Chiptunes / micromusic / lo-fi electro / 8bit pop
If You organize a chiptune concert then let me know.
I started making chiptunes on ZX Spectrum computer, in 1989. ZX Spectrum 48K has 1-bit sound by default,
but one can also connect an AY-interface to
the machine (existing since its very beginning in 1982 and even earlier
because first AY-interfaces have been built for ZX81 computer - 1981).
Anyway - then Spectrum48 has the same sound-abilities what Spectrum128,
Amstrad CPC, Atari ST or MSX have (they using the same chip standard:
AY/YM). It means 4-bit sound, 3 channels + white noise generator, square wave and several 'buzzers'. Or - instead of it -
I can use 3
channels of 4-bit digital sound with the AY, but then I have to fit all samples in 48Kb of RAM. :)
In case of chip-music, as "standard possibilities" I understand
AY/YM working in 50hz (Atari ST can use this chip with 200hz of speed which
gives the Atarians better audio effects due to their more powerful CPU - 16-bit, 8MHz. Cry cry!!).
So that's my weapon of choice: ZX Spectrum 48K with AY-interface.
For making chiptunes I use ZX Spectrum's Sound-Tracker 1.1 and for
digital MOD-like music I use SampleTracker 2.0 and 2.1.
In 1994 I started to make music also for Amiga 500 (MOD / MED files) on
OctaMED, but they were 4 channels traxx mostly - in 99%. :) We made only
several 8 channels tracks on OctaMED but it was pretty hard task for old good A500, so usually I stick with 4ch. :)
In 2002 I founded AY-RIDERS band. We play chiptunes on our Spectrums
(48K, 128K and higher models). AY-RIDERS' music can be found here: http://ay-riders.speccy.cz/
solo music You can find here, on this site, below this text).
Some time later I started to make more music for Atari ST and STe (mostly digital, but also some chiptunes).
That's how the YM-DIGITAL band appeared in 2010: http://ym-digital.i-demo.pl/ - there are 2 albums for
all enthusiasts of ym2149 chip and digital oldschool music.
In 2012 I bought an Amiga 1200 and was able to start making full 8-channels
digital songs for the platform (with independent volumes). That's how
the "RetroBeat" album appeared, for all fans of Amiga, and also for fans of retro-computer-music.
From time to time I make songs for Atari Falcon 030 (10 channels of digital music, on DHS-Tracker).
So, in short, my software/hardware usually are:
SoundTracker on ZX Spectrum and ZX81;
NeoTracker on Atari XL/XE;
E-Tracker on SAM Coupe computer (Spectrum Advanced Machine);
MusicMon on ATARI 520ST;
DigiComposer on ATARI 520ST;
ProTracker on ATARI 520 ST;
Hex-Tracker on ATARI 520ST;
Octalyser on ATARI 1040 STE;
OctaMED on AMIGA 500;
DigiBooster on AMIGA 1200;
Digital Home Studio (DHS-Tracker) on ATARI Falcon 030
...........................and many others............................
Concert in 2013 (in Gdansk/Danzig) on the RetroKomp event.
YERZMYEY - "Mission Highly Improbable (the ZX-demo original soundtrack)"
Pictures on the cover-art have been made by Piesiu & RedBalloon
"Mission Highly Improbable (the ZX-demo original soundtrack)"
Author: Yerzmyey / AY-RIDERS
Bonus track by Mister Beep
An example song to check out.
All the music has been made on ZX Spectrum 48K and it comes from “Mission Highly Improbable” demo, released on Forever 2014 Party (came 1st in the ZX demo-compo).
First 6 songs: AY chip
The bonus track (7th): BEEPER
1. Yerzmyey - Mission Highly Improbable (part 1)
2. Yerzmyey - Mission Highly Improbable (part 2)
3. Yerzmyey - Mission Highly Improbable (part 3)
4. Yerzmyey - Mission Highly Improbable (part 4)
5. Yerzmyey - Mission Highly Improbable (part 5)
6. Yerzmyey - Mission Highly Improbable (part 6)
7. Mister Beep – Chromospheric Flares (bonus track)
Total time: 10:50 min.
YERZMYEY - "Microsongs" (September 2013)
Cover-art by iloveui
Yerzmyey - "Microsongs"
published by CheapBeats
Label (Tokyo / Japan)
Total time: 37:51 min.
Listen / Download / get CD here.
06. Doko ka ni
10. Jigoku no sanba
The music has been composed for ZX Spectrum 16K with AY-interface, however I made all the work on ZX Spectrum 48K with the same interface and also I recorded the stuff from this machine.
