my friend Mike recently got a gameboy to make music on and i was like, i need that! i started out making electronic music with tracker programs, they are my cup of tea. having one on a little handheld device seems like an ultimate best thing. i had a go making C64 chiptunes a few years ago and found that the harsh limitations make it really fun. so i bought these..
this was my first time using a gameboy (i lived in C64 land back then) and wow they’re so cute! i love how they feel.
so i’ve been learning how to use LSDJ. i’m mega impressed with how its UI works with only dpad and 4 buttons.. it has probably the best navigation/layout/etc of any tracker i’ve used. amazing little program. it’s pretty refreshing using oldskool tech like this. things can go wrong.. i’ve become so used to music progs on computers now, where everything fits together, tempo locked, copy paste export wav, everything’s taken care of. this feels more like a real instrument, reminds me of using hardware samplers n stuff at uni. i’m gonna have to go to a shop and buy a minijack->2xRCA lead if i want to bounce gameboy in stereo =)
whatever the sound chip in gameboys is sounds rad. here’s one of the tracks i made so far..
so yes, gameboys are charming as hell. i’d love to try coding some gb homebrew some time…