RELEASES

New Album on windows93.net

Hey look, I released an album in an operating system website!? Play this album on windows93.net and also see how I’ve sequenced the songs, as they scroll over your screenz. All the music was made in Protracker on Amiga, mostly with out-of-tune samples that I found on old sample disks to get that good ol’ home computer vibe.

Eventually this will be out on cassette as well, so sign up here if you don’t want to miss out.

Play it now!

Shirbum

My new release is not just an album, but also a shirt. It’s a shirbum! Catchy and melancholic pop music full of mega basic FM-sounds, synth speech vocals, 80’s drum machines and friendly acid bombs. Made in cooperation with PET.CORP (who btw just launched some other PETSCII-clothes in their shop).

  • Shirbum is a high-quality tailor-made C64-shirt that comes with all the 23 songs (QR/stream/download).
  • Shirbum Light is the naked digital version with 15 songs (also on Spotify)

The shirt won’t be available for long, so choose wisely! When you place your order you will get the music instantly, and the shirt will be shipped as soon as the tailor is done (more info here).

Btw, the shirt shows one of the songs from the album (Buck) as it looks in the C64-software, JCH Editor, that it was made in.

Maniac Mansion / Superdöner

My old band Superdöner has joined forces with the legendary US band Maniac Mansion, to release some of the earliest chip punk music from about 15 years ago. It’s like pizza meeting döner! Finally!

Available on Bandcamp, via the protoDATA label.

(Btw, I’ve also designed the graphics, making spray stencils in square kufic style like a bouz)

Son Ionic

Me and Josh Bailey‘s live performance in New Zealand with his own tesla coil instrument Chime Red is out now on protoDATA as Son Ionic. It comes on an SD-card that sits on this amazing A2 PETSCII-poster by Tommi Musturi (aka Electric). The card contains all the songs as audio and video, as well as the C64 source files, and a small intro with the poster graphics animated.

Most of the songs have been released before, but have been remixed for this performance and to include Josh’s tesla coil instrument Chime Red.

Split Tape with A Campbell Payne

This here be a split release together with A Campbell Payne, where I’m doing skweee and he’s doing Nanoloop techno/beats. Now available for pre-order at Rhythmus Records (cassette/download). It will be a very limited run of the cassettes, so don’t be lazy if you want one. And here’s a taste of my share on the cassette:

And you thought that skweee was dead, huh?

Floptrik

Floptrik is an album with Commodore 64 electro/acid/funk songs available as normal recordings for download, and as executable C64-programs on a 3.5″ floppy. Everything can be downloaded from CPU Records. The floppy is available at bleep.com, but might disappear fast.

Stream and download at Bandcamp
█ Promo-mix at Soundcloud
█ YouTube playlist

– “Birds On Fire Note” captures what sets Carlsson apart from gimmicky chiptune artists. The heaving bassline on “Monday Night,” for instance, rivals any modern techno or dubstep track. Floptrik sounds like literal computer music. It’s not always easy listening, but it’s a fascinating extension of the CPU aesthetic.”
Andrew Ryce, Resident Advisor

The programs are remixes and visuals, all contained in a 170 kilobyte disk image. They can be played on a Commodore 64 or in an emulator (instructions here). The remixes sound different every time they are played, by re-arranging the song and changing the instruments. The visuals are all in C64’s colourful ASCII-mode, PETSCII, and were made by Raquel Meyers, Linde, and Johan Kotlinski aka Mathman. See below. Originally released in the demoscene.

The audio recordings are in stereo, where the left channel uses the new SID-chip (8580), and the right uses the old one (6581). Both play the same 3 voices of the original song, but since the chips are different you get these cool hi-fi stereo lifestyle defects.

“Bet you didn’t know the Commodore64 could make dance floor jams like this.”
–  Sedge808, including Floptrik in a Best of June list.

dubCRT – Second Edition

The second edition of dubCRT, produced by Shareware Plus with a new package design, is available now. This is a C-64 cartridge with songs and reactive PETSCII-visuals that can be tweaked, remixed, and destroyed. There’s also 11 fresh remixes! From the Facebook-post:

The first batch of 25 dubCRT’s are now ready to order!

Simply send £65 GBP to sales[at]sharewareplus[dot]com making sure you include your full name & address. For tracking please add £5 GBP.

We expect the first batch to sell out quickly over the weekend and a second batch will be available in two weeks.

50564: Goto80 vs Pulselooper

Me and Pulselooper made this jam together when I was in Sao Paulo. He used a madly circuit bent TR-505 and I did the defMON on C-64. Enjoy the show!

80864

80864 is my first 12″ solo vinyl, and is now open for pre-orders. This release presents the new partnership between C-64 and TR-808 that I’ve worked with for the past two years. As usual, there’s a bit of computer funk pop rock dub stuff all over the place, but it also delves deeper into a more solid techno/acid/electro field. Which I’m quite happy with.

The cover is shaped like a 5.25″ floppy disk, thanks to the magic of Data Airlines, with design by Dubmood. Apparently 40% of the vinyls are already pre-ordered, so you better hurry up and get one. Be part of history! Join the movement!

If you buy the vinyl you also get 7 bonus tracks as downloads, which means a total of 1 hour of music. In October, when 80864 hits the streets.

There are also 80 cassettes available in one of the four colours of the TR-808.

I’d like to thank my man Mats for making defMON, the C-64 software that I’m pretty much alone in the world to use. Also thanks to Scannerboy who built a few boxes that meant that I could synchronize the C-64 and the TR-808, which has been a dream ever since Kissdub gave/lent me his TR-808 many years ago.

Btw, it’s pretty crazy how well the 808 and the 64 fit together. I wonder what the 1980’s would have been like if there was defMON and Scannerboy back then. Maybe Afrika Bambaataa would’ve become a scener and Egyptian Lover would be the best BASIC coder on the block.

Oh look mom, a professional recording studio setup!

dubCRT

It’s finally out! DUBCRT is a music album, interactive light synthesizer and remix-gadget released as a Commodore 64 cartridge. It holds 8 songs with inter-reactive PETSCII-visuals coded by 4mat, with graphics made by iLKke. Get it on Bandcamp (very limited edition). The audio release has recordings of the songs (8580 and 6581 mixed together) and remixes by Datassette, Julien Mier, Mesak, Faderunner, ssaliva, Anomie, Sm0hm, Tim Koch, Jellica, Brännvall and Extraboy. Get it on Bandcamp too! A 19-minute jam with some of the songs from DUBCRT, performed in defMON on C64 together with a delay pedal.