Blip Festival Tokyo 2011

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Blip Festival Tokyo 2011

After making a successful debut last year, the Tokyo version of New York's premier chiptune summit is returning for another two days of 8-bit music-making. You won't find any laptops on stage during Blip Festival Tokyo, an event where the performers prefer to conjure sounds from Nintendo GameBoys, C64s, short-circuited NES consoles and 'repurposed low-bit electronics'. While some of the acts at this year's fest doff their caps to the videogames of old (witness NYC rockers Anamanaguchi, who even got a song on the Scott Pilgrim vs The World soundtrack), others – such as Cheapshot and Bit Shifter – aim for something more redolent of cutting-edge dance and electronica. And just so you know that you're in solidly geeky hands, they've even got an iPhone application.