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Title: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on November 26, 2014, 07:23:39 am
If possible, it would be best to keep this thread for chiptune music that you discovered or that you like, not stuff you created, in case one day this sub-forum splits into a music showcase and general discussion like what happened on Omni a few years ago. Create new topics to showcase your own work if possible. That's unless you want to showcase music from another user, which is fine, lol.

Anyway, my favorite 8-bit songs are mostly from Mega Man and Castlevania series and I like Ys music too. But I just found this and thought it sounded cool too :D:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJRCxH9P8Jo

It's a 8-bit remake of Super Turrican's first stage theme.


Also, music from Utz from Omnimaga is awesome as well, especially the calc stuff: https://soundcloud.com/irrlicht-project
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Duke "Tape" Eiyeron on November 26, 2014, 07:33:30 am
My webradio (soundchip userbar in my signature) sums up all my OC chiptune discoveries.

Favorite artist : (IAYD)[https://m.soundcloud.com/IAYD]
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Keoni29 on November 26, 2014, 10:25:24 am
I love Chris Huelsbeck's music! He did some great chiptunes on the C64 and the Amiga. He also composed that song you posted, DJ :)
Other artists I like are: Lukhash, Dunderpatrullen, Bossfight, Tim Follin, Jake Kaufman, Michiru Yamane, Dubmood
the list goes on...
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Duke "Tape" Eiyeron on November 26, 2014, 10:55:12 am
Tip : provider links. I'd check this out and maybe add it to the waiting list for my radio! :p
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Keoni29 on November 26, 2014, 11:04:00 am
These artists don't put up their music for free tho :P
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Streetwalrus on November 26, 2014, 01:51:05 pm
Eiyeron's post made me think... Maybe we should get a markdown parser for the forum as md is much easier to type than bbcode. :P
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Duke "Tape" Eiyeron on November 26, 2014, 03:35:41 pm
Yes, I typed too much Markdown these last days. Sorry, I'll correct that right now. But yeah a MD parser should be very useful.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on November 26, 2014, 06:58:09 pm
I love Chris Huelsbeck's music! He did some great chiptunes on the C64 and the Amiga. He also composed that song you posted, DJ :)
Other artists I like are: Lukhash, Dunderpatrullen, Bossfight, Tim Follin, Jake Kaufman, Michiru Yamane, Dubmood
the list goes on...
Yep Chris Huelsbeck is one of my favorite artist too. I wasn't sure if it was chiptune material, though, since the Amiga isn't 8 bit (unless I am wrong?) and I didn't realize he made C64 stuff too, but I guess we could mention him as well.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Duke "Tape" Eiyeron on November 26, 2014, 07:07:12 pm
Chiptune = 8-bit. SNES music can be treated as chiptunes and thus, Amiga too.

But DUBMOOD FTW (ansd he seems to live in Marseille! :D)
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on November 26, 2014, 10:46:03 pm
I thought that the SNES wasn't chiptune at first because the instruments seemed to be wav samples rather than generated by the sound chip. But again, older consoles have some WAV samples too so I don't know.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Keoni29 on November 27, 2014, 08:29:26 am
It's chip music because the music is played back from a sequence of notes trough the chip in order to produce sound rather than playing back a stream. It's a bit like midi.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Duke "Tape" Eiyeron on November 27, 2014, 10:48:23 am
It's mostly midi-like. Even the GBA works on a similar system. GSF files can be converted (with oain) into midi+soundfont. Sane for SNES games.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on November 27, 2014, 02:27:59 pm
Ok thanks for the info. That said, the GBA samples quality is rather bad IMHO. A lot of SNES games that got ported to the GBA saw their music quality reduced a lot. >.< Not to mention the lack of the SNES reverb effects, which makes things worse.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Streetwalrus on November 27, 2014, 02:50:41 pm
Well the main problem with the GBA is the crappy speaker and audio circuitry. If you try games in a good emulator then it sounds awesome.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Duke "Tape" Eiyeron on November 27, 2014, 03:55:28 pm
One of the most evident way to hear the difference is taking a listen to Mother 3 remade soundtrack. Given the GSF (GBA sound emulation) and the midi + soundfont from the GSF, the sound is not the same at all...
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Juju on November 27, 2014, 06:01:20 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9STiQ8cCIo0
Best song ever.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: aeTIos on November 27, 2014, 07:06:00 pm
I know that song under a different name, but I forgot it. At least it's not listed as "Unreal Super Hero 3" on my PC.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on November 27, 2014, 11:44:02 pm
Well the main problem with the GBA is the crappy speaker and audio circuitry. If you try games in a good emulator then it sounds awesome.
Not really. I tried some games on an emulator and the sound quality was still crappy compared to the SNES. I think it depends of the game, though. Some were converted rather well, but others, such as the infamous Sonic 1 GBA port and Final Fantasy VI, turned out really bad.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9STiQ8cCIo0
Best song ever.

Oh that's nice actually :D
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Streetwalrus on November 28, 2014, 07:02:46 am
Oh if you're talking about SNES remakes... Original GBA games have great audio. Look at the Pokémon games for example. :D
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on November 28, 2014, 08:33:03 am
I definitively agree. I think it's because the SNES had all those reverb effects and sometimes allowed for higher frequencies, but the GBA has more compression on samples. They probably didn't care much about sound quality since they figured that most people would play games on a real console with no headset.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Duke "Tape" Eiyeron on November 28, 2014, 08:38:44 am
They don't have that much compression, it's the audio output which is bad.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Streetwalrus on November 28, 2014, 08:59:03 am
Yeah as I said 99% of the audio quality loss on the GBA is due to crappy audio amplifier and speaker. :P
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on November 28, 2014, 05:00:45 pm
Then why emulators won't produce better GBA sound? O.O
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Keoni29 on November 28, 2014, 06:31:26 pm
Perhaps they emulate the crappy amp as well :P
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Duke "Tape" Eiyeron on November 28, 2014, 08:15:47 pm
Then why emulators won't produce better GBA sound? O.O

They won't if they fidely emulate the sound output! :p
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Streetwalrus on November 28, 2014, 08:25:48 pm
True, but you can hear a lot more details when playing on an emulator (noise and beat channels for example).
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Keoni29 on November 28, 2014, 10:45:57 pm
The sound is not filtered in the emulator. The GBA's sound output probably has some kind of analog filter before it goes trough the amplifier. This means you hear a lot of high-frequency noise when playing on an emulator.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on November 30, 2014, 05:46:22 am
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFjEkKKKQlo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7_RAJQ02eA

This is SNES music but I like this rendition of Final Fantasy prelude theme (in a Mystic Quest Legend ROM Hack)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJn5UnfC0Ms
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Scipi on November 30, 2014, 06:21:59 am
It's not really chiptunes, but chiptune-esque. But I really enjoy this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1K1nzbvaR4
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Streetwalrus on November 30, 2014, 09:30:18 am
I really love the Pokemon FRLG soundtrack as well as all of the Phoenix Wright music.

