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 info@vpsrecords.com.

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.


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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:



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



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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.


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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.


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Saturday, April 30, 2016

100th Birthday of Claude Shannon

CC-BY Tekniska museet
Today is the 100th birthday of Claude E. Shannon, also known as the "father of information theory". For the occasion, the IEEE has republished an excellent portrait of the man from 1992. Well worth the read.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

6x Gameboy Live Jam by Cymba

Sometimes, one Gameboy (Advance) just isn't enough. So here's "Live Tool 01", a squelching acid live jam performed on 5 GBAs and one GB classic. Brought to you by French-British collective Cymba.

[demo] Topomorph 16b by Desire

16(!) bytes of MS-DOS crazyness by HellMood of Desire.


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