Don't miss out on the SOASC project = C64 heaven

October 25, 2008 · Posted in Electronic Music · Comment 

The SOASC= project is a non-profit and a private project.

The SOASC= project is an automated recording technique invented by me (Stone Oakvalley) in order to mass record music from the legendary Commodore 64 and its SID sound chips (6581 and 8580) including one variation chip.

The purpose is to preserve Commodore 64 music in todays most common music format, namely the MP3.

The original SID music files are today played by millions of people around the world on software players that emulate the real hardware SID chips. The emulated audio material can vary a great deal compared to the authentic sound of a real Commodore 64, and from my point of view, why have something emulated when you can have the real deal instead? We give you the authentic Commodore 64 music as it sounds on the real machine. Commodore 64 is a legend in computer history and in many ways influenced in todays culture (known as 8-bit music or chip music). It deserves much more than just emulating that raw & unique gritty sound! It made many people happy “back then”, and we are here to offer that feeling again!

To put in it words we all can understand: WE LOVE C64!

The entire HVSC SID collection will be recorded as played from REAL Commodore 64’s (both old and new) as per the latest collection available. With PSID64 as the REAL C64 player and 64HDD as fileserver, it all connects to multiple PC’s with own tailored software, crude PAR: port control system/C64 keyboard interface and database structure tools written in PureBasic. Yes, its actually working.

Also, a strong point to consider in this project is that ALL SIDs are recorded on both Commodore SID chip models
regardless of what HVSC or the author of the SID had recommended. Remember: There are people out there
that probably NEVER heard the elite sound of the 6581 and its sample/filter defects, but only the sound of 8580
and visa versa. For those people, they ONLY rembember the tune as played by their model. And this is a strong point
of the SOASC= project: PRESERVATION for ALL!

If it crackles and pops….well..it’s the true and authentic sound of a real Commodore 64!
This is what we had in the past, and now the past will be the present for all Commodore 64 fans out there.

It is called AUTHENTIC because the process will NOT attempt to enhance any of the recordings, it is recorded
straight plain out from the mono Commodore 64 Audio/Video connector. No stereo, no funny mixes, no compression,
no filtering, no remix, no software noise reduction, no crazy SID hacks or other unatural Commodore 64 elements.
If there is a poppy click in the recording its supposed to be there. The SID chip is unique as should be treated as so as well.

I’ve adjusted DC BIAS to 0 and executed Volume Maximizer with no clipping using NORMALIZE.EXE and SOX.EXE.
Noise Reduction was done by improving the physical grounding inside Commodore 64. Thats it!

The final MP3 (224kbps, mono, 44100Hz) will contain all information from the SID itself, sorted in respect of the
directory structure as defined by HVSC. Filenaming, title, author, copyright etc.

Forget PlaySID/SIDPlay2w….and all the others
Forget HardSID
Forget ParSID
Forget ReSID
Forget MMC64 (It has an intergrated SID player, for those who wonder)
Forget them ALL!

Just listen to the real deal instead with the help of the SOASC= project!

Nintendo DS Homebrew Music Making

August 20, 2008 · Posted in Electronic Music · Comment 

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOmxEuSwFjc]
Glitch DS is a stuttering sample player

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAvvl1U9K5E]

And DSMCU is a Midi Controller app. Check that remote automated fader action!

New release of Chipmusic from Kittenrock – free download

January 24, 2008 · Posted in Electronic Music · Comment 

Good sounding chipmusic/video game music from Kittenrock

Btw this is good site for finding more of the same >>

Free downloads (Radiowaves is btw my favorite :-))

SILent REQuiem – Pokket Nastie

(zip file – right click save target as or whatever for mac users) 

This month SILent REQuiem brings us 9 tracks of some of the most terrifying Game Boy techno out there.

Get ready to be scared!

Originally released January 2008

RADIO WAVES GOODBYE – LASER BEAM

(zip file – right click save target as or whatever for mac users)

Radio Waves Goodbye blasts us out with a heavy slice of Hi-NRG Game Boy techno.

Originally released December 2007

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