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January 27, 2013 3:32 AM   Subscribe

Kate Bush album covers, reimagined as ZX Spectrum artwork.

The original album covers and her most recent work.

The ZX Spectrum on Wikipedia, plus the limitations, and some trickery, of its graphical capabilities. More Spectrum artwork, and pixelart being created.

Not to be confused with the Latvian death metal band.
posted by Wordshore (17 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

 
Nice, but far too many pixels. These are 512×512; the Speccy was 256×192.
posted by scruss at 4:28 AM on January 27, 2013 [2 favorites]


They are using 2x2 blocks to represent one Speccy pixel though.
posted by Auz at 5:17 AM on January 27, 2013 [2 favorites]


...hence 'reimagined'. The square shape, as opposed to landscape/TV screen shape, of the frame immediately stands out.
posted by Wordshore at 5:32 AM on January 27, 2013


And meanwhile, a veritable clone army of Spectrums from the four corners of the world has been brought to life.

No word yet whether a Kate Bush clone army stands ready in the wings.
posted by Devonian at 5:38 AM on January 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


Oh god. It's like I have fallen back into time ... and I am seeing the future high-def graphics of the Space/Kings Quest games. Also: imagine the sweet-ass porn we're going to get with Leisure Suit Larry.
posted by Mezentian at 5:39 AM on January 27, 2013


Oh god. It's like I have fallen back into time...

Which reminds that maybe time to research an updated FPP about Matthew Smith, he of Jet Set Willy and Manic Miner fame. The wikipedia entry is disappointingly brief on the interesting bits, and the last time he appeared on MetaFilter was in 2005. Interesting guy and interesting life.
posted by Wordshore at 5:50 AM on January 27, 2013 [3 favorites]


Wordshore, please! I spent a lot of time in Jet Set Willy's mansion as a kid.

This FPP is great, I now have Wuthering Heights on a loop in my head, which is no bad thing.
posted by arcticseal at 6:27 AM on January 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


This FPP is great, I now have Wuthering Heights on a loop in my head, which is no bad thing.

Same here - - except my loop's still playing the "Kaaaaate Buuuuuush" version from MeFi last Sunday.
posted by fairmettle at 6:58 AM on January 27, 2013


These are beautiful. Have there been any albums commercially released with this art style?
posted by LSK at 7:40 AM on January 27, 2013


This is how all my book covers are going to look from now on out.
posted by TwelveTwo at 7:50 AM on January 27, 2013


Have there been any albums commercially released with this art style?

Oh grief. Had a quick look around the Interwebz and stumbled across this. Which would have made a better post for MetaFilter on its own. 18 pages of images = goodbye the rest of this afternoon...
posted by Wordshore at 8:46 AM on January 27, 2013 [3 favorites]


imagine the sweet-ass porn we're going to get with Leisure Suit Larry.

My brain hurts now. Great post, though.
posted by immlass at 8:53 AM on January 27, 2013


Peripherally, here is a gallery of photos taken by Gered Mankowitz for The Kick Inside album.
posted by fairmettle at 10:09 AM on January 27, 2013 [3 favorites]


fairmettle: "Peripherally, here is a gallery of photos taken by Gered Mankowitz for The Kick Inside album."

Well, thanks I guess for reviving my Kate krush that I had thought atrophied.

Bastard.
posted by Samizdata at 1:01 PM on January 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


Also, they misspelled “Clive Sinclair” as “Lord Sugar”.
posted by acb at 3:14 PM on January 27, 2013


Which reminds that maybe time to research an updated FPP about Matthew Smith

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posted by schwa at 9:01 PM on January 27, 2013


These really are great, and I like the images at Wordshore's link above too. Keeping the palette and attribute restrictions while upping the resolution (within limits) allows for some distinctive, authentic-looking images.
posted by comealongpole at 4:49 PM on January 29, 2013


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