Thursday, July 24, 2014

LSR 64 - C64-controlled Laser

Lasers are cool. Commodore 64 is cool. Put 'em together and you get this:

Yep, it's a color laser controlled in realtime by a C64 with the help of a DAC cartridge developed by ViTi, and additional code by Hermit.

The project was presented at Árok demoparty, where it not only left the audience stunned, but also took first place in the Wild compo.

More details and download of the control software here.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Yerzmyey Interview on Matt Chat

Long interview is long! And this is only the first half, more is to be expected next week.

[diskmag] Game Corner Q2/2014

And another previously overlooked release. At least this one isn't half a year old ;)

Game Corner is a fairly young C64 diskmag put together by Didi of Laxity. As the name suggests, it focuses exclusively on games. Read this if you want to catch up on all those great new titles that I don't get around to reviewing here because I'm not much of a gamer, or check out what's been going on in the cracking scene lately. It's also worth checking this out just for the dark, atmospheric soundtrack by celticdesign.

Download at CSDb.

[demo] Muco1k by Busysoft

A 1K multicolor intro for the ZX Spectrum that has unfortunately escaped my attention so far, perhaps because it was only added to Pouet yesterday. It was released at Forever 2014, where it took second place in the 1K intro compo. Hmmmm drugs....

Download here.

Monday, July 21, 2014

[demo] Emperor of the North Pole by Spaceballs

Ah, finally some gold has been discovered in the summer hole. Titled "Emperor of the North Pole", this stylish Amiga (OCS/ECS) production by Spaceballs has won first place in the oldskool demo compo at Solskogen 2014. The f*cking North Pole, that's where I'd want to be right now. Also, gotta love that classical rave soundtrack.

Download and info at the usual place.

Btw more exiting news coming up - there was a new demo for C= Plus/4 released at Árok. Will post it as soon as there's a 'tube for it.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

[soft] Game Boy Tracker (aka Paragon5) Replayer Released

Stéphane Hockenhull, author of the early Gameboy tracker known as Beyond or Paragon5, has released the replay routines for his tool.

I was also surprised to learn that Stéphane has also ported this - nowadays almost legendary - tracker to Windows, OS X, and Linux. Big thumbs up for that!

Grab the download with tracker and replayer here.

For building GB ROMs, you will also need to grab a copy of RGBDS.

Monday, July 14, 2014

[demo] Manifesto by thesuper

A new, funky fresh ZX Spectrum demo from thesuper, released at DiHalt 2014, where it took first place in the 8bit demo compo.

While it has some quite impressive parts such as the mesh wormhole/tunnel, other parts like the rotating colored objects feel a bit unpolished. Love the music and the subtle stabs at recent demoscene dramas though.

Download here.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

[book] Shift-Restore-Escape - Now on Presale

More stuff in German, yikes! Shift - Restore - Escape is a collection of essays and papers on computer archeology, based on a series of talks by the same name, held in 2012 at the Humboldt-University in Berlin.

Highlights include papers on Atari VCS demo programming by SvOllie; the multitasking Z80 SymbOS by Jörn Mika; the making of TEXOR, a word processor for the GDR computer KC-85 and one of the earliest word processors around by IT veteran Horst Völz, and many more. Furthermore, there's an article written by yours truly, on the history of chiptune and 1-bit music in particular. The full list of contents can be found on the editor's blog.

So, if you happen to speak some German, don't hesitate to preorder the book now from CSW Verlag.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

enotracker - TMC-based Atari POKEY Tracker

Good news for all Atari 8-bit musicians! The popular Theta Music Composer is now available as a cross platform tool under the name "enotracker".

TMC/enotracker supports all the features you can ask for, including full support for stereo POKEY setups. enotracker is SDL based, so it runs on Windows as well as on *nix systems.

Download the alpha for Windows here, or check out the source on Github.

A Talk on the Zuse Z22

Lorenz Hanewinkel, the constructor of the legendary Zuse Z22 mainframe computer, recently gave an in-depth talk on the machine at the CCC's Gulaschprogrammiernacht in Karlsruhe (where one of the few remaining original working Z22s is located).

Unfortunately, the presentation is currently only available in German. Perhaps someone can pester the guys in Karlsruhe into translating this.

In the meantime, those who understand the language can (and should) check out the talk here.