Elements of chip music
This is my chip music seminar from Revision 2011.
When working with a soundchip such as the SID or the 2A03, the artist faces a number of technical constraints that limit, guide and inspire the creative process. The seminar will highlight and briefly explain some of these constraints, with particular emphasis on how they influenced artists during the golden age of chip music to give rise to some of the clichés that now define the genre. We will also see (and hear) how variations of the same constraints have emerged in other genres and ages, and how composers such as Bach have tackled them in similar or different ways.
- lft_elements_of_chip_music (DivX, 428 MB)
Here's a technical description of the slide show presentation hardware.
Posted Monday 2-May-2011 21:18
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Tue 3-May-2011 11:55
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Sat 14-May-2011 20:16
Your comments about the "famichord" made me wonder: to what extent are chip tunes is influenced by Japanese music? That chord (minor[no 5]m7) is quite reminiscent of the pentatonic minyo scale, and I couldn't help noticing that all the composers on the famichord demo are Japanese.
An interesting experiment if you have a piano synth is to set the number of channels low (mine does 2 and 4, but not 3) and see how this influences your playing style. Its surprising how much you can do with few voices, and how the ear seems to "retain" notes that only sound momentarily.
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Fri 16-Nov-2012 20:11
When you use HBlanks for updating the waveform (like in Craft project) how do you keep the sample rate constant during VBlanks?
In Phasor project, does the output signal contain interlaced video? Do I understand correctly that generating a blackwhite composite video signal is much less difficult?
Fri 5-Jun-2015 09:22
I was wondering what is the name you give to channel oriented trackers (in opposition to pattern oriented). I hear something like "hyper trackers" but I'm not sure.
The question, if picky, is because I am in the process of searching for such software.
Thanks a lot!
Mon 8-Jun-2015 08:26
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