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Sum of All Parts, 13.0 Chiptune

Kenneth McAlpine, Belinda Smith, Joel Werner, Chris Mylrea, Warwick McClain, Jam Nawaz

Australian Broadcasting Corporation | Published : 2019

Abstract

This programme explores the story of chiptune, a style of lo-fi electronic music that emerged from the first generation of video game consoles and home computers in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Through ingenuity and invention, musicians and programmers developed code that enabled the limited hardware of those early 8-bit machines to perform musical feats that they were never designed to achieve. In time, that combination of hardware and creative code came to define a unique 8-bit sound that imprinted itself on a generation of gamers. For a new generation of musicians, this music has currency through the chipscene, a vibrant musical subculture that repurposes obsolete gaming hardware. It..

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