Twelve years ago, Daniel Larsson and Tomas Redigh (AKA the Swedish musical duo Rymdreglage) released 8-Bit Trip, a legendary LEGO animated music video.
Now, after 9 years in the making, the duo released the sequel, 8-Bit Trip 2.
Like the first version, Rymdreglage's new music video is a brickfilm, which use LEGO bricks as a primary component. Some brickfilms are relatively simple, like those where bricks are added or moved in each frame of a stop motion animation. Others, like Rymdreglage's creation, include live action humans in the film.
"It took us (Tomas and Daniel) around three years, it is a pretty complex system where you can draw a path for the camera movement in a 3D modeling software, in this case Blender," said Redigh to Kotaku, "After that the path is decoded into G-code, a language for CNC machines so you can use it to control stepper motors, making the camera ‘float’ around in the room where we were building the Lego characters."
Rymdreglage's music video features characters from some of our favorite video game, including the Legend of Zelda, Pac-Man, Mega Man, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Tetris. See how many you can spot!
The still images were taken with a DSLR camera and the filming took some 2,000 hours.
All in all, Rymdreglage's 8-Bit Trip 2 took 240 boxes of LEGOs each with 650 mixed pieces or a total of 156,000 bricks.
The original 8-Bit Trip by Rymdreglage, which was uploaded to YouTube in August 2009 and had been viewed more than 15 million times.