For the grand finale of This Week in Chiptune, I selected 200 of my favorite chiptune and chip-inspired tracks from a pool of over 7000; my entire collection of singles, albums and compilations that were sourced to create the series. I’ve included some historic and groundbreaking tracks from the chiptune scene, some of these songs stretch back almost a decade. I’ve also include tracks by musicians and producers who’ve taken the chiptune to new heights. There are also some of my personal favorites and mainstay musicians of TWiC. Thank you so much for the last 5 years and two hundred incredible episodes; a special thank you to all my patrons on Patreon for making it possible.
A special episode focusing on two exceptional video game soundtracks. The first by Shane Mesa, the fan-game previously known as “Mother 4” (a sequel to earthbound) and the new jam from Maxo, Beat Street! We also hear singles from An0va and Nelward.
I had the pleasure of running the stream for 8Static, an international chiptune festival that takes place in Philadelphia every year! I also had the opportunity to post a couple sets from the fest on the TWiC youtube channel, check out Flow Mein and Roboctopus, two incredible gameboy chiptune musicians.
If you wanted to access the whole fest, you can pledge as little as $1/month on the new 8static patreon, help support an awesome music event, and get access to the private database of show recordings that I am personally editing and uploading this week!
This episode we’re going to focus on hardware based chiptune music, including gameboy songs made with the homebrew rom LSDj, Nintendo-style music made with NES compatible program Famitracker, and FM Synthesis like the Sega Genesis! Fans of old PC games will be pleased to know we’ve got an album created entirely on the Sound Blaster 16, a soundcard for home computers released back in 1992. That’s what we’re going to hear first, by chiptune legend and Oxygen Star who got his start performing live drums at PAX East in Boston.
Future Music from the Internet generation! Genres like Future Bass, Acid House, Lofi Hiphop, Future Bop, Deep House, Super Nintendo Trap, and I’m just making stuff up at this point. This one’s a biggie!