Chip Music Uses Video Game Consoles from the 1980′s
(BBC) Chiptune music, or chip music, is produced using video game consoles and old-fashioned home computer technology, primarily from the 1980′s. When playing, chip music composers rhythmically strike buttons of the devices, like the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Nintendo Game Boy and Commodore 64 computer, to form musical patterns of notes. Tech-minded musicians also use third-party software to tap the machines’ sound chips to produce original forms of output through the devices. Electronic beats and sometimes more traditional instruments are then blended with retro-sounding beeps and bleeps. Chiptune music was originally derived from the Demoscene of the 1980s, a computer art subculture which saw musicians, graphic designers, and algorithmic programmers joining forces to produce real-time artistic presentations on computers.