MicroD is an alias used by Michael DuFault for his chipmusic compositions. MicroD draws inspiration from video game classics and uses the same old consoles (Game Boy, NES, and more) with specialized software such as Little Sound DJ and FamiTracker to create heavily melodic and new original music. Most of these tunes are the result of music written on piano or guitar then transcribed and retrofitted to the video game scores that influenced him greatly as a young musician.
This project debuted with a self-titled EP at the end of 2009 composed for the Nintendo Game Boy. This was followed by numerous exclusive tracks for related compilation albums, such as Rebound for Rudeboy (A collection of ska and reggae songs in chiptune style). MicroD's sophomore album, Prime, was released on 11/11/2011. Also composed for the Game Boy, Prime is a nine track concept album consisting of the four part title tracks and five others. A limited run of hand-numbered CDs are still available. For his third album, Radical D, he utilized the sounds of the NES for eight brand new tracks spanning genres from surf, ska, reggae and beyond. In addition to the recorded music, MicroD has performed a handful of live shows in Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin, and Houston, Texas at TX Chip events and most notably at Gearbox Software's Community Day in 2013.
For his most recent release in 2016, MicroD created a set of songs built around the Roland MT-32 and recalled an early PC video game style. Titled D's Quest in homage to games made by Sierra in the late 80s and early 90s, and introduced by voice actor Glen McCready, the fleeting set of songs is wrapped in a bittersweet motif. MicroD has also recently developed a Google Assistant app called Talk to MicroD — from which the user can request any song/album, make small talk, and more. The app may soon be explored as a means to show off new music or host any number of strange surprises. Subscribe to the mailing list to be notified when new music is released.