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Sapiens v3.0 for windows/MacOS by Didier and Olivier Guillion

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It's a long time since I didnt come back to Myriad Online by the brothers Didier and Olivier Guillion. Their game Sapiens for windows (95 to 10) and MacOS (10.5 and more) has been updated last time in April 2017 with the version 3.0, which is also now a freeware (shareware before). Of course with the original music written by Gilles Soulet.

Check the older informations below about Sapiens, especially the video by Le Daron with Didier Guillion and Gilles Soulet, ainsi que les remix de la musique de Gilles.



When The Alan Parsons Project meets the Amstrad CPC and the Amiga

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Fabrizio Radica has written a MOD of the well know instrumental piece of the Alan Parsons Project : Mammagamma (original on the official youtube channel). This track was out on the eye of the sky, released in June 1982 by Arista Records.

You can listen to these three versions of this MOD :

Credits : original music by The Alan Parsons Project, conversion by Fabrizio Radica, graphics by Devilmarkus, player by Prodatron, videos Amstrad CPC done with the JavaCPC emulator.











5th alpha of the soundtrakker for PC Arkos Tracker by Targhan (Arkos)

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Targhan has released Arkos Tracker v2.0.0a5 for linux, windows and mac.

  • Many graphics improvement, including even more space for the pattern viewer.
  • Midi in: plug your keyboard and have fun!
  • Midi import: import your Midi songs.
  • New AKM (minimalist) player: more compact and powerful than the Lightweight!
  • Source converter: convert the music and player source to any assembler (winape, sdcc, pasmo, vasm, etc.) automatically, thanks to Disark, a new tool (for which I'll create a new thread...)!
  • ROM players: by setting a flag, the players will not use auto-modification anymore, but a small buffer to put in RAM, whereas the player itself can be put in ROM.
  • Support for specific hardware:
    • PlayCity (9 channels)
    • Spectrum Turbosound (6 channels)
    • SpectrumNext (9 channels)
    • MSX Darky (6 channels)
    • MSX FPGA (6 channels)
  • ... and many other improvements




Preview of a Symphony orchestra playing 8bit music at Hull on the 15 June

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8bit music played by an symphony orchestra ? It's the 15th June at Hull (United Kingdom), for more informations check 8-Bit Symphony's site.




Interview of Barry LEITCH (composer and graphist) who worked on Hero Quest by example

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An interview of Barry LEITCH who is a composer and graphist for several 8bit games like Hero Quest for example.

Avec en prime un remake de la musique d'Hero Quest par SuTeKH/Epyteor.




Oldskool demo compo at the Révision 2019 demo party

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Results of the oldskool demo compo at Révision 2019 are out. There are two Amstrad CPC demos, one at the 3rd place, see below :

  • The Seniors - Rivalry - C64 new SID (In the "Commodore audience", this wins!)
  • Hooy-Program - The Brexecutable Music Compo Is Over - ZX Spectrum (2nd place!)
  • Overlanders - Gloire a Piou! - CPC-6128 (3rd place!)
  • Pulpo Corrosivo - Octopus Pocus - CPC-6128
  • Fenarinarsa - Latecomer - Apple ][
  • ZOO - We are the Chimpions - C64 new SID
  • Moods Plateau - Twenty - KC 85/4
  • Chemtrailer Boys - Edison 2019 Invitation - C64 new SID
  • The Pets Mode - ROBOTTO - MSX1
  • Desire - 1E78 - Atari 7800
  • BinaryCounter - Hello - SNES
  • resource+singular - The 21st - C64 new SID
  • TRSI - TRSI 4 Nordlicht - Atari 2600
  • Molive - SNES-NICCC 2000 - SNES
  • Titan - MD-NICCC - Sega Megadrive

You can see all the démos/musics on Twitch.




Push hardware to its limit, the speaker of the first PC

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What is the common point between the PC speaker and the Amstrad CPC : Fantasy World Dizzy.

In a interesting article on Habr, we learn how the simple PC speaker is allowed to make music despite its obvious limitations.



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