Dark Side of the Moon goes 8-bit

If Pink Floyd had written its famous album for a 1980s-era video game, it would have sounded like this.

Adding to all the cover versions of Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" that are out there--the recent one by the Flaming Lips and guests, the dub version by The Easy Star All-Stars, the brilliant parody by The Squirrels--comes this.

Brad Smith, via YouTube

Video game programmer Brad Smith has taken the Pink Floyd classic and reworked it as a bunch of sound files for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Nintendo's classic 8-bit video console. And he has posted the whole album as a YouTube playlist. (YouTube seems to be having some technical issues as I write this, but you can hear embedded versions on The Daily Swarm.)

It sounds exactly like you think it would--some of the samples are reduced to static, and bleeps and blips take the place of bass, keyboards, drums, and vocal lines, though the synth-workout "On the Run" sounds surprisingly close to the original, and some of the vocal lines sound neat as pitch-bent tones.

Best of all, as CNET's Jeff Sparkman quipped, if you play it with the animated GIF version of "The Wizard of Oz," they sync up perfectly!

 

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