viznut's amazing discoveries

[2007-03-31]

They invented a genre for me!

I generally dislike musical genres, however I do appreciate the creativity of those who actively invent new categories to put existing stuff in.

Some Last.fm users have tagged my VIC-20 tunes as "bitpunk", and I currently happen to be the "top artist" under this tag. The classification sounds somewhat fitting, even though I don't know what it means.

[top bitpunk artist!]

Another genre I've been tagged with is "chipcore". I don't really have an idea what "chipcore" is either, so perhaps I should dive into the world of genre naming in order to understand what my music is considered to be.

A decade ago, we basically had two common names for "chippy"-sounding computer music: chips and sids. Nowadays, we have a dozen names for chippy music, and I'm still somewhat clueless as to what separates them. Some tags from Last.fm:

Wikipedia seems to regard chiptunes and micromusic as the same thing, and there's also a discussion on whether the articles for gamewave and bitpop should be combined. So perhaps people just use different names for the same things depending on their own particular niches.