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8-Bit Trip

Classic consoles and Lego bricks inspire Swedish duo’s YouTube smash hit

Okay, so admittedly there are probably a gazillion and one stop-motion videos out there on YouTube, probably due to the fact that at some point or other every double-ender with a camera and auteur aspiration anxiety has seen fit to pick up the Plasticine and desecrate the memory of Ray Harryhausen. But let’s not let the shit of the many sully the art of the few.

Buried in the turdheap is 8-bit Trip, the most recently crystallised gemstone from creative duo Rymdreglages aka Tomas Redigh and Daniel Larsson. Sticking a wantonly cheerful middle digit up at the unending lineage of bleak Swedish cinema, 8-bit Trip takes Lego to the next dimension with some seriously eye-vexing visuals and a bleep-tastic synth-sound track to please even the hardest Nintentocore fans.

What better way to go 'yay, we love it' than hunt Redigh down via his YouTube channel, procure his IM address and pressgang him into an 'MSiNterview' when he’s probably got better things to be doing? Cut and pasted below is the chat we had with him while wondering exactly how long it would take for some creatively-challenged commissioner at a major label to go “Steal that idea for the next Pussycat Babe Girls promo and no we’re not paying them a penny.”

Dazed Digital: So where abouts in the world are you?
Tomas Redigh: I’m from Sweden, I live between two small cities called Skara and Vara, called Norra Vånga.

DD: How did you get into 8bit and fucking around with film? Had you made anything before 8-bit Trip?
Tomas Redigh: Well, that’s my childhood, 8-bit and Lego. So I thought let’s combine the two and make a stop-motion film. I’ve done 40 short films or something but not anything like this one.

DD: So you and Daniel are in a band right? You made the music for 8-bit together?
Tomas Redigh: Yep that’s right, usually Daniel does the music and I do the music videos but we work together as well.

DD: What's the 8-bit scene like in Sweden? Are there any big musicians out there making cool sounds?
Tomas Redigh: It has been a lot more I think we got Liquid Ham, 047, Slagsmålsklubben and stuff like that.

DD: Were you involved with the whole demoscene thing when you were growing up then?
Tomas Redigh: I wish I was but I was just a piece of the audience. I didn’t know how to write demos, I was only up to the music then and I didn’t have money enough to by a camera back then.

DD: What's Vånga like? Are there places to hang out or do you usually just end up round friend's houses?
Tomas Redigh: I think there are 300 persons living in Vånga, if you check out the two other videos on our channel you will get a little view of what it is like, it’s out in the middle of nothing and I love it. In our next film we will blow up 62 old pianos and film it with highspeed cameras, that would be hard in a city. The problem is we don’t have money enough to buy such a camera so we have to wait a couple of years, but hey we got the pianos. We are also going to build a gigantic crossbow to throw pianos into walls and trees and stuff.

DD: So for your 8 bit stuff do you mess round with sound boards from old Amigas and NES consoles or do you do it all in program?
Tomas Redigh: We have think about doing it "the real way" we got a lot of old-school computers. But it takes a lot of time and I cant hear any different between the "real" 8-bit sound and the simulated so we use modern stuff

DD: Tell us about the 8-bit trip video – where did the idea come from? Did you have bags and bags of Lego? Was it just you and Daniel who made everything?
Tomas Redigh: I thought to myself in December 2008, anyone can do a complex stop-motion Lego film if you just have enough time, so I bought Lego for about 8000 Swedish krons and started to animate. Two years before that I built a special table (that one everything is on in the film) but I hadn’t time to start doing the animation back then, but in December 2008 I started. It was really cold the first three months because I couldn’t afford to heat up the studio, it’s in an old barn that I have turned into a studio, so I had to work with scooter overall and gloves. I didn’t count exactly, it could have been more then 1500 hours to make it could have been less. It took me from 20 December 2008 to 14 July 2009.

DD: Did you study film making or have you taught yourself?
Tomas Redigh: I studied filmmaking for three years in Skövde, Sweden in college but the most of that was just theoretical stuff, I like it more practical.

DD: So what are you planning next?
Tomas Redigh: Right now me and Daniel are trying to get our music to itunes and Spotify and stuff so people can listen to it. We are going to send it to arts pages in Norway and they handle the paperwork with the music distribution. We’ll see what happens.

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