Yesterday I tried Super Hexagon and VVVVVV and these have totally insane music as well. :D

Also not exactly chiptunes but still DSP based music are the Mario Kart Double Dash, Zelda Twilight Princess/Wind Waker/OoT and F-Zero GX soundtracks are absolutely awesome.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Duke "Tape" Eiyeron on November 30, 2014, 03:30:32 pm
Actually, I should hear to FRLG soundtrack without the low-fi GBA sound output. I hope they have good quality samples.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Streetwalrus on December 01, 2014, 05:00:40 pm
Even on the real GBA it's awesome. Aaaaah the good old days. :3 Fire Red was my first handheld game ever (got it for my 9th bday with a light blue GBA SP :D).
Title: Oh, it's you, it's been a looong time.
Post by: Duke "Tape" Eiyeron on December 01, 2014, 05:25:38 pm
Even on the real GBA it's awesome. Aaaaah the good old days. :3 Fire Red was my first handheld game ever (got it for my 9th bday with a light blue GBA SP :D).

Oh, mine was Sneaky Snakes, on GB. It oesn't work anymore as the ROM is damaged... :/
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on December 02, 2014, 08:41:55 am
Do you mean a cartridge or an emulator ROM? If it's a cartridge it sucks because some games are hard to find or expensive. (and they more expensive as cartridges fail with the time, although it's rare that a game cart will fail really)
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Duke "Tape" Eiyeron on December 02, 2014, 04:02:27 pm
Do you mean a cartridge or an emulator ROM? If it's a cartridge it sucks because some games are hard to find or expensive. (and they more expensive as cartridges fail with the time, although it's rare that a game cart will fail really)

I meant my cartridge...  The first emulator I got were given to me by my father. Snes9x and MAme32.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: unknownloner on December 03, 2014, 12:29:30 am
As far as C64 goes, I quite like this one
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9CwsOOjNAo

Although my favorite might be the robocop title song
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFgXGw_kXpc

Also, recently started playing castlevania aria of sorrow on emulator and got hooked on the game's music right from the starting area
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqQPr3ZcbtE
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on December 03, 2014, 03:12:05 am
Not a big fan of the Robocop one because it seems to miss one important part of Robocop theme for some reasons, which is what I remembered Robocop for, but I like the others quite well.

At least the NES Robocop theme had that part I am talking about, although at the wrong pitch:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wD6KKXJEJA8


That said I kinda like the Atari 8 bit Robocop Demo music version too

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWB754Dif4U
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: unknownloner on December 03, 2014, 03:51:27 am
I'll be honest I've never heard the original robocop theme, I just really liked that title theme in particular.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Keoni29 on December 03, 2014, 10:03:04 am
Castlevania music is the best :D
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Duke "Tape" Eiyeron on December 03, 2014, 10:09:43 am
Super Meat Boy does have nice chiptune tracks and it seems they're are legit (mainly NES but some are from Game Boy). Here's my favorite, Betus Blues Retro.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJoU-E9gR6Y
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Keoni29 on December 03, 2014, 10:30:31 am
Youtube tag does not seem to work. Just url's do sometimes
https://youtube.com/watch?v=xJoU-E9gR6Y
I dunno about the other tracks, but this does not sound like it could be done on NES or gameboy hardware w/o expansion chips (too many channels).
I like this one as well:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMYAmU7Mgsw
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Duke "Tape" Eiyeron on December 03, 2014, 11:23:43 am
Strange, I see both of them on Fx mobile or Fx (linux). Yeah Lil' Slugger is rad as hell! :p
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on December 03, 2014, 01:22:44 pm
Yeah I don't have any problems seeing Youtube tags either. However remember that you need to use HTTP not HTTPS with Youtube tags. I'll listen to the track later.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Streetwalrus on December 03, 2014, 11:05:02 pm
Yup Super Meat Boy has great music. :D
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on December 04, 2014, 04:00:33 am
Ok I listened to that one first track and it sounds pretty nice and NES-like, even though it has more channels. Could this be doable in Famitracker or a Sega Genesis tracker?
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Duke "Tape" Eiyeron on December 04, 2014, 05:41:30 am
I think that's NES with maybe soundcard extensions like VRC7 or MMC5.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on December 04, 2014, 05:58:52 am
Now that you mention those chips, I remember one Japanese Famicom (Japanese version of the NES) game that used a special sound chip built into the cartridges to produce even better sound. It's called Lagrange Point:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUi8DqgWg2Y

I don't like those NES drums, though. They sound too much like GXSCC drums. I prefer the classic ones like in Super Mario Bros 1 or Zelda II or the special ones from Journey to Silius.

Talking about Silius, now that's another amazing piece of NES chiptune history. To produce the drums they used the digital channel and for the bass they used the wave channel, which gave SNES-like basslines. :D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_Ztsa5mzA0

Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Duke "Tape" Eiyeron on December 04, 2014, 09:09:11 am
Now that you mention those chips, I remember one Japanese Famicom (Japanese version of the NES) game that used a special sound chip built into the cartridges to produce even better sound. It's called Lagrange Point.

That's the Konami VRC7, it adds (IIRC), one square wave and two sawtooth.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Streetwalrus on December 04, 2014, 12:40:20 pm
The problem with these chips is that they only work in Famicoms, so if you have a PAL/US NES, you can't enjoy the better audio.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Duke "Tape" Eiyeron on December 04, 2014, 01:24:02 pm
Not even with custom game carts (like NSF players)? D:
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Streetwalrus on December 04, 2014, 02:36:34 pm
Well iirc they use the extra pins that are present on the Famicom's cart connector but not on the NES. Maybe it's the opposite though, I don't remember.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on December 04, 2014, 02:46:21 pm
Yeah IIRC that chip is only on the Japanese console. No wonder why the game never got ported here. I am willing to bet they could have at least tried to make the sound better than normal NES music by processing it via a cartridge sound chip, but it wouldn't have sounded as good.

