WHAT IS BLIP FESTIVAL?
A yearly showcase of the world's best "chip" musicians. Originating in New York City in 2006 and eventually spreading to Denmark, Japan, and Australia, the festival celebrates musicians and visual artists who push the limits of sound and graphics using 20+ year-old computers and programming techniques. Lovingly curated and organized by the festival's founders (and headliners), the musicians perform live in front of hundreds of screaming fans and fellow artists who organize and run a week-long, community-driven, fan-oriented celebration of all things chip music around it.
After seven years and four continents, the Festival is on "pause" for the moment and Blip Festival Tokyo 2012 is the last one scheduled. Since 2006, the festival has been lovingly captured by Marjorie Becker, aka "Chiptography", providing the community with professional-quality photographs of all New York City Blip Festival editions as well as hundreds of chip music events in New York City and Philadelphia.
To capture amazing, comprehensive photographs of Blip Festival Tokyo 2012. This means shots of every musician, every visualist, for every live performance of both Festival nights at the venue, Koenji High in Tokyo, Japan. This includes portraits of each artist in addition to live shots. The photos will be dynamic and exciting; brilliantly composed live shots of musicians, fans, and visual art.
CAN WE DO IT?
Yes! Marjorie has already attended and documented all six New York City Blip Festivals, snapping photographs of every musician (her shots of the New York City Blip Festivals 2006-2011 were recently published in an 184-page photo book). A freelance photographer, she is no stranger to the 16+ hour days shooting schedules and long nights of editing. After each night's show is over, she will edit the night's sets down to the best and post them on her site chiptography.com before gearing up for the next night's show.
WHAT WE'RE ASKING FOR
The absolute bare minimum needed to document Blip Festival Tokyo 2012 in photographs. This includes airfare to Tokyo, Japan, lens and equipment rentals, and hostel accommodations. As in past festivals, Marjorie photographs the entire Festival for no pay and charges nothing to the artists and organizers for use of her pictures. The photographs are donated to the chip music community for use as official press photos.
BACKING INCENTIVES - WHAT DO YOU GET?
Here is a description of the backer rewards. Please take a look at the pledge amounts on the sidebar as they are mixed and matched at different levels.
The backers-only blog: all contributors will receive exclusive access to the backer’s-only blog. The blog will feature behind the scene photos and video from the festival, including candid and audience shots, and will document the journey to Tokyo and back.
Postcards: two unique postcards using images from Blip Festival 2007 and 2008. At the $8 level you’ll receive one of these with a personal thank you from Marjorie written on the back. At the $30 and $100 levels you’ll receive both cards, unsigned, so you can frame them or send them to a friend.
Archival 8x10 prints: At the $15, $30 and $100 levels you’ll have your pick of one 8x10 archival print from the selections below.
I/O Chip Music Compilation vol. 1: At the $30 and $100 levels you will also receive a digital download of I/O Chip Music Compilation vol. 1, which features 19 tracks from chip musicians who have played I/O from 2009-2011. Check out some of the tracks on Bandcamp.
Set of 9 magnets: at the $50 and $100 levels you will receive a custom-made set of 9 magnets featuring spontaneous Instagram photos Chiptography has taken at chip music shows in the past year. These are specially made for this kickstarter and will not be sold at any shows or at any other time in the future.
Blip Festival | New York City | Five Years e-book edition: At the $50 level or more you will be the first to receive Chiptography’s photo book, Blip Festival | New York City | Five Years eBook edition before it’s world-wide release in 2014! The eBook will be available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices as well as Android devices as well as Nook and Kindle tablets.
Personalized hard cover edition of Blip Festival | New York City | Five Years: A a-one-of-a-kind edition of Chiptography’s book with a full page dedicated to you. The page will read, “This book belongs to (your name here)” and feature your photograph (can provide your own photograph or use an existing Chiptography snapshot.)
Portrait session: “At every Blip I take each artist aside to create a portrait. These portraits are composed on the fly and usually in very short periods of time between sets. Each year we come away with some amazing images that I believe will stand the test of time and add to the photographs made during the festival as a whole. At the $500 level, I will make a portrait of you in the same style as the Blip Festival portraits (at either Blip Tokyo or in New York City).”- Chiptography
My camera: “At the $1,000 level you will receive the camera I have been using for the past 5 years, a Nikon D200, to document the chip music community as a collector’s item. This is the camera that was used to photograph Blip Festivals 2006-2012 as well as Pulsewave, 8static, I/O Chip Music, and many other chip music shows in New York and Philadelphia.” The camera is in working condition and will come with a 18-70mm Nikkor lens and battery." - Chiptography
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