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8-Bit Operators: The Music Of Kraftwerk Performed On 8-Bit Video Game Systems

8-Bit Operators: The Music Of Kraftwerk Performed On 8-Bit Video Game Systems

February 6, 2007

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: February 6, 2007
  • Release Date: February 6, 2007
  • Label: ASTRALWERKS
  • Copyright: (C) 2007 Astralwerks
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  • Total Length: 1:00:42
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  • ASIN: B000T1HOSQ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,990 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Zack McConnell on February 7, 2007
Format: Audio CD
What do you get when you mix old videogame music with even older Kraut-rock? You get an AWESOME CD. 8-Bit Operators - An 8-Bit Tribute to Kraftwerk is as it says, a tribute to the German band Kraftwerk using mostly old consoles (although some synths like Roland Junos are used) and performed by the chip scene's leading musicians, like Nullsleep.

Each artist chose one Kraftwerk song to cover in their individual style of chip music, and the selection is great, although unfortunately "Autobahn" and "Numbers" were not covered on this CD. All arrangments, at least in my opinon, are phenomonal, and certainly do justice to the original tracks. Nullsleep's cover of "The Model" must be heard to be believed!

The sound is top notch and the sound quality is like listening to the actual consoles/synths themselves. Most of the vocals on this CD are taken from the English translations of Kraftwerk's songs, although some are the original German lyrics. Some sites have complained that the vocals (vocals, not lyrics) are weak, but I find this to be opposite, and since Kraftwerk's vocal talent wasn't all that great to begin with, I have to question whether those people are just hating on this CD.

Overall, this is an interesting and fantastic album, that sucessfully pays justice to Kraftwerk, and proves that Gameboys, NES's, Commodore 64's and what-have-you aren't just bleeps and bloops, they can make actual music, which is what Kraftwerk's music did for synthesizers, so this really is the PERFECT tribute.

If you are a Kraftwerk fan, or a chiptune fan, or both, BUY THIS CD. If not, or you're just gtting into it, buy this CD anyway. It will convert you into Karaftwerk fans and chiptune fans, and it's a great intro to both scenes.

Overall: 5/5

-Zack M. - Chiptune/Kraftwerk fan
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brian Miller on February 28, 2007
Format: Audio CD
My father had a C64 back in "the day" when I was but a wee lad. Not only did this machine introduce me to PC gaming, but it also (via a cartridge) introduced me to the weird sounds that you could make a computer puke out. My father also introduced me to kraftwerk in the early 80's. When this became available for pre-order, I crapped out my money instantly.

I can honestly say that my hard earned, tax-payer provided money was well spent. This was the first time since downloading midi files that I've heard minimalist computer produced perfection. I own a few other kraftwerk cover albums, such as the trance-werk express series, and none of them even come close to what I'd say an actual worthy tribute.

Not only are all 15 tracks the nearest thing to perfection that I've ever seen, but most, if not all, capture what I'd call the essence of "machine music" that kraftwerk have been striving for since 68. This album has also opened me up to a new genre of electronic music that I was not aware of, so now I'll attempt to find other artists that make 8-bit stuff.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Best Of All on November 30, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Fifteen artists each tackling a legendary number by Kraftwerk, with a re-tooled twist. They are using old-school 8-bit video game systems and lo-bit microchip computers to bring a new generation of sound & vision to the music.

This phenominal CD finds the songs merging into one fascinating presentation of cutting-edge performance art. Oliver Wittchow and Herbert Weixelbaum capture classic club beats, respectively, in Kristallo & Tanzmusik, while Covox brings even more desperation/sadness to the lyrics of Computer Love.

The most ambitious number is gwEm and Counter Reset's interpretation of The Man-Machine (Die Mensch-Maschine), which is the fitting final piece to this innovative project.

You do not have to be a fan of Kraftwerk to appreciate the new versions of these songs. This is as much a tribute to stretching the boundaries of art as it is to one of the most influential bands ever.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By 0=0 on July 12, 2007
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To cover the music of these electronic music legends and pioneers is a lofty goal, gutsy even, considering their status among fans and music heads alike. I must say, all the artists did a fine job here, staying true to Kraftwerk's electronic aesthetic and sound while filtering these tracks through the style of the various 8-bit artists featured here on this highly enjoyable compilation. All the tracks are very well and uniquely composed and of course, this is 8-bit music, video game music, which makes perfect sense when considering Kraftwerk's material. I'd imagine some may find the 8-bit genre trendy or even novelty, but it's just another way to make music, another one of many sub-genre's of very electronic music. To get a carbon copy of the original Kraftwerk songs would be boring and predictable, and to expect such a thing is ridiculous. Lots of Kraftwek fans come off as pretty elitist at times and put their beloved band on a high pedestool, not giving the newer and younger folks doing very good stuff, related to Kraftwerk, much of a chance. That's a shame, because hearing these classics covered by the "8-Bit Operators" sheds a whole new light on Kraftwerk and there is a very refreshing, DIY, punk-rock (not in style mind you--no guitars, but in spirit) approach, which is nice, considering some of Kraftwerk's more recent and rarely released material is a bit on the slick side. As for some of the vocals, they're quite good and varied. Again, if you're expecting this to sound just like Kraftwerk, or hope it does, you probably might wanna stay away from this one. Still, this is very Kraftwerkian in spirit and higly reccomended for the open-minded, non-elitist fan and elecronic music lover.
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