Early Amiga chiptuneries

The terms chipmusic and chiptune was sparsely used during the 1980’s and started to become popular on the Amiga around 1990. It seems like it referred to both synthetic Amiga music (hypertracker “soft synths”) and sample-based chip-modules made in soundtrackers.

I came across the Dexion Megademo from 1989 the other day, and it has some interesting examples of songs that are both synthetic and sample-based. This was common in the early years of the Amiga, before soundtrackers became the dominant standard. But perhaps some of these songs were made in soundtrackers? In part 3 it sounds like a typical soundtracker technique of setting an arpeggio on the first step of a sound, but leaving the rest of the sound clean.

Maybe this can add to the history of chip-modules? If anyone is up for some detective work to find out which software the music was made in, let me know what you find.

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2 Responses to “Early Amiga chiptuneries”

  1. adkd Says:

    Hi, and thanks for your inspiring works. Because also old favorites of mine, few years ago I found the Dexion Megademo mods at the Modarchive (including part 3, see http://modarchive.org/index.php?request=view_by_moduleid&query=98695) made by Future Freak.

  2. adkd Says:

    Good day Sir.

    Got a little inspired and decided to track down the modules of this Megademo.

    These are Future Freak’s five good contributions (in order of appearance) for the Dexion Megademo.

    http://amp.dascene.net/downmod.php?index=27323 (loadertune)
    http://amp.dascene.net/downmod.php?index=27326 (gloomy)
    http://amp.dascene.net/downmod.php?index=27320 (this is funk)
    http://amp.dascene.net/downmod.php?index=27325 (hipfunk)
    http://amp.dascene.net/downmod.php?index=27321 (acid2)

    And then the Megademo’s great 1st part song by Luxor/Megaforce
    http://amp.dascene.net/downmod.php?index=39437 (megaforce02)

    The second mod by Luxor appearing later in the Megademo
    http://amp.dascene.net/downmod.php?index=39438 (hqc-beat)

    Then the nice part with music from Zonzo/Epsilon Design
    http://amp.dascene.net/downmod.php?index=24734 (enqura)

    And the mod of one of the latest parts by Darken/Dexion
    http://amp.dascene.net/downmod.php?index=17450 (dd3)

    According to AMP and janeway.exotica, they are all made on Soundtracker.

    Music for the last part could not be found, but according
    to janeway.exotica that is also a Soundtracker module (from Epsilon Design).

    Best regards,
    krsnadasa

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