Also that game was incredibly expensive IIRC compared to other games.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Streetwalrus on December 04, 2014, 03:54:56 pm
Actually the chip is in the cart, but it need the pins to work in the console. :P
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Duke "Tape" Eiyeron on December 04, 2014, 04:57:46 pm
Yeha, like Super FX needs the extended pins to work. At least they could have worked on a port like they did on Kid Icarus, originally out on FDS which has a wave channel, while changing a little the music. Same for castlevania III
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Keoni29 on December 04, 2014, 07:17:26 pm
Talking about Silius, now that's another amazing piece of NES chiptune history. To produce the drums they used the digital channel and for the bass they used the wave channel, which gave SNES-like basslines. :D
Not sure if you meant this: They used the noise and triangle wave to create all of the drum sounds (cymbals, kick, snare) and the bass is on the PCM channel.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on December 05, 2014, 01:10:56 am
Yeah that's what I meant. Basically they kinda swapped both channel uses.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Scipi on December 05, 2014, 02:37:16 am
Forgot to mention this one, but I love the soundtrack for the Silver Surfer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQlLl2j5THQ

The sound seems a bit off in the video, though.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on December 05, 2014, 04:50:53 am
Woah, they had this game at the local store a while ago. I should check if they still have a copy. It definitively has epic music and very c64-like.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Scipi on December 05, 2014, 05:01:57 am
I'd warn you, it's a very difficult game. The music was amazing, but the gameplay was just terribly done.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on December 05, 2014, 05:17:30 am
Yeah that's what I am reading from Youtube comments and some reviews. Back then it seems that a lot of games were difficult only because of flawed gameplay. Maybe they just left gameplay like that on purpose in some games in order to increase game lenght.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: aeTIos on December 19, 2014, 07:58:33 am
I really like this song.
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/64788231/moonsongducktales.mp3
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Duke "Tape" Eiyeron on December 19, 2014, 10:48:06 am
The classic one, heh!

I likelove Abandoned by Dylanbrochill (https://ucollective.org/audio/DYLANBROCHILL/abandoned/), Synecdoche from Cooshinator (https://ucollective.org/audio/Cooshinator/synecdoche/) and Sleepless II by Pixeltune (https://ucollective.org/audio/Pixeltune/sleepless+ii/).
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on December 19, 2014, 11:39:43 pm
Oh wow aeTIos I heard this before and this is epic. :D

Also Eiyeron do you have mirror links for those songs? The site on which they are hosted is extremely slow. It keeps buffering for 1 minute every 5 second in the song.


EDIT Nvm, only Song #2 seems do have issues loading. My favorite that you posted is the 3rd, because despite being 8 bit, it still manages to sound very close to electro and dubstep.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Scipi on December 20, 2014, 04:05:48 am
Came across this just now. It's really well done in comparison to the original!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45fxl2-qVqo

Original:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gtGeZ2wOmo

EDIT Nvm, only Song #2 seems do have issues loading. My favorite that you posted is the 3rd, because despite being 8 bit, it still manages to sound very close to electro and dubstep.

Here's the soundcloud for that one: https://soundcloud.com/cooshinator/synecdoche (https://soundcloud.com/cooshinator/synecdoche)
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on December 20, 2014, 04:40:17 am
Those random cat sounds O.O. Both sounds pretty nice by the way, although beating the original is very hard IMHO. Also thanks for the link to the 2nd song Eiyeron linked to. :)
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Juju on December 21, 2014, 05:54:41 am
I really like this song.
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/64788231/moonsongducktales.mp3
Moon theme is best theme.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Duke "Tape" Eiyeron on December 21, 2014, 08:33:14 am
Oh wow aeTIos I heard this before and this is epic. :D

Also Eiyeron do you have mirror links for those songs? The site on which they are hosted is extremely slow. It keeps buffering for 1 minute every 5 second in the song.


EDIT Nvm, only Song #2 seems do have issues loading. My favorite that you posted is the 3rd, because despite being 8 bit, it still manages to sound very close to electro and dubstep.

I have them on my server, if the license is okay I could publish them on my server as a mirror.


Here's the soundcloud for that one: https://soundcloud.com/cooshinator/synecdoche (https://soundcloud.com/cooshinator/synecdoche)

Actually the soundcliund version and the uCollective version are quite different. The SoundCloud one is the original, running at 140 bom. The uCollective is the same song, with the DMG underclocked to reach 110bpm and tweaked a little to tune it correctly. I prefer the uCollective one than the SoundCloud one. It's more gritty, less happy and have a feeling finish that is fantastic.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on December 21, 2014, 09:15:56 am
Oh right I didn't realize both were different. That said I tend to like happy songs more so I guess I might like the slower version less. :P
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Duke "Tape" Eiyeron on December 21, 2014, 11:48:06 am
After all, it's me that find sadness in a lot of songs I listen to, make your mind about it and don't mind mine! :p
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on December 24, 2014, 06:41:03 am
More awesome Chris Huelsbeck stuff :D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdtCSybIErE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ddjah0uIBzI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fvha_2hAzq0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RgESm8wl00

And now some random unrelated stuff:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxjkLWcGIGY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-B9QZ_Pn8A
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xhd-W-inuTA
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Juju on December 24, 2014, 08:39:15 am
Speaking of PC88... (although those ones are PC98)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzOUqOCRXOs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xpt-QK5Lk78
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on December 24, 2014, 05:25:33 pm
I don't know much about the PC98 but seeing Ys on it looks and sounds identical to the PC88 I assume it's in the same computer family, right?

Nice by the way :D


Also talking about Ys, here's an FM version of Valestine/Ballacetine Castle theme on a MSX tracker:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSYJGKDyZmg
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Juju on December 24, 2014, 09:04:22 pm
THe PC88 and the PC98 are made by the same company, NEC, but the difference is that the PC88 is based on a Z80 CPU whereas the PC98 had Intel CPUs (so it's kind of the japanese equivalent of the IBM PC). The PC98 is pretty known here for Ys and the first 5 Touhou.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on December 24, 2014, 10:13:43 pm
Ah weird, because I didn't know there was Ys for the 98 then. Maybe the 98 can emulate 88 games? The version of Ys for the PC98 seems identical (even the music) to the 88.

Also does anyone know about the FM77AV? It also has a similar Ys version but the final boss song is longer.

FM77AV
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqZSBt0BSKU

PC88
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJNtcBQKHcE
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Travis on January 01, 2015, 09:13:50 am
I've come across so many chiptune favorites I couldn't possibly list them all. In the NES genre, the most recent gems I've found (using VRC6) are Esper Dream 2 and Madara. Neil Baldwin (http://dutycyclegenerator.com/) also made some awesome NES music, and I liked music by Alberto Gonzalez, too (who did music for GB Turok series, NES Asterix, Smurfs, etc.). Oh, and NES The Immortal (Rob Hubbard) and the Namco N106 audio games are cool. Sorry I don't have specific links/videos handy; I downloaded all of these as NSFs years ago from sources I no longer remember.

Lot of cool homebrew NSF stuff I've come across on forums and 2a03.org before it vanished, as well. I've come across a lot of great MOD tunes, too, though they're a huge PITA (I haven't found a single MOD player that plays all of them correctly, if at all).

Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Dark Storm on January 01, 2015, 10:34:39 am
I like metal (power metal  :thumbsup:), some melodic chipset music, so when a guy made a remix of Inis Mona by Eluveitie on 8bits, I found it very good :)

https://soundcloud.com/whitemages8/inis-mona-8bit-white-mage
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Keoni29 on January 01, 2015, 12:01:31 pm
You might like some of DJ's work then ;)
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Dark Storm on January 01, 2015, 12:02:22 pm
Of course !  ;)
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on January 02, 2015, 07:00:19 am
I've come across so many chiptune favorites I couldn't possibly list them all. In the NES genre, the most recent gems I've found (using VRC6) are Esper Dream 2 and Madara. Neil Baldwin (http://dutycyclegenerator.com/) also made some awesome NES music, and I liked music by Alberto Gonzalez, too (who did music for GB Turok series, NES Asterix, Smurfs, etc.). Oh, and NES The Immortal (Rob Hubbard) and the Namco N106 audio games are cool. Sorry I don't have specific links/videos handy; I downloaded all of these as NSFs years ago from sources I no longer remember.

