DEMOSCENE

Two Hot Compo Tunes

Last weekend I competed with two songs at the Syntax demoparty in Australia. My 90s rave song To The Rave From The Man Cave came last in the wild compo (!?) and the sloppy funk Donkey Dont Care did a little better in the 28 second compo.

Competing with an MP3 rave track in the wrong compo is a first for me. What’s also first, is me understanding the concept of time zones and not handing in contributions 24 hours too late. All in all, a great success.

HT – Essentials

New C64-demo from Hack n’ Trade released at DATASTORM! PETSCII, noises, animals, laundry tools, music software and other things that are not supposed to be in a demo. It goes on forever, never stop watching!

Features Linde, Ray Manta, Jellica, Ilkke, Frantic, Mathman, AcidT*, me, Whizzy, Chantal Goret and Ant1.

I even coded one of the parts – my first and last one! More info and download at CSDb.

 

DUBCRT has been cracked!

In 2016 we released DUBCRT – a C64-cartridge with interactive audio and PETSCII-visuals, as well as a Bandcamp-release with remixes. The cartridge had some hidden features, among them a remix-mode where all the songs could be severely decomposed.

Yesterday, it was cracked by the notorious C64-group Triad so now it’s free for download. Not only is it free, but there is documentation and a +3 trainer that gives you instant access to the remix mode, as well as cheats in the sort-of-hidden game. And of course, a crack intro.

Das ist alles gut! That’s exactly what we were thinking when we gave the DUBCRT to them. It means that DUBCRT has been transformed into something else.

From object to software. The original DUBCRT software-on-hardware is a pretty unique object that we spent quite some time to research and design.

From commercial to free. DUBCRT is still for sale (a new batch was just made) but Triad has now set it free.

From art to crack. This is no longer an art work that we made, but a crack that Triad made. They were the ones to set it free and “improve” it so on CSDb the praxis is to give all the credits to the crackers.

This means that DUBCRT has been lifted out of some kind of music/art world, into the scene! I’ve always been intrigued by the border between scene and non-scene, and played around with it before. In fact, I’ve spent quite some time on researching CSDb for an academic article that should be published in a journal later this year. How does CSDb work as a collective memory machine? But I’ll get back to you on that.

Now enjoy free data and kick out the jamz.

Satori – Amis Cope (Amiga demo)

Zden is notorious in the demoscene for his consistent output of abstract/glitch/noise-inspired demos, mostly for PC. Last weekend he released his first Amiga demo, Amis Cope. It uses my music (a recording of a song mostly using the C64). It runs on old Amigas (ECS/OCS) with extra RAM and an FPU (eg a Vampire graphics card), or newer Amigas with accelerator cards (060).

Up Rough Megamix 1

Here’s an hour of hot Amiga megamixing by Spot, Qwan, Syphus, Teis, Varthall and me. Up Rough Megamix 1! You can download it and run into on your Amiga 1200, or check the video below. It was shown for the first time 10 years ago, but there were some “technical problems” that required 10 years of fixing. You know how it is.

Storhjärnan for Chiperia

Chiperia X was released last week with one of my songs: Storhjärnan. It’s a song that I made for a talent show on TV that I was asked to be in after that cabbage/salad performance got “popular”. Me, The Toilet, Ljudit Andersson and Frantik were going to perform this in an arena in front of a celebrity jury with Mega Competence. Never happened though. Not because of us, though. Well, read all about it in the scroll text, just like it was 1993! The tune starts at 04:22 in this video, so you have two seconds to prepare…

Chiperia is a series of Amiga music disks organized by Slash, one of the most dedicated Amiga music people I know. Check out his YouTube with more than 2000 videos of songs playing in Protracker.

Stormdata, Amiga Chiptune

My Amiga chiptune contribution for Datastorm, which ended up #3 in the competition. I even managed to squeeze some vocals into this 20 kb tune!

I also released a tune made together with DJ Cat: Knäckta av FLT. I made that song 20 years ago, and DJ Cat added vocals to it recently.

At Datastorm we also showed Hack n’ Trade’s Megademo 2, which was made 21 years ago, and was almost 100% finished at the party. We’ll get back to that later..

 

C64 Ambient For Datastorm Breakfast, Feb 11

I’ll play some C64 ambient at Datastorm in Gothenburg on Saturday morning, as the poor demosceners are refuelling with breakfast. I will improvise from scratch with nothing but defMON and a delay pedal, and also over recordings of previous improvisations. I do the best improvisations, so this improvisation will be double best. Truly great.

So, Datastorm is one of the most popular Amiga/8-bit demoscene parties around. Tickets sold out in three minutes this time! So if you don’t have a ticket already, you will have to try to run past the notoriously hard 1337 entrance guards who can crack your life, in order to catch all the good stuff.

Stay safe out there.

Chiperia #6 Out Now

A new Amiga music disk in the Chiperia series, run by the almighty Slash. This one was put together by no other than Dan & Facet – two of the biggest names of the 1990’s Amiga scene. There are about 20 songs, and I made a contribution together with my old partner in crime, Niemo. Our song starts at 32.16 in this video, or check it out running in Protracker:

Me and Niemo started making Amiga music together in the early 1990’s and he taught me a lot back then. We made tons of weird Amiga mod-songs before we started using synthesizers and drum machines to make micro-pop music under the name HT 1997-2004.

So yeah, don’t call it a comeback! Or maybe do?

Download at Pouet.