While Guitar Hero III and Rock Band get all the hype for allowing ordinary gamers to pretend that they're musicians, the Blip Festival is showcasing an impressive roster of artists from around the world who are actually creating new music from old video-game hardware. The festival, which will start tonight and run through the weekend at the Tank arts space in downtown Manhattan, includes video art and tutorial workshops in addition to live performances from top chiptune composers such as Nullsleep (see above), Bit Shifter, Bubblyfish, noteNdo, and Bokusatsu Shoujo Koubou. If you're the type of person who loves blippy, tinny synthetic music and was disappointed to learn that you couldn't actually make noises with the Guitar Hero controller, this might be your idea of heaven. —Matthew Perpetua
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