Guide to the Scene
Here's a simple guide to the world of C64 and Amiga music.
Raw SID soundIf you're looking for the original, unaltered c64 sound, check out these places:
- HVSC - The High Voltage SID Collection: An amazing project which allows you to download and play virtually every tune ever written for the Commodore 64. The code is ripped from the game, and run in a standalone way so you can hear the original tune in all its glory. The HVSC is regularly and painstakingly updated, and now stands at well over 30,000 SID files. That's over 60,000 subtunes. The majority of the tunes have been submitted or approved by the original composers as a vital historical source.
However, the original music tends to inspire musical souls so much that they want to remix it and spread it further.
- Stone Oakvalley's Authentic SID Collection (SOASC=): The automated Commodore 64 SID music to MP3 recording project based on the High Voltage SID Collection (HVSC)
C64 and Amiga RemixesThe sources of remixes are manifold, yet organised:
- Remix.Kwed.Org - the biggest C64 remix file repository in the world. Public uploads are allowed and encouraged, though moderated. All downloads are free. The site is maintained by Jan Lund Thomsen.
- AmigaRemix.com - the biggest Amiga remix file repository, set up as the Amiga equivalent to RKO, and run by John Carehag aka Ziphoid.
- C64Audio.com - the biggest C64 record label, devoted to enhancing the scene by releasing quality C64 remix CDs, usually involving the original composers wherever possible. Also the home of events such as
Back in Time Live, which is the definitive C64 music event, featuring live performance and many special guests. Also they are the publisher for many of the composers in HVSC: and have granted their permission to HVSC and RKO to allow downloads of files they administer.
- SLAY Radio - Commorode remixes web radio with non stop rotational playlist and live shows on a regular basis