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lWlVl Festival 2014
Aug 22, 2014 @ 8:00 am - Aug 24, 2014 @ 1:00 am| $35
The first ever lWlVl Festival (pronounced low-level) will take place on August 22-23 of 2014 at Villain (50 N 3rd Street, 11249), a former a 19th Century textile warehouse. lWlVl – a collective of lo-bit aficionados from Pulsewave, Kick*Snare and Control Flow parties – will bring together 14 live musical and visual performances, large scale installations and an interactive arcade. For two full days, attendees will find that the sounds and sights often associated with early computer and video game nostalgia have been co-opted and transformed to create new and incredible works that could have never been possible in their own time.
Festival highlights include New York debut performances from Shirobon, MonsterVision, Slime Girls, MEISHI SMILE, and live visualist Raquel Meyers. The lWlVl exhibition space will have Daniel Temkin’s YeepEepEep, an image generator for the Commodore 64 system; and “Entity 1” by Phillip Stearns, who is known for his Tumblr “Year of the Glitch” and Kickstarter for Glitch Textiles. The arcade will host more than 10 independent games with custom-made cabinets, including the world premieres of Futbol Forever, Sombrero, as well as Batsly Adams and Todd Bailey’s Soviet-era vector shooter: VEC9.
For the uninitiated, lo-bit music pares electronic music down to it’s most basic sonic building blocks. An aesthetic that was born of technological limitations has now become simultaneously nostalgic and contemporary in modern music. What was once considered “the sound of video games” now fills dance clubs and busts subwoofers throughout the world.