Commodore 64 Sound Chip Music

Here are my SID songs. The SID was the famous sound chip used in the Commodore 64, which was the most popular home computer of the 1980s. The SID chip offered 3 voices, 4 oscillators, a filter and ring modulation. These tunes are actually executable files that will run a on standard Commodore 64 computer. To master this, you'll need to work within the sound limits mentioned above, and within the technical limits defined by the computer's specs, that is maximum 64kb RAM and less than 1MHz processing power. So this specific art form requires technical know how and a clever arrangement to achieve the impression of a full song. Enjoy!


My Life

My Life
07/11/2018

X'2018, the definitive c64 only demoparty in the world. Our song My Life scored #3 at the music competition.

Runs on an unmodified Commodore 64 with 8580 soundchip. Composed by LMan, Vocals by Sunflower, Code by THCM

Could be Cool

LMan - Could Be Cool
31/03/2018

Released at Revision 2018 Party, Saarbrücken

Oldschool Music Competition

for Censor Design / MultiStyle Labs

Skypeople

Skypeople
09/03/2018

Another coop for the $11 triangle wave music competition between Jeroen Tel and me. The idea was to compose a song around the famous Skype ringtone.

Monofail

LMan - Monofail
07/03/2018

Here's my contribution for the Nonstandard Time Signature Competition 2018 held at CSDb.

Mellowhouse

Mellowhouse
05/03/2018

Here's my personal entry for the $11 wave music competition. Apart from the usual limitations of doing music on the c64, the rules of this competition state that only the triangle waveform may be used for the song. The triangle waveform is a very soft sound, so it was challenging to create punchy and treble instruments with it.

$11 Heaven

Jeroen Tel and LMan - $11 Heaven
02/03/2018

My first co production with legendary composer Jeroen Tel, and at the same time my first Maniacs of Noise release.

This was our contribution to the $11 wave competition held at CSDb in February 2018.

Mad Scientist (Amiga Mod)

Mad Scientist
13/10/2017

This is not a c64, but an Amiga tune for a change. It's a ProTracker mod, made completely out of unmodified sounds from the ST-01 sound disk, that was shipped with the original Soundtracker in 1987.

Giana Sisters DS

Giana Sisters DS by Rapture and LMan
29/03/2017

Remake of the title tune of Giana Sisters for the Nintendo DS, released 2009. The tune was composed and arranged by Fabian del Priore aka Rapture, and is itself a cover of Chris Hülsbeck's original Giana Sisters Title Theme. The screen was hand-pixelled by me, based on Alex Pikomi Pierschel's original artwork.

Runs on a factory Commodore 64 with the 8580 SID chip.

Arranged & released 2017 by Raputre & LMan

Rastaline Dub

Rastaline Dub
31/10/2016

Loud up di ting an bill bak, zeen?

#1 at X'2016 music competition!

Runs on a factory Commodore 64 with the 8580 SID chip.

Composed & released 2016 by LMan of MutliStyle Labs

Age We Aceeed

Age We Aceeed
02/07/2016

SID does TB-303. Here's a little creaking acid house for you.

Runs on a factory Commodore 64 with the 8580 SID chip.

Composed 2016 by LMan of MutliStyle Labs / Oxyron for the HVSC Anniversary Collection. First released at Nordlicht 2016 Party in Bremen.

Milk & Honey

Milk And Honey Screenshot
04/03/2016

An experimental chillouty track for laid back sunday mornings.

Runs on a factory Commodore 64 with the 8580 SID chip.

Composed & released 2016 by LMan of MutliStyle Labs for the Nonstandard Time Signature Compo at CSDb.

Wowzer

Wowzer
26/12/2015

A little housy track for Christmas.  :-)

Runs on a standard Commodore 64.

Composed & released 2015 by LMan of MutliStyle Labs

Boombox Alley

Boomtown Alley
18/09/2015

Yo B-Girls and B-Boys, here's another SID tune with funky horns. Runs on a standard Commodore 64.

Composed & released 2015 by LMan of MutliStyle Labs

Vortex

Vortex
20/06/2015

Electronic ambient breaks SID music with digis. Runs on a standard Commodore 64.

Composed by LMan / MultiStyle Labs. Released at Nordlicht Demoparty 2015 

Blade Runner Main Titles

Blade Runner
21/05/2015

c64 stereo SID music for Project Sidologie.

This is a commissioned cover of Vangelis' famous intro music for Blade Runner, made to run on a Commodore 64 with a 2nd SID chip installed.

Released 2015 by LMan / MultiStyle Labs

Hi Fi Sky

Hi Fi Sky
23/04/2015

SID music, using some new digi tricks. Runs on a standard Commodore 64.

Composed & released 2015 by LMan / MultiStyle Labs

808 Love

808 Love
03/04/2015

SID music, trying to emulate the characteristic sound of a Roland 808 drum machine.

Runs on a standard Commodore 64.

Composed & released 2015 by LMan / MultiStyle Labs

Hell Yeah

Hell Yeah
28/03/2015

Funky SID music with funky horns. Runs on a standard Commodore 64.

Composed & released 2015 by LMan

My Club House

My Club House
12/03/2015

Club house style SID music. Runs on a standard Commodore 64.

Composed & released 2015 by LMan

Confusion 2015 Remix

Confusion
05/03/2015

SID music, a cover of the famous remix of New Order's Confusion by The Pump Panel, made popular by the bloodbath scene in the movie Blade.

Sounds very much like the original, but runs on a standard Commodore 64.

Released 2015 by LMan / MultiStyle Labs

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