This is for the stumblers that haven’t been paying attention to my Twitter or Facebook accounts (both on the right hand sidebar by the way.), and yes, I’m very aware that I’m late to the party on this one, given that it’s been out of the best part of about a month, but I just cannot emphasise how awesome this is.
Brad Smith, a software engineer currently at Killspace Entertainment, formerly with Obsidian Entertainment (who are in the process of making the upcoming Fallout sequel, New Vegas) pretty much transcribed the entire Pink Floyd album “The Dark Side Of The Moon” onto an NES sound chip.
I suppose what delayed me from actually putting this up was my unfamiliarity with the original album (Yeah. I said it! Shoot me!), but after giving the real deal a few listens on YouTube, and going back over it afterwards with MOON8, the whole thing’s pretty much a like-for-like rendition. Everything’s done to meticulous detail, in particular the jingles of cash registers at the start of Money (which I’ve posted above), and the whole thing’s just an absolute joy to listen to, even if, like me, you’re not familiar with the source, or even just like chiptune music.
I’ve listened to my fair share of chiptune music, growing up with a C64 and being interested in that kind of thing from an early age, and I never pictured that anyone or anything could come close to Ben Daglish’s astounding SID cover of Led Zeppelin’s Stairway To Heaven, but this.. this is the best 44 minutes of chiptune music I’ve ever heard.
MOON8 is available for free here. It comes in 2 MP3 files, split into Sides 1 and 2 in accordance with its vinyl release. The tracks however, can be separated if so desired using an external application such as Audacity. The project started in 2006, and took over 100 hours of work to complete on-and-off over the last 4 years.
This may have been made on a Nintendo sound chip, but it’s filed under Other Crap, due to the fact that that aside, it has nothing to do with playing videogames.