformat the Planet

  • Date: Friday, Dec 18th, 1pm-3pm
  • Location: Main Room, The Bell House
  • Price: $5 at the door

'Blip Festival: Reformat the Planet' is a feature length documentary which delves into the movement known as ChipTunes, a vibrant underground scene based around creating new, original music using old video game hardware. Familiar devices such as the Nintendo Game Boy and Nintendo Entertainment System are pushed in new directions with startling results. Using New York as a microcosm for a larger global movement, 'Reformat the Planet' maps out the genesis of the first annual Blip Festival, a four day celebration of over 30 international artists exploring the untapped potential of low-bit video game consoles. With floor-stomping rhythms and fist-waving melodies, trailblazers of the ChipTune idiom descend upon Manhattan to pen a new chapter in the history of electronic music.

A_SID Synth Workshop: A usb/serial controllable chip based C64 SID chip emulator

  • Date: Friday, Dec 18th, 2pm-5pm
  • Location: Front Lounge, The Bell House
  • Price: $65 (includes materials & necessary tools)

Buy Tickets Here Workshop participants will build and learn to program their own version of Christoph Haberer's open-source Atmel based C64 SID chip emulator. This is a very good emulation of the MOS 6581 with the difference of very simple serial control from your laptop, computer or microcontroller.

The first hour will be spent learning about basic electronics communication and building the kit.

The second hour will be spent learning basic programming methods and simple ways to start.

The third hour will be an indepth look at the underbelly of the MOS 6581 chip, how it is controlled by the C64 and other computers, and how music can be made by directly addressing the chip.

This is a “beginner's” electronics and programming workshop. There will be no soldering, and no understanding of electronics or programming is necessary. A basic understanding of music is helpful. A laptop and 1/8" headphones are required.

Participants will leave the workshop with a working usb controllable breadboard A_SID Synth, and the knowledge to begin using it.

Film Screening - Reformat the Planet 1.5 and Curated Music Videos from 2 Player Productions

  • Date: Saturday, Dec 19th, 1pm
  • Location: Main Room, The Bell House
  • Price: Free

Shot by 2 Player Productions, the same crew behind the Blip Festival DVDs, the 40-minute Reformat the Planet 1.5 covers New York City's Pulsewave concerts, "the growth of the chip music scene in Philadelphia, and the arrival of the next generation of chip musicians to the 8-bit scene." The 2 Player Production crew will be on hand for the screening and will be showing many of the videos they have shot and edited over the years at chiptune shows. 

From Classic Sound Chips to Virtual Instruments with David Viens of Plogue

  • Date: Saturday, Dec 19th, 2pm
  • Location: Front Lounge, The Bell House
  • Price: Free

We will be covering hardware analysis of sound generating IC's of the late 70's and early 80's in terms of spectra, pitch/amplitude ranges and precision. Also looking at the development of a common synthesis model to accurately revive them for use in the context of today's Digital Audio Workstations. see for examples of our work.

Open source solutions for live visuals - presented by Don Miller / NO CARRIER

  • Date: Saturday, Dec 19th, 3pm
  • Location: Front Lounge, The Bell House
  • Price: Free

In this hour long workshop Don Miller (NO CARRIER) will lead participants through different open source software solutions for creating live visuals using the Nintendo Entertainment System. Using glitchNES, galleryNES, and two new programs to be released exclusively during this workshop, Miller will show just how versatile the NES can be as a tool for live visual performance. In addition to software, hardware mixing and presentation will be discussed. Although not required, attendees are encouraged to bring a PC computer to participate.