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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


Capitaine: Crazyyy! It's just the original tune atmosphere. Many thanks for this :)

humorguy: When you played a game a lot... And then 20 years later you hear the remix. You know, better than anyone who did not play the game, but just heard the Sid. This is why I know how great this is!!

das.Mordschaf: Its just GREAT <3


Active period:
2000 - 2014
2000 charts position:
2
Score:
92%
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!

Nebdar: This tune has sole and purpose... Similar to the Twin peaks Tv series tune


Active period:
2000 - 2015
2000 charts position:
1
Score:
93%
Zoids

o2 - Zoids


countzorg: Shimmering

eliot: Very very very outstanding :)

Nebdar: How such a small tune can be so much beautiful


Active period:
2000 - 2014
2000 charts position:
3
Score:
92%

Year 2001

Giana Sisters Title

machinae supremacy - Great Giana Sisters


stoo: There will never be a better Giana Sisters remix. These guys perfected it. Unbeatable.

NWorXParallax: It'a a fantastic work. I can't get off. Let's play it again!!

Andersson: This is just too good to be true!


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

Tonka - Last Ninja - Palace Gardens (Loader)


infamous: The transition in the middle is BRILLIANT, tonka really know's how to get into your head and make you listen up, top notch tune. Wish he'd do a few more such a great talent.

migu: This popped up from my RKO playlist on random. Hadn't rated this and couldn't believe it's from 2001 (it's dec 2015 now). Amazing work!

Dr Hambone: Absolutely perfect from start to finish apart from the snare build up at 1. 15 which I find a bit over the top. Well done. This is my favourite remix I've heard!!!


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

DHS - Max Headroom (Orbital 3241 Elevator Mix)


humorguy: Great value for money DHS just keeps on doin' it!

aero: Simply gorgeous

plokolp: Love this. 2 tunes in one.


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

Year 2002

Firelord Title

Glyn R Brown - Firelord - Symphonic


Man from Stars: Great!

kaus: Yeah my glyn favourite

chosc: This is my favourite song here on remix. Kwed. Org


Active period:
2001 - 2021
2002 charts position:
1
Score:
96%
Armageddon Man Title

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


Tasslehoff: Through the Soul

Mrcookie: Marvelous!

layson: Simply outstanding, definitely a top 5 track. Great piano and vocals.


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

Glyn R Brown - Gordian Tomb Adventures


oddball: Gets better with every time I listen to this masterpiece!

Ansoe: Powerful, magnificent!

Chappers: Glyn is a genius! You could be forgiven for thinking an entire orchestra was involved with this. Instant classic!


Active period:
2001 - 2021
2002 charts position:
3
Score:
95%

Year 2003

Lagerfeldt - Dutch Breeze/Robocop 3 (Progressive Uplift)


humorguy: Perfect instumentation, rockin' feet tapping.... Well you know the rest!

stoo: When I was a kid I used to load the Robocop 3 demo just to hear this, and the intro never fails to give me goosebumps. Jeroen Tel is a god and Lagerfeldt's remix is legendary.

schnaggi: Yeeeeah!


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

Thomas Detert - Supernova (the slow tune)


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.

humorguy: I give this an Outstanding, because it Satnds Out from the rest by quite a margin. Excellent.

Amok: OMG... Powerful, Epic, Awesome... Speechless...


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

Tim Forsyth - Flight Path 737


exo: Simply a great song.

bratac: Simply wonderful!

jelly: Hauntingly haunting.


Active period:
2000 - 2021
2003 charts position:
3
Score:
91%

Year 2004

Glyn R Brown - Rastan


jemym: OMG... O_O

PICRARD: Wow what a theme!!!! Great!!!

Cadwaladr: I used to play this in the arcades for the music, thank god it didnt sound this good or Id be totally penniless


Active period:
2001 - 2021
2004 charts position:
1
Score:
97%
Remix64.com

Marcel Donné - Sweet


CharlieC: I think this version is better than Mordi's, because of the bass line. Sinus bass rules!

Sideside: Cs-80!!!

Waz: This is easily the best mix of Sweet, and for one reason: it's kept all the emotion that the C64 original had, and added plenty of good timed instruments (got to love the guitar work there). It's utterly brilliant and gets my vote as remix of 2004 so far


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

DHS - The Human Race (Bando alle Seghe)


c64glen: DHS covers Hubbard like no one else can....

vosla: STUNNING!!! But those hating Enigma won't love this one.

