HappiNESs (featuring Disasterpiece)
Your Quest Is Over (Featuring Pongball)
If there’s one thing this blog has been lacking lately, it’s been chiptunes. I don’t have a fetish for old games, but I do like retro video game soundtracks. It’s amazing how much they can express with such limited tools. How music that sounds like it was made with beeps and bops can bubble up so much emotion through more than just nostalgia. There’s something satisfactory about finding this music and learning about parts of gaming I know nothing about. I like sharing a song and someone telling me it’s probably inspired by a riff in Megaman or Sonic the Hedgehog.
Chiptunes represents unknown relics of the internet’s past. I have a very narrow field of view in video games because I stick to PC Gaming, but when I listen to chiptunes I feel like I’m exploring the underbelly of a dungeon or zipping past a nebula in space. They are things I can mostly identify, but there’s always something new to be uncovered and explained.
Someone mentioned that there’s been a recent bundle of games that are new but they represent the retro. I thought I’d do the same for music. Big Giant Circles released a mostly “name your price” mix of chiptunes with featured guests like C418 and Pongball. I’ve posted my three favorite. A nice mellow one that you will immediately associate with the beautiful, sunsetty sounds of adventure, a happy dragon killer and the echos of the end of your quest. Sorry baby, it has to end somewhere.