Those who know me are aware of my unhealthy obsession with old school video games and the genre of music that utilizes the sound chips of them: Chiptune. It’s honestly a mess of a genre, which can be seen from research done by an outsider. And in truth, I know next to nothing about it either. I have my favorites whom I connect with, who direct me to others over time, but I couldn’t tell you a damn thing about “the scene” in regard to the major players or what’s happening. So there’s plenty of shame to be had from this supposed fan of chiptune. I keep going by doing the only thing I know that feels right: dancing to the music that feels good to me. Should be enough…right?
One of the means I’ve managed to enjoy chiptune through the magic of dance is a monthly web stream called Clipstream. It lays claim to being the world’s longest-running monthly web series showcasing chiptune artists from around the world…and who am I to say otherwise? Also, it’s damn awesome. Prior shows had me conversing and dancing with the rest of the listeners throughout the entire day. We are talking over 12+ hours of assorted chiptune performances from around the world, and it was rocking. And it’s continuing to rock, because Clipstream XV (that’s fifteen/15 for you non-Romans) is happening this Saturday, July 5th. The music starts at 3 PM, and while the official word says it’s going on till 12 AM, you can be sure people will supply music past that point. Usually. When you have a party like that going, it’s hard to stop the energy. Are you a bad enough dude to listen in on chiptune?