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chip +‎ tune, referring to a computer's sound chip; see chip (electronic circuit).


chiptune (plural chiptunes)

  1. (music) A piece of computer music in which the sounds are generated and mixed in realtime, common in the 1980s before the advent of mass storage for prerecorded sound.
    • 2007, Mark J. P. Wolf, The Video Game Explosion
      Composers of chiptune and demoscene music practice the art of game music in vitro, with no particular commercial endeavor.
    • 2008, Karen Collins, Game Sound
      [] it has been so popular with chiptune musicians []

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