Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Floppotron 2.0

Some people just don't know when to stop.


(Yeah, chances are you've seen this already, since it's gone viral by now. But it's just too funny...)

20 Years HVSC


The High Voltage SID Collection celebrates its 20th anniversary with an exclusive musicdisk, featuring works by celticdesign, Hein, Jellica, Laxity, Linus, psycho8580, and many more. Needless to say, the collection itself has also been updated. With the addition of 1022 new files, it now features over 48000 SIDs.

download 20 Years HVSC musicdisk
download HVSC #65

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

[demo/album] The Chiperia Project Issue #5

Yeah I know, I'm massively behind on all the great demoscene releases of the past month. This is partly due to me having been on vacation, but also due to lack of motivation in recent times. But fear not, I have no plans on giving up Ancient Wonderworld for now.

Anyway, time to start clearing the backlog. Mid June saw the release of another installment in the Chiperia musicdisk series for the classic Amiga computer. And once again, it is an absolutely top-notch collection of original Amiga chiptunes (in the original sense of the word), made by some of the best musicians in the scene. I'm simply amazed how these folks can keep up such a consistently high quality.


download/discuss

Sega Saturn Reverse-Engineered

Dr Abrasive aka jhl has succeeded in reverse-engineering the CD loading process of the Sega Saturn, something that has not been done in the over 20 years since the console was released. Congratulations for this incredible feat!

Here's a video by cTrix, with Dr Abrasive talking a little about the work he's done and the potential that's opening up as a consequence.

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!


download/discuss

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 TIATracker.pro".

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 monster6502.com.

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.


download/discuss

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.