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    An album made for the SNES

    This electronic album was made for the SNES and you can buy it as a cartridge - The Verge

    German musician Remute has made and released music on a variety of old mediums, but his newest effort marks a quirky milestone: The Cult Of Remute is claimed to be the first music album made entirely for the Super Nintendo’s sound chip and released on an SNES cartridge.

    Creating within severe restraints is nothing new for Remute. In the past, he’s released music on a floppy disk and programmed an album using the sound chip for ‘90s game console Sega Genesis. But he tells The Verge that creating this new album with the SNES’s limitations was more difficult than previous projects because of the system’s “merciless” filesize limit.

    Where the Sega Genesis’ main sound chip is a fully fledged FM synthesizer that can be controlled in a pretty straightforward manner, the SNES is built with an entirely self-contained audio subsystem. It has a sound chip that acts like a sampler, reading a game’s code and then telling an eight-channel, 16-bit processor chip what sounds to play and how to play them. While it can technically do a lot, like produce stereo sound and allow people to load in sound effects and instruments of their choosing, there’s a punishing constraint: the SNES only dedicated 64KB to audio RAM, dramatically limiting the samples and effects that can be loaded in for each track.
    In case any of you were interested.
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    Oh, Remute, they're really cool. There are also albums on cartridge for Sega Genesis and C64 and even NES. I love that you can still get new cartridges for these old systems. You can also get awesome FPGA systems to bring the old systems up to date.

    Heh. Yeah, I'm a bit of a retro gaming nerd.
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