Saturday, December 22, 2007

The 8bits of Christmas

Digitized Holiday Classics

What better way to recycle those old video game systems collecting dust in your basement than to turn them into bonafide musical instruments? That's what the 8bitpeoples have done, a collective of artists who modify old consoles in order to create crudely digital and highly innovative music. And now they have turned their skills to re-interpreting some of the most beloved Christmas songs of all time.

Check out Bit Shifter's rendition of "Let It Snow" on a GameBoy, and Nullsleep's NES-created "Silent Night" below. You can download the entire album (and many others) for FREE at the 8bitpeoples website. Sounds like a good Christmas present to me.

Bit Shifter - Let It Snow
Nullsleep - Silent Night

To get a better idea of what the 8bit scene is all about, check out this trailer from last year's Blip Festival.

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