SCENE MUSIC AND MUSIC SCENES
Since the first days of computers, people have demonstrated the power or flexibility of their new inventions or possessions by making them sing or play songs. Until graphics became ubiquitous and internet connectivity became a must, the best way to draw people in to your new hardware was to have it make music. While MP3s changed the face of music forever, there have also been an entirely different set of music-making formats over the years, for many platforms, and in these songs you see heavily-crafted works from all over the world.
Most of these formats use the following tricks: Collecting a set of sound samples, and then providing a "script" for the samples to be played by a player. Many different forms exist for this type of music, but the most common term are "MODs". This basic idea (which allows for many-minutes long songs to take a fraction of the expected disk space) has propogated itself into many dozens of formats, and literately years of music.
Here, then, are some of those years.
.SID Files, High Velocity Collection, Ironcat Collection
Documentation, History, Tributes and Write-ups of Computer Music
A Massive Collection of MODS, including .MOD, .S3M, .XM, and More
Self-Running Collections of Music
Players, Composers, and Music Utilities