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Not much came out of Australia game wise. If you can come up with more than an handful of publishers then you certainly know your stuff. There was one company that managed to break the curve and hell what a company it was. Melbourne House along with the developing arm of Beam Software was well regarded as a company that delivered quality games. The Hobbit, Castle of Terror, Way of the exploading fist were just some of many great games to come from this legendary company and with a great company came a great musician, Neil Brennan. Neil has kindly taken time to have a chat with us about his time as a musician, a game composer, and a computer programmer.
Warren Pilkington (Waz) has been involved with the c64 scene for decades in various ways. He's provided content for several magazines. He's a former member of HVSC and has ripped many c64 SID's for the cause. He's also an accomplished sid musician. Yet, he often goes under the radar due to his humbleness. In this Interview I've enlisted the help from well known contacts. LaLa, Dan Gilgrass, Barry Thompsn (Tomsk), Peter Clarke and myself fire away the questions in extraordinary in depth interview.
Stat master Warren Pilkington investigates twenty years of RKO and provides his analysis as he breaks down the numbers. Its a fascinating insight into the world of all things remix related.
Key points of discussion are:
• Growing up in Hungary with the C64.
• His time and role at HVSC.
• Reviewing and Supporting the remixers.
A review of 8-Bit Symphony Pro by podcaster Lee Tyrrell
Matt Gray is releasing the original source code to one of his Dominator 6 subtunes under Creative Commons. A competition is the plan!
Soundcloud will soon play host to a large number of individual tracks/stems taken from Chris Abbott's many CD remixes, ready for remixers to re-remix (including commercially or for RKO) or just to enjoy or play around with.
Chris Abbott wrote this article for an Edge magazine special a few years ago, which involved interviewing all the composers. It's now lost in time, which is a shame. So here it is!
An article about the C64 music scene by Steve Drysdale. Contains interviews with Rob Hubbard, Martin Galway, Reyn Ouwehand, Chris Abbott, Alistair 'Boz' Bowness, Jason 'Kenz' Mackenzie
The show will feature a party report and also lots of new SIDs from well-known composers such as Jeroen Tel, Drax, Hein and Chapelier and remixes of those SIDs by remixers such as Jeroen Breebaart, Makke, Hazel, Markus Schneider, Dafunk, Moog and Markus Holler.
The new SIDs have been especially made for the demo Let's Scroll it! released by C64.com, which also boasts with scrolltexts from over 70 people from the C64 world. Names such as Rob Hubbard, Ben Daglish, Jonathan Dunn, Richard Joseph and Markus Schneider appear amongst them, to name a few.