Archive for the “C64” Category
On behalf of Jason ‘Kenz’ Mackenzie
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!!
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
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
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
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
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
Kate, June 2012.
So obvious a choice of name am amazed I didn’t think of it before
So have dropped the “Kate-Z” moniker (it seemed that a Z in a name was a pre-requisite of the C64 remix scene, lol)
New tunes be forthcoming, original and remixed. Stay tuned to this baudrate