Reformat the Planet, from 2 Player Productions is a documentary film about the chiptune movement, “a vibrant underground scene based around creating new, original music using old video game hardware” or what I like to call, music that is nostalgic as shit.
REFORMAT THE PLANET is a feature length documentary which delves into the movement known as chip tunes, a vibrant underground scene based around creating new, original music using old video game hardware. Familiar devices such as the Nintendo Game Boy and Nintendo Entertainment System are pushed in new directions with startling results.
Using New York as a microcosm for a larger global movement, “Reformat the Planet” maps out the genesis of the first annual Blip Festival, a four day celebration of over 30 international artists exploring the untapped potential of low-bit video game consoles. With floor-stomping rhythms and fist-waving melodies, trailblazers of the chip tune idiom descend upon Manhattan to pen a new chapter in the history of electronic music.
The trailer features music by Nullsleep (“Salvation for a Broken Heart”, “On Target”), Martin Galway (“The Neverending Story”), and Random (“Micawber’s Moan”), all composed on classic video game consoles.
The DVD can be pre-ordered today from Fangamer and will be released on August 24th, 2010. Below are some additional chiptune renditions of mainstream music featuring various urban artists (Jay-Z, Twista, T.I., Jamie Fox, Ludacris, Kanye West, etc.) and Depeche Mode. from Tugboat and Nullsleep.
Listen & Download:
Tugboat – Remix Medley 1 – http://usershare.net/gryjfpitxvmx
Nullsleep – Depeche Mode Gameboy Minimix! – http://usershare.net/o0fqmzu3su3l