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Chiptunes

Making SNES Music

Making SNES Music

While the Super Nintendo system provided us with countless hours of memorable gaming, it turns out that making music for its games was extremely difficult given the system’s memory limitations. The Nerdwriter explores some of the clever workarounds composers employed.

Nintendo Mashup

Nintendo Mashup

After filling our ears with his wonderful classical and Disney medleys, Grant Woolard is back with an epic composition, which flawlessly blends 46 different melodies from Nintendo games in a single track. See if you can identify them all.

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Diggin’ in the Carts Album

Diggin’ in the Carts Album
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Enjoy some of the best Japanese video game music from the 1980’s and 1990’s in this 34-track compilation album. A spinoff of the eponymous Red Bull music documentary, the album traverses both synthwave and symphonic music.

Flop It to the Limit

Flop It to the Limit

We’re gonna need a montage! The Floppotron performs the ultimate movie montage track – the cheesetastic Push It to the Limit from Scarface. We can picture an 8-bit version of Tony Montana laundering gold coins from the Mushroom Kingdom right now.

Kinacoustic: Ori and the Blind Forest

Kinacoustic: Ori and the Blind Forest

Jason Tang spent about a month arranging elements in the game Kinacoustic to perform a medley of tunes from Ori and the Blind Forest, arranged by pianist ThePandaTooth. The resulting video is as fascinating to watch as it is to listen to. Download the file here.

Red Hot Floppy Peppers

Red Hot Floppy Peppers

Her papa was a Compaq, and her mama was a HP. For his latest video, MrSolidSnake745 hooked up his arsenal of floppy drives, hard drives, and stepper motors, and programmed them to perform a rockin’ rendition of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ hit Dani California.

Oscilloscope Music

Oscilloscope Music
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An album that’s equally important to watch as to listen to. You’ll be quickly transfixed by the imagery which accompany Jerobeam Fenderson’s electronic sounds. The album’s videos were created entirely by feeding signals into a Tektronix 5103N oscilloscope.

Stop Motion Superfight

Stop Motion Superfight

Corridor’s latest short sees a dramatic fight sequence played out in a way that makes it look like the subjects can defy gravity. The trick – the sequence was acted out on the floor with the camera above. We can’t imagine how complex this was to choreograph. BTS video here.

Doctor Who: Raspberry Pi Edition

Doctor Who: Raspberry Pi Edition

A brief demonstration of the shockingly good audio capabilities of a $5 Raspberry Pi Zero computer, as the bargain priced computer replicates the sounds and music of the iconic Doctor Who theme music. Remember when you needed a $1000 synthesizer to do this?

8-Bit Covers

8-Bit Covers

8 Bit Universe has made hundreds of chiptune cover versions of popular songs across the ages. From Devo to The Eagles, from Journey to Beastie Boys. The also make 8-bit versions of TV and movie theme songs. Though we think the ones with vocals should be sung by a robot.

Video Game Music Megamix

Video Game Music Megamix

Video editor The Peterson created this flawless mix of numerous classic arcade and console games, all rolled into a single epic chiptune. Challenge: see if you can name all the games without looking at the YouTube description.

Super Mario 8-Bit Medley

Super Mario 8-Bit Medley

Vinheteiro plays a medley of 13 tracks from the Super Mario series on a synthesizer he’s loaded up with 8-bit sounds. While we’ve heard lots of covers before, there’s just something about hearing them played with the original sounds.

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