Music

This page serves as an index of all the posts on my blog with chiptunes and tracker music.

There are music not just by me but also of friends as well as some of the composers I admired. Although the original computer music was composed in special players and unique file formats, you don’t have to worry about that here. All the music has been converted to MP3 for easy listening.

SID Tunes

The SID chip in the Commodore 64 was quite advanced in 1982. It had three channels across eight octaves, ADSR, four different waveforms, pulsating on the square waveform, three ring modulators, and multi mode filtering. The music players written for it were usually called 50 times a second, quickly changing waveforms and frequencies to simulate vibrato, drums and arpeggio chords.

Thomas Mogensen (Drax)
144 SID tunes 1 2 3 4
Here’s “Tristesse” as a little taste from Drax’s section.

Kim Christensen (Future Freak)
18 SID tunes 1
Here’s “Great Tune” as a little taste from Future Freak’s section.

Jens-Christian Huus (JCH)
201 SID tunes 1 2 3 4 5 6
Here’s “Chordian” as a little taste from my own section.

Johannes Bjerregaard (Jozz)
78 SID tunes 1 2
Here’s “Shape” as a little taste from Johannes Bjerregaard’s section.

Thomas Egeskov Petersen (Laxity)
182 SID tunes 1 2 3 4 5
Here’s “The Alibi” as a little taste from Laxity’s section.

Klaus Grøngaard (Link)
32 SID tunes 1
Here’s “Breakdown” as a little taste from Link’s section.

FastTracker II

This was a DOS tracker in the 90’s that used the XM file format. It employed samples as instruments, played with alphanumeric notes in patterns of typically 64 rows each. Up to 32 channels were possible.

Thomas Mogensen (Drax)
182 FT2 tunes 1 2 3 4 5
Here’s “The Quest” as a little taste from Drax’s section.

Jens-Christian Huus (JCH)
28 + 8 FT2 tunes 1
Here’s “Dim Jingle” as a little taste from my own section.

Morten Sigaard Kristensen (MSK)
21 FT2 tunes 1
Here’s “Lack of Negligency” as a little taste from MSK’s section.

AdLib and Sound Blaster

AdLib was a sound card standard in the DOS games of the 90’s that used Yamaha’s YM3812 chip to play FM synthesis in nine channels. Sound Blaster could also be used to add a tenth channel with samples.

The Early AdLib and Sound Blaster Music
20 AdLib/SB tunes 1
Here’s the Sound Blaster version of “Crooner” as a little taste from this section.

Lollypop AdLib Music
27 AdLib tunes 1
Here’s the title tune from the game “Lollypop” as a little taste from this section.

AdLib Music by Jozz
9 + 40 AdLib tunes 1
Here’s “DDD” as a little taste from Johannes Bjerregaard’s section.

Game Boy

More precisely Game Boy Color. It was a handheld gaming device with a 160×144 screen that was released in 1998. The sound had two square wave channels, one wave channel, and one noise channel.

Thomas Mogensen (Drax)
102 GBC tunes 1
Here’s “The Play” as a little taste from Drax’s section.

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