C64 Christmas

Christmas Special Editorial: 20 years of RKO (The charts revisited)

Published: 24/12/2020 by Neil Carr

 

In the year 2000 Jan Lund Thomsen's RKO (remix.kwed.org) was born. Finally, a resource that enabled remixers to uploaded their remixes for the world to enjoy. Before that time the remixing scene were made up of several websites spread around the internet. Finding these sites and jumping around from one to another was a painful and a somewhat chaotic experience. Over the years RKO would establish itself to be the one stop shop to get your c64 remix fix. In this Christmas editorial special we go back through the years and present the top 3 remixes voted by our readers from each year to the current day. So grab a cuppa sit back and enjoy whilst we take you on a nostalgia trip. Oh! and if you haven't voted yet on these remixes here's a chance to do so. Happy Christmas everyone.

 

*Ratings are correct at the time of publish. Ratings subject to varience should votes be cast.

 



YEAR: 2000

Nemesis The Warlock

o2 - Nemesis the Warlock


condor: Never commented this one... With Zoids, I think it can von title of your best remix.

das.Mordschaf: Its just GREAT <3

prq: Excellent tune


Active period:
2000 - 2014
2000 charts position:
1
Score:
93%
Microprose Soccer

FeekZoid - Something Stranger


soppa: Absolutely stunning remix, so simple (as the sid) but yet so eerie and deep feel to it, also love the selection of ambient sounds in this.

mfe: To take something so simple and make it this atmospheric requires skill. Kudos!

Zilog: This is AWESOME!


Active period:
2000 - 2005
2000 charts position:
2
Score:
92%
Zoids

o2 - Zoids


Trydowave: Best version of zoids. Obvious Jarre influence. Great stuff

Melaure: Excellent, I have found Jarre's fealings in this tune :D

condor: Agreed with ommoroca - wonderful!


Active period:
2000 - 2014
2000 charts position:
3
Score:
91%

Year 2001

Giana Sisters Title

machinae supremacy - Great Giana Sisters


Ansoe: ... What can I say? Awesome...

ulfepulf: Why give this anything but outstanding?

deadguyfromhun: Cool music


Active period:
2001 - 2013
2001 charts position:
1
Score:
96%
Last Ninja

Tonka - Last Ninja - Palace Gardens (Loader)


Jogeir: What can I say! Probably the best tune on the site!! STUNNING!!!!!

Nebdar: Awsome remix cool one with proper soul

cyphax: Why is there still only ONE song from Tonka? I sure would love to hear more like this, cause this is, for me, still about perfect.


Active period:
1999 - 2001
2001 charts position:
2
Score:
93%
Max Headroom

DHS - Max Headroom (Orbital 3241 Elevator Mix)


madrigal: Wonderful remix, DHS is a guarantee for quality!;)

chairmankaga: One of my favourite SID remixes.

aero: Simply gorgeous


Active period:
2000 - 2017
2001 charts position:
3
Score:
91%

Year 2002

Firelord Title

Glyn R Brown - Firelord - Symphonic


kaus: Yeah my glyn favourite

amfr: This is great!

niccin: Awesome!


Active period:
2001 - 2019
2002 charts position:
1
Score:
96%
Armageddon Man Title

Mahoney - Armageddon Man (Vocal Jazz feat. Karin Öjehagen)


Melaure: Very nice voice

Mrcookie: Marvelous!

LaLa: Emotional, excellent, superb, magnificent, outstanding, unbelievable, beautiful, moving, amazing, rocks, perfect.


Active period:
2001 - 2007
2002 charts position:
2
Score:
95%
GordianTombTitle

Glyn R Brown - Gordian Tomb Adventures


ricky: !

Sodden: Red face... Is a understatment, Simply stunning. After 31/01/02 Glyn is the master.

brix: WTF? !! This is great!


