Chiptune Interview with Chaotrope

Chiptunes are a fascinating genre of music that has been around since the early days of home PC gaming, using systems like the Commodore 64 and the Amiga, among others, to create tunes to accompany the games you'd play on such systems, using a specific kind of waveform to create the sounds themselves.  The origins…

The Evolution of Tommy Tallarico

One of the fun parts of watching the technology scene is watching the same names come around through different generations. One massive surprise, at the same time Atari is trying to drag its hardware corpse back from the dead, is Intellivision having another go at arcade fame. The project is led by Tommy Tallarico, a…

What is the Demoscene?

Demoscene may be a word you have not heard before. Reading it or saying it aloud conjures different associations depending on your background or interests. One may summon thoughts of band demos, promotional, raw versions of songs that the band may send to record labels or event co-ordinators. However, that’s not it at all. It…
Chipzel

Chipzel – Featured 8-bit Chiptune Artist

Today our featured chiptunes artists is the amazing Chipzel.  Chipzel is is the stage name for London-based, Irish-born chiptunes musician and video game music composer Niamh Houston. Her albums and soundtracks are both created and performed by using music tracker software and Game Boy portable gaming devices. For her live performance, she utilizes two Nintendo…
what are chiptunes?

What Are Chiptunes?

A while back I stumbled into the esoteric world of chiptune music. This is synthesized electronic music made from old sound chips from retro computers and video games. Sometimes referred to as 8-bit music or chip music, the genre or writing approach has also been more colloquially conveyed as “Nintendo music”, though this is simply…