This excellent VCS music was created by Bart Wasil (BeWu) for the Atari VCS music competition at SillyVenture 2022 SE in Gdansk. I had the task of turning it into a ROM file, which was an unexpected challenge, as the TIATracker module has 126 patterns and exceeds the 4k limit for a single ROM bank. So I had to split the source by hand and created an 8k bank-switched ROM. The tune ranked a well-deserved 1st place in the competition and is definitively one of the best VCS pieces of music ever created. I'll really happy to have been part of the release and to see what can be done with TIATracker. Here's a comment from Jérémie Glafouk on the inner workings of the song "Very clever use of only 2 channels with such a rich sound (drums + bass + chords + melody). Using percussion for arpeggios. The 'double' bass using 2 instruments (out of only 7 possible instruments in TIATracker) also is really smart and works so well. And the mixing is really perfect with the only 2 channels."
I've also used the occasion to recompile Glafouk's "Snake It" song with the lasted TIATracker player and uploaded it also. It ranked 2nd place in the Silly Venture 2020+1 SE in Gdansk.
The downloads of the modules, the binaries, and the source is available in the Atari 2600 / Demos section.
I've put together my impressions of the Silly Venture 2021 Winter Edition which I attended in December 2021 in Gdansk. I've also included a snapshot fo the Silly Venture homepage as PDF exports. It was the first time I went there alone and as a result I got in touch with many new people I didn't talk to before. Thanks once more to Grey for make this event possible, it's so awesome to meet other Atari fans in person.
This demo was created for the Atari 8-bit demo competition at SillyVenture 2022 SE in Gdansk. It is a 40k single file executable and runs on all 64k PAL Atari 8-bit computers. Click here to read the story behind it.
On 2022-05-21 - after many years of absence - Bernhard, Stefan, Jan, and I attended HomeCon #69 in Hanau. It was a very nice, small, and enjoyable party where we got to know many new people. Here are some impressions.