Published May 14, 2009If you're not familiar, chiptunes is the household name for the fantastically nerdy 8-bit music genre that uses hacked Game Boys and Nintendos to make glorious, fist-pumpingly nostalgic music. And apparently Portland-based programmer/blogger Andy Baio has decided that this lovably goofy genre would sound best jumbled up with some classic jazz, leading him to put out the perfectly titled Kind of Bloop: An 8-Bit Tribute to Miles Davis.
The project sees various chiptune experimenters coming together to cover the seminal album with all the glorious MIDI sounds of the growing movement. As Baio says, "What would the pioneers of jazz sound like on a Nintendo Entertainment System? Coltrane on a C-64? Mingus on Amiga? For years, I've wondered what 'chiptune jazz' would sound like, but there are only a tiny handful of jazz covers ever made. To satisfy my curiosity - and commemorate the 50th anniversary of Miles Davis's Kind of Blue - I've asked five brilliant chiptune musicians to collaborate and reinvent the entire album in the 8-bit sound."
Because Baio wants to keep everything legit, he will be paying full royalties and cover charges to the appropriate parties, so the monetary aspect of the project is somewhat of an issue. That's why he's using a unique payment model from the fund-raising website Kickstarter. Hoping to raise $2,000, he'll be able to pay the appropriate parties what they deserve while printing a limited run of CDs for backers.
Even crazier is the fact that if you want a copy, you'll have to order it by August 1. After that, they'll never be sold again! All of the details can be viewed here.
Kind of Bloop tentative tracklisting:
1. Ast0r - "So What"
2. Virt - "Freddie Freeloader"
3. Sergeeo - "Blue in Green"
4. Shnabubula - "All Blues"
5. Disasterpeace - "Flamenco Sketches"