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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Here we go – not a new release per se I’m afraid! – I wanted to re-do the mastering on my previously arranged piece using the knowledge I’d gleaned from Putzi, but also didnt like the ending of my original take.  One day whilst re-listening to the tune in the car I had a sudden notion of what would work… so I went with that… hence the title :)

This features the indomitable Anna Black once again with some ethnic vocal performing :)

K8bit-Tusker-Khaki_shorts_edition.mp3

 

 

 

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Currently working on two new compositions.  One of these was quite inevitable:

One of my all-time fave movies, with some of my all-time fave music!

I’ve wanted to arrange some of the music from the film since like.. FOREVER.  I recently sat down and actually tried to do something with it at last, aided by the actual sheet music!

Anyway.. here is the tiniest tiny little preview to give you an idea of the slightly C64 stylings I’m going for:

Russell Lieblich’s 1986 C64 rendition for the game:

lieblichLabyrinth.mp3

My arrangement (based on the original score) :

Link removed – am near completion of the song now :)

 

Still to decide what I’m going to do about the vocal part – whether to sing it myself, or go with something else.. hmmms

 

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Just a couple of little projects I’d had in my head to do for a laugh and simply because they were itches needing scratching lol…

 

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enjoy!

 

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Mine latest invenchion!

 

I was talking to a friend online the other day about the music of Tim Follin when I remembered a piece of music that wasn’t from the C64 that I *thought* was by him.  When I remembered the title eventually, I realized that in fact it was an even more unique non-c64 composition from Martin Galway, C64 musician supremo.  Martin had composed music on few other formats. Notably the Sinclair Specturm, but also the GameBoy and SNES.  One of the unlikely games that Martin collaborated with others on was Ultima: Runes of Virtue II.

 

 

 

 

 

The original Gameboy music:

Martin-Galway_Runes_of_Virtue-GB.mp3

 

Meanwhile, here’s my arrangement, which was inspired by a bit of Mass Effect, Blade Runner, and well..  spaceysynthiness in general :)

K8bit-Data_of_Synthetic_Virtue.mp3

 

This being a non-C64 remix I will not be uploading to remix.kwed.org so will not have my normal captive audience :D
UPDATE!

Retro-Cronie Kenz posed the question of “What if Galway had released the tune on the C64?” – so I created a hypothetical version of the tune :D  It takes some liberties with the C64 hardware… er… 6 SID channels anyone? ;)

K8bit-c64virtue.mp3

UPDATE 2!

A music video.. of sorts :D

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coming up today.. a remix, of a Martin Galway tune.. but not a C64 tune… :O

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…as requested by the ever awesome just for existing RETROGAMER magazine!

In no order, they’re just my faves in general:-

 

1 – The Last Ninja.

Or should that be Last Ninjai? Ninjas?  Anyho0 – the trilogy of games that showed off what the C64 was capable of both in terms of scale, art and especially music!

2 – Green Beret

Yes I know, you’re thinking this is going to read like my top 10 music list, and whilst there is a mutual association between the nostalgia, the music, and the game…  Green Beret stands proud as a pretty arcade-perfect conversion of the original game.. certainly at least as hard!

3 – Beyond the Forbidden Forest

A game that genuinely had me jumping in my seat back in the day, that infernal toothy wyrm of doom thing coming up and turning you into a fountain of blood.  Genuinely creepy, cinematic music, and whilst not perhaps the best define graphics, they certainly make up for it in variety, and scale.

4 – Wizball

I remember buying this at the time and wishing I could show it to games programmers a few years earlier in order to show them the black magic voodoo that was possible on the C64, like some kind of timetravelling futuriest.. “IN THE FUTURE… THERE WILL BE COLOUR! AND MUSIC! AND LOTS AND LOTS OF SPRITES!”
Stupendous simple concept. Whacky, slick and gorgeous execution :D

5 – Creatures 1 & 2

Cheating a bit with the two entries, especially as both are quite different.  But both games are absolutely stunning and have demonstrate the C64 at the peak of its achievements in graphics capability and gameplay dynamics. Some of the cutest music and characters EVAR.

6 – FireAnt

A guilty pleasure of mine motivated a bit by nostalgia as it was one of the first C64 games I played.  Simple in design, addictive to play.

7 – Turbo-Outrun

A close call between the original outrun on the C64 and Turbo.. the original was flawed in its conversion, but undeniably fast to play.. but Turbo-outrun won in the sheer slickness of its presentation. Unforgettable music, impressive visuals, and very smart code squeezed in bits into 64k :)

8 – Nebulous

Unique design concept. Beautiful graphics. Yes.

9 – Barbarian

Seminal slash-em up. 2-player heaven.  Single player.. well..  it was the 2-player game but with a tacked on story idea. Lots of gory fun, with a very clever graphics implementation.  The ambitious sequel whilst amazing in its appearance, art design and scale, disappointed – at least the tape-version anyway.

10 – IK+

The *other* Fighting game of note..  not International Karate, but its perfected sequel IK+.  2 player + 1 player AI fighting.  Crazy flying ball+dustbin lid combat. Trousers falling down. Fantastic cacophonous sound effects and music. Beautiful animated backdrop.

 

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I’ve started on a cover of the fantastic “You’ll never be better than Commander Shepard” Mass Effect inspired fan-song, my intention is to do a FemShep version, in a slightly different style.

In order to do this tho, I needed to reverse engineer the original song, and rebuild it using my own sequencing+instruments.

My plan is to do a slower tempo version with a more… languorous  rhythm – but in order to get the feel of things I had to re-create the original tune in my sequencer & instruments..

Here’s a preview ! \o/

You'll never be better than Commander Shepard, who is male, but only for the moment!

 

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Watched classic old 80′s space movie Battle Beyond the Stars last night, really enjoyed it – I remember being quite scared by it in the cinema back in the day!

Anyho0.. whilst watching it I had a wee titter to myself at the improbable sight of the baddy pilots mashing a keyboard to shoot at our heroes – but they reminded me of the rather hip Daft Punk… so I felt a need to do a wee video mashup :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

or for those who cant view the link above:

http://www.whatkatedoes.co.uk/bbts/index.html

 

Since we’re talking retro.. its a great film, quite unique in its look, whilst also being a nice alternative future sci-fi rip off of “The Magnificent Seven” – which shares a star in the form of Robert Vaughn, apparently playing the same essential character lol

Music is notable also, as it was an early James Horner (Aliens, Avatar, Braveheart) – and sounds like he was auditioning to replace Jerry Goldsmith for the next Star Trek movie… which he DID lol.  At times the soundtrack mimics the awesome first Star Trek film score, almost note for note :)  But it just adds to the nostalgia.

Also notable is the spaceship designs in the film, ranging from the usual HUGE star wars affair… to .. well…  the heroic womb+ovaries of the lead ship! 0.o

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