5 Outstanding 8-bit Music Videos

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Built By Titan – The DarknessLike an unrelenting flock of space attackers, retro videogame graphics have progressed into music videos in the last decade.

Directors, never resistant to the nostalgic appeal of the pixel, have inserted eye-catching, blocky 8-bit graphics in the videos of all sorts of songs. The visuals inspired by video games seem a particularly apt addition to chiptune music, itself produced from an aural allure with retro games.

With increasing number of filmmakers implementing the visual vibe of traditional video games, it won’t be unseemly to pay a tribute to some most outstanding 8-bit videos. Here are only 5 such videos we would like to mention.

1. Built By Titan – The Darkness

It’s impracticable to walk around 8-bit music videos without dipping into the chiptune world – music created in the style of, and usually with the same computer hardware of, traditional games. This 8-Bit EDM music video is just amazing, arguably with the best EDM track you might have ever heard.

2. By Xiu Xiu – Boy Soprano

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The director of this video is the creator of Crimson Skies and lead creator on Dark Void, Jose Perez III, who did the job this time for Xiu Xiu – the indie experimental group. It puts Jamie Stewart – the art-rock experimentalist in a side-rolling video game adventure. But this is not the first time when Xiu Xiu has chosen video games for visual motivation. The video “Muppet Face” too plays like a retro game.

3. By Deerhoof – Buck and Judy

This experimental video by the rock group Deerhoof is a blend of traditional game art and surrealism. Armies fight with fruit-powered aircrafts which seems like a battle for wellness. Meat is the only real-world item in the video. The video was directed by C. Spencer Yeh, who is a violinist playing under the name of Burning Star Core.

4. By Beck – Bad Cartridge

Beck launched the Hell Yes EP as an addition to his 2005 album Guero with chiptune remixes of recorded songs. “Bad Cartridge” is the rework of chiptune musician Paza of “E-Pro”, the number 1 hit of Beck. Enjoy the way this video offers a loose feeling while re-forming the video game visuals.

5. By Golden Shower – Video Computer System

Sao Paulo’s electronic duo – Golden Shower – won the MTV Brazil Music Video Award for “Video Computer System” in 2000. Designed by Lobo Filmes, it culminates with a Matrix-style bullet-time order where the protagonist evades pixel bullets shot by the robot from Berzerk.

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