By Jeriaska . September 20, 2008 . 10:40pm
Uppsala-based videogame cover artist Lie Mf B has been reinterpreting 8-bit game themes since he released his first album in August of 2004. His songs primarily involve live instruments marked by a funky, raw sound, while the arrangements themselves are methodically fine-tuned. The juxtaposition between spontaneity and careful consideration can be heard on his latest song, a poppy rendition of the theme of Mega Man 4′s robot master Dive Man. Sky Diver Inside Her is a preview of a full album of progressive rock-styled retro game covers that has been in production for over a year.
Like Hyadain, the popular Japanese remixer, Lie Mutherpluckin’ B focuses on the early days of home console videogame music. Both have fashioned a persona that synchs with and expands upon the game themes they interpret, leavened with an observant sense of irony. For his album Nintendosploitation, the musician pulls off the unlikely premise of infusing Duck Tales, Excitebike and Gun.Smoke with touches of Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, and Barry White.
When late last year Team Entertainment released its Mega Man Rock and Techno arrange albums, it was contended among some listeners of videogame cover bands that a Mega Man Funk Arrange in the form of Lie Mf B’s synthesis of ’70s urban rock and ’80s gaming chipmusic could have made for a trilogy. His blue bomber-inspired tracks, including Funckin’ in the Woods (Wood Man), Crash Bomb in the Lobby (Crash Man), and Apornas Magnet (Magnet Man) are currently available in mp3, flac and ogg on the musician’s homepage Sex, Drugs and Nintendo. The new album is tentatively scheduled for the year’s end.
Images courtesy of Runtime Records.