On the 21st december, Jan Lund Thomsen has published his 50th episode of the C64 Take-away podcast.
From the website:
Ho-ho-ho! Christmas comes a few days early this year. After passing my project manager exam on December 13th, I cleared the mountain of books and papers off my desk and started preparing this episode. In honour of this being the 50th show(!) here’s almost an hours worth of sonic delight – five remixes and five chiptunes, carefully selected for your enjoyment. And while the show doesn’t have a Christmas theme as such, the closing tune should be able to melt even the coldest of hearts and let the Commodore love flow freely. As usual mixed in with a brief recap of what’s been happening in the world of C64-related music. Enjoy!
Did you ever think you'd see a proper double Vinyl release of some of the best SIDs? Lovingly recorded by experts without emulation, mastered to perfection and with a cool retro cover? Well, today's your lucky day!
Elephant Records have produced an officially lovely compilation featuring such beautiful things as FULL-LENGTH PARALLAX, and FULL-LENGTH TRAP! You never thought you'd see the day, huh? All SIDs were recorded by the legendary Jason
Kenz Mackenzie for full loveliness.
For those without vinyl players, there will also be a digital release on iTunes.
C64Audio.com will have a limited number of these,but please don't hesitate to buy your copy from the official source rather than waiting for us. You know what we're like... :-P
You may now listen to any remix directly on a track detail page. Try it out, chose any remix from the charts, and click play on the embedded audio player.
Enjoy discovering hidden gems and forgotten classics.
SID 80s will be performing at the Official Replay Expo Charity After-Show Party on Saturday evening, November 5th. Jon Hare and Ben Daglish make their return and this year they will be joined by fellow musicians Jeremy Longley and Andreas Wallström.
In addition to musical entertainment from SID 80s and Nintendisco, an amazing collection of prizes for the pub quiz and after-show raffle are currently being amassed, including a Collectors Edition of Fable III signed by Sir Ben Kingsley himself; a number of other games for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC; T-Shirts by Insert Clothing; tickets for the Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Tower and Dungeon ... plus many more great items!
Tickets are available to purchase on the day at the Expo or can be bought online here
Submitted by Subzero
The Remix64 mixing and mastering tutorial has been updated with new content, better explainations, figures and audio samples. Check it out!
Amiga game music fans may want to check out BitJam podcast #136 - this edition was produced in close collaboration with the creators of the acclaimed
Immortal CD series. The idea behind the
Immortal project is to release great soundtracks from games released for the Commodore Amiga on CD - newly arranged and recorded in the studio, with the original artists involved whenever possible. Composers like Chris Hülsbeck, Allister Brimble, Barry Leitch, Jochen Hippel, Tim Wright and many others contributed exclusive tracks in the past. BitJam podcast #136 features 79+ minutes of music from all of the
Immortal CDs, including two full tracks from the brand-new
Immortal 4 album and a special bonus track by Tim Wright of Psygnosis fame. Enjoy cult classics like Lotus Turbo Challenge 2, Battle Squadron, Pinball Fantasies, Alien Breed, Turrican 3, Gods, Speedball 2, Agony, or Cannon Fodder in this epic megamix!
Submitted by Savepower/ Jim Power
From 29th to 31th of July, the biggest annual 8-bit party in Hungary will come into life again. Among classic demo, music and GFX competitions, an open SID remix compo belongs to the list of events. Remote entries are all accepted. Valid format is 128KBPs 44.1KHz MP3.
An another event there, related to SID remix scene: SIDrip Alliance will hit the stage again around 19:00 on the second party day with a seriously refreshed setlist.
Submitted by NecroPolo
An alternative version of the Arkanoid theme with improved digi drums will premiere on the BBB show at SLAY Radio tonight.
After the release of Arkanoid, Martin Galway enhanced the SID tune with better drum samples (later to be used in
Game Over). With the game already out, there were no release channels, and so this version was lost. Martin Galway kindly gave permission for the Project: Galway team to lend his original source code to Jan Harries and Inge Pedersen of HVSC, and Inge brilliantly managed to write a cross-translation tool for the sources, which resulted in a playable SID file: something Boz originally did in PHP for the original Project Galway, resulting in the first release of the legendary
I've coded a little program that converts Martin's source code files into a KickAssembler-friendly file. I have to do some manual work afterwards to make the code tidy, and straighten out the few things the converter doesn't, but it saves me a lot of work. The sid-file included is made 100% with KickAssembler from the original sources.
Martin Galway commented on the result:
The filter emulation isn't exact, but I assume you know that already. Otherwise it's spot on, warts and all.
Inge's next project?
I'm intending to do what very few persons (none at all?) has done before - make a tune in Martin's player.... ;)