Music Geek #7: Chiptune — Is there anything better?

Matthew Montgomery wears funny glasses in a Cedar City, Utah park.

Editor’s Note: The track previously included in this post was not written or recorded by Brandon Harrod of Laromlab, who has recently come forward and admitted to having essentially stolen the tracks and called them his own. More information is available at

That’s a brave question, isn’t it? I thought so. So often my questions are lacking in, well, braveness, so I thought I might give it a try. Still, I’m not sure how brave it really is, though, as it is still a question and not a bold statement. After all, I’m willing to admit some wrong in this.

Anyhow, I’ve been venturing into electronic music lately, as it has been something I’m woefully under-educated in. My good friend Derek, a veteran (of sorts) of electronic music, has been instrumental in this, and perhaps we might call him the catalyst. At any rate, It’s happened.

Above all else, I’ve found chiptune to be interminably interesting in a way few things are. Perhaps it’s that I was raised with videogames by my side, or perhaps it’s the interesting histori-social implications of creating new music with old technology: Either way, I’ve been enjoying it, and that’s what really counts, isn’t it?

I previously discussed chiptune in my column-review of The Depreciation Guild (it includes an mp3, so give it a quick listen. They’re one of the most interesting shoegaze groups I’ve encountered in recent times,) so I’m no stranger to the diverse field. Newcomer, maybe, but no stranger.

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