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Gifts For Gamers
The Bliptronic 5000 and Other Chiptune Tools
|The Bliptronic 5000|
"Nerd influenced music has seen a substantial rise in popularity over the past decade, mostly due to the ever expanding community surrounding it. Nerdcore hip-hop has dominated for years as the most well-known of the “nerd genres”, but in recent years the focus has started to shift to a new genre of music, which is largely homemade.
Chiptune music is the art of taking beeps and clicks from various retro gaming systems (such as the Atari 2600, NES, Gameboy, etc.), and manipulating the sound output methods to create music. Utilizing such familiar sounds often leads people who are not overly familiar with video game music to think they’re hearing classic old school game soundtracks, but to the trained ear it is obvious that the compositions are entirely new. Having been featured in games such as Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, Chiptune has been brought to many people’s awareness, though most of them still don’t know it by name."
-Quoted from the article "Introduction To Chiptunes"
The Bliptronic 5000 LED Synthesizer
The Bliptronic 5000 is a totally unique music making machine that plays sequences, chords, and loops and can be chained together with multiple Bliptronic 5000s or other effects units to create truly unique sounds. These can be played just for fun or used to create your own 8-bit Chiptune music. These are created by ThinkGeek and the ability to chain multiple Bliptronic 5000s together to create a symphony of blips and bleeps can be fun for multiple people.
Bliptronic 5000 is Sold Out at ThinkGeek,
but you can Buy From Amazon.
|Bliptron 5000 Board Layout|
Other Chiptune Creating Tools
If you are interested in producing some of your own chiptune creations, then here are a few more music production tools to help get you started with that video game chiptune sound.
- Stylophone Retro Pocket Synth
- Korg Kaossilator 2
- Korg Mini-KP Kaossilator Pad
- Korg Monotron 16 Key Synthesizer
- 8 Bit Weapon : A Chiptune Odysey - Chiptunes Sample Pack
Be sure to check out the other Gifts For Gamers posts for more Gamer Gift Ideas.