Square Sounds is the world's only multi-stop, international chipmusic festival.
The local teams behind Blip Festival Tokyo and Blip Festival Australia weren't ready to see the end of the international festival that had started in New York, and had expanded to multiple cities around the world, when it's organisers went on indefinite hiatus in 2012. They decided to move forward with a rebranded festival following many of the same principles including the careful international curation, side events and awesomely fun times that had made Blip attract audiences from all over the world to it's shows.
Kicking off in Melbourne in 2013 at the Evelyn Hotel in Melbourne, Australia, Square Sounds attracted not only those interested in chipmusic, but video game fans, bass music afficionados and devotees of Melbourne's vibrant music culture.
What then, is chipmusic? Even though you may not recognise the name, you've probably it heard it. Simply put, chiptune is music made using or emulating video game console soundchips and it has been around for many years, becoming more popular and better known in recent times, with artists such as Snoop Dogg, Ke$sha and Beck using chipmusic samples in their tracks. Far from being worthy only of video game soundtracks, the style is gaining traction in all forms of bass music, and some chipmusic artists, like Anamanaguchi and Australia's own 7Bit Hero are well on their way to mainstream success.
As well as the two main days of Square Sounds Melbourne, which encompass 16 musical acts, and a number of visualists, a number of side events round out the weekend. A preparty, showcasing up and coming talent combines an open mic with full length sets; workshops help both those new and more experienced learn how to use the related hardware and software; and the closing night sees chipmusic artists including past (and present) Square Sounds alumni playing the music that inspires them, in a relaxing meet and greet setting.