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Bits and Pieces: A History of Chiptunes

Kenneth B. McAlpine


This book explores the development of and the social, cultural, and historical context of chiptune, a form of electronic music that emerged from the first generation of video game consoles and home computers in the 1980s. Through a combination of musical and procedural analysis and practitioner interviews, the book explores the role the technical constraints of early video game hardware played in shaping the sound of 8-bit video game music and the inventive approaches to coding and composition musicians used to circumvent them. It examines the sounds, culture, and personalities behind the musi ... More

Keywords: chiptune, electronic music, composition, video games, retrocomputing, demoscene, live performance, technology, creativity, digital art

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190496098
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190496098.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kenneth B. McAlpine, author
Melbourne Enterprise Fellow in Interactive Composition, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, University of Melbourne