Lot of cool homebrew NSF stuff I've come across on forums and 2a03.org before it vanished, as well. I've come across a lot of great MOD tunes, too, though they're a huge PITA (I haven't found a single MOD player that plays all of them correctly, if at all).


Wow I just listened to songs from the first two games you mentionned and I didn't realize the 2nd one was even possible on the famicom. It sounds very nice too. :) It's a shame that North America didn't get those games nor NES sound quality.


I didn't know about 2a03.org, though. Is any of the stuff available on Youtube?


By the way Travis, nice to see you around. :) Since you are very into old school games and music, I wonder if you might know where the original songs from Chiptune Rocker could be downloaded? I am missing song 3 and 4, for example. D:

I like metal (power metal  :thumbsup:), some melodic chipset music, so when a guy made a remix of Inis Mona by Eluveitie on 8bits, I found it very good :)

https://soundcloud.com/whitemages8/inis-mona-8bit-white-mage

Actually I think that remix was generated using GXSCC from either a MIDI found on the Internet or a MIDI that the guy made himself. However, this song came out pretty well (GXSCC is hit and miss because sometimes MIDI tracks are not converted properly and some people dislike it because it doesn't sound enough like the NES to them). Thanks for the sharing :) It's also my favorite Eluveitie track.


By the way I make power metal stuff, but it's not exactly chiptune since it was made using a Playstation 1 (which is a 32 bits console). I did make one chiptune song, though, called All the People in the House.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Travis on January 02, 2015, 01:05:56 pm
Wow I just listened to songs from the first two games you mentionned and I didn't realize the 2nd one was even possible on the famicom. It sounds very nice too. :) It's a shame that North America didn't get those games nor NES sound quality.

I didn't know about 2a03.org, though. Is any of the stuff available on Youtube?

By the way Travis, nice to see you around. :) Since you are very into old school games and music, I wonder if you might know where the original songs from Chiptune Rocker could be downloaded? I am missing song 3 and 4, for example. D:

Yeah, it's striking what a couple of extra square waves and a sawtooth wave channel can do. The Famicon Castlevania III also used the VCR6, now that I remember, and had enhanced sound. The North America version we got had to scale back the music due to the lack of extra VRC6 channels.

Lagrange Point (VRC7) was a famous example of Konami sticking an entire Yamaha FM synthesizer chip on the cart and piping that through the analog audio pins. It was the only commercial game that used the sound, but there are quite a few homebrew NSFs that also use it. Namco N106 had a whopping eight sampling channels; I've seen people on chiptune forums actually complain that it's overkill. :P

Not sure if the 2a03.org archive is available anywhere; I haven't yet looked. There are some chiptune/NSF sites where at least some of that stuff might have been uploaded. I haven't really looked around in a while to see what's out there.

I'm not familiar with Chiptune Rocker, I'm afraid. Sorry. :(
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Art_of_camelot on January 03, 2015, 01:49:25 am
The VRC7 is kind of similar to the sound chip that's inside the Sega Genesis, so it can produce a similar sound. There were several Famicom games that had access to more sound channels, they're pretty interesting to look into.

I'll leave these here:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCL0lhc494WGHbDpGvoiM31w
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUptJyGWFJKfzd7rcfeXD0w
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM1KEDxD2ZP95p7TDdMSFeA
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYuC0A0ywnvzvPKiI0oKD0w

I also like Lukhash, David Wise, and Jake Kaufman.
For old school NES games, most anything from Konami, Capcom, and Sunsoft are fantastic. Also gotta agree with Scipi on Silver Surfer. Amazing soundtrack, stupid hard game.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on January 03, 2015, 09:19:16 am
Wow I just listened to songs from the first two games you mentionned and I didn't realize the 2nd one was even possible on the famicom. It sounds very nice too. :) It's a shame that North America didn't get those games nor NES sound quality.

I didn't know about 2a03.org, though. Is any of the stuff available on Youtube?

By the way Travis, nice to see you around. :) Since you are very into old school games and music, I wonder if you might know where the original songs from Chiptune Rocker could be downloaded? I am missing song 3 and 4, for example. D:

Yeah, it's striking what a couple of extra square waves and a sawtooth wave channel can do. The Famicon Castlevania III also used the VCR6, now that I remember, and had enhanced sound. The North America version we got had to scale back the music due to the lack of extra VRC6 channels.

Lagrange Point (VRC7) was a famous example of Konami sticking an entire Yamaha FM synthesizer chip on the cart and piping that through the analog audio pins. It was the only commercial game that used the sound, but there are quite a few homebrew NSFs that also use it. Namco N106 had a whopping eight sampling channels; I've seen people on chiptune forums actually complain that it's overkill. :P

Not sure if the 2a03.org archive is available anywhere; I haven't yet looked. There are some chiptune/NSF sites where at least some of that stuff might have been uploaded. I haven't really looked around in a while to see what's out there.

I'm not familiar with Chiptune Rocker, I'm afraid. Sorry. :(
IIRC Lagrange Point was also very expensive per Japanese standards because of the extra chip. If it had been sold in USA, I bet it would have costed as much as some late SNES era RPGs.

But yeah, Lagrange was truly the only Famicom game that used that chip entirely for sound. Some other games use extra sound capabilities but nowhere close to Lagrange. I was amazed when I saw that Silius just used the NES soundchip despite sounding much more complex than 8 bit stuff.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Keoni29 on January 03, 2015, 12:47:00 pm
Loading up midi's in fl-studio and changing the sounds to be chippy is lame. Everyone can do that.

Edit: Wow there is some really nice stuff on those channels, AoC. I just recently started playing Twilight princess again and I really like this song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRRSZeHyQSQ
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Travis on January 03, 2015, 05:06:17 pm
IIRC Lagrange Point was also very expensive per Japanese standards because of the extra chip. If it had been sold in USA, I bet it would have costed as much as some late SNES era RPGs.

But yeah, Lagrange was truly the only Famicom game that used that chip entirely for sound. Some other games use extra sound capabilities but nowhere close to Lagrange. I was amazed when I saw that Silius just used the NES soundchip despite sounding much more complex than 8 bit stuff.

