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

8 bit Bitpop (Chiptune) cover of an awesome song by A-Ha, Take on Me. 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

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

8 bit Bitpop (Chiptune) cover of Duke Dumont’s Ocean Drive. Made with the sounds of the Commodore 64 home computer.

Ok, looks like I’ve got a bit of an automobile theme 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.

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Gavin

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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! 🙂

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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.

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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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Cool Change [Bitpop] – Tribute to Little River Band

Made with the Commodore 64 MOS6581 SID chip (Multi-SID). A classic Little River Band song and the first Australian song I’ve bitpopped. It seems fitting for a New Year to start with a song like this; Particularly if you plan to make some New Year resolutions. All the best &…

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Purple Rain [Bitpop] – Tribute to Prince

Made exclusively with the sounds of the Commodore 64 MOS6581 Multi-SID “I want to try something before we go home. It’s mellow.” – Prince When there’s blood in the sky – red and blue = purple… purple rain pertains to the end of the world and being with the one…

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All Right [Bitpop] – Tribute to Christopher Cross

Made exclusively with the sounds of the Commodore 64 MOS6581 Multi-SID Though the past can make you weary, just know that the future doesn’t have to be more of the same. It’s all right because next time around it wont be like the time before. This 8 bit arrangement was…

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The River of Dreams [Bitpop] – Tribute to Billy Joel

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Made exclusively with the sounds of the Commodore 64 MOS6581 Multi-SID I really appreciate you taking to the time to listen. Thanks. —- Buy Bitpop 1, 2, 3 & 4 and support me, please. You can name your own price as a form of donation. Bandcamp https://gavingraham.bandcamp.com/ —- Homepage: http://gavingraham.com…

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A Sky Full of Stars [Bitpop] – Tribute to Coldplay

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Made exclusively with the sounds of the Commodore 64 MOS6581 Multi-SID I really appreciate you taking to the time to listen. Thanks. —- Buy Bitpop 1, 2, 3 & 4 and support me, please. You can name your own price as a form of donation. Bandcamp https://gavingraham.bandcamp.com/ —- Homepage: http://gavingraham.com…

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Fuck You [Bitpop][Explicit] – Tribute to Cee Lo Green

Made exclusively with the sounds of the Commodore 64 MOS6581 Multi-SID As its title suggests, ‘Fuck You’ is essentially a middle finger extending from the fist of a pop single—and a gloriously catchy Motown stomper of a pop single at that. It felt nearly criminal to have this much fun…

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How I manage my audio projects

Geek time. I’ve mentioned previously how I use Git to version all my work. Regardless of whether its audio, video, text/code or config, it goes into version control. This time I want to show you how I project manage my albums. I use Google Keep for purpose it’s actually not…

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Born This Way [Bitpop] Tribute to Lady Gaga

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[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srWdQrNOjl4[/embedyt] As the result for the Australian Marriage Equality Survey looms, win or lose, no matter your ability, gender, sexuality or ethnicity, I and many others are with you. This one is for anyone who has in any way felt marginalised, excluded or just made fun of. This one…

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Bitpop & My Audio Design Philosophy

Whilst Chiptunes are generally written and performed on real & emulated hardware such as the Nintendo & Commodore families of 8bit systems, they are bound to the technical constraints of the sound provided by that system. Bitpop tends to be played mostly as a hybrid of 8bit sound-chip sounds and…

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Bitpop 5

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Bitpop 1

Bitpop 1 contains songs that have been selected not out of whimsy or any simple superficial criteria. Rather, I’ve chosen songs that in their instances, their moments of time, have pulled heartstrings, confused thoughts & emotions or struck affinity on a personal level. Some hit raw nerves. They’ve brought me…

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