Each source of the songs is not bigger than....... 4,8Kb!!!!!! ;)
Software used: ZX SoundTracker 1.1.
Let chiptunes/micromusic be with You!!!!!!!
(C) 2013 YERZMYEY/AY-RIDERS
YERZMYEY - "Brutal and aggressive" (June 2013)
Cover-art by KeFF
YERZMYEY - "Brutal and aggressive" published by 8bitpeoples Label.
01. Dark Galactica
03. Get mad (full version)
04. Haunted Mansion
05. STandard crap
Total time: 20:19 min.
This compilation contains chiptune/micromusic stuff in heavy and brutal style of Electro-industrial/Breakbeat/tek with typical YM/AY acid synthetic sounds.
Greetz to my friend STU, on this occasion. ;)
All music has been made on ZX Spectrum 48K with AY-interface. Also used Atari
(C) 2013 by Yerzmyey for 8bitpeoples
YERZMYEY - "Astral Combat" (March 2013)
Cover-art by Yerz, beautiful picture on the left - by PIESIU
- "Astral Combat"
DOWNLOAD FULL ALBUM HERE!!!!
01. Astral Combat
02. Comet Day
03. Industrial Fucking Part 5
05. Dance of Insanity
07. Electrobody (ZX48 Cover)
08. DIG IT
09. Proof of concept (a bonus track)
Total time: 26:50 min.
All music has been made on standard ZX Spectrum and SampleTracker program.
Infos: 3 channels, 4-bit quality lo-fi micromusic.
Recorded from real hardware: ZX Spectrum 48K with AY-interface.
The 7th song is a cover of Daniel Kleczynski's famous song from equally famous Polish classic PC game from 90s - "ElectroBody".
By they way - the cover has an official acceptation from Daniel, which I'm proud of. :) :)
The BONUS-TRACK is really a proof of concept, I made for the idea of playing simultaneously two ZX Spectrum computers,
where one is playing chiptune music and the second one is playing digital music (6 channels in total).
I was wondering if it keeps tempo properly - and it appeared it works OK.
I don't know if it sounds very well, but at least sounds kind of interesting, I'd say.
One Spectrum is playing a chiptune part from ZX SoundTracker 1.1.
The second Spectrum is playing a 3-channels 4-bit digi-music from SampleTracker 2.1.
Also recorded from real ZX Spectrum computers.
A ZX Spectrum version of the album
(C) & (P) 03.2013 by YERZMYEY
YERZMYEY - "RetroBeat" (October 2012)
Cover-art by Yerz
01. Critical Density
03. Interdimensional Crusader
05. Into aphelium
06. From desert to forest
07. Arcane Zone
08. Time machine
Total Time: 31:53 min.
Ethno vocal in track no. 06 by Moonslayer
BitJam version of BitJam Episode #159
YouTube BitJam #159 version
This 8-channels music has been composed on AMIGA 1200 with standard 020 CPU (14Mhz) and recorded from real hardware
(with slightly changed stereo).
Software used: DIGIBOOSTER 1.7.
YERZMYEY - "Strange Light Under My Bed" (October 2012)
Released by UbikTune
Cover-art by 7th Seal Arts (ex: Joulo, ex: Habib)
YERZMYEY - "Strange Light Under My Bed"
Pulished by Ubiktune.
Full-quality size cover-art indisde the archive.
01. Noise reduction (Atari Falcon 030)
02. Unknown radiation spectrum (ZX Spectrum 128K)
03. Enormous magnitude (ATARI 520ST)
04. Strange light under my bed (AMIGA 500)
05. Starlies (ZX Spectrum 48K)
Total Time: 42:19 min.
Berlin School is a kind of trance/ambient/experimental electronic music invented in Germany and played by such artists as Tangerine Dream, Ash Ra Tempel, Klaus Schulze and others.
I remember my surprise when I found out that those musicians, playing mostly in 70s, were often using rather simple electronic instruments (especially in comparison to modern monster-machines) and 80% of their incredible cosmic sound was... recording studio effects. The most obvious next thought was: if that's the case, then maybe I could re-create those conditions but with... retro-computers? :)
That's how this album was created. Here you find trance/ambient music composed on several retro platforms, recorded track by track, with a lot of studio-effects added, to create — along with those classic sound-chips — some mysterious cosmic atmosphere. The only instruments (and sequencers) were the retro-computers. All the material has been recorded from real ancient hardware track by track and put through sound-effects. Like, if Jean Michel Jarre or Tangerine Dream would be making music on ZX Spectrum, Atari or Amiga — the final outcome would be still the same as it is now.