Yeah, that's what I've also heard regarding Lagrange Point.  Journey to Silius probably sounds distinctive because of SunSoft using the DMC/DPCM channel for bass samples. Most games just used it for drums and digitized sound effects. Using the sampling channel for melodic instruments was tricky due to the limited playback rates available, which is why (or so I've read) some of the bass notes in Sunsoft games are slightly out of tune (though I can't personally tell). Recca also made pretty extensive use of that channel in its music, to the point of almost making it sound like it's using more channels than there actually are.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Art_of_camelot on January 03, 2015, 09:30:08 pm
@Keoni: Yea, IKR? :D I might have a few more to drop in here. :D

@Travis and DJ: Sunsoft is know for using the sample channel (on NES) for bass. The drums (which are one of the main instruments usually sampled) are instead put on the triangle and noise channels. This creates a pretty distinctive sound from most other NES titles. Batman Return of the Joker, Ufouria, and Fester's Quest also make nice usage of the sampled bass.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on January 05, 2015, 07:11:05 am
Loading up midi's in fl-studio and changing the sounds to be chippy is lame. Everyone can do that.

Edit: Wow there is some really nice stuff on those channels, AoC. I just recently started playing Twilight princess again and I really like this song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRRSZeHyQSQ
I actually don't mind if people do that if it sounds good. I just don't like if they take someone else's MIDI file, replace the samples then claim it as their own remix/cover, plus doing this is prone to errors, such as too many channels or not sounding natural.

Also awesome video :D

IIRC Lagrange Point was also very expensive per Japanese standards because of the extra chip. If it had been sold in USA, I bet it would have costed as much as some late SNES era RPGs.

But yeah, Lagrange was truly the only Famicom game that used that chip entirely for sound. Some other games use extra sound capabilities but nowhere close to Lagrange. I was amazed when I saw that Silius just used the NES soundchip despite sounding much more complex than 8 bit stuff.

Yeah, that's what I've also heard regarding Lagrange Point.  Journey to Silius probably sounds distinctive because of SunSoft using the DMC/DPCM channel for bass samples. Most games just used it for drums and digitized sound effects. Using the sampling channel for melodic instruments was tricky due to the limited playback rates available, which is why (or so I've read) some of the bass notes in Sunsoft games are slightly out of tune (though I can't personally tell). Recca also made pretty extensive use of that channel in its music, to the point of almost making it sound like it's using more channels than there actually are.
I actually couldn't notice any out of tune basslines. We can sometimes notice the low sound sampling rate, though.
Batman Return of the Joker, Ufouria, and Fester's Quest also make nice usage of the sampled bass.
For some reasons, I never could notice much difference in Batman Return of the Joker compared to other NES music? ??? Maybe the bass sample they used just sounded closer to NES bass so it didn't sound as advanced as Silius?
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Art_of_camelot on January 06, 2015, 01:34:30 am
Not sure what to tell you but for comparison:

Sunsoft's first Batman game without sampled bass:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmoIkmgJTD8

Sunsoft's Return of the Joker with sampled bass:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmC7MOwlDhM


Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on January 06, 2015, 03:23:49 am
Hmm for some reasons, music sounds different in this 2nd Return of the Joker video than in TASes I watched. Maybe the videos I watched were lower quality, which caused the bassline to become muddy and sound more like a triangle bass or something?
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Art_of_camelot on January 06, 2015, 05:24:52 am
It's possible. I've noticed that stuff can sound differently depending on how the audio gets encoded. There are also some nes osts that are uploaded in "stereo" and it sounds way off compared to how it should.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on January 06, 2015, 05:26:00 am
Yeah I noticed that. Sometimes I wish I could listen to it in mono without echo but often it's the only video available.

Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on March 06, 2015, 06:04:46 am
Those are cool chiptune versions of Final Fantasy 9 music :D
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9zUKqmNe0w
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fa-Cp-LdHVM


And Final Fantasy IV
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBY8X3bOZGQ

Another rendition of FFIV, this time from the Wonderswan Color console:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sL_6tXDocW4


(Btw, I think at first Final Fantasy IV was supposed to be a NES game, but then they decided to scrap it then made a SNES game instead)
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: tr1p1ea on March 06, 2015, 06:09:20 am
Nice!

I love chiptunes, I usually listen to SlayRadio while coding (http://www.slayradio.org).

Lately I've been listening to New Retro stuff which can be nice. Like Lazerhawk for example:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpDn4-Na5co
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on March 07, 2015, 04:18:52 am
Yep, Slayradio is definitively a must for video game fans.

Also yeah I noticed that nowadays people make music of older genres again, such as synthpop and italo disco. A lot of the new stuff is pretty cool and true to the original genre. :)
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on March 09, 2015, 03:59:36 am
Here's a very nice one that bb010g linked to on IRC earlier: A c64 cover of Daft Punk - Get Lucky :D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VERYuxrgIkI


I should check something in Pocket Music GBC to see if I can mimic Stereo music, because I have an idea.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: bb010g on March 09, 2015, 04:02:25 am
Oooh! I didn't know about this topic. :)

A nice, full cover of Viva la Vida:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmy1UYUprqE

And a Money Island dance remix:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCfJPoKyn2w
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Duke "Tape" Eiyeron on March 09, 2015, 05:28:02 am
Here's a very nice one that bb010g linked to on IRC earlier: A c64 cover of Daft Punk - Get Lucky :D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VERYuxrgIkI


I should check something in Pocket Music GBC to see if I can mimic Stereo music, because I have an idea.

The GBC does have stereo capacity. Let's hope that yourusic software does too.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on March 09, 2015, 03:49:24 pm
I think it does, but the problem is will the sound clip really bad if I keep switching back and forth?


Also @bb010g wow that Monkey Island song is awesome :O


Also it appears there actually was a MSX version of the first Final Fantasy. The music sounds much better than in the NES version IMHO:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NR9wQqL9aMo

And if you check Gurgu Volcano song, you'll notice this version sounds closer to the Final Fantasy IX version:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sh9DUTubeo4

Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on April 30, 2015, 05:22:56 pm
That R-Type song is awesome.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Vmoj8xzqkk

Also that isn't really chiptune but it's from the SNES. Nice Super Metroid remixes of Metroid Zero Mission, Fusion and the Game Boy game:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkwmAcGUGO0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xL1lxLxtNWw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYXJeLNgbnk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pM-pz1IweC8
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on May 06, 2015, 11:57:50 pm
This SNES arrangement of MK64 is awesome

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzwArllDnEc

EDIT: This one too but not as much:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhaYfTaqtDg
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on May 18, 2015, 12:20:14 am
For those who are fans of Doctor Who, here are some nice 16 bit covers of the main theme :D (the first being Sega Genesis style and the rest SNES)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWlarnDOHJw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Yk7u5yAi60
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDuORTbSRXM

Also lol at this XD (the music in this is nice btw)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvSk1rosmYY
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on May 28, 2015, 05:33:10 pm
Some interesting SNES rock music from Power Rangers: The Movie:

https://youtube.com/watch?v=cpsT-7JQ1c0&list=PLirSddeMOYZ4__HiYaDXmxtJvOEVZ0S_6
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on June 29, 2015, 01:03:07 am
I am unsure if this qualifies as chiptune music, but it sounds quite close and I like it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCZFh3LcT2g

You probably have heard it from RainbowFox.swf already, though.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Duke "Tape" Eiyeron on June 29, 2015, 08:00:02 am
Dang Auxcide got very quickly among my favorite chiptuners, listen to this : http://8static.bandcamp.com/album/pixel
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on July 02, 2015, 04:33:17 am
My favorite is the song called Source. PIXEL is also very great. Overall, the album is pretty fun to listen to.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Duke "Tape" Eiyeron on July 02, 2015, 10:33:42 am
The combo Creation+Morphine is awesome too.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on July 06, 2015, 03:48:40 am
Yeah I agree, especially Morphine.