Skitz: It just proves that DHS can make more than just UNZ! This is lovely!


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

 Year 2005

Artura

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


ulfepulf: Nice one :)

bigtabs: Fantastic!

condor: I can't believe I didn't vote for this tarck :D


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

Marcel Donné - Something Stranger Remake


DHS: Standing ovation from me. This is spine chilling and procured some erections too :)

Dan: I upgraded this after a couple of listens.... Just after that 3 min mark is just amazing.. Its been a long time coming but Marcel sure knows how to work a tune

infamous: This tune makes me want to have marcels babies....


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

Glyn R Brown - The Recovery


winc: This is very high quality and professional remix. LOVELY work!

Dan: Glyn has been harking on about this tune for well over a year now and what a welcome return, fekin awesome I tell ya!

raiden: Outstanding GREAT! Welcome Back Glyn! Good to hear That he's still alive! Great Mix.^^


Active period:
2001 - 2021
2005 charts position:
3
Score:
92%

Year 2006

Robocop Title

Andy Gilmour & LMan - Robocop Title


Chainsaw: Robooooooo!!!!

ifadeo: OUTSTANDING!!! No need for more words....

the_jinx: One of the best remixes ever.. I have a lot of late 80's early 90's feelings pop up evrytime I play it..


Active period:
2001 - 2006
2006 charts position:
1
Score:
96%
Tristess

moog (Sebastian Bachliñski) - Tristess


sergi80x: Great fusion between antique & modern instruments, good melody

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

dafunk: Oooh boy, I've been waiting for this for sooo long! :) Top notch moogie, my friend! :D


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

machinae supremacy - Sidology 2 Trinity


DMC: Pheeew. What can I say? This one is dope! 8:17 - 10:22 kicks ass!!! Mixing is sometimes a bit messy but nothing I can´t live with. Outstanding vote for outstanding work!!!

Snake1: Brilliant!

Kelsaurian: Absolute ballar!


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

YEAR 2007

Green Beret Title

Reyn Ouwehand - Green Beret [live at The Church]


murQla: Absolutely fantastic!

moog: Did I mention I wanna join to Your church?:)

stainless_steel: Awesome rulage by master reyn rockin the curch. Amen!


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

Dafunk - Destruction - The New Beginning (rmx)


_steve_: Fantastic sounds. Absolutely brilliant track

prowler: It seems like Dafunk is really in the zone right now, producing like sonic wanderer did some years ago :-)

k_rostoen: What Skitz said.


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

Dafunk - For Paradize (exp.)


knotti: Nice beat Nice Track

mace: I've been waiting for a looong time for one of my fav artists to make a move and I must say it was worth waiting for!! Fab stuff Daf!!

tonywestonuk: Fantastic.... Have you considered posting to http://www.garageband.com/genre/trance - Cus, this remix is far to good to be kept just in the c64 remix community


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

YEAR 2008

Remix64.com

Mordi - Plastic Pop (I Miss You mix)


Ryrynz: You gotta like this kinda slow sweet beat type music to appreciate this remix.. Something more upbeat would have been cool. Production is top notch and that's why im giving it red.

goblin: What can I say, a fantastic take on a great tune... I'd love to hear more Danko remixes like this one

mace: True Jewel, love your pure perfect style in the mixes, more please!


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

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


Agemixer: Nicely advancing one, good development since the original which is awesome aswell! I just love all the melodic "silent moments" in the middle and especially all those dafunk style, strong low modulation sounds.. Kickass!

jailbird: Dafunk for teh win! /me dances

knotti: Oh yeaa partytime!!


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

Peter W - Stargate (Not As Trancelucent As)


L0rd3vyL: My second favorite Peter W tune.

LaLa: Wonderful!

exo: Once again you deliver, Peter. :-) Effortless flowing musical energy.


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

YEAR 2009

Commando Title

Firestorm - Commando (Sound of SceneSat Edit)


Andersson: I would sell my firstborn to see a live version of this :D

bosone: Perfect for an hollywood movie!!!!!!!! Absolutely great!!

Gothmog: Woha! O_O RESPECT!!!!


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

Jogeir Liljedahl - Synth Sample - The Stationary Ark


dragonkiss: Briliant remix

Zlorfik500: A wild and unfettered masterpiece!

LMan: Sweetness. The kind of remix I'd label "definitive".


