Analog Fever

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Chiptune version of Michael Jackson’s Thriller, with visuals from Spanish video artist Raquel Meyers. Click on image to play video
The current analog obsession continues with a movie-game poster mash and New York’s Blipfestival
 

The 2011 Blipfestival features the best of the ‘chiptune’ music scene, DIY music made using chips and technology from classic video games consoles and computers such as Commodore 64s, Ataris and hacked GameBoys. Wired Magazine reports that Spanish video artist Racquel Meyers, a leading light in the genre, won’t be able to make it to New York, but aficionados will be able see other masters of the genre and attend workshops on Atari programming, the Harmonic analysis and Discussion of Chip Music and learn the basic of NES programming.

 

 

 

Penney Design's Analog Movie-Game Mash

 

 

If your analog itch still needs scratching have a look at these posters from Penney Design, which mash contemporary movies and TV series with posters in an analog stylee. They explain the background on their blog,”there’s a rather long history of lackluster video game tie-ins (1982’s E.T for example) that were clearly rushed, sharing very little of the storyline, look and behaviour of their respective films. This inspired a series of late ‘70s and ‘80s computer game boxes with modern themes, keeping only the bare minimum information.”

 

Penney Design's Analog Movie-Game Mash

 

With testimonials from a Creative Executive at the Lost/Cloverfield production company,  and from a programmer/designer at LucasArts games in the 1980s these posters are clearly pushing the right buttons. But the big question is just how do we get out of this analog time loop?

 

For more info on the blipfestival

Raquel Meyers’ Chiptune Music DVD

Thanks Wired

Penney Design

Thanks Animal

 

 

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  1. Sydney Smith on

    So true! I’ve noticed that among young photographers, especially those who work with film, there seems to be a great hunt for smaller and smaller details. For example: sunlight through curtains, pollen caught in hair, isolated hands and feet, condensation on a glass/steam from a mug of coffee, all captured in natural light.

    Succeeding the typical “trophy moments” of the past (weddings, bar mitzvahs, Christmases), this new focus has created a whole new set of trophes. For this new generation of image-makers, there’s a sort of romanticism to pulling out an old 35mm and looking for little pretty things which present quaint everyday notions.

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