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Frequency 3.0 Chipmusic Festival at The Smell, day 1

Dasid performing at Frequency Open Mic.
Dasid performing at Frequency Open Mic.
Geoffrey Smith II

Anyone unfamiliar with the Chipmusic genre was swiftly and heavily educated on the subject if they attended Frequency 3.0 the weekend of January 17th, 2014. The three day festival celebrated the music and culture surrounding Chipmusic and its various sub-genres by hosting live performances from over twenty acts, along with indie video games, merchandise, free pizza, and DJing, all within a friendly atmosphere. Frequency 3.0 was the third installment in the annual Los Angeles event, and the second year it was hosted at the legendary Punk Rock venue The Smell.

Crashfaster performing at The Smell
Geoffrey Smith II

Chipmusic -- for those not lucky enough to have attended Frequency 3.0 -- is music produced with obsolete video game and computer hardware. The gear used by performers ranged from a pair of Game Boy handhelds pumping out Trance music to more traditional setups featuring guitars, drums and vocals, all layered over backing tracks from a Nintendo Entertainment System.

The photo gallery in this article covers just the first day of the event, which featured an open mic and full sets by Buried for a Day, Extent of the Jam, Beak, Virt, 1000 Needles, and Crashfaster, along with DJing by Mr. Smith. To see more photos from day one, you can check out the extended photo gallery on Flickr here.