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

Mordi - Ocean Loader 2


Melaure: Excellent

Skitz: What can I say! Simply Outstanding!

Xtrabyte: Excellent


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

YEAR 2010

 


Remix64.com

Mordi - Sweet (feat Gibs)


drax: Excellence!!! I think there is a bug in the original sid-file. Just found the original prg-file and it sounds a bit different... This one covers the sid-file from hvsc.

Mischue: Just chilling..

chabee: Amazing!


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

Chabee - Baboon (Skydive ReMix)


condor: Sounds, details... Brilliant! Reminded me to moog's remixes.

Mitch van Hayden: Superb!

Karmar: Beautiful


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

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


catcher40: Amazing is all I can say. Took me back to the good old days of playing LN, loved every minute.

Waz: Let there be rock! It's a very good rendition of several LN tunes but done seamlessly with plenty of good nods to the original. It really does need some harder drums though, otherwise excellent all round.

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.


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

YEAR 2011

Remix64.com

moog (Sebastian Bachliñski) - Jazzcat (007)


chabee: The sax plays amazing! Nice work!

nettuno: Excellent, melody, arrangement and a style unique. WOW!

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


Melaure: Excellent work again, and as unreal says with a touch fo Amiga! Congratulations!

Ryrynz: Once again Mordi delivers us beautiful sounds.

_steve_: Great as usual... Very chilled


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

Peter Clarke - Ocean Loader 3 (Cinematic remix)


Foxfield: I want to see a movie with this one in it's soundtrack.

Shark: Liked it a lot and loved the THX type logo theme around 1.30.:)

Unzen: Excellent tune - memories come flooding back :). Top work!


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

YEAR 2012

Remix64.com

Mordi - Tristesse


zajos: :) :) :) Sounds amazing! Up to date, pro sound still reminds me of the original era.

drax: That is an excellent remix of one my oldies :)... Quite like the intro of it :)... Very well done - I am so flattered that you remix so many of my sids :)

finnr: Love it. Funky as the original, all the effects added are spot on. One of my fav sids, and now one of my fav RKOs.


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

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


drax: Pure awesomeness!!!! One of the best remixes I have heard ;)

Slayer: Now, thats music!:)

tazuk: Awesome :o)


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

NecroPolo - Electric Jesus


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

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

LMan: Thank you for pointing out the tragic fate of Armand, his outstanding SID, and this outstanding remix.


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

YEAR 2013

Remix64.com

Peacemaker - Fawn of Creation


Ryrynz: Nicely done.

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.

Marcus: Great, awesome! Wall Of Sound like Razmo said before!


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

LukHash - Supremacy [youtube vid]


weasel: LukHash is a BLAAAST!!!! :-D Really, really cool stuff he's doing here! KEEP ON GOING, pal! *Thumbs UP!*

eisei: Love the video too

AmiC64: For me the BEST Remixer EVER!!!! ZAJEBISTE!!!!!


Active period:
2009 - 2021
2013 charts position:
2
Score:
93%
Remix64.com

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


Cyanuric: A little "thin" if you ask me but cool stuff nontheless!

Danceaway: TOP track and agree with above... This is nice and I can play in the car with Summer time by will smith....

_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)


Worped: Absolutely epic!

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

druu: Outstanding indeed! From the very first version to this piece of gold, it just keeps getting better! Chills well deserved.


Active period:
2008 - 2021
2014 charts position:
1
Score:
95%
Last Ninja

Robert Engstrand - The Mansion Gardens (Last Ninja medley)


DJNutzZ: YES!!!

Neo-Rio: Deus-Ex: Human (or ninja) Revolution? I'm not sure if it was a deliberate homage to that game, but I loved it. Perhaps if SID lead sounds were a bit lower, it'd be perfect. As it is, send it to Eidos Montreal and see what they say!

slaygon: Absolutely gorgeaus! (although slightly over-compressed)


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

Markus Schneider - Enlightenment - Druid II


Thiad: This is Great. Cool Remix.

Askrates: This is awesome on so many levels…

The SIE: Well, what more can I say when everything is already said. OUTSTANDING.


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

Year 2015

Remix64.com

Slaygon - Never Die (Skitz lives forever)


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

_steve_: An incredibly emotive piece

GlenBenton: Brilliant!


