Commodore 64 Music in the real world & other related SID stories

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Goto80 does it again...

Goto80 is back in candyland with another killerpiller release!

Goto80, or Gottan as he prefers to call himself, has really surpassed himself this time and delivers a fullblown-c64-smörebröd for the entire nuclear family.

Danish madman Je Mappelle Mads joins in for a serious talk about cars, the Rastafaris gets a computer upgrade, and Dubmood kickstarts his atari and dishes out an awesome knarkar-remix.

and for those wanting to see Goto80 live the are some Live-shows coming up!

# 19JAN: Mediaruimte, Brussels w/ m.-.n
# 20JAN: Bubble’s Skate Park, Verviers w/ Qwertypak, Adrenalien, JMX and more
# 25JAN: Studio80, Amsterdam w/ DMG Plantlife, DJ Monza, C-men
# 26JAN: Worm, Rotterdam w/ DMG Plantlife, DJ Monza, C-men
# 27JAN: 013, Tilburg w/ DMG Plantlife, DJ Monza, C-men
# 01FEB: Haket, Gotoburg w/ Go with fourteen “O”, , Berglund, etc
# 05-11FEB: La Gare de Coustellet w/ Entter, Computer Truck, Sidabitball, Kissdub, Confipop



Saturday, January 13, 2007

Chiptune Commercial Rip-Off's striking !

You think that's Eat Rabbit in the photo yeah ? Wrong, the latest in the chipwires is about this norwegian band that apparently has been recording thrashy punk voices over chiptune tracks from micromusic artists and calling it their own productions and actually they also copied the costume from Eat Rabbit.. and that is shameless.

They have played festivals, releasing music and videos and now that the scandal is up they have been removing all the songs from their sites and blaming the productions on some other guy that seems to be invented. The authors of the original songs have created a page about this here, where you can hear for yourself the mp3s of the original songs and the stolen ones.

Ok, they have stolen music, but essentially they are a teeny trashy band (and from norway), they're not supposed to get famous with this, and I kind of expect this attitude at this level somehow, and thinking better, this is what hiphop is all about in terms of sampling, you don't really credit the samples used in your productions unless you want to pay for the sampling clearance, this is why producers find/chop samples that noone will ever recognize, and if you really want to be amazed, high caliber hiphop producers are also sampling from the chiptune scene, in one of the latest productions of Timbaland, the last album from Nelly Furtado "Loose", there is a song called ‘Do It’ that is completely based on the track Acid Jazzed Evening by Tempest, really amazing discovery, there is torrent file circulating with a very cool mp3 comparison of the two tracks...

And to continue the stealing vibe of this story, yeah, I'm going to rip some bits off Goto80's blog, why not, he's got some good bits in it :) Hi Anders !

An older “rip-off” is the MTV-hit You’ve Got My Love where Bastian sampled the drums off Jeroen Tel and Reyn Ouwehand’s old C-64 song Rubicon. In the end, Bastian had to pay for it though. They even show C64 Tshirts in the video, giving out clues is not wise!

other cases of ripping

Bodenständig 2000 got ripped off by the commercial mobile phone terrorists Jamba a couple of years ago. I forgot about the details though…

Zombie Nation’s ‘Kernkraft 400′ covered David Whittaker’s Lazy Jones (subtrack21) but according to NME Whittaker did actually receive money for it.


Sunday, January 07, 2007

Another MIDIbox SID is born...

...Due to never-ending questions regarding the advantages of this microcontroller based project, I'm forced to write more explicitely: The MIDIbox SID has been designed to get sounds out of the SID which cannot be achieved with other solutions. In difference to programs that are running on the C64 like the Triad MIDIslave, AnyWare M64 or the Prophet64, MIDIbox SID features more software implemented high-resolution modulation sources (LFOs, EGs), independent sound engines for all 3 voices and a low-latency MIDI interface (no note drops...) - these capabilities can only be realized with a CPU that runs much faster than the 6502. In difference to the PC based HardSID, MIDIbox SID features a higher refresh rate (from the HardSID functional description: "up to 500Hz refresh rate - very low latency. No other SID synth can compare to the HardSID Synth" they oversaw that the non-PC solution MIDIbox SID has an update rate of 1220 Hz! ;-). In addition, MIDIbox SID provides real live playing feeling and unique add-ons like the modulation matrix, complex, chord based arpeggiator textures, CV outputs for analog extensions and the subtle control surface of course...

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