Thursday, November 20, 2014

Sustainable Chipmusic - New Thesis by Jansaw

Matthew "Jansaw" Janik has shared his thesis on chipmusic (or low resolution art, as he elegantly calls it). With its strong focus on networking and social dynamics, the paper sheds some light on aspects of the scene that haven't necessarily been in the spotlight so far. Overall it's pretty solid work and worth the read in my opinion.

The paper is available here.

Friday, November 14, 2014

[album] Sinapse by Pulselooper

Today's featured release brings us into calmer, yet no less dark and beautiful realms. In other words: New Pulselooper album, yay! Sinapse is his 10th release, composed over the course of two years on Gameboy Advance.

I believe this is the perfect soundtrack for a misty Autumn evening (even though it's summer in Brazil right now).

Don't miss the excellent promo video either:

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

[album] s/t by I Am Your Destruction

Greetings from the dark&heavy end of the Gameboy music spectrum! Four years after his last release, IAYD is finally back with his first full-length album. Extreme!

A limited edition CD is also available on the bandcamp page.

Ancient Wonderworld Reaches 10k Views

Ancient Wonderworld reached 10,000 page views yesterday. This may not seem like much, but I think it's quite an achievement for a small, highly personal and subjective blog. A big thanks to everybody who has been following.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Ján Deák Passed Away

With great regret I have to announce that Ján Deák, one of the most talented programmers in the ZX Spectrum scene, has passed away this weekend aged 46.

Ján was perhaps best known for his multi-channel beeper engines. With his 8-track ZX-7 music editor, he was the record holder for most channels in a 1-bit engine for over 2 decades. As recently as in March this year, he returned to the Spectrum scene after many years of absence to reclaim his title with the groundbreaking 16 channel routine ZX-16. As a member of Slovakia's Bytepack team, he was also involved in the production of several games such as Pick Out 2, Šach-mat, and Tetris 3.

I have only known Ján briefly through online and email conversations, but I'm nontheless deeply saddened and shocked by the news. My condolences go out to his family and friends.

TMDC17 Textmode Demo Compo Announced

The 17th round of the Text Mode Demo Contest (TMDC) starts today. Works can be submitted until December 12th. As the name suggests, this is a competition for textmode prods only. Minor bummer: Only Windows and MS-DOS demos are allowed.

Read about the details and submit your works at

The lovely invite by bawlz can be found on pouet.

Monday, November 10, 2014

[demo] Unlimited Bobs by French Touch

Unlimited Bobs - now available on Apple //e.

Download and discuss here.

Status Update: Prodigy Tracker

Work on Prodigy Tracker (formerly known as YMDJ) is coming along nicely, it seems. Here's a video showcasing the latest progress on the new native Sega Megadrive/Genesis tool:

For those willing to fund the development, here's a Paypal link.

Latest updates on the project can be found in this thread.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

[demo] Zerofx by Defence Force

A little intro for the Oric computer. Ranked first at Kindergardens' oldskool demo compo this weekend. Overall a rather simple prod, but considering it's so rare to see anything made for that platform it deserves a thumb up anyway, I think.

Download and discussion here.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

FuzixOS - A New Unixoid OS for Z80 Machines

Legendary Linux developer Alan Cox has released a new UNIX-flavoured operating system for Z80-based computers.

Although the project is currently in a very early stage, the OS already boots on suitable machines and is ready for testing purposes. Fuzix is designed to be portable, and test builds of the core code have already been done for 6502 and 6809 processors as well.

Read more about this exiciting project here.

The source code can be found on github.