A delectable curation of classic chiptune music from an era when pixel art was a necessity rather than a stylistic choice! Not necessarily chosen from my favourite video games, though indeed some are, this is a selection of music that has delighted, captivated, thrilled, and impressed upon me over the years. Basically, the stuff I’m always humming to myself in the shower (I’m not joking!) 🙂
Due to the three-hour limitation of SoundCloud’s basic account and problems with their overzealous copyright algorithms (some of the tracks got taken down), I’ve migrated the playlist over to YouTube. It’s not ideal, but it’s free and will allow me to grow the playlist over time.
You can still listen to the old playlist on SoundCloud, where you can download higher-quality versions of the tracks, but from now on I’ll only be expanding and maintaining the YouTube playlist.
The tracks on my playlist have been uploaded from my ever-growing personal collection and most have been sourced from accurate music files extracted or ripped from the original games. Sources for music files include:
- UnExoticA — a collection of music ripped from Amiga games and demos
- project 2612 — a Sega Mega Drive/Genesis music archive
- Project AY — a collection of music files generated on the General Instruments AY sound chip, as used in the ZX Spectrum and the Amstrad CPC
- High Voltage SID Collection (HSCV) — a huge Commodore 64 music archive
- CPC Museum — a collection of Amstrad CPC music files
- SNESmusic.org — an archive of music from the Super Nintendo/Famicom (SNES)
- VGMRips — an archive of music ripped from a wide variety of computers, consoles, and arcade machines
- Zophar’s Music Domain — an emulation website dedicated to preserving video game music in its original form
These files were then converted to mp3 (via wav/flac) using various sound chip emulators, including:
- AY emulator for ZX Spectrum and Amstrad CPC music
- M1 (using the bridgeM1 GUI) for arcade game music — there’s an excellent video by bitburner on how to rip music from MAME roms
- XMPlay with an assortment of plugins for other platforms including Amiga (delix), Commodore 64 (SID plugin), Sega Mega Drive (VGM plugin), NES (NSFplug), and SNES (SNESamp), or anything downloaded from VGMrips (VGM plugin).