The Amiga is one of the most enduring computer platforms out there. Although its been around as long as the NES, its often overlooked as a source of amazing games and awesome chiptunes. This might be due to the fact that its not a console but more of a computer. Which, at that time, had a higher price and more technical delivery, many people have forgotten a whole generation of amazing artists who’ve created music for this awesome machine. Here’s four artists you need to check out.
The Amiga definitely has a smoother sound than the NES or Gameboy and its ability to load samples and manipulate them really helps push the limits of what it sounds like. We’ll look at some straight-up music makers and 2 killer game soundtrack composers that bring out the best in the Amiga.
If I had to pick one chiptune song to listen to for the rest of my life, it’d be the opening track from Prehistoric Tale by Jochen Hippel. Jochen and his associates started out in the demoscene and then morphed their endeavours into a legit operation called Thalion Software who released tons of killer games packed with great music. Jochen’s sound is smooth and moody and fits perfectly for all the games he has been a part of. They have a heroic fun side and a more serious somber one too.
Jogeir Liljedahl’s music is rock-based and really captures the feeling of the 80’s in my opinion. There’s often a synth that is very clearly meant to be a guitar. He’s probably one of the best synth designers for the Amiga, his tracks sounds amazing and often composed of very few samples.
Somewhere in the 90’s, XTD cranked out loads of awesome tunes on the Amiga. They range from heavy industrial pieces, trance dance songs and smooth down-tempo jazzy sounds.
Jester makes awesome use of samples and has a very 90s electronic sound. It’s really cool to look back at this stuff now and hear how ahead of its time it was. You hear sounds in some of this stuff that is basically what we hear on the radio today.
There’s a million other awesome artists out there, not to mention some amazing games for the Amiga system. Check them out today.