Awhile back, a project by the name of Switched on SNES
popped up on Bandcamp with a tribute album to A Link to the Past
, songs from the Zelda classic all performed on analog synthesizers and drum machines. The conceit was simple:
The goal of the project is to expose listeners to the musical masterpieces that have been overlooked - mostly because of the 16bit instrumentation.
There are plans for future soundtracks that include Earthbound, Donkey Kong Country, Secret of Mana and plenty more. However, the latest release to surface from the project is The Lost Levels, Vol 1
, a collection of songs where the "sounds and aesthetics are heavily inspired by 16bit video games, but the writing and arranging is all original."
You can hear the entire album on YouTube
, etc. or buy it on Bandcamp
. It is, to say the least, a very pleasant listen.
The project is brought to you by Will Patterson, also known for his work as Sleep Good
or for this Nirvana remix