Read more “The Story of DeepSID”
It’s funny how it can sometimes feel like you’ve had your proudest creation behind you.
Maybe it was the time in the 80’s with the editor and the C64 tunes. The couple of maps I created for Half-Life. Or the years where I became overly obsessed with PC games and I fell off the face of the Earth for a few years. Then I created a games checklist-and-database called GameDeed and thought, I might actually have a web site that might steal some of the thunder from The BackLoggery and HowLongToBeat. Was I on the way to my proudest creation yet? No, not really.
GameDeed turned out to be a resounding fiasco.
Nevertheless, GameDeed was still very important and I don’t regret the time I spent coding it. I learned so much about web development from it that later benefit DeepSID. Before GameDeed I made a few static web sites and even my own theme for WordPress, but none of that would have prepared me for the monster site that DeepSID would eventually evolve into.
Read more “DeepYouTube”
In the end of August I introduced a new SID handler in DeepSID. But not just another emulator – this one allows you to play YouTube videos. This was something I added after I recently discovered that YouTube actually has an IFrame API that allows you to control YouTube videos using my own controls.
I made sure to make a full package out of it in the first release. Each SID row has support for up to five tabs, each with their own YouTube video, and a context menu option makes it possible to edit these tabs and even set one as the default. Even the individual subtunes of a SID row can have their own set of tabs.
Later I also added support for the
?t=123 time switch.
One of the final touches I added before releasing it was to make sure all SID rows were disabled until one or more YouTube videos were present. This instantly spawned a dark ocean of silent SID rows everywhere. Time to start adding YouTube videos. I eagerly flexed my fingers – and then it dawned upon me.
There are tens of thousands of SID rows, and I have to add this manually. 🙄
Read more “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”
A question I’ve been asked from time to time about my web site DeepSID is how the SID composers in the MUSICIANS folders have been divided according to the quality of their songs.
All of the composer folders in each letter folder inside MUSICIANS have received a rating from 1-5 stars. I then decided that a certain amount of stars, say 3, determines that the composer is at least okay, maybe even good. If the rating is 4 or more, it’s a great composer.
This was done because I needed this division for at least three features of DeepSID:
- The list of recommendations, available from a link in the top line.
- The “All”, “Decent” and “Good” sort options for every MUSICIANS letter folder.
- Jumping to a random composer of a decent quality from the front page.
I knew that judging the composers to fit these three features would be a sensitive area. Even a minefield. I thought for a while about how I wanted to proceed doing this. I really wanted to involve a lot of people, but there were complications. Let’s go through each of these.
This is my first tune in SID Factory II. It’s a remix of All Around The World by ATC.
It’s also my first attempt at creating something I call “filter speech” which is speech emulation using filter and pulse in just one voice.
Here’s the CSDb entry where you can download the SID tune.
Here’s a cover of Childish Games by Lstn. Most of it was made in CheeseCutter in June 2019 as an extension to a filter chord test. I tweaked it a little bit before releasing it for the 2020 Quarantine Emotional Music Compo at CSDb. I later had to retract it as the competition doesn’t allow covers.
Here’s the SID tune: Children.sid
Here’s the SID tune I made for the teaser of Vandalism News #70.
The intro tune was composed in CheeseCutter in March 2018. It was something I came up with on my Korg M1 in the beginning of the 90’s. It’s easy to play, even for a keyboard klutz like me.
Here’s the SID tune: Tyne.sid
Read more “Dexion Christmas Party in 1990”
Here are the pictures I took at the Dexion demo party at Højstrupskolen in Odense, 26-29 December 1990. It’s the final series taken with that lousy camera I used at the time.
Read more “Censor Halloween Party in 1990”
Here are two pictures from the Censor Halloween party in Gothenburg, Sweden, held in November 1990. I thought I had more pictures from this party, but at least they show a few interesting C64 freaks.
Read more “ECE Show II in 1990”
Here are some of the pictures I took at the ECE Show II in London, September 1990.
The fourth part in my blog series about my computer chronicles had these words about it:
I went there on a ship with Niels from Channel 42 and his friend, Henrik. The Ikari guys also went there. I didn’t try to sell our music at the show this time, I was just there for fun. I briefly met Charles Deenen but it was merely to exchange a sentence or two. And just as I feared that we would never find each other at the show as agreed, Deek from Scotland suddenly popped up and introduced himself.
Read more “Bergen Demo Party in 1990”
These are the pictures I took at the demo party by Full Force, Contex, The Shadows, Megastyle and Science 451 in Bergenshallen, July 1990 – an indoor ice hockey arena. Still the same awful potato camera.