Ye olde square

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In 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 :) ).


released December 1, 2008



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Yerzmyey Poland

I make chiptunes on ZX Spectrum computer since 1989. Its AY chip offers 4-bit sound, 3 channels + white noise generator, square wave and several 'buzzers'. Or 3 channels of 4-bit digital sound, but then I have to fit all samples in 48Kb of RAM. :) My other machines: Amiga 500, Amiga 1200, Atari Falcon 030, NES/Famicom, Raspberry Pi and others. The bands I founded: AY-RIDERS and also YM-DIGITAL. ... more

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