Game Boy Music, 2008 Visual Kei article

February 29 is an infrequent thing so music events are scarcer. While I was researching around, I came across this interesting and thorough blog writup about Game Boy Music from 2008 and decided to update a couple links and share it today.

You can read the rest here at the Visual Kei Music blog.

Chiptune setup involving Game Boys

Game Boy music is a type of chiptune produced using a game system of the Game Boy line. To produce music of the genre, one needs a Game Boy and a cartridge containing the appropriate software. There are several pieces of software available, but most Game Boy musicians use Nanoloop or Little Sound DJ. Other software includes Carillon Editor, Music Box, Pocket Music, the Game Boy Camera, and others.

Nanoloop was programmed by Oliver Wittchow, a German art student. The user interface is very minimal and quite different from “normal” musical user interfaces. Little Sound DJ was programmed by Johan Kotlinski, who lives in Stockholm. Little Sound DJ is a type of four-track tracker software.

In 1999, Alec Empire released under the project name “Nintendo Teenage Robots” an album titled We Punk Einheit!. The music consisted solely of Game Boy sounds, made with the dj program of the Game Boy Camera. Later Alec Empire also used Nanoloop live on stage.