I used BeepBox, an online tool that I’ve talked about before, to build a piece of looping music that calls back to video games of the ’80s and ’90s.
Chiptunes are interesting because the sounds you could make with the limited hardware and software were limited. Chiptunes rely on creative arrangements – or remixes of a set of available sounds. By looking at digitally synthesized music in this way, an obvious question arises – are other, non-digital pieces of music simply remixes of individual instrumental sounds? How old or small must a unit of noise be before it can be called “original”?
If you’ve got a few minutes, give this a listen:
Uploaded to YouTube by SomethingUnreal in 2007.
This is a melody created by remixing the sounds of Windows XP. I just thought it was a cool example of remix.