Wednesday, June 29, 2016

[demo] 30 Years Amstrad Megademo by benediction ^ Dirty Minds ^ Futurs

The name might be a bit misleading as the Amstrad CPC has been around for 32 years already. However, this prod specifically honours the birth of the CPC 6128, which is indeed turning 30 in August. Either way, there's nothing wrong at all with the scene getting together for a megademo for "the best 8-bit computer of all times". And what a massive beast it is. Loads of material, featuring both classical oldskool and bleeding edge fx. Thumbs up!


Saturday, June 25, 2016

[soft] TIATracker v1.0 Released

Hi folks, I'm back from my little summer vacation so you can expect activity on here to pick up again in the coming days.

Today I'm very pleased to announce the release of TIATracker, an open-source, cross-dev music editor for the Atari VCS/2600 console. Anyone who has ever tried making music for the VCS is probably aware of the problems surrounding that matter. Up to now, the only reasonable possibility was to hand-code music in assembly language, usually by using Paul Slocum's driver. There were several attempts at creating a TIA tracker, but they all eventually got stuck in early alpha.

Therefore, I can't stress enough what an outstanding achievement this tool constitutes. Written by Andre "Kylearan" Wichmann, TIAtracker runs on all major platforms that support the QT library.

Haven't gotten around to playing much with it yet, but I did manage to build it under Linux after a bit of head-scratching. Had to install the qjson libraries, then force makefile creation with "qmake -qt=qt5".

Anyway, here's a screenie:

Downloads, source and documentation are available via the link above.

Friday, June 3, 2016

MOnSter 6502 - A Giant 6502 CPU

Now here's a seriously cool project - a giant replica of the MOS 6502 CPU that visualizes it's data flows with a lot of LEDs!

Incredible as it may seem, it is a fully working NMOS 6502 implementation (minus a few bugs that the developers aim to iron out in the next revision of the board), albeit running at just about 400 KHz due to the capacitance of the transistors used.

More information on

Thursday, May 26, 2016

[album] Zombie Moroder by Pablito el drito

It's been rather silent around this guy for a long time (at least nothing appeared on my radar). But here he is: Pablito el drito with a new vinyl release! And I'm glad to say his music is as good as ever. Not sure what this is made with, I assume there was at least some Nanolooping involved.

The label seems to be rather elusive and doesn't have a proper website as far as I can tell, so I guess in order to get this release, you'll have to mail them at

Thursday, May 19, 2016

[demo] Timelord by RSi

Baudsurfer outdoing himself again with this stylish new 256 byte prod. Great to see the man explore a new concept. Uses some code by ryg of Farbrausch, so props to him as well. This might just have won the 256b compo at qbparty, had it not been lost by the organizers.


Update: If you don't fancy the botched Youtube render and your PC doesn't have enough HP to run this, there's now a hi-res .avi version available for direct download as well.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

[soft] Pixel Polizei - An 8-Bit Image Verification Tool

A new, handy tool for 8-bit pixel artists has appeared. Made by marq of Fit (with some help by Dr. TerrorZ and Pepto), Pixel Polizei is a Java utility that lets you verify if a pixel image made with a generic editor adheres to the limitations of a multitude of target platforms. It also allows conversion into those platform's native formats. Target platforms include the Amstrad CPC, C64, C264 series, MSX, Oric, and ZX Spectrum.

[demo] ringz hd and disco 64b by Desire

Seems HellMood is on a roll! First up, a very funky tunnel in 256 bytes:


Now if the above wasn't funky enough for you, then how about this lovely 64 byte disco ball?


The above prods took 3rd and 4th place in the combined 256b compo at qbparty, respectively.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

[album] 0407 by Goto80

New Goto80 cassette out on Data Airlines! Hype hype hype!

Friday, May 13, 2016

[demo] Liquid Sky II by Desire

Not sure what to make of Outline's 128 byte compo this year. There were a lot of technically impressive prods again, but somehow a number of them didn't really do the trick for me for various reasons (code recycling and lack of polish, to name a few).

So of all the prods in the compo, I'll give this one by HellMood of Desire a shout out. Not exactly a new effect either, but it's so nicely soothing with the music. Enjoy.


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

[demo] Rain by Life on Mars

A unique, wonderfully dark ZX Spectrum production by introspec, diver, and sq, with music by Mister Beep. Yes, that means it's probably the first ZX demo to actually demonstrate a fully interlaced beeper music/graphics driver combination. Second place it Multimatograf's 8-bit demo compo, and extra thumbs up from me for the dark, meditative theme, which is remniscent of some of the great works by skrju and C.P.U.