Miles Davis Goes Chiptune On ‘Kind Of Bloop’

cover Miles Davis can always be counted on to get the creative engines revved up. Andy Baio, made Upcoming.org writes at Waxy.org, just launched a super cool project.

Say hello to Kind of Bloop: An 8-bit tribute to Miles Davis and Kind of Blue.

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.

The lineup: Ast0r (Chris J. Hampton); Disasterpeace (Rich Vreeland); Sergeeo (Sergio de Prado); Shnabubula (Samuel Ascher-Weiss); Virt (Jake Kaufman).

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)

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