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Oct. 9, 2009 at 11:11am Chiptune music rocks!

One of the cool things I get to do as part of my job is order music... so I want to take a moment to talk about chiptune, a type of music I'm growing to adore.  

If you aren't familiar with chiptune, it's a music format that uses sounds created by a computer or videogame console sound chip.  There's a detailed explanation on Wikipedia, or you can watch this video, "Headphones on Your Heart" by Leeni, to hear an example of chiptune music (with animation by Goshadole):

This past summer, the Library hosted a program about chiptune music, with musicians from CrunchyCo coming out to explain how you make it, what equipment is required, and then playing some of their own stuff.  The Library has started adding chiptune music to our CD collection, so you can check out CDs by Leeni and Spamtron, and *coming soon* Fighter X and Circles.  Yesterday I had the chance to listen to Leeni's 8 Bit Heart; if you've grown up playing videogames like I have, it's hard to resist the nostalgia over hearing the beeps and blips.  But the music is also sweet, wistful, and energetic.  It's a beautiful blending of vocals and electronic.

I hope that you give this genre a chance and let us know if you'd like more of it in the Library collection! 

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