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Kind of Bloop: An 8-Bit Tribute to Miles Davis


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by emilyyy USER (1 Reviews)
September 21st, 2010 | 18 replies | 6,181 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist


3 of 3 thought this review was well written

There are few albums conceived completely out of curiosity; Kind of Bloop is one of them. It began with a man named Andy Baio and the website Kickstarter, where entrepreneurs seek donations to turn their ideas into reality. Baio, wanting to know what "chiptune jazz" would sound like, recruited five well-known 8-bit wizards to rework Miles Davis' modal jazz classic Kind of Blue. And boy, is it Nintendo-y.

Hearing the first few bars of "So What" feels like being shoved into a smokey, pixelated '50s jazz club. Ast0r's rendition, however, is faithful and never strays too far from the original score. In fact, it's fluid. "Freddie Freeloader" begins in much the same way, with washes of white noise hi-hats and squawking pulse waves. Eventually the song becomes energized with feverish soloing, in stark contrast to the easygoing Davis version.

This sort of adventurous experimentation carries into the latter half of Kind of Bloop too. Refusing to rest on his laurels, Shnabubula makes "All Blues" sound completely alien at some points, attacking the listener with flurries of bending, warped notes and constant shifts in rhythm. The elegant ballad "Flamenco Sketches" takes a left turn a few miles in and goes into action platformer mode, sounding like something straight out of Ninja Gaiden or Contra rather than an old black man's trumpet. But, much like the rest of the pieces on Kind of Bloop, it returns to the jazz foundation that it was built on.

That sort of reverence is prevalent throughout every facet of these recordings, from the fundraising to the hours spent programming. Such re-imaginings will probably have most jazz purists defecating themselves in anger, while throwing game nerds and nostalgia hounds into fits of joy. I'll have to side with the nerds for now.


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Jim
September 21st 2010



5110 Comments


sounds awesome tbh

emilyyy
September 21st 2010



48 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

so what - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSCObIXDCJc

Irving
Staff Reviewer
September 21st 2010



7135 Comments


Wow, great review - incredibly concise too! And it shows character!

Bulldog
September 21st 2010



3796 Comments


sounds epic, link please?

emilyyy
September 21st 2010



48 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

it takes two seconds to find it with google

NeutralThunder12
September 21st 2010



8742 Comments


being the biggest miles fanboy on the site means i need this

porch
September 21st 2010



8439 Comments


lol this is awesome

cool review

Bulldog
September 21st 2010



3796 Comments


bopmaster85

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
September 21st 2010



17920 Comments


good first review

WeepingBanana
September 21st 2010



10035 Comments


album name made me lol

thebhoy
Emeritus
September 21st 2010



4459 Comments


Such re-imaginings will probably have most jazz purists defecating themselves in anger


pretty much my pants are covered in shit and I'm not even a jazz purist. This sounds like the lamest idea ever.

emilyyy
September 21st 2010



48 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

right up there with your idea to post that

thebhoy
Emeritus
September 21st 2010



4459 Comments


yep

SeaAnemone
September 21st 2010



19677 Comments


wow. I hardly even listen to jazz and this sounds like the worst idea I've heard since Hitler's little Nazi thing over in Germany.

Digging: Towers - Bel Air Highrise Plantation

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
September 21st 2010



14982 Comments


lol

elephantREVOLUTION
September 21st 2010



2727 Comments


nice review. i love me some 8bit.

ThePalestMexican
September 24th 2010



2816 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I just listened
I'm not the biggest Miles Davis fan, but damn this was genius

dylanthedesertpea
January 30th 2011



587 Comments


ha this was actually kind of a fun listen. a little tiring after a while, but i thought it was a neat twist on things



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