Chipzel writes A Complete History of Chiptunes


"Music Made on Game Boys Is a Much Bigger Deal Than You'd Think."

It’s early summer in 2011 and I’m at a venue somewhere in New York’s Meatpacking District, about to perform to a crowd of at least a thousand people. I’m very much a newcomer to the scene at this point—19 and totally fan-girling, surrounded by people I’ve followed and idolized for years.

I look to the stage and see my humble little setup—two original Nintendo Game Boys connected to a DJ mixer, a common choice for your typical chiptune artist. Excitement builds as I accept the fact that I’m finally here (albeit completely shitting it) at Blip Festival, the most renowned event for chiptune enthusiasts in the world. What had seemed like a dream when I started out stared back at me two thousand-fold from the crowd...
Chipzel (for Vice)

Read the full article by clicking here. Chipzel covers tons of artists and ideas in the limited space provided, but as with any such project, there is a lot left on the cutting room floor. What do you think about the article? Who are some of the chiptune musicians and moments that have been most influential to you? Tell us in the comments below!