chip music

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This is a genre of electronic music made using the programmable sound chips of vintage video games, found in the machinery of game arcades, in computers and in video game consoles.  The range of sounds available to the chip musician is very small, but half the fun is seeing what you can with very little to create dance music. There is a certain nostalgic feel to the sound elements, the bleeps and beeps and whistles of the old games. 

 Chip music is also called 8-bit music or chiptune. Originally making chip music involved breaking into the protected code of the video game to extract the sound files, so it was illegal. These days it is gaining a large following.