While chiptune music resonates for me in part because of the generational memories infused by years of 8-bit videogaming, chiptune artist Haeyoung Kim (a.k.a. “BubblyFish”), in this interview on Listening Post, offers another theory:
LP: I think I get the sound of chiptune music — I mean, it sounds good to me — and I was wondering, do you have to have grown up with classical videogames in order to get it, or…
HK: Not at all. Like me, I was never a videogamer when I was growing up. Yes, that was the time when I grew up, but I did not play any games. I think the videogame sound is very general, and it’s very familiar to different generations. It doesn’t have to be [just for] the generation that grew up with it. So people will be familiar, and also, this lo-fi sound is a very distinctive and warm sound, and I think that’s why people love it so much.
Interview: Chiptune Artist Haeyoung Kim, BubblyFish [Listening Post]
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