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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.
A set together with Josh Bailey and his Tesla Coil MIDI-instrument, Chime Red. Also featuring Anna Edgington on vocals. It's in Wellington at a secret location, so if you want to attend, please e-mail us.
Vector Festival in Toronto will show Fist of Trade, a C-64 PETSCII-demo with my music in it, as part of their demoscene exhibition Execute! From Scene to Screen today. Fist of Trade was originally released at Datastorm 2014, and was on my latest album, 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.
- "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.