Also this song is kinda cool

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8lcvvWdBto
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Unicorn on July 14, 2015, 11:51:46 pm
Oooo I like that beat :)
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: utz on July 15, 2015, 12:02:42 am
One of my favourite chip musicians, Vince Kaichan, just released a new album: https://cheapbeatsmusic.bandcamp.com/album/power-tricks
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on July 18, 2015, 04:28:06 pm
Cool, I'll check it out soon utz :)

Also I found a SMB3 hack called Super Mario Bros 3 Mix which seems good, but I like the remixed tracks in it :D

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMFv2HcEaYn0ESjeyik1WqJVxyp5_B_J0
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on September 18, 2015, 05:53:51 am
By the way, has anyone ever played Demon's Crest for the SNES? https://youtube.com/watch?v=PsCPOJA8MCg Because while it might not be everyone's music genre, I felt the music was still really great and it really fit the game's dark themes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Slm_Bw8YyL0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSXvyVC_11A
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ok6hq1RLqPQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoLXQlCkbcQ


Also, despite being on the SNES they still managed to make the music sound close to stuff you could hear in modern games.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: utz on January 15, 2016, 01:50:31 pm
Rad new Konami/Capcom style fake NES game OST by Norrin Radd:
https://mattcreameraudio.bandcamp.com/album/venture-kid
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on January 16, 2016, 07:08:05 am
Someone did PICO-8 covers of Double Dragon music and I thought it sounded cool. It reminds me a bit of the Japanese Sega Master System: https://soundcloud.com/gruber99/sets/double-dragon-pico8-edition

By the way, anyone ever listened to Lagrange Point soundtrack for the Famicom? This game uses a special sound chip that produces sound more advanced than what you normally hear on the NES, but the game was expensive and never came out outside Japan since the NES lacked the hardware to play such music.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gb2fiA-IvNw&list=PL2917FA48A56DB74C

Rad new Konami/Capcom style fake NES game OST by Norrin Radd:
https://mattcreameraudio.bandcamp.com/album/venture-kid
I didn't have time to listen to all of this album, but so far it sounds really great utz. Imagine if some NES games had those songs :D
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Travis on January 20, 2016, 05:23:50 pm
Oh yeah, I remember coming across the Lagrange Point soundtrack. I was trying out Famicom NSFs with expanded audio years ago, and when I opened this one, I was like, “Whoa, this is way different. Imagine buying an NES/Famicom game, turning it on, and having it sound like that.” It's pretty awesome and one of my favorites. About the only thing that disappointed me a bit is that many of the loops are a bit on the short side.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on January 20, 2016, 05:38:47 pm
Yeah true, also I heard the story isn't as great as some other NES RPGs or SNES releases of the time. But Konami wasn't known for making JRPGs so that has to be expected.

What I wonder, though, is how the game would sound like without the special soundchip?
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Travis on January 20, 2016, 06:31:04 pm
You mean if they rewrote the music for the internal channels? That would be interesting, though it'd likely be a lot simpler. There were games like Castlevania III and Gimmick! that were ported from the Famicom to the NES and therefore had to have the music cut back and reworked.

Lagrange Point makes very little use of the console channels for its music (mostly just for percussion, which the Yamaha chip they used lacked), so if you simply disabled the chip (or modified the cartridge to plug directly into an NES), you wouldn't hear much besides that. This can be observed in an NSF player that allows you to individually turn off the sound channels.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on January 22, 2016, 07:32:22 am
Yeah that's what I was wondering, if it would have required reworking or not. I remember on the Sega Master System games sounded very different in North America compared to Japan.

Also I like this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_e5Fnnz-dkA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6R4oOcHkks

I think those SNES soundfonts used in the second video are from Mario RPG, right?
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DarkestEx on January 22, 2016, 03:05:56 pm
- Soundtrack of the C64 Game "Suicide express"
- Soundtrack of the (C64/PC/Android) game "Canabalt"

Also several 8 bit versions of recent songs.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on January 23, 2016, 02:41:43 am
You should post some videos of your favorite tracks in those soundtracks and the 8 bit versions of recent songs :)

Also I wish there were more 16-bit remakes of power metal music. There were F-Zero remakes of Nightwish music a few years ago on Youtube, but the guy removed them.


EDIT: Wait, it seems like someone re-used one of his tracks in his F-Zero video (but it's an actual gameplay video rather than just a picture so you hear the game noises):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxqS67ZqMmQ

The only thing I dislike in the song is that one of the tracks seems a little out of tune.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DarkestEx on January 23, 2016, 03:23:18 am
Sure :)

Suicide Express:
SID: Download (http://hvsc.perff.dk/MUSICIANS/C/Crowther_Antony/Suicide_Express.sid)
Video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDyVlWRn7LU

Canabalt RUN soundtrack:
MP3 (original): Download (https://github.com/ericjohnson/canabalt-ios/raw/master/data/music/run.mp3)
MP3 (C64):  (http://downloads.rgcd.co.uk/games/c64anabalt/c64anabaltmp3.zip)
Video:
https://vimeo.com/61204309
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on February 22, 2016, 02:07:11 am
@utz might recognize a few of those old computers or the music style on them:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iN1ykCq5D4k
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YtPP2C-YVk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TCQGM3kBIE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUz9G184giI

Ys series is an action RPG series which has most of my favorite chiptune songs ever and the instrumental remakes are often very great too. Note that the PC Engine/Turbografx 16 version is actually a Turbo CD game so the music comes from CD recordings rather than chiptune. In the chiptune versions my favorites are the Sega Genesis versions (which are often similar to the original, but has more bass)
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Scipi on February 22, 2016, 02:40:00 am
I'm kinda surprised I haven't seen krelez mentioned yet, since he uploads great tracks.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NejWV3fy1w
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: utz on February 22, 2016, 03:20:44 pm
@utz might recognize a few of those old computers or the music style on them:

Damn right I recognize these :D My favourite OST from the Ys series is the original Ancient Ys though, specifically the OPN/PC-88/98 version.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpLAeLzDvfw
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on February 24, 2016, 01:48:05 am
Nice find 123outerme. It seems like a  blend between 8 and 16 bits btw, with some non-chiptune tracks in-between but still with some chiptune elements, so perhaps that might be why it wasn't posted?

