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eigen* ........other / ^^^ That's a chip. Representing
/ CHIP MUSIC
01/23/2000 | Beep boop beep boop
blip | There's a whole wide world of underground
| digital loops that lives underneath the normal
| signal on the net.
tough | Crusty old ProTracker zealots who still clutch
beanies | their Amigas and C64s for their pure music
| capability will tell you that chip music is a very
| precise thing; it is the Art of Four Channel.
the | I am not going to attempt to narrow it down quite
goal | that far. Chip music, for the purposes of this
| exploration, is defined as any music with simple
| wave-based or extremely low-quality samples that
| can be produced by simple audio chips.
tracked | The vast majority of chip music can be played in
samples | the MOD format. This is a type of music file
| which stores samples (sounds) and instructions on
| how to mix and match and toot them around, forming
| a song. So, first let us nab a MOD player.
software | Recommended for Windows users: ModPlug
| Recommended for *nix users: MikMod
| Recommended for Mac users: MacMikMod
| Recommended for Amiga users: Haha!
meepmaap | Chip-tune sites:
| Chipmusic.nu - By artist
| Chip Republic - Huge collection, zipped
| Back2Roots - Extensive chip collection, ratings
| I love it when they describe an entry as "well
| known crack music." What?
for the | Non-specific MOD sites to explore:
class | United Trackers
on yr own | Trax in Space
time | The IMM
| Lycos, Open Directory, and Yahoo MOD directories
| Commodore 64
tape | Of course, MOD files aren't the only sort of chip
driven | music one can find on the net. The first
| sound-chip based tunes I got addicted to were on
| the good old C64. SID files are a specially
| designed format that contain the music data from
| those old Commodore programs.
nab it | SidPlay is the player of choice.
sites | Q-Link SID archives by category, with favorites
| High Voltage SID collection
| MP3 cover tunes by Elwood [crazy dance!]
| MP3s of C64 song remixes [whee!]
boogie! | C64audio.com actually sells CDs of remixes.
home | The other system that still had a beeping sound
entertain | processor that I spent too much time playing was
ment | the original Nintendo. The strains of Zelda and
| Dragon Warrior are permanently imbedded in my
| neurons. Not sure if that's a good thing, but I
| can etch them out further with NSF files, which do
| for the NES what SIDs do for the Commodore.
durn | Unfortunately, I couldn't find a Mac or *nix
| player for these files. The format is very well
| documented, though, so if you feel the need it
| shouldn't be that tough to hack.
rulehyrule | Vintage Gaming NSF site [players and NSFs]
| Zophar NSF archive [large]
| My pick
the | Discounting the original Zelda song, my favorite
cream | original chip music would have to be
of | Minimum Velocity, by Purple Motion of the
crop | once-lauded demo group Future Crew. Although some
dust | of the aforementioned ProTracker weenies wouldn't
| let this be tagged as "chip", it's two minutes of
| music in under 64k, so it qualifies as good enough
| in my book.
mind | Plus, he squeezed full percussion, bass, melody,
bulging | and harmony bites into just 2 channels. That
| means only two things are being played
| simultaneously, but your ears won't believe it.
| Roll your own
to be | If you don't have an Amiga lying around, your best
contd | bet these days might be the ModPlug Tracker.
| I'll get back and update on this someday; it's got
| tutorials, so I am going to attempt to horribly
| munge my own tune.
| Oh man. Fulfilling expectations perfectly, the
| tune I "produced" is torturous to listen to.
| If you whip anything up, I'll trade.
!t y t |
dd@f! k u | Eh? This is the log of a faceless entity. Me.
usnngnll s | I wander around the web, and point out what are
kr @gdqnvn | most likely completely useless things for you
gx@dfwmd | to visit. It's where I have been, what I learned
j zvhlx0lk | there, and what I plan to figure out in the
b yqrccnh | future. All in the palm of your hand.
pu @g ccgs |
wjp jng | Technically speaking, this is a "weblog". There
p t q0w gl | are many weblogs. You can probably find one that
q r k | suits your tastes pretty closely, but if not you
r !r 0q u | can use the pitas system to track
v j p0 | yourself.
x s |
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