Play enough Game Boy – as some of you may have done in your childhood (or recently) – and you could start to dream in washed-out grayscale pixels. Artist David Stoll sends a music video that seems to emerge from that dream.

David – aka The Beep – tells us this creation is “a demake 8-Bit Game Boy Music Video I’ve made recently and it
features 8-Bit interpretations of a MPC 2000 and an SU-10.” Yes, incidentally, a “demake” is a thing. It repurposes the game visuals to produce something that treats the video pixels as a medium.

I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: the interest in these forms is more than nostalgia. Somehow, in the unique parameters of this medium, those familiar with gameplay can resonate with the way these operate emotionally. The game graphics become simply a narrative style, an idiom, to me. But judge for yourself.

Bonus: this music is great, and – okay, this might be for purposes of nostalgia – you can get them on tape. Details:

THE BEEP – EIJO
taken from ‘Secondhands Vol.2′ released on Sichtexot / 2012.

www.sichtexot.com
bandcamp.sichtexot.com
sichtexot.bandcamp.com/album/the-beep-secondhands-vol-2
facebook.com/TheBeep

Available as digital download or tape.

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This video features real Game Boy resolution and colors and has been painstakingly put together pixel by pixel over a whole year by myself. Most sites are actually real and even the tags can be found around my city. I loved my Game Boy and Super Mario when i was a young kid and my dad used to snatch it to play Tetris (and beating me all the time).
This is my tribute to both.

  • Gust

    ” I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: the interest in these forms is more than nostalgia.”

    Indeed, it’s the manufacture of a mythical history – a personal safety zone where “I loved my Game Boy and Super Mario when i was a young kid and my dad used to snatch it to play Tetris”. Viewed through a tasteful gauze of edited memory, protected by an appeal to childishness – placing music on cassette tape; it’s a kind of fear – fear of the challenge to push beyond the state of the art, fear of making something that can be criticised in the here and now, fear of having to make something new that other people might not recognise.

    And fear is not a good basis on which to make art.

    “demake” is the latest excuse to hide behind the familiar. Until people give up on alluding to the known we can’t have the unknown.

    • http://pkirn.com/ Peter Kirn

      It’s possible to remove all references to things known in art? 

      What if these sort of exercises can be just that – an etude that allows you to push beyond the state of the art in other work, a learning exercise?

    • the beep

      it was a very good learning exercise for me in what is called ‘pixel art’ or in my job: ‘do this fucking 16px icon in 1 hour will you?’

      the ‘art’ point, i kinda agree… it just called pixelart, and if you have a better name for it or something, feel free to spread the word with me once we come up with something. :)

    • the beep

      i see your point, but my music is also available on several vinyl releases and cds.
      so fear is not a factor here, childishness is. :)
      dont take it too seriously, and its not meant as ‘art’.
      thanks for your insights.
      - the beep