The Sights And Sounds Of Blip Festival Tokyo 2012 (From The Attract Mode Archive: #020)

by Matthew Edward Hawkins

The following post originally appeared on attractmo.de, on November 5, 2012.

Unfortunately, a very lucky few were able to witness Blip Festival Tokyo 2012 firsthand, a little over two weekends ago. Thankfully, some individuals have stepped forward to deliver much-appreciated scraps for the rest of us.

First we have the images you see above, courtesy of Marjorie Becker, who without question is the chipscene’s most prolific and accomplished photographer; she’s essentially the 8bit equivalent to Charles Peterson, for those of your familiar with world of rock and roll.

More can be seen here, here, and here. Next we have actual performances from the event, courtesy of YouTube user “monkeyturn mass”. His playlist pretty much has it all, and in quite excellent quality to boot.

With the lone exception being the special, unannounced special guest: Hirokazu “Hip” Tanaka, or “Chip” Tanaka as he was called, who closed the show. Attendees were asked to turn their recording devices off, to make it a super special treat for all the live attendees and other performers. And not surprisingly, it was fairly mind-blowing.

My pal Dannel’s personal highlight of the heavily game inspired set was his Dr. Mario remix, mostly due to the fact that he created the original soundtrack himself and all. Unless there’s an official recording, we’ll all have to use our imaginations.

But here’s a more than decent consolation prize: Chibi-Tech, who according to Dannel again had “just destroyed the place with Moe Moe Kyunstep” before Tanaka hit the stage, just posted the aforementioned dubstep track onto her Bandcamp for maximum portability and enjoyment.

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