Active period:
2001 - 2019
2002 charts position:
3
Score:
95%

Year 2003

Lagerfeldt - Dutch Breeze/Robocop 3 (Progressive Uplift)


decibel: I simply love this remix, I defy you to sit still while listening to it

NecroPolo: That's what I'd call a proper sonic threatment! Not my style but I don't really care when I meet such high quality work.

zera: I hear the song already for years. And I will hear it still many years. Ingenious.


Active period:
2003 - 2005
2003 charts position:
1
Score:
93%
Remix64.com

Thomas Detert - Supernova (the slow tune)


lolicon: Love Vangelis, love this tune! Very well composed. This delivers!

soppa: Marvelous remix, the production is of course excellent but this is just so well thought out it's bound to stay on my playlist for a long long time.

Ryrynz: Beautifully done.


Active period:
2001 - 2020
2003 charts position:
2
Score:
93%
Flight Path 737

Tim Forsyth - Flight Path 737


bratac: Simply wonderful!

Chainsaw: Very great

bar: The art of Vangelis+The sound of Neuronium+The touch of Suzanne Ciani=one of the best tune on RKO


Active period:
2000 - 2020
2003 charts position:
3
Score:
91%

Year 2004

Glyn R Brown - Rastan


exo: Its gettin hot in here.

tusy: Great

InternetRebel: Absolutely fabulous! Sounds like a first class movie score. Great arrangements, very well done. Respect!


Active period:
2001 - 2019
2004 charts position:
1
Score:
97%
Remix64.com

Marcel Donné - Sweet


Amok: GREAT!!!

Zieman: You can fall into a SWEET, endless near-sleep while listening to this :)

migu: This is just perfect for me. Love the Sweet theme.


Active period:
2001 - 2020
2004 charts position:
2
Score:
96%
Human Race Title

DHS - The Human Race (Bando alle Seghe)


Ziphoid: Still, after all these years - this is simply beautiful!

esg: I love this song and the two musician too!

prq: Beautiful melody, beautiful voices.


Active period:
2000 - 2017
2004 charts position:
3
Score:
94%

 Year 2005

Artura

Makke - Artura(Dublin Delight Mix) feat. Andreas Wallström


macb3t: Absolutely brilliant!!!

NecroPolo: AYYYEEE!!!! :D Yikes! Me likes!

tags: Absolutely brilliant :)


Active period:
2000 - 2021
2005 charts position:
1
Score:
95%
Microprose Soccer

Marcel Donné - Something Stranger Remake


Tas: Ding, dang and dong!

blue.flame: ^^ Just amazing how one mans sound can rule my feelings for 5 minutes....... Jean-Michel Donné ROCKS!!!!!

Waz: Marcel just completely rocks my world, again! An excellent improvisation on a quite limited SID with plenty of emotion and feel, and working around the original tune. Superb stuff.


Active period:
2001 - 2020
2005 charts position:
2
Score:
93%
Remix64.com

Glyn R Brown - The Recovery


Danceaway: I met Glen again on Saturday night at B. I. T, we had a chat and I asked him when he is doing more remixes and he said he had just uploaded this track and well, pure beauty and those choire vocals are perfect!!! THIS GUY IS THE NO. 1 remixer without doubt

nec5: Really. You won't get better than this for orchestra/chant music. A+

Dumper: Everything Glyn touches turns to gold. Another classic.


Active period:
2001 - 2019
2005 charts position:
3
Score:
92%

Year 2006

Robocop Title

Andy Gilmour & LMan - Robocop Title


lagerfeldt: Take My Breath Away

buzzard: Although a little sedate for my taste, technically awesome, would love to see something more upbeat. Don't ever stop remixing!

DHS: I have no words to describe this. Just listen to it.


