8-Bit Music on 88 Keys

Cleveland-based pianist, Rob Kovacs, created 88bit in 2017 as a platform to put forth piano arrangements of Nintendo music. Rather than just playing the main melody and some bass notes, his piano performances notably transcribe every note and all three voices from original Nintendo themes and arrange them in a way that is possible to be played by a single pianist.

His first live performance was to an unsuspecting classical music audience and was received with great acclaim. Kovacs’ arrangements include music from NES games including Marble Madness, Mega Man 2, The Adventures of Lolo, and Arkista’s Ring to name a few. Kovacs has said he plans to arrange every bit of music written for every licensed NES game

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