Rude [Bitpop/Chiptune] – Tribute to Magic!

Made with the sounds of the Commodore 64 home computer.

I couldn’t think of a more ironic way to celebrate a divorce than with a song about a marriage proposal. Hahaha. 🙂

One of those hybrid SID waveforms of mixing triangle with a thin pulse makes an appearance in this one. Sawtooth bass, very minimal PWM – just to mix up the flavour a bit. Oh, and SID 6581 R4 filter goodness in the instrumental solo.

I love a bit of reggae, even if it is watered down for pop music. Hahaha.

Made with ♥
Gavin

Kinetic Typography by flowersflame
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Don’t Bring Me down [Bitpop/Chiptune] – Tribute to Electric Light Orchestra

Made with the sounds of the Commodore 64 home computer.

This is another one of those songs I heard repeatedly while spending my 20 cent pieces at the Caloundra Amusement Centre (“Pinnie Parlour”).

I found that there was an unusual harmony between this song and the laser sound effects of Space Invaders.

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Gavin

Walk Like An Egyptian [Bitpop/Chiptune] – Tribute to The Bangles

Made with the sounds of the Commodore 64 home computer.

I wanted that bangy-clangy sound so I’ve used a bit of ring-mod in this one. Kinda feels like how I did Kiss’ ‘I was made for loving you’ – but different. 👍

One (or two) of my most loved features of the 6581/8580 SID Chip is its Ring and Sync-Mod capabilities. I don’t use them often since they are hard beasts to master. I’ve gone for quite a bit of ring/sync in this one.

I’ve also done a nice little transition from a real whistle to a ring-modded SID one.

As always, made with ♥
Gavin

Grace Kelly [Bitpop/Chiptune] – Tribute to Mika

Made with the sounds of the Commodore 64 home computer.

Brown, blue, violet sky, hurtful, purple, green & mean – Anything you like. Spin the wheel, see if you win!

I don’t know how I wanted this one to sound but the way it turned out is exactly how I wanted it to sound – part carnival/funfair and part glorified ice cream van. 😁

I’ve been to the Brisbane City Amusement Centre and the Sunnybank Amusement Centre and noticed how more games are skills based carnival games rather than video games. I think that’s where my carnival inspiration came for this low-fidelity cover.

As always, made with ♥
Gavin

You’re the Voice [Bitpop/Chiptune] – Tribute to John Farnham

Made with the sounds of the Commodore 64 home computer.

I had a fella leave a comment on Reddit after I asked what other Iconic Aussie songs I could consider doing and he came back with “How good are you at emulating bagpipes?”. That could only mean one thing. This song.

I actually tried doing this one a few months ago but it ended up on the cutting room floor because the vocals I have are, well, not the standard I wanted. But I really like this song and wanted to have a go at those 8-bit bagpipes!

Since I recently did ‘Lily Was Here’ and that is an instrumental. I thought “why the hell not?”. So I’ve picked up from where I left off with this one. I tried again to massage the vocals into the piece but, nope, it just wasn’t working for me.

Here’s ‘You’re the Voice’ – no vocals but still quite bitpop. Still using exclusively the sounds of the Commodore 64.

As always, made with ♥
Gavin

Elastic Heart [Bitpop/Chiptune] – Tribute to Sia

Made with the sounds of the Commodore 64 home computer.

I think I’ve mentioned that I love Sia. 😂
Her music is super expressive and heavily utilises moody & serious chord progressions. I like her as a performer too. She often compliments her singing with performance art – possibly as she doesn’t see herself as a performer – it works for me just the same whatever her reasons are. Her vocal capabilities are also amazing. I know I’m using cover singers but these cover singers have a tough job in doing one of her songs.

So here’s my go at ‘Elastic Heart’s in six SID channels. The percussion alone is two channels. I hope you like it.

Made with ♥
Gavin

Lily Was Here (C64 Version) [ Bitpop / Chipune ] – Tribute to Dave Stewart & Candy Dulfer

Made with the sounds of the Commodore 64 home computer.

When this song came out in 1989, I couldn’t stop listening to it. I remember recording it onto a tape for my car stereo and playing it over and over again. There’s a few songs that I remember over time incessantly playing – The Obvious Child, Paul Simon, Elecktraglide, David Whittaker,

My plan for this song is to do multiple versions by targeting various sound chips from the 80s. I’m starting with my beloved C64 SID chip but I also plan to do a Amstrad/ZX Spectrum, NES & Gameboy version of this song. Over time, not straight away. It’s going to be a side project.

It’s strange, I used to do instrumental only pieces but now I’ve grown accustomed to doing these Bitpop songs with vocals, I’m a little scared to do a song without vocals as I have nowhere to hide the imperfections.

This remains to be Bitpop even though it doesn’t have any vocals as I am still using modern sound production techniques to aide the underlying chiptune.

Made with ♥
Gavin

I Took a Pill in Ibiza [Bitpop/Chiptune] – Tribute to Mike Posner (& Avicii)

Made with the sounds of the Commodore 64 home computer.

I was pretty sad about Avicii passing away and I didn’t know that I shared a common despair with him in existential dread. I like my EDM and he was an EDM hero of mine. Very sad.

So instead of doing an Avicii song I chose this one as it mentions Avicii by name. This arrangement is a Bitpop/EDM nod to a great artist thats gone far too soon.

Made with ♥
Gavin

Take On Me [Bitpop/Chiptune] – Tribute to AHa

Made with the sounds of the Commodore 64 home computer.