Active period:
2001 - 2006
2006 charts position:
1
Score:
95%
Tristess

moog (Sebastian Bachliñski) - Tristess


Reyn: Great great remix! And also a very nice composition! Superb..

nickenstien: WOW!! This is fantastic, have been listening on a loop all day! One of those tunes that when it is finished you need to hear the start again, and then the middle and end again, so you just play it over and over. AWESOME MOOG!!!

drax: Damn, Sebastian you did again. You got pretty close to how I played it on the piano when I composed it ;)... Really nice production aswell... Love the piano and the strings!


Active period:
2006 - 2013
2006 charts position:
2
Score:
94%
Remix64.com

machinae supremacy - Sidology 2 Trinity


jokesoldier: Orange face + you got boost powa for the F-Zero intro!

Sargon: Really nice Sid Metal!

Caboose: This is definately top 10 on the whole remix64.


Active period:
2001 - 2013
2006 charts position:
3
Score:
93%

YEAR 2007

Green Beret Title

Reyn Ouwehand - Green Beret [live at The Church]


cyphax: Simply beautiful.

Noisywan: I'm not familiar with the original SID song but I loved it.

Cifu1978: Perfect. Cannot express more plainly.


Active period:
2000 - 2009
2007 charts position:
1
Score:
97%
Remix64.com

Dafunk - Destruction - The New Beginning (rmx)


Skitz: Dafunk needs a god damn recording contract! Everything he is producing lately is seriously good and commercially viable!

snorski: Smooth!! Like it a lot!

Peter W: Here's that dreamy sound again with a taste of a melodic trance breeze, great stuff!


Active period:
2004 - 2011
2007 charts position:
2
Score:
93%
Remix64.com

Dafunk - For Paradize (exp.)


feark: Heard this on "C64 take-away" and after that I had to get this tune.

sardjent: Very nice tune, you wouldn't happen to be a Skinny Puppy fan concidering the samples at the end?:)

infamous: There is nothing this man touches that doesnt turn to gold, absolutely stunning tune.


Active period:
2004 - 2011
2007 charts position:
3
Score:
93%

YEAR 2008

Remix64.com

Mordi - Plastic Pop (I Miss You mix)


nummer2: What can I say its Mordi time again :D Nice to see that you read the song in a several way as Anthonys The Past Remix.

karter: Very well done. If you check out the original composers site (http://www.danko.se/) you can find his own remade version under the playlist section.

bahamut_ger: Ums auf Deutsch zu sagen. EINFACH GEIL!! Sehr guter Track. Bitte mehr davon.


Active period:
2008 - 2020
2008 charts position:
1
Score:
93%
Remix64.com

Dafunk - Hardcore Power (We Believe In Goa - Remix)


knotti: Oh yeaa partytime!!

spellcoder: Bit of '90 Cappella en some Scooter style

Danceaway: Starts 08 as he left 07... Top stuff and the sounds are bang on, along with top mixing... Keep it up Master Dafunk......


Active period:
2004 - 2011
2008 charts position:
2
Score:
93%
Remix64.com

Peter W - Stargate (Not As Trancelucent As)


xo: Su-bloody-perb.

Amok: Just great...

Dr-Duke: Very well done Peter W! (Not my fault but I love trance) :)


Active period:
2007 - 2012
2008 charts position:
3
Score:
93%

YEAR 2009

Commando Title

Firestorm - Commando (Sound of SceneSat Edit)


pj: You took me by surprise. Very powerful and original interpretation.

Xenox.AFL: Excellent....!

inqisit0r: Stuff it. Ill give it an outstanding. What makes it good seriously outweighs its imperfections. (eg, the transition to guitar at 3:16 is great. But thats the end of the track. The rest after 4:29 is just "following the rules" with a lacking end section)


Active period:
2008 - 2009
2009 charts position:
1
Score:
96%
Final Synth Sample

Jogeir Liljedahl - Synth Sample - The Stationary Ark


DoubleMan: Oh my God... Thats so beatifull...

deleyt: Great stuff!

TNT: This is my ALL TIME favorite remix! Very emotional. I just love it!