- ZX Spectrum 128K
- ZX Spectrum 48K
- Amiga 500
- Atari 520 ST
- Atari Falcon 030.
- for Spectrum 128K: SoundTracker 1.1
- for Spectrum 48K - Orfeus/SpecialFX
- for Amiga 500: OctaMED 4.0
- for Atari 520 ST: Music-Mon V2.5e
- for Atari Falcon 030: ACE Tracker 0.997
Sound-chips used in individual machines:
- ZX Spectrum 128K: General Instrument AY-3-8912
- ZX Spectrum 48K: Zilog Z80A + Ferranti ULA 6C001E (beeper)
- Amiga 500: Paula 8364
- Atari 520 ST: Yamaha YM2149F
- Atari Falcon 030: Motorola DSP 56001.
Recording studio sound-effects and modern software used:
- Zoom RFX 2000
- Zoom Studio 1201
- Behringer Xenyx 1002 FX
- Behringer FEX 800
- Cool Edit Pro 2.1
- Sony Sound Forge 8.0.
In general - recording-studio effect used:
- track-by-track recording
(C) 2011 - 2012 by Yerzmyey
YERZMYEY - "ZX81" (June 2012)
Cover-art by Yerz. Main photos by Bill Lunney http://retroconsolepics.com/ . Additional photos by Martin http://www.8bity.cz/ .
This is a collection of songs
made on ZX81 with TurboSound for ZX81 (two ZonX interfaces - on different ports - to play simultanously
**ALL** has been written on real ZX81 machine - NO EMULATORS have been USED.
All titles are somehow related with ZX81 machine. ;)
The album is for fans of YM2149 and for AY fans.
01. Yerzmyey - ZX81
02. Yerzmyey - New Line
03. Yerzmyey - UrsULA
04. Yerzmyey - Motherboard Circuit ISSUE ONE
05. Yerzmyey - Break Space
06. Yerzmyey - Earport
07. Yerzmyey - Touch sense
TOTAL TIME: 29:39 min.
Full 3-pages cover-art to download.
Software files for ZX81 with ZXpand + ZXpand_AY + Mr X.
Software files for ZX Spectrum with TurboSound - two YM/AY chips.
(Seems like WildPlayer requires some extra RAM 'though)
ZX81 is a British monochrome computer as big as an adult man's hand-palm. It has touch-sense keyboard and 1Kb of RAM only and it's been released in 1981 (American version is Timex 1000 and Timex 1500).
It had a modular construction, so people weren't forced to buy all the hardware in one machine, if they didn't need it. So - if anybody required additional RAM, he could buy 16Kb RamPack or more.
If somebody needed sound - he was able to buy a ZonX sound-module (with YM/AY chip inside).
Finally we decided it's not enough for us. ;) ;) ZonXes are still being produced by various guys. And now - one machine is interesting for our porpose: Mr-X, because it is a through-out device - more interfaces can be connected to it. So - we decided to connect two sound-modules to ZX81 (one of them is on different ports than another) to obtain 6 channels of sound.
And... IT'S ALIVE!!!!!! ;) Yes - You can here listen to 6-channels music composed on real ZX81 32Kb with two YM/AY interfaces (ZXpand-AY and Mr-X). Also I recorded the music from real ZX81 hardware.
To compose the songs I used Andy Rea's "ZX81 SoundTracker" (first I made one half of every song, then the second one, because the SoundTracker for ZX81 can support only one AY chip - 3 channels).
Then I recorded them from the same ZX81 with ZXpand-AY and Mr-X modules (using TurboSound Player).
Thanx go to Andy Rea for the software (ZX81 SoundTracker, TurboSound Player), also to ZX81 hardware developers: SirMorris (ZXpand and ZXpand-AY) and to Sascha2000 (Mr-X).
If You're interested in getting new junk for Your ZX81/Timex1000/Timex1500 (and other clones) then RWAP will help You: http://www.rwapsoftware.co.uk/zx812.html
If You're interested in news from ZX81/Timex1000/Timex1500 world, then visit us on our forum:
(C) & (P) 06.2012 by YERZMYEY
YERZMYEY - "XL DIGITAL" (July 2010)
Cover-art by Yerz
This is an EP album made especially for fans of Atari 800XL / 65XE (64Kb of RAM and one POKEY chip). However the music still can work on higher XL/XE configurations, including machines with HDD, 2 POKEYs and COVOX. The album contains 4-channels digital music. It was made with use of NeoTracker by EPI.
Recorded from real hardware, a stock ATARI 800XL.
