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.

Fairlight – In Memory Of

After 7 years of work (!), here’s Hollowman’s new C64-demo with a soundtrack by me. It’s based on the life and words of Paul Panks, an interactive fiction programmer with schizophrenia who often ran into troubles in the retroforums..

Download the C64-file at CSDb.

My new musicdisk!

This is my C64 “music disk”: four slow, dubby, ambientish songs with reactive PETSCII visuals for each song, made by iLKke and 4-mat. And all of this fits in just 14 kilobytes!

It accompanies my latest album, released on Datadoor. Two of the songs are from that release: Linkan (which I made an installation/performance with) and Steel Egg (featured in the 8-bit Reggae book). One song was featured in the Ferret Show with a jazz band jamming on top of it.

The executable program is only available on Antidote BBS, the longest running C64 BBS in the world. It runs on a real C64 but you can telnet into it over the internetz. So that machine is my distributor!

This is how the disk directory looks when you list the files of the floppy disk. Because alphabetical structures of files is boring, and PETSCII is great.

#2 at Gerp’s Amiga Music Competition

Turns out I ended up #2 in the Amiga music competition at Gerp, a Swedish demoscene party. My song, Fucktop3, was made for a project with Otro a few years ago, but it was never finished.

It’s in the same vein of Mega Amiga. Some sort of 80’s electro funk hip house something? This track is a bit more towards electro than Mega Amiga though.

Download my song and the other ones from my Amiga crew Up Rough here. It’s in the mod-format so only true acid hackers can play it.

The image was made by Spot / Up Rough for the Amiga pixel graphics competition.

Datastorm Releases

Datastorm is a demoparty. That means that you go there, make some stuff, throw competitions, and see who wins. There is no money involved. And no CVs. No big prizes. No academic explanations, and no PR. It’s like an oasis of freedom. Although there’s too many middle-aged men with bad taste, it’s an incredible thing.

For this year’s Datastorm, me and my Hack n’ Trade group members didn’t have much prepared. But we managed to get a demo together in just two days, and I finished a ballad (!) for the competition too.

Fist of Trade is a sort of spooky typewriter-style animation that only uses PETSCII text characters. I made the music, Acid T*rroreast animated and Mathman programmed the codez. Features amazing four-directional PETSCII scrolls, stone faces and gabber fists from hell. I think the video is made with an emulator, because the sounds are a bit off.

The Great Ballad of the Storm That Never Ends is a futurist ballad from the past. Probably the most calm compo tune I’ve done since that Ajvar Relish dub from 2001. Big thanks to 8GB for some excellent progamming help.

Also the hot crew Afrika used my music for their demos Wasting Data (elite glitch) and Kebab Pjuck II (shoe fetish). The songs are not played correctly so they sound very good.


Birds on Fire & Other Superiorities

Last year me & my C64-demogroup Hack n’ Trade compiled a C64-floppy full of hot software, to celebrate our 20 year anniversary. FÅGELDISK! It had a bird theme, as you can also see in the main demo on the disk, 20 years is nothing:

So we just spread copies of the floppy around at the BFP copy party, and forgot about it. But now I’ve made it available online. It has some pretty sweet stuff, like the defMON tracker that has been unavailable before, unreleased demos, HT Gold, new demos, and so on. Here’s some of it:

Birds on Fire (2013) is a short demo with, well, birds on fire. Made by Linde, Raquel Meyers and me.

TEVE DEMO (1995). One of the first C64-demos I can remember making. It’s a list of TV-shows, mixed with teenage profanities.

Penguin Huddle (2013) is a double-SID song by Jellica.

Pleasant Evening Bird Disco (2013) is a triple-SID song by Jellica

> Fågeldisk side A
> Fågeldisk side B

HT Gold Gets Cracked and Hated

In 2008 we hacked an old C64-game and turned it an even more fun game, that also looked a lot better: HT Gold. I guess it’s called glitch art. It was exhibited in a number of places, but it wasnt released in the scene. Until now.

It’s a funny coincidence, since I talked about HT Gold a while ago, as a perfect example of something that works in the art world but not in the scene. And it turns out I was right — just read the comments.

> Download the game (C64)

Jucke’s Experimental Up Rough Show

This is a DJ-set by Jucke, mixing together material from Up Rough members like Qwan, Yoki, Dipswitch, Elusive and me. Released at Bit Jam, it continues a series of Up Rough mixes. Illustration here by Raquel Meyers, logo by Spot.

Very well mixed by Jucke as usual. And if nothing else, a good way to discover Qwan’s fantastic Amiga music.