Active period:
1999 - 2019
2009 charts position:
2
Score:
96%
Remix64.com

Mordi - Ocean Loader 2


Kate Eternal: Out-stan-ding!

russ: This is just amazing, I cant stop playing this :-)

Mrcookie: With this one, it can load for hours without making me impatient


Active period:
2008 - 2020
2009 charts position:
3
Score:
94%

YEAR 2010

 


Remix64.com

Mordi - Sweet (feat Gibs)


horizoner: This one blew me away - AWESOME!!!

Mayhem: Sweet ;)

SarahKreuz: Sweet? Never heard of it. I GUESS it`s a C64 Game, eh? XD This song is strong, got a powerful sense of emotion and reminds me a little bit of Jogeir Liljedahl`s tracks (especially @ 4:30 min). Great tune. And now SHUT UP-I wanna listen to it once more.;)


Active period:
2008 - 2020
2010 charts position:
1
Score:
95%
Remix64.com

Chabee - Baboon (Skydive ReMix)


Mordi: Cool tune. Great sounds and lovely percussion. I love your style!

Melaure: Excellent!

Metal_VIB: Pure porn! A tad too mellow for my taste though, but a really good arrangement of the track.


Active period:
2006 - 2017
2010 charts position:
2
Score:
93%
Remix64.com

SIDrip Alliance - From First to Last (AROK12 tribute mix)


maindrian: Makes me want to dry hump my speakers. It's THAT filthy. The lead does feel a little flimsy over the top of all that crunchy guitar, but boy, oh boy, does that guitar crunch.

Mordi: Flakey lead, but otherwise great.

hillsman: Some of the leads aren't great, but this is an otherwise awesome compendium of some top LN tracks. Not a huge electric guitar fan, but it sounds great here!


Active period:
2009 - 2020
2010 charts position:
3
Score:
93%

YEAR 2011

Remix64.com

moog (Sebastian Bachliñski) - Jazzcat (007)


jokesoldier: No need to say that's really, really, really nice& smooth :)

NecroPolo: _steve_: Someone needs to grow taste or ears, maybe both :) I'd really appreciate some explanation coming with bad rating instead of trolling with no name. That's coward in a way, eh?

Melaure: What a wonderfull piece of Jazz. Sax, guitar, ... Not far from perfection!


Active period:
2006 - 2013
2011 charts position:
5
Score:
93%
Remix64.com

Mordi - Resolution


Dees Productions: The perfect mix of a perfect song. Like to drizzle honey all over the floor and just roll around!

aero: It just feels groooooooove!

Ryrynz: Once again Mordi delivers us beautiful sounds.


Active period:
2008 - 2020
2011 charts position:
1
Score:
94%
Remix64.com

Peter Clarke - Ocean Loader 3 (Cinematic remix)


The Real Deaders: Such a good remix

MattMaybee: Wow! Really different but really good!

NecroPolo: I'm not really into orchestral remixes but only lack of hearing would let me say that I don't appreciate the work behind it much. It's a great track with great arrangement but I like the other version better.


Active period:
2011 - 2020
2011 charts position:
2
Score:
94%

YEAR 2012

Remix64.com

Mordi - Tristesse


winc: The sound in this the way it just mixes together, and the harmony just made this the best song of 2015!!

Chronberg: Bravo!

Shark: Best version by far IMPO, love the emotion in the main lead! Great work as usual!


Active period:
2008 - 2020
2012 charts position:
1
Score:
94%
DMC Demo Iv

Andreas Wallström and NecroPolo - DMC demo IV 2 (Celtic Mission mix)


LaLa: Head-bangingly powerful! Guitar-smashingly heavy duty! Rock on!

_steve_: Just need to bring that bass end out more, to really feel the bass drum and bass guitars.

Melaure: Incredible guitars and great sound; not oversaturated or too compressed! Feels like Satriani, that I like a lot!


