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Bits and pieces : a history of chiptunes

Author: Kenneth B McAlpine
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2019] ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Bits and Pieces tells the story of chiptune, a style of lo-fi electronic music that emerged from the first generation of video game consoles and home computers in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Through ingenuity and invention, musicians and programmers developed code that enabled the limited hardware of those early 8-bit machines to perform musical feats that they were never designed to achieve. In time, that  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kenneth B McAlpine
ISBN: 9780190496098 0190496096 9780190496104 019049610X
OCLC Number: 1030381919
Description: 308 pages : illustrations, music ; 26 cm
Contents: The Atari VCS, the rise of the machines --
The ZX Spectrum, the sound of one bit --
The Commodore 64, for the masses, not the classes --
The Nintendo NES, a shop of strange and wonderful things --
The ultimate soundtracker? --
Going underground --
The Game Boy, a handheld revolution --
Netlabels and real-world festivals --
Fakebit, fans and 8-bit covers --
Chips with everything.
Responsibility: Kenneth B. McAlpine.

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A style of lo-fi electronic music that emerged from the first generation of 8-bit video game hardware, chiptune thrives today in a vibrant musical subculture that repurposes obsolete gaming hardware.  Read more...

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A fascinating discovery of everything you didn't think you needed to know about chiptune lies here within. I was introduced to chiptune through the brilliant work of PixelH8 when he supported me in Read more...

 
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