22 Jul 2012 12:35 am
09 Jul 2012 2:49 pm

You could probably categorize my YouTube usage as 10% nostalgia, 20% documentaries, 30% cats, and 40% weirdly awesome music videos. This is one of the latter.

14 Sep 2011 1:44 pm

That little tune, a converted version of Mawaru Penguindrum‘s ending theme, got me looking around the interwebs for more chiptuned music as of late. I’ve been fond of Anamanaguchi’s work for quite some time (I think it was their track Helix Nebula off their Power Supply EP that got me interested), but now I was looking for more, and the Internet has been extravagant in its generosity.

Before finding this multi-part documentary on 8bit culture, I stumbled upon quite a few top 10 lists, many of which referenced Bit Shifter and Nullsleep, and I wholeheartedly endorse their work. Then I stumbled upon Starscream, which is an 8bit Rock Opera about the future and our exploration of space, and my mind was blown — an epiphany akin to first hearing the Protomen’s “Breaking Out”.

I could have probably saved myself a lot of time if I’d managed to find /mu/’s essential 8bit music recommendations; an image that I’ll pass along to you below.

I must say that I’m more partial to Western expressions of 8bit music than the stuff I find coming out of Japan; though I confess that’s largely as it seems more experimental and jazzy than what I’m looking for. This may be related to the fact that most of the chiptune-y stuff that resembles the Western efforts tends to be game or anime related; witness the reflexive awesomeness that is Chiptuned Rockman… a chiptune remix of classic Megaman music.

I’ll leave you now with the weirdest and coolest video I found on this research run — an 8bit version of the Doctor Horrible musical (music and simulated gameplay!)


24 Apr 2011 2:48 am

I’ve been watching Doctor Who in its various incarnations — from grainy black-and-white TV reruns and rented betamax tapes in the depths of my childhood, to the last few years of the current set of series — and time and time again it strikes me how absolutely terrifying this show can be.

I mean, take the Daleks; nowadays, not as scary as they used to be, but as a child, seeing a robotic, murderous pepper-shaker with a ray gun and a synthesized voice that could make your heartstrings vibrate with fright, they’re absolutely the most ghastly thing imaginable. And the series is filled with blank-faced policemen, monstrous daffodils, hideous crawling shadows, homicidal statuary, and now, well…. spoilers.

I’d still recommend this show to kids. My niece loves it, though I warn her it’s best to watch it in the daytime — mostly because I’d rather not field angry calls from my cousins about her inability to sleep. But hey, it’s character building, and it’s good preparation in case some mad man in a blue box comes and offers them the adventure of a lifetime.

23 Apr 2011 1:36 am

with apologies to you Johnny Cash lovers.