So, I’m one of those people who considers Nine Inch Nails to be one of their favorite artists of all time. To take that a step further as a musician, Trent Reznor is one of the most inspiring people in the world to me. It looks like Inverse Phase would agree, as he’s just released his Kickstarted project that was funded last year (before it was cool), Pretty Eight Machine.
Recorded on eight 8-bit systems configured to the sound bytes of games and consoles (like the Metal Gear 2 and Castlevania 3 cartridges, for example), Pretty Eight Machine is a complete re-imagining of Nine Inch Nails’ first full-length LP, Pretty Hate Machine. Not only is the title of the chiptune record appropriately named, but each song’s title is themed around computer lingo. My personal favorites have to be “Head Like I/O” and “Downloadin’ It”. The actual music itself delivers equally as much, of course. The whole thing is absolutely brilliant.
You can pick up the digital version over on Inverse Phase’s Bandcamp for $6.50, or pre-order a physical copy for $10 and instantly get the digital copy as well. I was all over that physical CD pre-order. You can listen to the album in its entirety after the jump.
There’s just something so refreshing about popular music making the jump over to 8-bit and how well it translates over. Remember those Daft Punk 8-bit remixes called Da Chip? I still listen to those to this day. I’m just going to go ahead and add Pretty Eight Machine to the playlist. Now, can someone make an 8-bit remix of Nine Inch Nails’ Year Zero? I would pay so much money for that.