The past is all the rage and it has been for some time, including in music, where certain sounds can instantly transport the listener to a different place and time. Particularly during childhood and adolescence, these tunes make up the soundtracks to our lives. To some, myself included, such powerful music came from tiny chips in video game machines that guided us through fantastic and memorable adventures. One long-running, but relatively unheralded, musical methodology called chiptune is tapping into that nostalgia to create experimental music that is surprisingly complex and varied, considering its remarkably simple base ingredients: Namely, something like the eight bits that early gaming consoles were capable of communicating.
|Eric Brown as Rainbowdragoneyes|