Here is some guaranteed nostalgia for you. Follow the life of a Game Boy in this wonderful animation: watch it get assembled in a factory and packaged for an excited kid and see it get played by youthful thumbs and then eventually be tossed away by a teenager. It’s every toy’s story. Throughout its journey you’ll see all the childhood gadgets you miss playing with and many more you wish you had owned. Where did all these toys go?
Apparently, they’re being refashioned as musical instruments. You see, this super neat animation video is actually the opening titles sequence for the documentary Europe in 8 bits, a documentary about recycling old video game consoles for chip music.
EUROPE IN 8 BITS is a documentary directed by Javier Polo that explores the world of chip music, a new musical trend that is growing exponentially throughout Europe. The stars of this musical movement reveal to us how to reuse old video games hardware like Nintendo’s GameBoy, NES, Atari ST, Amiga and the Commodore 64 to turn them into a tool capable of creating a new sound, a modern tempo and an innovative musical style. This is a new way of interpreting music performed by a great many artists who show their skills in turning these “limited” machines designed for leisure in the 80’s into surprising musical instruments and graphical tools. It will leave nobody indifferent.
You can watch the full Europe 8 in Bits documentary on Vimeo On Demand.