Chiptune

My musical life was changed forever about twelve years ago by an exhibition at the Barbican Centre in London which was all about the evolution of video games. Most specifically, by a section in the exhibition about the pioneering music devised as an accompaniment to early video games. Where every note had to be carefully coded and was in effect a completely new thing, a sound that had never been heard. Often composed by the game designers themselves just as an afterthought to the game some of this music is truly beautiful.

I’ve since found out that there is infact an established movement called chiptune which encourages composition using these sounds. I suspect officianados of Chiptune wouldn't completely approve of how I've arrived at these sounds myself (through an app on my phone rather than through the original hardware). But anyway, here are a couple of my more successful experiments…..