ymck.jpg We've kinda known about this for a bit, but now it's official - there's an amazing 4-day New York chiptune festival, the Blip Festival 2006, due to go off from Nov. 30th to Dec. 3rd of this year.

Here's the blurb: "THE TANK is pleased to present the Blip Festival, a four-day celebration of over 30 international artists exploring the untapped potential of low-bit videogame consoles and home computers used as creative tools.... An exploration of the chiptune idiom and its close relatives, the Blip Festival is the biggest and most comprehensive event in the history of the form, and will include daily workshops, art installations, and nightly music performances boasting an international roster larger and more far-reaching than any previous event of its kind."

But the Nullsleep and friends-curated list of artists performing is just insane - lots of awesome Japanese artists like Kplecraft (previously released on my own net.label Monotonik), Hally, Portalenz, even the great YMCK, and then all kinds of wildcards - Virt, Neil Voss (yes, the Tetrisphere N64 composer!), and even classic Dutch game musician Jeroen Tel from Maniacs Of Noise. Plus there's Bud Melvin (slide guitar and chiptunes!), Cory Arcangel, and plenty more. Basically unmissable.