Writes Andy, “I’ve always wondered what chiptune jazz covers would sound like. What would the jazz masters sound like on a Nintendo Entertainment System? Coltrane on a C-64? Mingus on Amiga? “
To satisfy his curiosity and help celebrate the iconic recording’s 50th anniversary, Andy gathered brilliant chiptune musicians to collaborate and reinvent the entire album in the 8-bit sound.
Andy: “To create this album, I hope to raise $2,000 to pay royalties, pay the artists, and print CDs. Legally releasing cover songs requires paying mechanical licenses to the song publishers through the Harry Fox Agency, totaling about $420 for every 250 downloads and a $75 processing fee. I’ll be using the remainder to print a very limited run of CDs for Kickstarter backers, and split the rest evenly among the five musicians for their painstaking work. (This is a labor of love for me, so I won’t be keeping a dime.)”
Andy hopes to have the complete album download ready for Kind of Blue’s 50th birthday on August 17.
(“Kind of Bloop” pixel art by SnackAdmiral)