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Chip Music Off The Old Blocks


Photos by Michal Czerwonka

Published Jul 1, 2012 8:00 AM

These tunes are created exclusively with "bleeps" and "bloops" from old video game consoles.



Music composed entirely of the "bleeps" and "bloops" of a video game console? That's what the audience heard at UCLA's first "chiptune" concert, hosted by the campus Game Lab. The event featured contemporary electronic music created with the technology in modified versions of outdated consoles like the Atari 2600 and the Nintendo Game Boy. Game Lab manager David Elliott M.F.A. '10 says chip music repurposes the media of video games and applies it for artistic expression. He hopes the concert will prompt more science types to visit the lab, which is currently frequented mostly by students from North Campus.