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Witness an entire Nine Inch Nails album remade on various classic game systems and computers.
An entire Nine Inch Nails album remade on various classic game systems and computers.
An entire Nine Inch Nails album remade on various classic game systems and computers.
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I'm much better at music than I am at video editing!

I've hit my goal! Please check out the updates for a few preliminary things like the album front cover and a free download of one of the songs from the album. Don't forget I will be basing my order of "special" items on the number of kickstarter pledges. If you want to guarantee yourself one of the shirts or special edition CDs, be sure to pledge before time runs out!

What's going on here?

First, let's establish that Nine Inch Nails is music that pushes a lot of limits in very interesting, creative ways. And for me, awesome ways. Then there's this other form of music that imposes a lot of limits, and the results are often also very interesting and creative. And that's chiptunes.

If you don't know what a chiptune is, think Nintendo or Atari music. It's music that an old sound chip — like one from an 8-bit computer or console — could reproduce (more about that here).

I'm a big NIN fan. I want to share the impact it's had on me with the rest of the world. I want to introduce chiptune fans to NIN and I want to introduce NIN fans to chiptunes. And if they're already a fan of both, I want to give them a funny feeling in their pants or at least put a smile on their face.

To accomplish this, I'm taking an entire Nine Inch Nails album and doing a chiptune parody/tribute of it. I say parody AND tribute because I aim to stay true to the source material (tribute), but what I do with my songs and titles often ends up feeling rather whimsical/amusing (parody).

To be honest, I hope this Kickstarter might help me get noticed so I can talk to the appropriate parties. Pissing people off is not my goal.

And how!

I chose Pretty Hate Machine. I think PHM already sounds a bit gamey and that makes it perfect for my project. That's also what gave me the inspiration to chiptune some of it in the first place. Though some of this is for the challenge, I do want to end up with something that resembles the original music; I don't want to destroy it.

You can see my preliminary front cover here, in my updates.

The plan is to approach each song and find one sound chip that works particularly well with it, and then just go to town, following the appropriate limitations. Since this is a parody, my tradition is to also make a nerdy, possibly corny pun of each track title.

Over half of the audio is already complete.

I know what I'm doing. This isn't my first parody. I've studied tech docs and consulted with people. I'm proficient at tracking. I've already spent months expanding my knowledge to include a number of new systems and practiced with each.

I'll also be printing up a limited-edition T-shirt to pair with the album.

I've checked, and I can license the tracks with no issue. If I can get NIN on-board, though, things become sweeter and cheaper. The long version of this is in my FAQ.

Everyone's favorite part, money.

Funds raised will go towards things like:

  • Physical CDs
  • Shirts
  • Licensing and Royalties
  • Assorted computer hardware, laptop battery, cables, etc.
  • Video or animation artist(s) for a launch video.

This is where you come in. You can help me confirm this is a viable project and not just a pipe dream. Any extra money beyond my goal will be spent very carefully. If I find I don't need to purchase licensing, for example, that money can go directly into making my printed products (the CDs or the shirts) that much better, or getting some extra goodies for backers.

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    A signed special edition CD, download, and T-shirt, AND your name in my liner notes, plus access to private youtube samples of in-progress tracks!

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    Everything from the $100 reward, plus a NIN tribute track of your choice. You'll get first access before it goes live and a personal listen or two while in-progress.

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    Everything from the $100 reward, plus I'll go anywhere within a 7-hour drive of here (barring schedule or cost issues; ASK FIRST), hand-deliver your album, and play it in concert for a venue (I'll need booking help) or just for you and your friends.

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