is there a music course or preferably a book to learn the fundamentals of music but through chiptune and electronic music? something that makes you study, exercise and experiment through these "instruments"?

  • By "fundamentals" are you excluding how to play music in real time, like through a synthesizer's keyboard? Will you use only sequencers and software? Because if you play a keyboard, it hardly matters whether what makes the sounds is hammers hitting strings or wind blowing through organ pipes or current going through a YM2203 chip. You can use any method at all. – Camille Goudeseune Oct 3 '19 at 22:41
  • A quick search on everyone's favourite book shop website reveals titles such as: "Music Theory for Electronic Music Producers", "Simple Music Theory for Electronic Music Production" and "Music Theory for Computer Musicians". – Your Uncle Bob Oct 4 '19 at 1:03
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    @YourUncleBob Correct me if I'm wrong, but I was under the impression that chiptune is a very specific subset of electronic music, and I'm not sure how much your recommendations would apply to that specific genre (to be honest, if this question had been asked a year or two ago, I'd have had to google "chiptune"). – user45266 Oct 4 '19 at 3:45
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    Asking for external resources is not wanted here. You should ask for the actual content itself. "How to study music theory using such and such instruments and devices" or something. Though then it might be off-topic for some other reason. – piiperi Reinstate Monica Oct 4 '19 at 11:14
  • @ user 45266: I had to google now. But I just didn't know the term. But we have used this kind of sound 30 years ago on Commodore and Atari .... ;) – Albrecht Hügli Oct 4 '19 at 14:39

All theory-links (and most questions and answers of this SE) are giving information and exercises that you can train on any instrument, especially on keyboards. Look up fundamental theory.

I'll post you the very first best link I'll find when looking for music fundamentals


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  • I don’t understand why this answer gets a vote. I’ve looked it up and find it has nothing to do with the question. Nothing at all... I focussed on primer instead of chiptune! – Albrecht Hügli Oct 16 '19 at 18:40

If you do know the basics, (if you don't, I'd suggest Andrew Huang's video Here ) Id suggest the youtube channel, 8-bit Theory . They do an excellent job teaching valuable theory lessons by analyzing video game music. This might not be what you're looking for but otherwise its a great source for learning.

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