Archive for 8-bit

Music can really take you back

Posted in Finds, Music, Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 25, 2010 by Mitch Leuraner

If I ever have to get married, this guy is going to play at the wedding.  I’ll be waiting at the head of the isle, my bride slowly walking toward me, as the Highscore piece from Commando plays.

I love 8-bit chiptunes.  Maybe it’s the complex simplicity, or maybe it’s just because they take me back to my NES days.  Either way, I could pretty much listen to them all day.  Sadly, I am not a musician nor an electronics tinkerer.  I’ve tried both, but it just wasn’t meant to be.  So I’ll never be able to do what this guy as done. At least there is always YouTube.

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Sometimes less really is more!

Posted in Finds, Music, Random with tags , , , , on March 22, 2010 by Mitch Leuraner

I’ve spent the better part of tonight searching for 8-bit covers of my favourite music on 8bitcollective, and I’m totally addicted.  Listening to your favourite tunes redone to sound as if they were coming from a late-eighties video game probably won’t be immediately appealing to everyone – but I’d recommend giving it a try anyway.

So far I’ve found covers for: Elliott Smith, The Postal Service, Death Cab for Cutie, Jimmy Eat World, Snow Patrol, The Cure, The Psychedelic Furs, Owl City, The Killers, Oasis, Nirvana and even Rage Against the Machine!  There are so many more too but the snag is that you really have search because many are labeled by song title only, without reference to the original artist.

Granted, some of the covers are, well, not great – but enough of them are amazing.  And, there’s tons of original work too.

You can listen to the tracks, called Chiptunes, directly from the site, or you can download them for later – all totally free