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

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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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Due to requests, here I present my public version of my theme for Anna Black’s AWESOMO anorak radio show :)

K8-bit_Anorak.mp3

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Just a quick and dirty little 8-bit conversion of one of the songs from “The Settlers” – notably on the Amiga, but there were other versions too I believe :)

 

K8bit-SETTLERS8bit.mp3

 

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Inspired to do this after seeing the brilliant .GIF from senorgif.com – I could hear the C64 Yie-ar Kungfu music in my head when I watched it.. so it wasn’t a big leap to this make this video :D

 

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So obvious a choice of name am amazed I didn’t think of it before :D

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 :)

 

 

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