Also Utz yeah I didn't post Ys 1 because I couldn't find comparison videos of it. My favorite Ys 1 version, music-wise, is the FM77AV and 2001 PC remake, because they have the longer version of the Dark Fact battle song, which I always loved:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBjt8RJzik0

This version starts like the PC-8801 version, but there is an extra part. The 2001 PC OST is a remake of the FM77AV OST.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQVHa8wvOOo

I wish someone made a ROM hack of Ys IV for the SNES that turned the game and music into Ancient Ys Vanished. It would be cool to hear how Ys I music sounds like with ys IV: Mask of the Sun soundfonts.

Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: 123outerme on February 24, 2016, 02:04:57 am
Nice find 123outerme. It seems like a  blend between 8 and 16 bits btw, with some non-chiptune tracks in-between but still with some chiptune elements, so perhaps that might be why it wasn't posted?
(That was Scipi, not me)
But while I'm here, I might as well leave some of mine.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiW2DbKa_dI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkKKAQNxY4I

I imagine these are pretty widespread, in comparison to the other stuff, but nonetheless I enjoy good chiptune as well.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on February 24, 2016, 03:07:49 am
For odd reasons, I always mix up his avatar with yours. My bad >.<

Also Terranigma rules. I got a repro cart for the SNES but it doesn't keep my saves if I remove the cartridge from the SNES, which sucks. D: I need to find a way to play PAL games on American SNES consoles at some point. Also the rest of the Soul Blazer trilogy (which Terranigma is part of) is great. Soul Blazer is the first game and Illusion of Gaia is the second.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: 123outerme on February 25, 2016, 01:01:02 am
For odd reasons, I always mix up his avatar with yours. My bad >.<

Also Terranigma rules. I got a repro cart for the SNES but it doesn't keep my saves if I remove the cartridge from the SNES, which sucks. D: I need to find a way to play PAL games on American SNES consoles at some point. Also the rest of the Soul Blazer trilogy (which Terranigma is part of) is great. Soul Blazer is the first game and Illusion of Gaia is the second.
It's all good. I want to play Terranigma by emulating the SNES on my Wii, but I have Melee on my Wii right now and don't know when I'll want to take it off.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: aeTIos on February 25, 2016, 09:26:49 am
One of my all-time favourites will always be Dubmood's cover of 3D Galax. His version of Afterburner is awesome as well :D
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: p4nix on February 25, 2016, 06:17:02 pm
One of my all-time favourites will always be Dubmood's cover of 3D Galax. His version of Afterburner is awesome as well :D

Same for me. :)
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on February 25, 2016, 09:08:48 pm
For odd reasons, I always mix up his avatar with yours. My bad >.<

Also Terranigma rules. I got a repro cart for the SNES but it doesn't keep my saves if I remove the cartridge from the SNES, which sucks. D: I need to find a way to play PAL games on American SNES consoles at some point. Also the rest of the Soul Blazer trilogy (which Terranigma is part of) is great. Soul Blazer is the first game and Illusion of Gaia is the second.
It's all good. I want to play Terranigma by emulating the SNES on my Wii, but I have Melee on my Wii right now and don't know when I'll want to take it off.
Why can't you have both at once?

One of my all-time favourites will always be Dubmood's cover of 3D Galax. His version of Afterburner is awesome as well :D
I remember that song. One of my favorites and still in my YT playlists.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: garvalf on February 25, 2016, 11:05:06 pm
I agree Utz, Ys has one of the greatest soundtrack for a game. It's deep and moving.

A favorite of mine when I was younger (and I'm still enjoying it): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IylRH9KT5D4 (Stormlord on Atari ST)
I love the in-game music as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsUE7qxBYrY

In more recent discovery, there is this one (Kjell Nordbø) : https://soundcloud.com/vicious-sid/genuine-madness?in=vicious-sid/sets/vicious-sid-volume-2
There are a bunch of tracks I dislike from him (mostly the funky / happy stuff), but the melancolic ones are so nice...

Other musics I like are the Beyond the Ice Palace and  Xenon 1 musics on the Atari ST:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xc2yGJzaa_I&list=PLvf41E1k8S56HHewILZJ07qDZdRJP-UcO&index=3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoFM66LW-SU
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: utz on February 26, 2016, 12:55:57 pm
Yeah, Xenon music rulez! Beyond the Ice Palace is nice, too, though that was a conversion from C64 iirc.

Also, Kjell Nordbø, yes. One of the greatest SID composers of all times imo. I have to thank you again for bringing his music to my attention. His Den indre kilde (http://www.se2a1.net/soasc/dl.php?d=soasc/soasc_mp3%2FMUSICIANS%2FB%2FBlues_Muz%2FNordboe_Kjell%2FLarger_than_Life_T16.sid_CSG8580R5.mp3) brings tears to my eyes.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: garvalf on February 27, 2016, 10:59:59 pm
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I have to thank you again for bringing his music to my attention

you're welcome ;)
I think I've learnt about him on the goto80 blog.

We're having the same discussion we once had on your blog (http://irrlichtproject.blogspot.fr/2015/05/daily-dosis-kjell-nordb-tribute-7.html), this "indre kildre" reminds me of "The small path", another amazing tune (http://anorien.csc.warwick.ac.uk/mirrors/oakvalley/soasc/soasc_mp3/MUSICIANS/B/Blues_Muz/Nordboe_Kjell/Small_Path_T01.sid_CSG8580R5.mp3)! (I'm copying the link here too, so people can listen to those great music as well).

Some more which move me quite much:
http://anorien.csc.warwick.ac.uk/mirrors/oakvalley/soasc/soasc_mp3/MUSICIANS/B/Blues_Muz/Nordboe_Kjell/Replaced_one_must_go_T01.sid_CSG8580R5.mp3
http://anorien.csc.warwick.ac.uk/mirrors/oakvalley/soasc/soasc_mp3/MUSICIANS/B/Blues_Muz/Nordboe_Kjell/Larger_than_Life_T01.sid_CSG8580R5.mp3
http://anorien.csc.warwick.ac.uk/mirrors/oakvalley/soasc/soasc_mp3/MUSICIANS/B/Blues_Muz/Nordboe_Kjell/Classical_T01.sid_CSG8580R5.mp3
http://anorien.csc.warwick.ac.uk/mirrors/oakvalley/soasc/soasc_mp3/MUSICIANS/B/Blues_Muz/Nordboe_Kjell/Rosen_Min_T01.sid_CSG8580R5.mp3

(cool project btw: http://www.6581-8580.com/post.php?id=000006012016182402 )

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Other musics I like are the Ultima III, IV and V (by Ken Arnold (http://www.vgmpf.com/Wiki/index.php?title=Ken_Arnold)):

https://youtu.be/qxHDbisc0-Q?t=32s

Ultima VI music is wonderful too (FM/adlib):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKUrUdL2h1M

and Wizardry music (by Mike Alsop) is good too:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImRUaPDIfIs

EDIT (by DJ Omnimaga): Merged double-post
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on February 28, 2016, 07:12:06 am
My favorite 16-bit music of all time is Crazy Bus (Sega Mega Drive) theme.


