By: Ezra Shanto
Chiptune is a genre of music rooted in video games. Essentially, chiptune (sometimes called 8bit music, or chip music) is the use of 8 or 16 bit sounds, different digital instruments like trumpets or simple drums and other midis used together to create a song. Think the original Mario theme or Castlevania – they sound like instruments, only kind of compressed. To its very core the genre screams the NES – SNES era of gaming, and has seen a recent revival of sorts with modern games like the wonderful Shovel Knight featuring an “old-school” inspired chiptune soundtrack.