The Countdown to Maker Faire Bay Area is On!


Making old hardware play new tunes – the BLIP festival!

Making old hardware play new tunes – the BLIP festival!

310786302 B4014A1321
310786210 26F69C8A53
NY Times has a great write up on the BLIP festival, MAKE will be there 11/29 to 12/1 too! See you there! –

Jeremiah Johnson, 27, is a chiptune composer: His instrument is not the guitar or the piano or even the latest music software, but old-school video hardware like the Nintendo GameBoy. Working with screwdrivers and soldering irons, he painstakingly reprograms the rudimentary sound chips in the game machines to create songs that play right from the console. The sound is less Super Mario Brothers and more post-punk, New Wave electronica (albeit with that familiar, bleepy timbre).

And in an era of microgenres and techno-enthusiasts, it should come as no surprise that there is a worldwide audience for music played on a Commodore 64. Last year Mr. Johnson, who performs under the name Nullsleep, and his fellow chiptune artist Joshua Davis, a k a Bit Shifter, went on a month-and-a-half-long, 20-stop world tour. And starting tomorrow they will welcome hundreds of expected fans to kick off the second annual Blip Festival, billed as the planet’s largest gathering of chiptune aficionados.

Making old hardware play new tunes – the BLIP festival! – Link.

8 thoughts on “Making old hardware play new tunes – the BLIP festival!

  1. Shadyman says:

    Don’t forget to check out the MIDIBox SID V2.0x

    You’ll probably want to click that “Click here to display navigation bar” link on the top of the page.

    Silly frames.

  2. Shadyman says:

    Oh, and article requires a subscription. Go figure.

  3. cyenobite says:

    And how bout a link to the actual festival?
    (caution: with those of us with eyes over 30 the website is an assault on the optic nerve! ;)

    Any chance that cool wall of “block lights” can get featured either on the blog or the zine? How’d they do that? :)

Comments are closed.

Discuss this article with the rest of the community on our Discord server!

current: @adafruit - previous: MAKE, popular science, hackaday, engadget, fallon, braincraft ... howtoons, 2600...

View more articles by Phillip Torrone
Maker Faire Bay Area 2023 30% off early bird ticket sales ends August 31st, 2023!

Escape to an island of imagination + innovation as Maker Faire Bay Area returns for its 15th iteration!

Prices Increase in....