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Jeddah: Ever wanted to know what the songs of Abdul Majid Abdullah, Dalida, Amr Diab, Faires, or other Arab artists would sound like in a video game?

answer? Check out the work of Saudi Emarati digital artist and music producer Moath Bin Hafez. This work revisits a popular Arabic song into a video game setting.

On the 50th anniversary of the United Arab Emirates, Harfez came up with the idea of ​​creating an 8-bit chiptune version of his pilot project, the UAE national anthem.

“Instagram is primarily a visual platform, so we created a simple animation with the UAE flag in the Super Mario world,” he told Arab News.

“Surprisingly, video games have received a lot of attention and have become my most watched video in a few days,” he said.

Following that success, he decided to focus on making chiptune remixes of Arab pop music. There was clearly an “appetite” in that kind of content.

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• For the UAE’s 50th National Foundation Day, Harfez came up with the idea of ​​creating an 8-bit chiptune version of his pilot project, the UAE’s national anthem.

• As one of the works of the 2000s game show “Man Sayarbah Al-Malyoon” (who wins the millions), he used Street Fighter II’s famous Las Vegas stage.

• He chiptuned Faires’ song “Habaytak Bisayf” (I loved you in the summer) about loneliness and longing with a visual of the sky landscape that matches the lyrics.

“With the latest software, we can emulate the sound of old chips, but we don’t have to learn anything about programming, so we can only focus on the creative aspects such as instruments and arrangements,” he said. say.

“I was a kid in the 80’s, so I played a lot with Sakhr (MSX) and NES. For me, music has always been the most memorable part of these old games.”

He said the sound chips on those old consoles were so primitive that composers broke the limits by being truly creative with the composition and techniques they used.

“The idea of ​​using limited tools to stimulate your creativity is very sympathetic to me,” he said.

When it comes to music, Hafez said the electronic bands Daft Punk and Justice were his greatest inspiration.

Video games have changed a lot over time, but his favorites are the classic generation “Donkey Kong Country 2” and the modern generation “Fallout Series.”

“I’ve juxtaposed singers with backgrounds in fighting games such as Street Fighter II and The King of Fighters series. They’re very lively and often watched by lively characters,” he said. Told.

“I’m trying to match the background with the sound of the music and the way the singer meets me,” he said.

He explained that he used Street Fighter II’s famous Las Vegas stage for one of the works of the 2000s game show “Man Sayarbah Al-Malyoon” (who wins the millions).

“It feels like how spectacular the show was in the Arab world, so it’s really crazy and top-notch for dancers and betting spectators,” he said.

He chiptuned her song “Habaytak Bisayf” (I Loved You in the Summer) about loneliness and longing, pointing to his work with Lebanese singer Fairuz.

“It makes sense to circulate the fairs through the sky landscape throughout the different seasons to emphasize loneliness and isolation to the lyrics,” he said.

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