i would make a pun here but the track titles already did them all
March 28, 2022 8:06 AM   Subscribe

Nine Inch Nails via Eight Bit Architecture: Pretty Eight Machine, by prolific chiptune musician Inverse Phase, is a reinterpretation of the classic NIN album on a variety of different 8-bit hardware configurations, ranging from the C64 and Atari 800 to special onboard sound chips from the Famicom Castlevania 3 cartridge.

We had a post about this ten years ago and that's long enough if not perhaps too long.
posted by cortex (13 comments total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
MUCH THANKS. Enjoying this thoroughly!
posted by brainwane at 8:20 AM on March 28, 2022

This has long been one of my favorite NIN interpretation albums, along with the absolutely un-fuck-withable album Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Interpretations of Nine Inch Nails
posted by FatherDagon at 9:04 AM on March 28, 2022 [3 favorites]

Love this! Relatedly, I've really been enjoying these piano versions of the Downward Spiral lately.
posted by horopter at 9:09 AM on March 28, 2022 [3 favorites]

Hey, I know this guy! He runs Bloop, a technology museum in Hunt Valley. Go there if you want to pet some of the mainframes that got us to the moon.
posted by Faint of Butt at 9:42 AM on March 28, 2022 [4 favorites]

When I listened to this on the weekend my thought was "yes these are the chiptunes I want to listen to," and then reading the old thread see jake/virt saying the same stuff. :D
posted by curious nu at 10:29 AM on March 28, 2022 [1 favorite]

This is good. (Bonus points for using DMC samples for "Downloadin It") Pretty crazy to think that when PHM was released in 1989, all of the chipsets used here were less than a decade old.

I recommend to the curious to download your favorite tracker (Famitracker and Deflemask are good for beginners) and try making an 8-bit cover of your favorite album just for fun. It's an educational experience, and you'll certainly learn about your favorite album in microscopic detail. (Con: You'll not be able to unhear your chiptune album when listening to the original, so make sure it's an album you're tired of already)
posted by credulous at 12:24 PM on March 28, 2022 [1 favorite]

*Ashley O has entered the chat*
posted by yellowcandy at 1:10 PM on March 28, 2022

It's been a while since I listened to this one!

Also excellent: Kind Of Bloop: An 8-Bit Tribute to Miles Davis
posted by Foosnark at 1:17 PM on March 28, 2022

Love this! Relatedly, I've really been enjoying these piano versions of the Downward Spiral lately.

Holy $41+ this is fantastic. Just listening to Mr Self-Destruct and shocked at how good it is.
posted by kaibutsu at 3:41 PM on March 28, 2022 [3 favorites]

Thanks, Cortex. I love NIN and recently read the 33 1/3 edition on PHM.
posted by TheKaijuCommuter at 4:23 PM on March 28, 2022

Jesus Christ I'm old
posted by markbrendanawitzmissesus at 8:20 PM on March 28, 2022

I was obsessed with NIN in the 90s, but I kind of felt I'd grown out of them in the last decade or so. I just no longer enjoy men shouting at me.

But the page for that piano-version of The Downward Spiral links to the artist's YouTube channel, where she does a deep musical analysis of each song. And now I want to dust off my CD.

Thanks, horopter!
posted by davidwitteveen at 9:26 PM on March 28, 2022 [2 favorites]

Jesus Christ I'm old

Pet Sounds was released in 1966, making it 56 years old. The Downward Spiral came out in 1994, making it 28 years old... And the same age as Pet Sounds was when the Downward Spiral was originally released.

Wouldn't it be nice if I were the lover in your bed (and I control you).
posted by kaibutsu at 11:05 PM on March 28, 2022 [2 favorites]

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