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Bits and pieces : a history of chiptunes / Kenneth B. McAlpine.

Author/creator McAlpine, Kenneth B. author.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2019]
Copyright Notice ©2019
Description308 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.
Abstract "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 combination of hardware and creative code came to define a unique 8-bit sound that imprinted itself on a generation of gamers. For a new generation of musicians, this music has currency through the chipscene, a vibrant musical subculture that repurposes obsolete gaming hardware. It's performative: raw and edgy, loaded with authenticity and driven by a strong DIY ethic. It's more punk than Pac-Man, and yet, it's part of that same story of ingenuity and invention; 8-bit hardware is no longer a retired gaming console, but a quirky and characterful musical instrument. Taking these consoles to the stage, musicians fuse 8-bit sounds with other musical styles - drum'n'bass, jungle, techno and house - to create a unique contemporary sound. Analyzing musical structures and technological methods used with chiptune, Bits and Pieces traces the simple beeps of the earliest arcade games, through the murky shadows of the digital underground, to global festivals and movie soundtracks."--Publisher's description.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references (pages 285-302) and index.
Genre/formCriticism, interpretation, etc.
ISBN9780190496098 hardcover alkaline paper
ISBN0190496096 hardcover alkaline paper
ISBN9780190496104 paperback alkaline paper
ISBN019049610X paperback alkaline paper
ISBNelectronic book
ISBNelectronic book

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