Augusto Ruiz released a new version of his music tracker, which is written in .NET, so it runs under Windows and systems, which are supported by the Mono .NET runtime. It can be used to write music for Amstrad CPC, Spectrum or MSX systems, so it is a nice tool for cross-development. The assembly source code of the WYZPlayer is included and Augusto is also working on a “port” for SDCC / CPCtelera.
The new version features envelopes for drums, loops to a specific pattern and it is easier to select the drum and sfx channel in the player.
SuTeKH/Epyteor wants to produce a Christmas album containing a lot of different christmas tunes and so he is searching for musicians who will contribute a music for this CPC music disc, which will be (obviously) released later this year. There are no special requirements, so you are free to choose your music style. Here are the “rules” for the music disc:
All contributions will be released; so even if you’re not a musician (like me), you can get your hard work released on your favourite 8-bit computer!
All contributions will be FULLY credited. Any shout-outs you want, then add them! Why not?
The tunes must be either Arkos or STarkos format (I can also play .ayc/.ym tunes if people prefer using PT3 or VortexII)
There are no time constraints; if your song is 55 minutes long, then 55 minutes long it is.
Make sure the song isn’t too large in size; this Christmas album will have to work on all CPC formats (ie in 64k).
For now, NO SAMPLES! I know this could be a bugger for Christmas tunes, but I’ll have to see how much space is left to handle samples before committing to accepting sampled releases.
So if you are able to contribute anything to this music disc, head over to the CPC Wiki forums and posting or PM there.
You like the music of your Amstrad CPC? You want to listen to it at work or everywhere where internet is available without loading the game, demo, etc. on your real CPC? You want to discover “new” artists and listen to music specials dedicated to a special artist? You just like to hear chiptunes and want to listen to them 24 hours a day? If you can answer any of this questions with “Yes!”, then don’t hesitate and listen to Roland Radio, a new streaming radio station by Kangaroo Musique dedicated to the Amstrad CPC.
The voting phase is over and 38 people voted for their favourite demos and productions in various categories. I guess that we have a big winner this year: the Breaking Baud demo by Doz / CRTC/ 3LN. Head over to Push’n’Pop and see the result by yourself and don’t forget to have a look at the demos and productions on real hardware again :-).
Like last year, Push’n’Pop creates charts of the best releases for our beloved Amstrad CPC in 2014. And – like last year – you can again participate and vote for your favourite production in the categories demo, intro, game, technical achievement, graphics and soundtrack. The votes are open till the 31st January 2015, so don’t hesitate and fill out the form at Push’n’Pop (you need to be logged in).
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