Chiptune, Fugue, Pure Music

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Chiptune, Fugue, Pure Music

Xah Lee, 2010-05-25, 2011-04-05

A nice Chiptune.

DDDot video game music.

  • Game Sound: An Introduction to the History, Theory, and Practice of Video Game Music and Sound Design amazon

Note that chiptune (aka 8-bit music) is a sound style of music from arcade video games of the 1980s. The characteristics is simple synthesized sound, back then due to technological limitations.

However, somehow i love chiptune, because they capture the music itself, without the complex sound from musical instrument. In a sense, it's pure music. (“pure music” in music theory is composition that focuses on the notes combination itself, not sound. (though, few seconds of web search i didn't find the term, for some reason. Maybe i got the term wrong.))

In fact, i always wanted to have a piano such that each key produces a simple beep sound of the right frequency, or a slightly modified pure tone with the right ADSR envelope (so the sound isn't jarring to the ear as pure tones tend to be). This would be great when playing Bach's music, in particular, his fugues, e.g. Well-tempered clavier. See: Liszt & Bach, 4 Songs to Die ForMusic: MIDI Collection of Bach.

8-bit - Franz Liszt - Hungarian Rhapsody No.2

Here's a fantastic 8-bit version of Liszt's famous song. (thanks to anonymous for mention)

“8-bit | Franz Liszt - Hungarian Rhapsody No.2”

8-bit Chopin Etude Op.10-1

“8-bit Chopin Etude Op.10-1”

8-bit Chopin Etude Op.10-5 'Black key'

“8-bit Chopin Etude Op.10-5 'Black key'”

8-bit Bach BWV 1007

“8-bit version: BWV 1007”

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