Why do I like chiptunes ?
I recently began to listen to chiptunes. The concept can be explained very simply: electronic music made from 8-bits gaming computers/consoles (more details here).
How did I fall into chiptunes in the first place ? I don’t even like electronic music ! Well, I will probably come to that later in that post.
I think the first time I heard chiptunes was when I discovered Keith Apicary (a retro gaming geek characters played by Nathan Barnatt). As a Neo Geo fan I fell on a video clip of a funny song about that gem of 90’s video games (you can see it here).
After that discovery I looked for more video clips of Keith Apicary and then for music made by FantomenK (the artist that created the music used by Barnatt for his songs).
Now I have to admit that fact: I like chiptunes !
I am feeling a lot lighter now that this has been said. Thank you ! :)
So, why do I like that kind of music ? Hmmmm. Let me think.
I fell in love with video games in the late 80’s. From then I could not stop thinking about video games. Super Mario Bros, Sonic, Thunder Force III, James Pond 2, Mickey Mouse: Castle of Illusion, Alex Kid, Streets of Rage, Alpha Mission II, Super Mario Kart, etc.
Now every time I hear chiptunes a whole bunch of memories come back from those long past years. Only good memories: graphics, colors, music, secret paths. There some kind of nostalgic feeling mixed with a great deal of “happiness” and “acceleration”, don’t ask me why (maybe just listen to a music from Sonic’s soundtrack or even a remix of one).
Maybe the reason for my new-found taste for chiptunes can be found in depression or anxiety syndrome. During the past months I could not listen to any kind of music without being on the edge of bursting into tears. I do not know why, but this is a fact.
Chiptunes allow me to listen to music that only triggers good feelings and memories. I have found a way to let my mind to wander without going to dark and sad places. I only listen to chiptune now. At work when I want to cut myself from the surrounding noise, in the metro or when I go for a run.
Maybe one day I will not be able to hold it and begin to dance in the streets of Toulouse ? Don’t be too hard on a crazy 92-years old boy dancing on the sound of chiptunes, should you ever see one. Probably just a sad boy who found a way to make his days a little better… :)