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Blip Festival: Reformat the Planet (2008)

'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... See full summary »

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Joshua Davis ...
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Christopher Burke ...
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Jeff Donaldson ...
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Tristan Perich ...
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Jeremiah Johnson ...
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Haeyoung Kim ...
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Jeremy Kolosine ...
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Yûko Kobayashi ...
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'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. Written by Anonymous

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4 Nights. 32 Performances. 8 bits.

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The version of the film that premiered at South by Southwest in 2008 was lost to a hard drive failure, so the entire film had to be re-cut from scratch for the DVD release in 2010. See more »

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A fun documentary about amusing, clever music
28 July 2008 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Blip Festival: Reformat the Planet is a cool, fun documentary about the chip music scene, a number of active chip tunes artists, the Tank venue in NYC and the Blip Festival 2006.

If you're looking for more information about chiptunes this would be a great place to start. Nullsleep, Glomag, noteNdo and Bit Shifter are interviewed and account well for themselves. They are, unsurprisingly, a pretty geeky. But they are really charming and obviously pretty talented. The documentary has nice touches too in the use of Nintendo style graphics interspersed into the footage. It's simple and effective.

A number of the people in the film talk about how chiptunes are a form of re-use of technology for another purpose and how people are doing this kind of thing with all types of media and devices and that the internet has encouraged this kind of approach. Chris Burke is one of the people interviewed and it is interesting to note that he is involved with machinima and the 'This Spartan Life' series.

This documentary is well worth your time if you have any interest in this kind of thing.


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