Prior (retro) creative work

Gavin GrahamIt might be retro now but 8bit was cutting edge back in the 70s & 80s.

Back when I was a boy, I always had an engineers mentality. My mother would buy broken wind-up clocks from the opportunity store and I would disassemble them, fix them up, and get them going again. She thought I had a real knack for it.

The first boom of home gaming with consoles such as the Atari VCS whetted my appetite for electronics and as soon as a cartridge became available for the VCS (complete with a dodgy keyboard) that allowed for basic programming, I discovered the joy of being able to put my own images onto a cathode ray tube. There was something special about being able to even print your name on the screen.

I had a few uncommon (especially for Australia) choices of computers after that, the Dick Smith Wizzard, TRS-80 MC-10, ZX Spectrum but it was the Commodore C64 that really pulled me in to the world of programming. I taught myself 6502 assembly language and started to create little demos. The one thing that really impressed me about the C64 was its amazing sound capability. I listened to the music in games and I wanted to be one of those game musicians. I instantly turned my assembly programming skills to writing a sound and music driver.

Much of the music I wrote on the Commodore 64 and Amiga has unfortunately not survived the years but with thanks to some of preservation societies you can find on web, I have been able to get back some of my lost work.

Here are some the tunes from years gone by when I fancied myself as an understudy of Rob Hubbard, Martin Galway & David Whittaker.

My vintage original Commodore 64 music is here.

My demoscene footprint on the Internet

My entry on CSDb


Other links to my demoscene profiles


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