Just kidding, I am listening to parts of the above right now and I like that Stormlord menu theme. I heard it before but I couldn't figure out where it was from. It's a shame that personal computers were not popular in the 80's in North America. It's quite ironic considering in 1983 the North American video game console market collapsed, so you would have expected the Commodore and Atari ST to take over until the NES came out.

As for the links you posted Garvalf, I always loved how some of the sound effects used in C64 and Atari ST music, and perhaps even the Amiga, were ahead of their time, especially compared to what we hear on the NES. Also that Wizardry song is just epic. I also like this version:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_-riGlVOCs

Also I remember way back in 2001 or 2002 when I tried making a Wizardry style RPG for the TI-83 Plus, but it was mainly outside rather than in dungeons. I wish I didn't lose it.

On a side note I also like Wizardry V music. I really need to dig further in the early parts of the series to hear more of its OST.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on April 11, 2016, 04:07:18 am
Here is some Stratovarius in 16-bits style:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X84MNyPdOco
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on April 29, 2016, 05:04:15 am
This is a friggin amazing rendition of Valestine Castle theme from Ys III, on the MSX FM chip:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSYJGKDyZmg
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on May 03, 2016, 11:28:33 pm
For those who never heard how different the Japanese version of Castlevania III sounds like on the Famicom:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqyoTvZ5cOE
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Juju on May 04, 2016, 02:06:17 am
Yeah, Castlevania III on Famicom had a VRC6, which allowed for two additional sound channels. They weren't compatible with the American NES, so they had to "downgrade" the music to the usual 5 channels. Still had the best MMC chip to come out in the NES lifetime, though.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on May 04, 2016, 04:44:13 am
Yeah true. That said, Castlevania III music still didn't sound bad on the American NES. Also the most advanced Famicom music was probably Lagrande Point in Japan. In America it was definitively Journey to Silius:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKYnHV7Ks_s

For Silius, they just used the WAV channel for the bass instead of drums and used the channel they normally use for bass for drums IIRC.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on May 13, 2016, 09:48:34 pm
This is not 100% accurate per Sega Genesis standards, but this is awesome. Imagine if Chrono Trigger had come out on the Sega Genesis with such soundtrack O.O

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeJPi4A_Qxs

Also yeah for those who never played Chrono Trigger, not only this game is a must try, but also we got rickroll'd (sort of) by the game from 1995 to 2008 without knowing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3-XY1bOGdY
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on May 22, 2016, 03:57:52 am
This must have gotten a lot of influence from Radiorama:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFIVKdDGk3Y

Compare with the song Aliens:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjkcYGyAaYQ


It's an awesome rendition, though, for Sega Genesis. Also the Outrun 2019 soundtrack is just friggin awesome, especially the following songs:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQbMtEIARL4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gN4NlsMchOg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fa65OJQPh5Q
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on June 29, 2016, 02:22:02 am
For c64 music fans :D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qG82RMyS07Y

Also at 1:26 or so, I somewhat got outrunroll'd <_<
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on August 05, 2016, 05:52:32 am
Here is some cool happy hardcore music made on Commodore 64:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Tjz_WMb70s

EDIT: @bb010g posted this on IRC too:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4py2L15RU4
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on August 17, 2016, 07:10:29 pm
Mortal Kombat movie theme in 8-bits form:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2IdgdnkXIo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CzZDM5tKeQ
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Juju on August 18, 2016, 07:16:50 am
Ah yeah, Joe Jeremiah, been a while he did any videos or songs... I wonder if he's ever going to do that again.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on August 25, 2016, 05:50:15 am
He stopped? That's a shame. There are some great artists out there that disappear sometimes. D:
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on December 02, 2016, 07:55:40 am
I'm unsure if this is legit NES music but it still sounds cool:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLUOvdSzHZg

Also this boss remix

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24HqeZkt1dg

I wish there was a Sega Genesis remix of it that sounded legit.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Travis on December 02, 2016, 08:27:12 pm
^ The first one sounds like it has far too many channels for VRC6, though it might be possible to do something like it with N163 (which offers up to eight(!) arbitrary-waveform channels). The second one sounds like, I'm guessing, MMC5 audio expansion.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: Travis on March 10, 2017, 01:13:55 am
Discovered some nice tunes recently while watching Games Done Quick (https://gamesdonequick.com/)'s feed (https://www.youtube.com/user/gamesdonequick/feed):

Little Samson (http://www.zophar.net/music/nintendo-nes-nsf/little-samson) (mainly the “Golem's Theme” track)
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (http://www.zophar.net/music/nintendo-nes-nsf/gremlins-2-the-new-batch), especially the level music
(both NES Sunsoft games)

Shantae (http://www.zophar.net/music/gameboy-gbs/shantae), a little-known Game Boy Color game developed by WayForward and released by Capcom in 2002, a year after the Game Boy Advance had come out. Jake Kaufman composed some impressive stuff that almost sounds like it uses more sound channels than the GBC actually has!

The Game Boy Turok games make excellent use of the voices, too. Alberto Jose Gonzalez is a pretty cool composer; he also did music for NES Asterix and The Smurfs.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on April 18, 2017, 04:41:53 pm
Someone posted this on Facebook. Would be interesting to attend a chiptunes rave live. @kotu might like it because it contains some songs that are reminiscent of raves and hardcore and stuff lol

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1EpOqe-Ym0
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: kotu on April 20, 2017, 10:01:48 pm
Bangin' I always love a bit of Boiler Room  8)
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on April 21, 2017, 12:28:45 am
It must be very fun to rave to the sound of 8-bits gabba. However it depends if the venue has setup their sound equalizers properly so that you don't end up deaf or with ear pain from screeching sounds
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on May 04, 2017, 11:24:54 pm
I had this song in my Youtube favorites for ages, but I found it again and I thought I would repost it here since it's absolutely epic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0vBLF4M050
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: _iPhoenix_ on May 04, 2017, 11:35:58 pm
(click to show/hide)

Otherwise, some music by Waterflame (the guy's everywhere...) or DJ.
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on May 25, 2017, 04:10:23 am
By 2x speed do you mean the tempo or just pitched up @_iPhoenix_ ?

Also Power Rangers SNES soundtrack can be very amazing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDHScbVzm7U
Title: Re: Your favorite chiptune music
Post by: _iPhoenix_ on May 25, 2017, 01:01:37 pm
By 2x speed do you mean the tempo or just pitched up @_iPhoenix_ ?

Also Power Rangers SNES soundtrack can be very amazing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDHScbVzm7U

Go to my YouTube, click a video, the gear icon, speed, 2x