Active period:
2008 - 2021
2015 charts position:
1
Score:
96%
Fist II Title

Dr Future - Fist II - The Legend Continues


ChrisLo: Wow! Perfect piece, arragement, sounds, ambient!

gerd: Excellent choice of instruments

omoroca: Wonderful! Added to my collection.


Active period:
2001 - 2021
2015 charts position:
2
Score:
95%
Remix64.com

MRT - Eagles (Easy Flight mix)


James T. Kork: Just brilliant.

timmya4000: Absolutely fantastic, top notch, faultless

LaLa: Very chillax. Clean and refined, unique and personal. Me like!


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

YEAR 2016

Cybernoid 2 Title

MRT - Cybernoid II


Megaboost: Absolutely Fantastic! Haven't heard anything this good in Years.

DSMarine: I never liked the dance places back in the day... But maybe I just needed tracks like this one. D

Mordi: Cool! Very original take on the source. I like the mood.


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!

symbols: So Pulp Fiction! :D

LaLa: 100% Beach Boys feeling.


Active period:
2009 - 2021
2016 charts position:
2
Score:
95%
Remix64.com

MRT - Phat Frog


L0rd3vyL: Awesome! ... Just awesome!

hillsman: Catchy! Quality!!

JustPhreak: Just great!!


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

YEAR 2017

Supremacy

SIDNIFY - Supremacy (Overprime mix)


Amiga4eveR: Superb!

Mayhem: Well this is a fine way to introduce yourself :)

Haxel: Beautiful mixing and gorgeous arrangement!


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

MRT - Plastic Pop


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

Mordi: Well done! A pleasant listening experience. Edit: Relistening two months later. It's really nice!

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


Active period:
2004 - 2019
2017 charts position:
2
Score:
96%
Tune

MRT - Albedo


Etsit: Summer cruise!

prowler: Perfect work MRT!

L0rd3vyL: Another great one from MRT


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

YEAR 2018

Commando Title

FastLoaders - Commando High Score


xgener8or: Really good vibes :) Could be at the end of a movie with a ferrari driving into the sunset along a mountain road. Haha

DSMarine: This tune always hits me in my weak spot, and this version is superb!!

bahamut_ger: Great Work!!!


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

Markus Schneider - Lightforce


ozzy1: Epic!

KoYamaRo: Nice Arrangement and Mix, a Masterpiece!

Marcus: The perfect mix! The shouts speak for themselves. Could be a Hans Zimmer score!


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.

hillsman: Unbelievable. Please do a Ghouls 'n' Ghosts album!!

ChrisC.: Fastloaders Metal Gods!


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

YEAR 2019

Firelord Title

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


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

JustPhreak: Outstanding work!

Breadbox Bill: I love it!


Active period:
2011 - 2020
2019 charts position:
1
Score:
98%
Firelord Title

Glyn R Brown - Firelord (from 8Bit Symphony)


Ryrynz: Love this but prefer the 2002 version's overall expression, just needs a remix up to this level of quality and boom.. Masterpiece.

Chris Abbott: A huge upgrade to the iconic 2002 version. Make sure you catch the "pure symphony" version at http://www.8-bit-symphony.com

Marcus: Glyn really has the feeling to arrange an orchestra track with all his dynamics and emotions ( very quiet to thundering loud). I loved the old one and the new one is just great again.


Active period:
2001 - 2021
2019 charts position:
2
Score:
97%
Remix64.com

Jogeir Liljedahl - Chronicles


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

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

mrt: Fantastic work! Thanks


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

YEAR 2020

Space Harrier

Peter Clarke - Space Harrier


Poppykuk: This is a dangerous remix! You listen to it and then it is in your head for the rest of the day. Such a good interpretation of a favourite game-tune of mine,

Paulie68000: One of my all time favourite arcade pieces; I love the seamless blend of genres from the opening strings to the guitar break near the end. Pure class.

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


Active period:
2011 - 2020
2020 charts position:
1
Score:
95%
Tales Of Boon 1

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


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.

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.

Marcus: I can't remember the game but wow what a score! . If this great track is 3rd place what is 2nd and 1st in the remix competition.


Active period:
2008 - 2020
2020 charts position:
6
Score:
94%
Last Ninja

SIDNIFY - The Last Ninja - The Wilderness


Makke: Solid rocker!

MatrixRevolution: Amazing!

Ahriakin: Great remix, lots of energy while respecting the source.


Active period:
2017 - 2020
2020 charts position:
3
Score:
94%

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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