Active period:
2012 - 2018
2012 charts position:
2
Score:
94%
Remix64.com

NecroPolo - Electric Jesus


bordeaux: Great tribute, awesome guitars - thanks a lot!

Ryrynz: Love it.

Chainsaw: Just awesome great. This rocks!!! Red smile, because there is no higher one!


Active period:
2009 - 2020
2012 charts position:
3
Score:
93%

YEAR 2013

Remix64.com

Peacemaker - Fawn of Creation


bastard: Wonderful!

Grigul: Wow, great tune. The influence by Jean-Michel Jarre is obviously, but hey - I'm a huge fan of Jarre since 1979. Great Job, Peacemaker.

Slayer: Nice work.


Active period:
2000 - 2013
2013 charts position:
1
Score:
94%
Supremacy

LukHash - Supremacy [youtube vid]


p2: Love it! Just like all the other work of LukHash!

Crono: Masterpiece!

Volkans80: Very good


Active period:
2009 - 2020
2013 charts position:
2
Score:
93%
Remix64.com

BeeZerk - BeeZerk - Blasphemy (Feat. Pallaso & Kage)


ziona: Awesome piece, very pleasant, I am addicted to it, looping all day!

LMan: Wow this is some serious billboard-charts-wothy summer pop!!

_steve_: Wow. Beezerk does it again! This is just fantastic.


Active period:
2006 - 2020
2013 charts position:
3
Score:
93%

YEAR 2014

Platoon (Inexperti belli)

Slaygon - Platoon (Inexperti belli)


LaLa: Grungy, metallic, dirty. Just like war. I can just see the platoon marching through the muddy jungle. Very, very well done!

80sFreak: Just awesome!

The SIE: Outstanding it is..


Active period:
2008 - 2020
2014 charts position:
1
Score:
95%
Last Ninja

Robert Engstrand - The Mansion Gardens (Last Ninja medley)


Acceptus: Magic

Jojje70: The female vocals does a wonderful job in this remix, totally lifts it to a higher level! Great production and arrangement, nicely done.

Mayhem: Excellent for what's there, now how about the whole track?:)


Active period:
2014
2014 charts position:
2
Score:
93%
Druid II Title

Markus Schneider - Enlightenment - Druid II


Ahriakin: Great work! Another for the 'cant believe that's a C64 remix' playlist for the family :)

Marcus: Just aewsome!

LaLa: Cinematic! Epic! Orchestral! Welcome back, Markus!!!


Active period:
2002 - 2020
2014 charts position:
3
Score:
93%

Year 2015

Remix64.com

Slaygon - Never Die (Skitz lives forever)


L0rd3vyL: What an amazing mix. Early favorite for Best C64 remix for 2015. Can't wait to see what this year has in store.

gator: This is an amazing track!

Nickenstein: This is seriously fucking beautiful, Slaygon! (In my head, Skitz will never die.)


Active period:
2008 - 2020
2015 charts position:
1
Score:
96%
Fist II Title

Dr Future - Fist II - The Legend Continues


XxDUSTYxX: Great work! Very enjoyable!

NecroPolo: All I can say, it nailed the feel of the original to the bone. Goosebumper.

chosc: Hello! Well Done man, your tune is so wonderful and sometimes it remembers me of the old kung fu movies.


Active period:
2001 - 2020
2015 charts position:
2
Score:
95%
Remix64.com

MRT - Eagles (Easy Flight mix)


Dr.Piotr: Lindsey Stirling she played Mr. T

Pepe Pinapple: Two Steps ahead!

James T. Kork: Just brilliant.


Active period:
2004 - 2019
2015 charts position:
3
Score:
95%

YEAR 2016

Cybernoid 2 Title

MRT - Cybernoid II


Samarium13: Very punchy feel, great beat!

ChrisBond: Wow - that is a really good remix, good sounds good arragement, but a little static beat - love it anyway, and thanks a lot for the Cybernoid I Bonus at the end - lovely

Sokratekk: Would fit in any Italo Disco set.. Great!


