Chiptune champs 8 Bit Weapon pay tribute to one of electronic music’s true pioneers, Wendy Carlos, by way of reinterpreting Carlos’ music from the 1982 movie Tron. With Tron slowly bubbling back into the public consciousness by way of Disney’s attempt to revive the franchise on the big screen later in 2010, Tron Tribute is an inspired project with good timing.
Available as a free download, Tron Tribute basically cycles through variations on two different pieces of music from Tron, namely “Tron Scherzo” and the movie’s end credit suite (or at least about the first 1/3 of it). 8 Bit Weapon deploys its usual arsenal of classic Commodore 64 and Game Boy sounds for the occasion, and adds an Apple II-based synth for good measure. (The custom-made Apple II synth program is also available on their website.)
The variations aren’t wildly different – it’s more a case of subtly swapping out “instruments” – but the result is still quite an enjoyable new take on the music from Tron . (It’s also worth noting that 8 Bit Weapon isn’t the first act to take on such a reinterpretation – there was also a track of Tron music, appropriately arranged for the sound hardware of the Intellivision, whose maker had the license for home video games based on Tron, on the Intellivision In Hi-Fi album.)
8 Bit Weapon’s take on Tron nicely splits the difference between Wendy Carlos’ complex harmonies and the unique harmonics of the machines used to play the music – and you sure can’t beat the price.