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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.
- "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.
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
L0v3 byt3s (NSFW) is a PETSCII-conversion of the old xxx-movie Love Bites. We made it as an impersonation of Vuk Cosic, famous for his ASCII-conversions of Deep Throat among other things. L0ve byt3s was made for Daniel Temkin's exhibition Netvvorth, December 2013.
I made the music together with Zabutom and Linde, Johan Kotlinski coded it and Raquel Meyers did everything else.
The music is basically several long jams, pretty much unedited. The first one is me on defMON and Zabutom on some sort of modular synth monster. We recorded it in the Academy of Music and Drama in Göteborg - the perfect place for pr0n-music!
Somewhere in the middle this FM/ST-01 jam starts with Linde, and then more defMON and so on.
C64-demo made by Acid Terrorist, Linde and me in 2011. Released at Datastorm 2011. Don't forget to buy the first acid burger menu, and the others. This was recorded with a crap device so if you can, download and watch it on a C64 with CRT-screen and new SID-chip.