Active period:
2004 - 2019
2016 charts position:
1
Score:
96%
Outrun Title

Johan Andersson - Out Run - Splash Wave (surf mix)


Aule: The Beach Boys would have done it exactly that way!

vurtx: Just perfect in all areas.

Breadbox Bill: Great jazzy remix!


Active period:
2009 - 2020
2016 charts position:
2
Score:
95%
Remix64.com

MRT - Phat Frog


Dr.Piotr: Leds dance!!! Greats!

NecroPolo: Despite that I hate dancing and dreamy stuff to quite a high degree I'd be a fool not to see the values of this quality track. Great work and a floor filler contender on a demoscene party.

bgmnt: One of the best!


Active period:
2004 - 2019
2016 charts position:
3
Score:
94%

YEAR 2017

Supremacy

SIDNIFY - Supremacy (Overprime mix)


L0rd3vyL: Fantastic remix, dude

oxygen: Amazing remix :-)

Haxel: Beautiful mixing and gorgeous arrangement!


Active period:
2017 - 2020
2017 charts position:
1
Score:
97%
Remix64.com

MRT - Plastic Pop


Double_maggic: Listen - vote - repeat...:)

NecroPolo: Not my kind of stuff at all (there is no blood) but it is quality at its best. Great work!

LaLa: A surprisingly downtempo, melancholic arrangement, which I didn't think I'd like, but this is expertly crafted! Just lovely!


Active period:
2004 - 2019
2017 charts position:
2
Score:
95%
Tune

MRT - Albedo


Zilog: So sweeeeeeeeet!

LaLa: Finely crafted creative take on a wonderful tune.

Mordi: Cool!


Active period:
2004 - 2019
2017 charts position:
3
Score:
95%

YEAR 2018

Commando Title

FastLoaders - Commando High Score


MareckiMarek: Perfect!

YogibearRenoise: Awesome!

TbB: I want back in time.... GOD! I miss my c64 ;) Please write at least 15 words. WTF?!:-)


Active period:
2014 - 2020
2018 charts position:
1
Score:
97%
Lightforce Intro

Markus Schneider - Lightforce


Tas: WOW! Love the angry yet calm feel. Markus, this is sooo good. Thank you for sharing this.:)

kwed: "Epic" is the only word that can describe this one.

Erestor: Perfect!


Active period:
2002 - 2020
2018 charts position:
2
Score:
96%
Ghouls And Ghosts Title

FastLoaders - Ghouls and Ghosts


LaLa: Straight off their Progressive 64 album. Superb there, superb here.

Ryrynz: Professional. Excellent.

Amon73: Uno dei migliori che ho ascoltato qui :) Ci vorrebbero più FastLoaders nel mondo :) Perfetto!


Active period:
2014 - 2020
2018 charts position:
3
Score:
95%

YEAR 2019

Firelord Title

Peter Clarke - Firelord - Symphonic (a nod to Glyn)


bastard: Absolutely wonderful arrangement!

C64_Gamer: Love the 2002 version and now I love this too

_steve_: Love Glyn's original - this re-imagining of that is very well put together and is a great addition to it. Not sure omoroca is hearing the same tune as eveyone else.


Active period:
2011 - 2020
2019 charts position:
1
Score:
97%
Firelord Title

Glyn R Brown - Firelord (from 8Bit Symphony)


SID-Spieler: Epic Tune

Mano: Top notch.

kwed: Turns out the only way to top Glyn R Browns 16-year old symphonic remix was to have Glyn himself come back and update it. Amazing stuff and instant classic if I ever heard one!


Active period:
2001 - 2019
2019 charts position:
2
Score:
97%
Remix64.com

Jogeir Liljedahl - Chronicles


mrt: Fantastic work! Thanks

omoroca: After 20 seconds I knew I have to vote "Outstanding". Because... It is. Great job!

aix: I don't comment very often, but when I do... Whoa.