I always liked the style of the C64 Musician, David Whittaker so I thought I’d do this classic 80s song in a quasi David Whittaker style.

This song has to be one of the top 5 defining songs of the 80s. The music video was awesome with how it blended reality with sketch art and was just as definitive as the music it supported.

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Gavin

Ocean Drive [Bitpop/Chiptune] – Tribute to Duke Dumont

Made with the sounds of the Commodore 64 home computer.

Ok, looks like I’ve got a bit bit a automobile these going on in this and the song song (Take On Me). I din’t plan it that way, it just happened.

This is a favourite of mine from the last few years. I hope you like it too.

Made with ♥
Gavin

Flash [Bitpop/Chiptune] – Tribute to Queen

Made with the sounds of the Commodore 64 home computer.

Queen was one of my favourite bands growing up and for that matter, even today with Adam Lambert singing, they are still a favourite. There’s no replacing Freddie Mercury though. His voice, wow, he could do it all. Such an enormous talent!

The Commodore 64 game of Flash Gordon was pretty good. It gave me quite a few hours of enjoyment and the Rob Hubbard soundtrack was so good.

While I’ve got some interesting and challenging sounds from my C64 music driver, I’ve not tested it’s metal in doing sound effects. This song is laden with them and that is a big part of why I wanted to do it – for the challenge.

I hope it turned out ok.

Made with ♥
Gavin

Flames [Bitpop/Chiptune] – Tribute to David Guetta & Sia

Made with the sounds of the Commodore 64 home computer. I frikkin love Sia. Her voice – wow! So that made this song a no-brainer to do. I’ve gone for a thicker EDM feel for this one. Dual basslines, nice sine wave drums to emulate the TR808-909 sound, multi-speed and timbre arpeggios riffing away. Mmmm. Goodness gracious me! Made with ♥ Gavin

White Wedding [Bitpop/Chiptune] – Tribute to Billy Idol

Made with the sounds of the Commodore 64 home computer.

Ok so I’ve been doing more of the light and fluffy songs recently so I wanted to mix it up a little. I was given the suggestion of doing an INXS song and I was a bit indifferent about that. Though the idea has grown on me.

I then thought, Adam Ant. Then I was indifferent about that. Then it hit me, that snarly faced, blonde hair rock/pop artist Billy Idol. He’s got so many good songs to choose from too! I could decide between Rebel Yell, Mony Mony or White Wedding so there’s a good chance I’ll do the whole three. We’ll see how it goes.

I hope you enjoy.

Made with ♥
Gavin

Karma Chameleon [Bitpop/Chiptune] – Tribute to Culture Club

Made with the sounds of the Commodore 64 home computer.

I’ve really enjoyed doing classic 80s songs lately and I think this one sits amongst them. Pop with a reggae underpinning. Its pretty nice.
This time I’m back with those C64 arpeggios after having a break from them in my last song.

Back on the C64, there was some pretty cool tunes made by Mark Cooksey in games like Paperboy, Ghosts ‘n Goblins & 1941. Like the other musicians he had a distinct sound and I’ve tried to replicate his sound to a degree in honour of him.

I hope you enjoy.

Made with ♥
Gavin

Never Gonna Give You Up [Bitpop/Chiptune] – Tribute to Rick Astley

Made with the sounds of the Commodore 64 home computer.

Time get get 8 bit Rick-Rolled. 🙂
I’ve been doing a lot of songs lately with the signature arpeggio effect and I wanted to give that effect a break for a this song. Previously I’ve been using my C64 music driver in conjunction with Renoise. But this time around I’ve used my C64 music driver with Tracktion Waveform 9. It’s pretty great!

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Gavin

Material Girl [Bitpop/Chiptune] – Tribute to Madonna

Made with the sounds of the Commodore 64 home computer.

There are some artists that were legends of the 80s. I’ve done Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”, Bon Jovi’s “Living On a Prayer” but I’ve wanted to do a Madonna song for quite some time. I had a go at doing “Like a Payer” but I just wasn’t satisfied with the result.

I chose “Material Girl” because it’s nice and bubbly and gave me room to light hearted riffs and arpeggios. I hope you like it! 🙂

Made with ♥
Gavin

Rosanna [Bitpop/Chiptune] – Tribute to Toto

Made with the sounds of the Commodore 64 home computer.

This song draws parallels to real life for me – just the name is different. There’s a few 8 bit covers of Toto’s “Africa” but I wanted to do a Toto song that hasn’t been done to death.

Lots of swirly arpeggios, pulse leads & sawtooth/triangles incidentals.

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Gavin

Living on a Prayer [Bitpop/Chiptune] – Tribute to Bon Jovi

Made with the sounds of the Commodore 64 home computer.

I went to a Guns and Roses cover band on my birthday this year and although GnR aren’t on my playlist, I thoroughly had an awesome time. I didn’t realise I knew seven of there songs. Anyhow, it inspired me to bitpop a heavier rock song so I chose this one. Its probably my favourite Bon Jovi song.

Made with ♥
Gavin

Into You [Bitpop / Chiptune] – Tribute to Ariana Grande

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Made exclusively with the sounds of the Commodore 64 I simply like this song. It’s catchy. I’ve gone for a more raw Commodore 64 SID chip sound in this one. Big arpeggios, rattly drums and plenty of pulse width modulation – all the defining sounds of that computer’s chiptunes. This…

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