10 Free Chiptune & Video Game Soundtrack Albums [Sound Sunday]
Sound Sunday is often inspired by readers like yourself. The material for this edition was collected over several months, following the request of Luca in January this year.
All of the albums demonstrate skill and passion for the chiptune genre. My personal highlight this week is Viking Guitar Productions’ expression of hard rock and metal with 8-bit music. It’s the chiptune flavor I can best identify with.
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Aivi & Surasshu – The Black Box
Genre: electronic, jazz, piano, chiptune, videogame
From the album page: “The Black Box is a collaboration between Aivi Tran (piano) and surasshu (chiptune). Bonded by our love of classic video game music and a fascination for fusing different styles, we set off on an adventure together. We hope that you enjoy this chronicle of our voyage!”
The Black Box is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
>PROTODOME – BLUESCREEN [No Longer Available]
Genre: electronic, funk, jazz, bitpop, synthpop, chiptune
From the album page: “From the creator of the hit chiptune album BLUENOISE, comes the exciting all-caps sequel, BLUESCREEN! This time around things get more varied with a touch less wah synth, a little more crazy hi-hat jamming and 100% more live sax on 1/10th of the tracks! Statistics! You know it’s going to be good.”
BLUESCREEN is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Disasterpeace – Arcade
Genre: chiptune, soundtrack, videogame
Disasterspace produces original music, most of which is used for video games. He combines elements from progressive rock, electronic music, and chiptunes to create novel compositions.
Arcade is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
All Levels at Once – Tessellate Remixes [Broken Link Removed]
Genre: electronic, ambient, chill, chiptune, dubstep, edm, synthpop
From the album page: “A very talented group of four gentlemen, two ponies, one deer, an alien bunny, and a shark have conspired to bring you this year’s next installment of colorpop. These guys and girls have been working really hard for the past few months and have put together an incredible set of remixes of tracks from the original TESSELLATE album. And I did one too.”
Tessellate Remixes is a free download from Bandcamp.
Alex Mauer – Rain-Slick 3 OST
Genre: electronic, synth, chiptune, soundtrack, videogame
Alex Mauer is a game and film music composer from Philadelphia, PA. This is his original soundtrack in 16-bit style for Penny Arcade’s “On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3” RPG.
Rain-Slick 3 OST is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Kubbi – 2012 Singles
Genre: electronic, chiptune, bitpop, dubstep
Kubbi is the chiptune project of the Norwegian composer and producer Vegard Kummen. 2012 Singles is the collection of independent singles that Kubbi released via SoundCloud. From the album page: “2012 Singles offers a variety of genres and an eclectic sound with the Kubbi signature producing style still recognizable. The tracks are not sequenced in chronological order, but the evolution of the Kubbi sound is still discoverable.”
2012 Singles is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Phlogiston – Warlock Bentspine
Genre: chiptune, synth, jazz, soundtrack, videogame
From the album page: “It is the year 2042 AD. The world has gone down the pooper and now, Stinker City, one of the last few cities still standing is about to crumble in the hands of the Jihad Gang, a group of four super criminals set loose upon the city. You are Jacob Bentspine, better known as Warlock, the guardian of Stinker City. It’s your job to hunt down and apprehend these criminals. Music written over the course of a couple of weeks. To make it worthwhile there’s also an unused track included, as well as a version of the final battle theme that was ‘too grumpy’ for laz.”
Warlock Bentspine is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Ian Campbell – Bleed OST
Genre: chiptune, videogame, soundtrack
Ian Campbell is the man behind the indie game studio Bootdisk Revolution. Bleed is the latest game in the studio’s catalog.
Bleed OST is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Grant Kirkhope – Banjo-Kazooie
Genre: chiptune, videogame, soundtrack
Grant Kirkhope has been an audio producer since 1995. He started with Rare and later worked for Big Huge Games. He made the audio for video games like GoldenEye, Donkey Kong, and Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. This album is the original soundtrack for the video game Banjo-Kajooie.
Banjo-Kazooie is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Viking Guitar Productions – Danse Macabre
Genre: chiptune, hard rock, metal, videogame, soundtrack
From the album page: “Halloween is an awesome time of year. Some might say THE BEST time of year! This compilation celebrates the turning of the weather, the chilling of the air, and the darkening of the sky. Each video game and movie remix on this album was tenderly crafted with demonic love. So clutch onto your ticket, take your seat, and wait for the lights to dim. With a little luck, you’ll still be alive when they come back up… ”
Danse Macabre is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
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