A story how we made a 8bit cover for Moscow Romance song.
In August 2015 I met Jon Henshaw on elance.com and soon he inriched my knowledge about Moscow Romance song:
Jonathan Henshaw: What a cool song--I really do like it. I think I will take the production in my own direction, and not necessarily stick to chiptunes style. Is that okay? Just listening to the original gave me some really great ideas. I can have something for you by the start of next week.
I agree with you that the performance on the live version is much more energetic—and that is part of what I like so much! He is very emotive live, I love how raw it is. I also really enjoy the driving forward motion of the drums in the song. The 7/4 time signature gives it a little bit of an exotic hop as well.
Oh, and I thought you may want to know—there are actually two spots where the song changes from 7/4 to 6/4! The big horn sections at 1:09 and 1:35 are in 6/4. This gives them the open, epic feeling that surges at those moments.
It's actually funny but a few month later I've watched a 1998 russian TV show called "Media Sharks" where Vic Medvedev explained to the journalists that song about Moscow Subway is a march, recorded in 7/4. Though Vic didn't mention it changes to 6/4. Without a doubt that's a unique song.
A year later, in May 2016 our designer Olga Ivanova manually turned a frame from the original musical video to a hand-crafted pixel art picture.
And now, finally one more year later we post this story to out blog.
Please enjoy our 8bit cover, official video from Nogu Svelo! official channel and also http://www.moonrocksound.com which is a Jon's musical agency, strongly recommend,