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Chiptune Off the Old Block: A History of Chiptune Music

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Since games have existed, so has game music. Though it has evolved plenty over the past few decades, some people today still like to compose in the method used over 30 years ago. The music of the the 8-bit era is often called chiptune music, but what exactly does that mean? In this talk we'll be going through a brief history of chiptune music, as well as where today it stands and when and why one should use it in the modern era. Though it is not a comprehensive tutorial of how to compose this form of music, there will be plenty of advice of the tools and strategies to use and how to begin. This talk is aimed primarily to composers but will also be accessible to non-musicians.

Mitchel Wong is a freelance composer and sound designer that is extremely passionate about all facets of gaming. He has spent 15 years playing the trombone and acquired a Bachelors in Music from Ithaca College, where he ran a Gamers Club and conducted the Ithaca College Gamer Symphony Orchestra. He's very active in the local Boston game dev community and is currently working on projects with local and indie devs as a composer and sound designer.

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