about me and the archive

About me.

Hey! my name is Juan. I was born in 2002, and I am a blind boy who grew up with the Nintendo NES console.

In those days, I tried to play games such as: Super Mario brothers, Duck hunt, and Galaxian.

In those days, I often loved trying to play these games although I could not see them.

It was fun to actually try jumping into a brick whenever I couldn't see a brick :), or, playing Galaxian and getting as far as level 2 and dying after.

Also back then, I was often criticized for the fact that I couldn't play these games as well as my sighted counterparts.

Although I often tried, it was never going to be something that I will be ever good at due to the simple fact that I couldn't see the screen when trying to jump, or aiming for a duck when trying to shoot it.

I sadly came to the realisation that I was never going to be able to play the games ever at a playable state since these consoles, never had stereo sound.

So, I had to look at a different point of the console. Because I couldn't play most of the games, I spent most of the rest of my kid days, sitting down and listening to My Brothers play the games. By sitting down and paying attention, I started to notice something in the console that was very special later on. It was the sound of the console. The way that it sounded was basic, yet charming. It sounded so old, but yet so sweet!

paying attention to every coin pickup, to even the dying sounds of aliens, was showing me that the tiny sounds that came out of this console was something special in of itself.

Fast forward to 2014, I had began to do some research into the sound capabilities of the NES. I learned the chips and what they do, and some of the games that they're used in. It eventually took me down a wonderful jurney, where I learned about tracked music, learning about more chips, more formats, and more consoles!

Fast forward again to someware around 2017 or so, and I met a friend who taught me about trackers like open mpt and later trackers like famitracker. I tried to use some of these trackers to create chipmusic but to no avail. I had later found out that all of these trackers weren't accessible to use with screen readers.

Now that making chiptune wasn't that easy outside of making music with text like mml, I started to dedicate the rest of my life to archiving chiptune music and tracked chipmusic.

Through out that time, I had got to know the demoscene, chiptunescene, cracking scene, and much more awesome culture!

I wanted to style my work after HVSC and asma, so I called mine TUCA, the underrated chiptune archive, and here we are!