Here’s the SID tune I made for the teaser of Vandalism News #70.
The intro tune was composed in CheeseCutter in March 2018. It was something I came up with on my Korg M1 in the beginning of the 90’s. It’s easy to play, even for a keyboard klutz like me.
Here’s the SID tune: Tyne.sid
Read more “Dexion Christmas Party in 1990”
Here are the pictures I took at the Dexion demo party at Højstrupskolen in Odense, 26-29 December 1990. It’s the final series taken with that lousy camera I used at the time.
Read more “Censor Halloween Party in 1990”
Here are two pictures from the Censor Halloween party in Gothenburg, Sweden, held in November 1990. I thought I had more pictures from this party, but at least they show a few interesting C64 freaks.
Read more “ECE Show II in 1990”
Here are some of the pictures I took at the ECE Show II in London, September 1990.
The fourth part in my blog series about my computer chronicles had these words about it:
I went there on a ship with Niels from Channel 42 and his friend, Henrik. The Ikari guys also went there. I didn’t try to sell our music at the show this time, I was just there for fun. I briefly met Charles Deenen but it was merely to exchange a sentence or two. And just as I feared that we would never find each other at the show as agreed, Deek from Scotland suddenly popped up and introduced himself.
Read more “Bergen Demo Party in 1990”
These are the pictures I took at the demo party by Full Force, Contex, The Shadows, Megastyle and Science 451 in Bergenshallen, July 1990 – an indoor ice hockey arena. Still the same awful potato camera.
Read more “Horizon Easter Party in 1990”
Here are all the somewhat blurry pictures I took at the Horizon Easter party at Vårby-skolen in Stockholm, 13-16 April 1990. I really wish I had used a better camera back then.
Read more “Randers Demo Party in 1989”
Here are most of the pictures I took at the Dominators/Upfront/Trilogy party in Randers, 26-30 December 1989. It was probably the best of the demo parties I was part of in the oldskool days.
Here’s a collection of photos from 1988 to 1999 of various oldskool computer freaks, including yours truly. I apologize for the potato quality of the earlier ones – both my camera and my scanner at the time sucked.
JCH sitting by his Commodore 64 in September 1988
Zoolook at JCH’s place in October 1989
Zoolook at JCH’s place in January 1990
Drax sitting by JCH’s Commodore 64 in July 1990
Drax and JO at JCH’s place in July 1990
MSK in JCH’s apartment in April 1996
JCH in his apartment in 1999
JCH in his apartment in 1999
People who know me would probably want me to explain those two last ones. I’ve been overweight most of my life, but around that time I actually managed to lose more than 30 kg.
Too bad it didn’t last long. 🙄
I’ve now been listening through a ton of folders in DeepSID while curating for the
Good sort modes for each letter folder in MUSICIANS. If you are even remotely familiar with the High Voltage SID Collection, you may be aware that there’s a lot of garbage there.
Sturgeon’s law would have a field day with this collection.
After a while listening through so many tunes, a pattern of repeated rookie mistakes started to emerge. I repeatedly stumbled into the same mistakes over and over – surefire hints that the composer was subpar, or at least started off on the wrong foot. Of course, there are the obvious hints like bad harmonies or artsy noise experiments, but the following are much more common indicators.
A sign of a subpar folder is when…
- A tune starts with filtered noise sounds resembling waves at the beach, then typically overstays the welcome. Yes, I get it, you thought this was awesome. We all did. Now get on with it.
- Discovering that reusing the exact same notes in the other voices can make the tune so much louder. Especially annoying with thunks. Having to turn down the volume for a SID tune is surreal.
- The beginning of the tune has a simple pattern, perhaps only one voice of bass notes, then repeating this for several minutes until something finally changes. Praise be the
- A conversion of Axel F, The Final Countdown, Crockett’s Theme or the theme of Airwolf are present. There may still be hope – great composers also converted those – but they usually do not bode well.
- The notes for the leader is meandering in a pseudo-random manner, indicating that the composer just typed in whatever. Also, typically the next note is different than the previous one.
- Repeating rookie mistakes, like pulse sounds pulsating past their boundaries thereby producing a nasty click, or sliding down then wrapping around to produce high-pitched squeaks.
There are also other things that you would think might be in the same vein, such as using Future Composer or Sound Monitor, but that’s actually not fair. Maybe the composer didn’t have access to anything else but was still talented. Even Deflemask has managed to produce awesome tunes in spite of its memory curse. I rarely let the choice of player color my first-hand impression of a folder.
Except maybe Rock Monitor.
Here’s the SID tune I made for Vandalism News #68. It’s my second in GoatTracker and 8580 SID chip only.
Thanks to Cris Ekstrand for recording it on a real C64. He originally did it for me so I could hear if it sounded all right on the real deal (I didn’t have the SidBlaster yet back then) but I also used the same recording for SoundCloud. A first, by the way – previous SoundCloud recordings were just reSID emulations.
Here’s the SID tune: Alligator.sid
And here’s the discussion about it on Facebook.