Wednesday, May 28, 2014

FRODIGI - A New Way of Playing Samples on SID

Algorithm of Onslaught invented a new method of playing back sampled audio on the C64's SID chip. The strong points of this method are it's minimal rastertime usage and very good compression ratio.

FRODIGI (aka Free Running Oscillator DIGI) works on 8580 only. It is still work-in-progress, and does not yet perform well as a general purpose approach, as you can clearly hear in the demo ;) The results are impressive nontheless.

Anyway, check out the demo at csdb.

Monday, May 26, 2014 - A New Site for Amiga Coders

Demoscene veteran Photon of Scoopex, who is doing the awesome ASMSKOOL coding tutorials on Youtube, has set up a new website dedicated entirely to Amiga coding. Check it out at (make sure to click the menu button on top of the site to get all the content).

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Perfume of Autumn by El Huesudo II

From the new EP, "Slow Learner".

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Daily Dosis: Perfect Cherry Blossom #6 (Cover) by Hertzdevil

Must not post meme crap... must not post meme crap... must not post... ahhrgh, damnit!

And thus ends the PC-98 special week here at Ancient Wonderworld. Perhaps I'll cover the PC-88, the PC-98's little brother, some time in the future.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Daily Dosis: Super Depth OST by fin and Claude

You didn't seriously think I'd do this PC-98 special without posting at least one beeper OST, did you? Well, here we go, then...

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Daily Dosis: Rusty OST - Tower of Destiny by Masahiro Kajihara, Kenichi Arakawa, and Ryu Takami

Gawd, that cover art. What were they thinking. And it doesn't stop there. This game... it's basically Castlevania with tits. Whaddyknow. The music kicks ass though. Or should I say, whips ass...

And yes, I know this is fairly common stuff for Japanese titles, especially PC-98 games, except usually the characters are made to look even more underage. Doesn't make things any better.

Monday, May 19, 2014

BotB Spring Tracks III - Voting Has Started

The submission period for the Spring Tracks III music compo at has (surprisingly) ended on schedule, which means the voting now commences. Pick your favorite fakechip, not-so-fake chip, Mariopants extended, and battleart works out of a total of 150 submissions!

Daily Dosis: Arcus III OST (Title Music) by Motoi Sakuraba and Ryota Furuya

Sunday, May 18, 2014

LittleGPTracker Open-Sourced

Yes, that's right, the little Piggy (a popular LSDJ-style tracker for various newer portable consoles and more, in case you didn't know), is now open source. Get a-hacking at

Daily Dosis: Brandish 2 Renewal (Opening) by Mieko Ishikawa, Atsushi Shirakawa, et al.

Here's something I've been wanting to do for a while: A PC-98 special for Daily Dosis.

While virtually unknown in the western world, the 8086 based PC-98 by NEC was one of the most successful personal computers of all time in Japan. Manufactured between 1982 and 1999, it sold more than 18 million times.

In terms of sound, the PC-98 is most commonly associated with Yamaha's OPN (YM2203) FM soundchip, though it also came equipped with a PC speaker, and later models yielded an OPNA (YM2608) instead (used by the above game for example).

If you want to dig more into PC-98 music, check out the Hoot Archive.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Daily Dosis: Monkey Island 2 - LeChucks Song by Michael Land

Yaaah, we didn't have any proper PC speaker music in while, did we? Time to change that...

Btw there's a new Daily Dosis special launching tomorrow, so stay tuned!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Warning: Tablets + Retro Gear = Bad Idea

An important message to all retro fans who also like hi-tech gadgets: Tablets contain magnets.

German IT news site has published a report (in German) of a user destroying the hard drive in his notebook by putting an Nvidia Tegra Note 7 on it. The magnets in the device are supposedly strong enough to hold the 335 gram device suspended from above.

According to, the Tegra has especially strong magnets, but other tablets exhibit the problem as well. Biotronik, an implant producer, has also warned that people with an artificial cardiac pacemaker should make sure to keep at distance from tablets.

So, the message is clear: Keep your tablets away from floppies, tapes, and other devices sensible to magnetism.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Reset #03 Published

A new issue of the Commodore themed PDF magazine Reset has been published. Get it here.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Space Invading Cats - New Realm of Mind Album

New album by Realm of Mind is out! Drop everything right now and head over to Bandcamp to get your dosis of hyperactive Chiptunedeathelectrometal!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Monochrome #5 Published

Issue #5 of Monochrome, the one and only magazine for ZX81 and compatibles, has just been released in PDF format. It includes great game and hardware reviews, a party report from this year's ZX81 Meeting in Mahlerts, and more cool stuff.

Check it out here!

Daily Dosis: Do Not Fall by Kiryoo

Turn up the volume, 'cause this Impulse Tracker tune may be the best thing you'll hear in a while.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

m8trix by HellMood

HellMood strikes again, this time with an 8 byte "Matrix" type effect for MS-DOS. The Youtube capture sucks, so make sure you download this and try it out in DOSBox or on a real oldschool PC.

And once you get bored with it, have fun with this 16 byte Paint program by the same author ;)

Daily Dosis: There Are No Waffles in Hell by DoctorGentleman

Monday, May 5, 2014

Kerberos - Upcoming New C64 MIDI Interface

A fundraiser is currently underway for an exiting new C64 MIDI interface. At a target price of 50 EUR, this thing will be well worth your money.

Developed by German C64 coder and hardware expert Frank Buß, the cartridge will feature not only full MIDI in, out, and thru support, but also a possibility to directly transfer PRG files from PC via USB. It comes with SIDWizard and Steinberg Pro 16 pre-installed. The design and firmware will be open source, so you can build this beast yourself as well, if you're feeling lucky.

Even if you're not interested, you gotta love the guy's thick Colognian accent ;)

Read up on the details on the fundraiser site and preorder the cartridge or donate a few bucks to the project!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

BB by introspec

Another outstanding 256 byte ZX Spectrum demo from Multimatograf. This one took first place. Now waiting for the Obama version ;)

Download the demo here.

Daily Dosis: Hyber Boom Geometry by Galaxy Wolf

Friday, May 2, 2014

50 Years BASIC

Yesterday was the 50st anniversary of our beloved BASIC programming language, so Happy belated Birthday from Ancient Wonderworld.

People have written about the occasion in detail elsewhere already, so I'm not going to bother with a full length article.

Just a fun fact that I haven't seen mentioned elsewhere: Did you know that BASIC wasn't always called BASIC? When John Kemeny and Thomas Kurtz started to work on the language in 1963, they orginally called it Dartmouth Oversimplified Programming Experiment, or short DOPE. I wonder what they were smoking...

Crypto by Debris

Debris (zx), the masters of tiny demos, have released a new ZX Spectrum prod at Multimatograf. It took a well deserved 2nd place in the 256 byte compo.

Download here.

Daily Dosis: Public Message by Alpha C

Thursday, May 1, 2014

RoboCop - New Demo for Apogey BK

Kakos_nonos and brightentayle released a new demo for the Russian home computer Apogey BK01c. The prod took first place in the recent 8bit demo compo at Multimatograf.

More info and a download link can be found here.