Maybe the worst conversation, next to the one about the dream you had or the one about how you don’t eat animal products, is about what constitutes “true” chiptune or 8bit music, i.e., at what point your Green Hill Zone remix is “inauthentic” because you didn’t use a Yamaha YM2612 sound chip. See, you already don’t give a shit. “Bring on the bleep-bloop noises!” cry the masses, who don’t care whether the sounds are sourced from a Gameboy, HAL9000, or Carly Rae Jepson.
I don’t want it being perceived that I’m here shitting on the process of making real chiptune music; tapping away on anachronistic devices, using the most primitive tracker ever conceived, the tiniest pcm samples ever looped, and an impossibly small amount of channels to create something infinitely cooler than the sum of its parts. As an audio engineer and, er, nerd, I’m hella into it. Yet with so many tools available to us, and so much electronic music being independently written, how relevant is the process over the final product? Ponder this question and our modern, musical lives, because I can’t answer it. But I can embed more tunes.
Yeah, its Donkey Kong, SO WHAT? @L0pat0