It 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.
My vintage original Commodore 64 music is here.
My demoscene footprint on the Internet
Other links to my demoscene profiles
- http://janeway.exotica.org.uk/author.php?id=11507 (Gazza)
- http://janeway.exotica.org.uk/author.php?id=11495 (Factor 4)
- http://janeway.exotica.org.uk/release.php?id=3943 (My first Amiga demo)
SYS 64738, LOAD “$”,8 and Enjoy!
Other cruddy links: