Chiptune (also known as 8-bit music) is one of the most nostalgia-inducing genres in existence. Especially if you grew up playing video games like Super Mario Bros. and Pokemon!
This genre uses simple waveforms such as pulse, square, triangle, and sawtooth waves, along with a simple noise generator to create wild and imaginative music that underpins many of the video games created in the ’80s, ’90s, and early 2000s.
But despite its use of simple waveforms, composing chiptune music can be surprisingly complex.
That’s due to the fact that the entire genre is based around the limitations of hardware like the Commodore 64, Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), and the Atari 400 and 800.
The chips in these computers were only capable of basic functions, and because of these hardware limitations, composers had to get creative with their arrangements.
This forced creativity led to one of the most iconic facets of chiptune music: the use of arpeggios to emulate polyphony – or multiple voices.
Now, music production has come a long way since the 1980s, but that doesn’t mean that chiptune is a dead genre.
The truth is, chiptune is still alive and well, and can still draw in millions of listens on Spotify and YouTube.
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