Thursday, October 8, 2015

[album] Retrobeat/ZX81 by Yerzmyey Now on Cassette

AY and Amiga chipmusic hero Yerzmyey has a new cassette release! It contains music from his "Retrobeat" and "ZX81" albums. If you want to buy one (they cost just 3 EUR + shipping), get in touch with the man himself via yerzmyey at

[demo] cobalt blue by sensenstahl

Another stunning entry from what has to be the toughest 256 byte compo in demoscene history so far. 3rd place at Function, here is cobalt blue by sensenstahl.


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

[soft] TEDzakker 1.0 Released

As much as I like my own tracker, I can't hide the fact that another awesome music editor was released very recently. Hermit of SIDwizard fame proudly presents you TEDzakker, a tracker for the Commodore 264 series. It features a custom driver to achieve effects previously unheard on the TED chip.

From the release notes:
  • 6 different player-types for different needs and rastertimes/sizes
  • TED sound emulation on SID for C64 version
  • HerMIDI MIDI-interface support (notes can be played, instruments can be selected)
  • short 1ms whitenoise can be enabled for instruments (crisp soundstarts)
  • SYNC and PHASE between the two channels, possible to create ringmod or PWM-like sounds
  • bass sounds deeper than A2=108Hz by utilizing 'noiseloop'
  • note-volume fade-in/out in instrument-tables to create volume-envelopes
  • different mixing modes to map the virtual volumes of channels to shared volume
  • normal/incremental vibrato, balanced vibrato/slide-speed strength in lower octaves
  • Instrument load/save support (each instrument has its own individual table)
  • Runnable and playable tunes can be exported directly from TEDzakker editor just like workfiles
  • Built-in cheatsheet and built-in tutorial/example-tune for all player-types
The latest version can be downloaded here.
For further discussion, see the release page on csdb.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

[soft] HoustonTracker 2 for the TI-82/83/83+/84+

After many months of coding, it's time 4 da calculator!


HoustonTracker 2 is a music editor/sequencer for the Texas Instruments TI-82, TI-83/82STATS, and TI-83+/84+/SE. It allows you to compose and play multi-channel 1-bit music directly on your TI graphic calculator.


• 3 tone channels
• 1 non-interrupting drum channel
• up to 128 note patterns
• up to 64 drum/fx patterns
• sequence length up to 255 pattern rows
• 16-bit frequency precision
• 8-bit speed precision, can be configured per step
• various effects, including:
  - L/C/R stereo hard-panning for tone and drum channels
  - 8bit duty cycle control
  - duty cycle sweep
• 2 user definable samples
• up to 8 savestates
• edit during playback

sound example

project website
download (includes 82p/83p/8xp binaries and docs)

Bug reports? Suggestions? Feature requests? Post them in the dev thread over at the 1-Bit Forum.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

[demo] arabeske 64 by Desire

A new out of compo sizecoding beauty by HellMood has appeared. arabeske 64 is a size optimized version of Frank Buss' 181 byte cellular automaton algorithm. The name is actually somewhat misleading, since after some further optimizations the smallest version is now a mere 55 byte.

With that, I'll be on my way to Deadline, so probably no posts from me for the rest of the week.


Monday, September 28, 2015

Autumn Blips @ Deadline Demoparty, Oct. 2nd

Coming Friday I'll be playing live at the Autumn Blips event at Deadline Demoparty in Berlin, together with Tronimal, The MM Project, STereochan, Computadora, Midi Man, and Alpha C. See you there ;)


[demo] Best of 2005-2015 by Jellica

The master of laid-back melodies and intricate beats has released a compilation with his best works, looking back at 10 years of making Gameboy music. If you haven't heard of Jellica before, then this is a perfect opportunity to check out his unique music. And if you're a die-hard Jellica fan like myself and got all the tracks already, then I'd still recommend downloading the album and donating a few bucks while you're at it, for all his excellent past (and future) work.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

"Forum on the Future of Personal Computers" Video Recordings To Be Released

The Computer History Museum has started to release historic video recordings from the "Forum on the Future of Personal Computer". This was a monthly panel held by the Boston Computer Society, which brought together some of the biggest players in the computer world of the 80s.

First up is this remarkable gathering from October 1981, which brought together Don Estridge of IBM, Bill Gates of you-know-who, Mike Markkula of Apple, James Finke of Commodore, Jon Shirley of Radio Shack, Peter Rosenthal of Atari, and Nigel Searle of Sinclair.

The video recordings will released in format of a youtube playlist. Read up on background background information on the serie's blog.

Friday, September 18, 2015

[demo] Megapole by Baudsurfer

Be blown away by another amazing 256 byte prod from Function. Baudsurfer has presented some pretty wicked sizetros before, but this one is absolutely surreal. And when something like this only gets second place, you know the competition was tough...


Thursday, September 17, 2015

[album] Erut Nevda Demissio Tristitia by Shnabubula

Shnabubula, arguably one of the most talented chip jazzers out there, has compiled some of his unreleased works from 2008-2010 into a new album. It was already released a couple of months ago, but I somehow missed it the first time round. So, time to make up for that. Enjoy!