By at 9:27 AM Friday, June 15th 2012


Nine Inch Nails Get 8-bit Treatment on ‘Pretty Eight Machine’

Nine Inch Nails, Music


While official news on new Nine Inch Nails material have been extremely scarce for a while now, fans of the band have continued to keep themselves busy. Earlier this year, one of them edited a multi-cam recording of the band’s final performance; now, another one has turned one of their albums into classic 8-bit videogame soundtrack.

In a project entitled Pretty Eight Machine, artist Inverse Phase take NIN’s first LP, Pretty Hate Machine, and recreate it using 8-bit instruments, making it sound much like the music you’d listen to on any given NES game back in the day. You can check out what the whole thing sounds like below, and try to catch every reference in the song titles:

The creator of the project had the following to say about it: “This is Pretty Hate Machine, re-imagined in its entirety on eight different 8-bit systems, so I’ve named it ‘Pretty Eight Machine‘. Sound configurations include: SID/6581 (Commodore 64), POKEY (Atari 800), straight 2A03 (NES), AY/SCC+ (MSX+Metal Gear 2 or Snatcher cartridge), SN76489 (Sega Master System), 2A03+VRC6 (Famicom+Castlevania 3 cartridge), LR35902 (Game Boy), and OPLL (MSX-MUSIC or Japanese Sega Master System). A lot of thought, love, blood, sweat, and tears went into this album. I encourage you to explore the info links next to the track names to understand the history behind each one.”

Pretty Eight Machine, which was originally funded via a Kickstarter project, can be ordered here.


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