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