A type of music comprised of 8-bit music and sounds and sometimes modern day percussion, resembling old video games, and is always compiled in an extremely upbeat melody that makes you want to shoot rainbows out of your mouth.
John: Hey bro, I heard this one type of music on a music thread last night, but I don't know what it's called. You know it?
Brian: What did it sound like?
John: It sounded like it was from a really old video game. It sounded kind of 8-bit-ish and it was REALLY catchy and upbeat and it made me want to fly a super-sonic jet through mountains of icy fire and then make the jet transform into a space shuttle and rocket into space at the speed of light and then explode into a plethora of rainbows and anti-matter stars that would collide with other stars and teleport me to an infinite number of parallel universes.
Brian: Yeah you were listening to chiptune.
Chiptune is a melodic genre of music founded in the mid 1980's to early 1990's. It created using limited sound cards, usually from retro gaming machines such as the NES, Atari ST, and the original Game boys. This creates the sort of sountracks found in games from these platforms. It generally uses basic waveforms such as square, sine, sawtooth, pulse and triange waves. Drums are usualyy reoplicated from white noise running through an ADSR envelope.
Recently there has been an uprising in the popularity of chiptune. Modern artist usually use various emulators to recreate the sound of chiptune, but many people agree that hardware will always create a better sound.
Live performers of the genre such as Sabrepulse, Bit Shifter and Saskrotch, often use gaming machines on stage. Game Boys running synthesis and sequencing programs such as lsdj
are very popular.
The Rising popularity of chiptune has brought upon the well know bit festival, a music festival showcasing the genres best in live performances. The popularity of Bit Festival and chiptune in general has brought upon several sub genres such as chipbreak and chipcore mixing the sounds of chiptune with other genres. Almost any electronic genre can be composed as chiptune, and this has attracted the interest of music critics and fans on a global scale.
Chiptune artists include:-
I love the bleeps and bloops of chiptunes music.