Active period:
1999 - 2019
2019 charts position:
3
Score:
97%

YEAR 2020

Space Harrier

Peter Clarke - Space Harrier


NecroPolo: Lovely stuff Peter! I love the guitar playing especially.

Mayhem: Erm... Wow!

Makke: After a number of listens I updated my vote to red. Sega Super Sonic Team Band quality!


Active period:
2011 - 2020
2020 charts position:
1
Score:
96%
Tales Of Boon 1

Peter Clarke, ziona & Slaygon - Tales of Boon (The Collaboration Mix)


MagicMosher: You guys should absolutely keep up the work together the harmony between the 3 styles of music takes me on a journey

Ryrynz: The synths don't really have the punch I want, they really need to be front and center, orchestra sounds good. Overall a nice atmosphere. Dat Slaygon tho.. @3:30 my jam.

Poppykuk: Another musical journey with peter clarke. I hear the other players and it all works beautifully together. I love the way the soundscape changes.


Active period:
2008 - 2020
2020 charts position:
2
Score:
95%
Last Ninja

SIDNIFY - The Last Ninja - The Wilderness


XxDUSTYxX: Thank you for your powerful and catchy hi-quality remix, SIDNIFY! Ben Daglish will never be forgotten!

Makke: Solid rocker!

Bistecca104: Wow! Just WOW!


Active period:
2017 - 2020
2020 charts position:
4
Score:
95%

Comments

LMan
25/12/2020 09:07
Awesome work on putting this together, mate! A trip down memory lane indeed!

slaygon
27/12/2020 00:11
What a trip, indeed! Very nice! Thanks Neil!

kwed
27/12/2020 09:53
Huge shout-out to Linus "Kingfisher" Walleij who ran the Triad MP3z site for approximately two years before RKO was launched. Triad MP3z also accepted remix submissions from the public, so rather than split the scene in two sites, I showed him an early version of RKO and he generously supported my efforts to launch a replacement rather than a competitor. Also, we must not forget that C64Audio.com predates both Triad MP3z and RKO. Even though Chris' site didn't take submissions from remixers, it still provided plenty of free remixes for people to enjoy. As such it was an instrumental part of the remix scene. I can safely say that without Chris and Linus we wouldn't have RKO today.

tomsk
27/12/2020 13:08
Still many favs from the early days get plenty of airplay in my car. Nice to look back to a simpler and less commercial time for C64 remixes.

kwed
27/12/2020 14:34
“Less commercial”? There’s hardly ANY commercial releases these days - and during recent years those have mostly been crowdfunded, since the overlap between C64 fans and people who don’t mind supporting the arts has become even smaller.

People, we should considder ourselves lucky to be part of a community diverse enough to cover everything from the solitary hobbyist with a copy of Fruityloops to an 80-piece symphonic orchestra. The solitary remixer can afford to be out of pocket on a remix since the music isn’t his/her day job - the professional musician doesn’t have that luxury. Dismissing one over the other isn’t a way to take the hobby in new directions. If you prefer the freely available renditions, that’s fine by me - but don’t knock commercial efforts simply for having a cost. No one is in this to get rich.

Poke16384
27/12/2020 16:40
A mammoth effort to put this together, no doubt.. So, thank you for doing this, Neil!! Speaking AS "A professional musician"; of course some people are in this to get rich.. or at the very least, to make money from it. To think or say otherwise is naive & simple-minded. Swallowing a little less of the 'poor' promoter's propaganda and paying more attention to what's actually going on, might result in a slightly more insightful viewpoint and a few less 'snarky' and undeserved comments. Misdirection is the greatest gift an illusionist possesses and if you're too busy watching the lips move, you're not seeing what the hands are doing...

Dumper
30/12/2020 09:49
Great to remember all those tunes again, thanks Neil.

Makke
07/01/2021 09:57
Great retrospective, Neil! Cheers!

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