All the music is also available in native Atari XL/XE format, in a demo "XL DIGITAL" that has 2nd place in Glucholazy 2010 Atari Party.
For MOD files fans, I uploaded the sources in Amiga/PC format too.
01 - Mountain in the Sky
02 - Fuji Rave
03 - Tokyo Gondwana
04 - XL Dance
05 - RAVE'olution
06 - Bunny on the Moon
TOTAL TIME: 19:11 min.
A track "Tokyo Gondwana" is dedicated to Lo-Tek_Style (an electro musician from Atari ST scene).
YERZMYEY - "INTERPHASE" (May 2009)
Cover-art by Factor6/AY-RIDERS
This is another small EP made by humble me, with a guest bonus-track by Factor6/AY-RIDERS, and published by DWD Records. :)
It contains chiptunes composed for AY chip (3 channels of sound and white-noise generator).
01. Yerzmyey - 16Kb (2008)
02. Yerzmyey - It’s only a joke ;-) (2008)
03. Yerzmyey - 5th channel (2006)
04. Yerzmyey - Juh (2006)
05. Yerzmyey - Oxygene (2007)
06. Yerzmyey - Noise (2005)
07. Yerzmyey - 16Kb tune 2 (2009)
08. Factor6 - Taio Byte (bonus/guest track) (2009)
Yerzmyey’s music has been made on ZX SPECTRUM 48kb with AY interface
Factor6’s music has been made on ZX SPECTRUM 128kb.
TOTAL TIME: 25:38 min.
Cover-art project by Factor6
YERZMYEY - "Ye olde square" (December 2008)
Cover-art by Yerz
1989 (as a teenager) I bought my first ZX Spectrum (it was Timex 2048 to be
precise) and I started to make chiptunes. (Jee, in 2009 it will be already... 20
years!! Fuck, I'm old). First of them were for beeper and then - in 1990 - I
bought AY interface and started to make 4bit micromusic. My first songs were
really crap and they sound rather like shitty music from 80s games. ;) Then was (I
hope) better and better. ;)
This is a chiptune album made on ZX Spectrum 48Kb with AY interface, containing my old traxx made in time I wasn't so much into the AY synthesis, and used almost only standard square wave.
The album/compilation has been published in December 2008 as a Christmas gift for chiptune-fans, however the songs come from 1998 - 2002 (that's where the title comes from :) ). Maybe somebody will be interested.
I didin't add here my really *old* AY songs (1990-1996) because they are mostly _really_ bad. :) (They are available somewhere on da Net, in form of Spectrum demos 'though ;) ).
Merry Christmas for all chiptune/micromusic freakz!!!! :)
PS: While making the cover-art of this album, I used not only PC (inscriptions) but also ZX Spectrum (these photos are screenshots from Speccy :) ).
- Nothing left (2002)
02 - Don't smoke that (1999)
03 - Mirages (2001)
04 - Ballad (1998)
05 - And so it is (2000)
06 - Strange (1998)
07 - Sad tune 2 (1999)
08 - Don't smoke that 2 (1999)
09 - Where is love? (2001)
Cover-art is here.
Info-file is here.
TOTAL TIME: 30 min.
(C) 1998 - 2002
YERZMYEY - "Oldschool MODe" (2008)
Cover-art by Factor6/AY-RIDERS
This album contains 4-channels MOD music I wrote throughout years, since 1994,
for Amiga 500, Atari ST and ZX Spectrum. Besides, You can find here 3
guest-songs - MODs make by Factor6, TDM and Epi; the MODs have been made for ZX
Spectrum and Atari XL/XE.
I hope You like this old-school stuff. :)
Yerzmyey - Oldschool MODe (2004)
02. Yerzmyey - Flight (1994)
03. Yerzmyey - Fucking is fun ;-) (1994)
04. Yerzmyey - Alienate (2003)
05. Yerzmyey - Oldschool Rave (2006)
06. Yerzmyey - Cheerful (1994)
07. Yerzmyey - Kinda crap (2006)
08. Yerzmyey - Lost in thoughts (1994)
09. Yerzmyey - Oldschool Rave part 2 (2006)
10. Yerzmyey - Trackers Forever (2007)
11. Factor6 - Drink vodka! (2006)
12. Epi - m4700rk4 (2006)
13. TDM - Molition Day (2006)
TOTAL TIME: 40:18 min.
(C) 1994 - 2007
PLEASE ALSO CHECK OUT THIS CHIPTUNE EP ALBUM PUBLISHED IN APRIL 2008.
Great thanx to Mono & XXL!