What is digital fusion?

Digital fusion (also called “digifu“) is music that blends a variety of genres with early PC music styles from the 80’s–00’s that were shaped by hardware limitationsβ€”such as video game music, demoscene/tracker music, chiptune, and MIDI.

Digital fusion music is an evolution of these computer music styles, where composers have adopted elements of the vernacular without the original limitations of the hardware.

Although some digital fusion intentionally evokes nostalgia, or adheres to classic hardware limitations as an aesthetic choice, not all digital fusion is meant to sound “retro”. Many new and experimental stylistic decisions can be heard in digital fusion music today.

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