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Chuck Rock

The intro theme from Chuck Rock (Amiga version) performed with an ensemble of Commodore-based instruments.

With kind permission from the composer, Matthew Simmonds (4-mat).

This song was very fun to work with! I like how the technical limitations of the software used to compose it are shining through. Patterns are reused, but not always in the same order, and not always paired up with the same material in the other channels. And the same upbeat is reused with several different outcomes. I think it's all very cleverly put together!

As for my cover, I'm using a number of original instruments that I built out of Commodore hardware (C64, 1541, A600). On the two lead C=tars, the upper rod is a pitch bend, the lower rod is a volume control, and space triggers a glide effect. On the bass C=tar, the lower rod controls the cutoff frequency of the resonant low-pass filter in the SID chip, while space repeats the most recently played note.

The drums are played on the Paulimba, which has been extended with drum samples on some of the modifier keys. The rhythm guitar part is recreated using floppy-drive noise and the keyboard solo is performed on the good old Chipophone.

Posted Friday 8-Sep-2023 07:32

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Sun 17-Sep-2023 21:31
Just mar-vel-ous! Thanks for all the stunning creative work you put out, very inspiring!
Tue 16-Jan-2024 03:16
You are a genious!!!