Games Week on MusicRadar
25th May 2010 | 15:13
Chiptune, soundtracks, Rock Band and more
Videogames and music have always made for easy bedfellows. Guitar Hero and its ilk might represent the most obvious meeting point, but music has been a crucial part of games culture since the days of the ZX Spectrum.
This week, MusicRadar is celebrating this unique and sometimes strange relationship by (among other things) immersing itself in the chiptune scene, exploring the world of games soundtracks and finding out just how easy (or difficult) it is to get your music into Rock Band. We'll even show you how to turn your videogame controller into a MIDI one.
Here's what we've got so far - keep checking back here for more.
A-Z of chiptune
Games and music collide in a bleepy 8-bit celebration
The ultimate chiptune producers' gear guide
From classic hardware to free plug-ins
Kansas vs The Disco King: Games Week's 8-bit theme revealed
Hear Carry On Wayward Son go chiptune
How Kansas's Carry On Wayward Son went 8-bit
A step-by-step guide to the making of our Games Week theme
The best 8-bit covers albums in the world… ever!
The Beatles, Daft Punk, Muse and more get the chiptune treatment
Game over: 27 years of rock star videogame badness
Jacko! Shaky! Journey?! Come witness the carnage when rock and games collide
12 weird game soundtracks that had no right to work (but did anyway)
An expert guide to the weirder side of game music
Rock Band Network: get your music in the game
Find out what it is and how it works
10 essential tips for aspiring videogame composers
An indie developer gives his advice
How to use a Wii Remote to control Ableton Live
Create a Theremin-style setup and navigate your DAW
How to use a Guitar Hero controller to control Ableton Live
Turn this gaming peripheral into something useful
Games Week is coming… and we need your ideas for a theme tune
Choose a song for The Disco King to cover
How to make an 8-bit video game FX sound
Get the '80s lo-fi vibe using a free synth