Friday, March 24, 2006

Item 2 Completed!

Benthoven here with a followup on Mugshot's post on video game music. Having been thoroughly hooked on The Advantage's outstanding remixes of classic 8 bit beats (Ducktails! Castlevania! Goonies!), I decided to pursue the subject of video game music further on the Internet. I eventually stumbled upon the following interesting item.

Basically, some very tech savvy types (i.e. nerds) decided to take The Advantage's concept and flip it on its head. Take popular songs from bands like R.E.M., Led Zeppelin, and the like, and remix them using the original audio synthesizer software from the old 8 bit Nintendo.

Some standouts from this selection of "beep-bop" hits?
  • "The Final Countdown" by Europe
  • "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor
  • "Closing Time" by Semisonic
All in all definitely worthy of your consideration, if for no other reason than to appreciate the flexibility of the NES as a musical instrument.
You can download the album here. (for free!)
Or peruse the original forum posts that led to its creation by going here. (also free!)
And when you do, feel free to comment on what songs you liked or which ones you think would sound cool given the 8 bit treatment. (comments cost extra!)


At 6:29 PM, Blogger Mugshot said...

Wow. I haven't listened to all of them yet, but I've listened to chunks of some, and I am amazed at how some of these songs just work really well as Nintendo songs with Nintendo special effects. Someone should make a concept album this way and not just pick songs that they think will sound good.

At 9:13 PM, Blogger Mugshot said...

And to make things even crazier, check this out:

At 7:40 AM, Blogger BrianQuaker said...

Is the author a member of the SA forums?

At 6:47 AM, Blogger Benthoven said...

The readme file included with the download implies that the composers were indeed all SA forum members.


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