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Eddie Izzard fans might find this amusing:

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Some of my music work related links:

http://soundcloud.com/k8-bit

and

http://remix.kwed.org/index.php?search=k8-bit

 

…and yes…  more coming soon :)

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Of strange dreams, and resolving to not drink Baileys late at night…

Was originally going to just Facebook post this.. But it’s too bloody long!

 

And now I must recount what I remember of last nights odd dream, which I will blame on the late night glass of baileys I had…
Nikki and I were in London, where we met up (inexplicably) with Fi and FraggleChick in a very interesting nightclub, where every night there was a playful challenge between the tweed wearing “Tory Boys” and everyone else, the winning faction would dictate the theme of the club that night.  Tory Boys lost, so the bar was all changed into glittery sparkly style (really) – the Tory boys gamely joined in tho, and there was much boozing and dancing… Until I got lost and couldn’t find anyone.. So went in the huff and left to use the free rickshaw service.. Only to be told by the driver “Nah, sorry luv, don’t do sauwf of the river after midnight…” – so I returned to the club.. And happily found a cheerily pissed Nikki, but a depressed Fi, and so we made it our mission to cheer her up….
The End……?

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Going to post some sound effects from games that either a: crack me up, or b: are just so distinctly awesome.

Unfortunately these two cut off slightly early.. but you’ll get the idea :)

Can you name the game?  Let me know on twitter :) @whatkatedoes

whenimdonekillingyou_1.mp3

 

killyoudeadscum_1.mp3

 

 

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Mass Effect C64, music by Fronz09.. because I was too lazy to do it lol

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Forgot to post on my own blog that I now write for the “Femme Gamer” blog/review pages :)

http://femmegamer.wordpress.com/

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…What if there had been a C64 version of Mass Effect back in the day?  I think it would have been a cross between Alien Breed (Amiga, where I got the background shot) and Ultima/Times of Lore :)

 

 

 

 

 

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Calling all C64 fans – Commodore Free magazine needs YOUR help! They are looking for people to submit their C64 memories to be included in the 64th issue of the online mag. Head on over to http://www.commodorefree.com/  for contact details and send them an email with your first C64 memories! Come on gang, lets make this a really special issue! Long live the C64!!

…and remember this August is 30 years since the C64 went on sale, so celebrate by 8-bitifying or c64ize-ing your avatars :)

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Soulless

Back in March Kenz asked if I would compose an arrangement of some music in a forthcoming new C64 game, this was relevant to my retro-interests so I said yes immediately, plus I also fancied getting a contributor’s complimentary copy of the game for posterity:)

 

I was a bit worried though, as when I do an arrangement its because the original speaks to me in some way, but here was me approaching something new, blindly (deafly?)

 

Fortunately, I was not disappointed – the main theme from Soulless was a wonderful, original sounding but with a kind of Follin/Elfman/Williams-esque style that really appealed to me… whilst at the same time very much daunting me with its structure and rhythm.  My intial attempts at arranging it tried to ignore this and put too much of my own spin on it, but ultimately changing the overal tone, so I decided to stick closer to the original.

 

My first attempt was actually quite a nice piano arrangement that whilst sounding pleasing, wasnt really big enough to warrant being worthy enough to be put on the accompanying disk shipped with the game.. and to make matters worse Kenz – the villain – gave me some hints of what it maybe ought to sound like – he suggested Game of Thrones and Daxx’s rather lovely Shadow of the Beast 2012 remix – I know *now* that these pieces are both magnificent… but at the time I could *not* listen to them as I feared 1: them influencing me too much and/or 2: me feeling too much pressure to match their quality!

 

So.. with only a few weeks before the due date I just ploughed in, initially just building up the structure of the piece, then going in and embellishing, and making small stylistic thematic changes in places – I felt certain sections really lended themselves well to a jazzy backbeat, coupled with a very real performance-sounding double-bass… I almost pictured Danny Elfman’s little spooky band quartet from Nightmare before Christmas playing some sections :D

 

Anyway – in the end I still could not implement all the ideas I wanted, but was limited by hardware, time.. and well.. my own musical capabilities!

 

My hope is that people enjoy the arrangement, and that the original composer and makers of the game think it does an ok job :D

 

Kate, June 2012.
Soulless

http://remix.kwed.org/index.php?search=soulless

 

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