Other Events

Pre party - Presented by SoundBytes

• When - Thursday, 16/02
6pm - 11pm
Facebook Event page
• Cost - $10 (or $5 if you have signed up for open mic!)
• Venue - Gertrude's Brown Couch
30 Gertrude St, Fitzroy (Upstairs)
• Getting There
- By tram: Routes 11, 24, 30, 42, 85, 86, 96, 109 & 112 all run within close proximity to the Brown Couch either along Nicholson St, Brunswick St, Victoria Pde or Gertrude St.

By train: Parliament is the closest train station to the Brown Couch and is just a 500m walk up Nicholson St.
• What - Want to show off your chip music prowess in front of chip fans (and performers!) in town for Blip Festival Australia? Sign up for the open mic and get your chance!

As well as the open mic we will have sets from some local favourites -

Rubijaq (BNE)
Godinpants (SYD)
Pselodux (MEL)

As a bonus, if you're signed up for the open mic by entering your details at http://www.trybooking.com/BCHG you get in for $5 instead of $10!

Open mic sets are strictly 7 minutes or two songs, whichever comes first!

Post party - Presented by Gameboy Australia

• When - Sunday, 19/02
5pm - 10pm
Facebook Event page
• Cost - FREE!
• Venue - Brunswick Hotel Beer Garden
140 Sydney Rd, Brunswick
• Getting There
- By tram: Route 19 Runs down Sydney Rd. The venue is on the corner of Barkly St and Sydney Rd.

By train: Take the Upfield line to Jewell station, the venue is only two blocks away.
• What - Australia's best chipmusic news blog, Game Boy Australia presents a chilled way to end your Blip Weekend with a selection of beer, sunshine and a chance to hear not only some chip, but DJ sets featuring tracks that have inspired some of your favourite artists.

With sets by -

cTrix (MEL)
Bankai (MEL)
Maddest Kings Alive (MEL)

& more TBC


• Venue - Fitzroy Library
128 Moor Street, Fitzroy (Town Hall)
• Getting There
- The Fitzroy Library is a short walk from Brunswick St, and the Evelyn Hotel. It is a huge building at the corner of Young and Moor Streets, two blocks from Brunswick St.
• What - A variety of workshops and discussion groups featuring some amazing, talented and interesting members of the international chip music community will be happening between 11 and 5 on Saturday 18/02.

The list below will be updated as more details are confirmed including specific times for each session

Please note: places may be limited for some workshops, and participation will be on a first come, best dressed basis.
• Available Workshops

(click to see more details)
- Beginners LSDJ [11:15 - 12:15]

Beginners LittleGPTracker [12:25 - 1:25]

Build your own SEGA Mega Drive /
Genesis Midi Interface
[1:35 - 3:35]

A Short History of Chipmusic [3:45 - 4:45]

Beginners LSDJ

Presented by: cTrix
Session Running Time: Approximately 60 minutes
Time: 11:15 - 12:15

One of the most widely used hardware tools for making chip music is the Nintendo Game Boy and many of the people using the Game Boy use a program called LSDJ. This set up is cheap, easy to attain and fun to use - big reasons for its popularity.

cTrix is known throughout the chip community as an innovator not only for his exciting tools such as the gAtari, but for his ability to get sounds out of a Game Boy that even people who have used it for years can't quite believe is possible.

Now is your chance to learn from a master, and maybe some special guests.

Feel free to bring your gameboy and LSDJ cart along so that you can have a go while you learn.

Sign up at http://www.trybooking.com/BCHI
(SOLD OUT - waiting list available)

PLEASE NOTE - This event will run back to back with the Piggy session. This makes a great double header for beginners, but you do need to book separately for each session.

Beginners LittleGPTracker

Presented by: lazerbeat
Session Running Time: Approximately 60 minutes
Time: 12:25 - 1:25

LittleGPTracker AKA "The Piggy" is a pretty useful tool for chip music artists. Able to be used on a variety of computers and consoles (GP2x & Caanoo, PSP, Dingoo, Windows, Mac OSX (intel/ppc) & Linux (Debian)), it can even drive MIDI systems using a custom interface and its versatility means that many artists use it as part of their set up.

One artist who's spent plenty of hours working with Piggy is lazerbeat, and while he is in town from Japan (by way of the UK) he's set aside some time to explain to beginners just how to use it.

This is an introductory course for new Piggy users, and will cover using the default instruments.

Users are welcome to bring along Piggy on any of the various handhelds that it comes on or on their Mac or PC.

Downloads and info about the software are available at http://littlegptracker.com/index.php. Sign up at http://www.trybooking.com/BCHJ.

PLEASE NOTE - This event will run back to back with the LSDJ session. This makes a great double header for beginners, but you do need to book separately for each session.

Build your own SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis Midi Interface

Presented by: little-scale
Session Running Time: Approx 120 minutes
Time: 1:35 - 3:35

Join Dr. little-scale in this exciting, world-first workshop that will go through how to construct and use a SEGA Mega Drive / Genesis MIDI Interface! The SEGA Mega Drive / Genesis MIDI interface allows for writing music using the sound chips from a SEGA console via a computer with a USB port and modern music sequencing software. Participants will solder their own SEGA MIDI interfaces (which they get to keep after the event!), followed by a short beginner's session on how to sequence music for the SEGA Mega Drive using the constructed interfaces.

Participants are asked to bring along:

• A laptop with appropriate music software (this may include packages like Ableton Live, Logic, ProTools etc). If you are not sure if your particular music software package is suitable, please ask us!


• A SEGA Mega Drive / Genesis (if possible), and a way to connect the sound output from the console to your computer via an audio connection

Soldering Tools.

We will have limited numbers of these available to use at the workshop, and participants will be able to share with other attendees.

This workshop is very exclusive and numbers are strictly limited - so book early to avoid massive emotional devastation.

Due to the nature of this workshop, a small fee of $50 is required to cover the necessary parts. Previous basic soldering experience would be advantageous for this workshop, but is not required. Likewise, some experience with some sort of music sequencing software would also be beneficial.

Book now at http://www.trybooking.com/BCGY
(SOLD OUT - waiting list available)

A Short History of Chipmusic

Presented by: Nullsleep
Session Running Time: Approximately 60 minutes
Time: 3:45 - 4:45

Are you interested in learning more about the chipmusic community around the world? From its bedroom beginnings all the way through to Blip Festivals around the world, it's a community that has an interesting history, with lots of names you know having their roots in chipmusic.

Join some of the artists in town Blip Festival for a discussion of the chip community around the world. Learn where it's come from, who's part of it and where they see it heading in the future. Find out about the beginnings of Blip Festival in New York. Learn about the infamous VORC netlabel and some of the creative, innovative ways that artists have taken to chip music scene from their own backyards to fans around the world.


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