Unfortunately our beloved cat Merlin passed away but while he was here with us he would sit and watch me compose curled up in the hook of my arm, this is one of the compositions that I brought forward from 1998 – its very cheesy but it is, after all- just for fun.
Remastered with fully re-recorded material directly from a real Commodore Amiga, composed in AHX Tracker.
Have an Amiga and would like to try out AHX yourself? Grab the AHX User Manual Redux from GitHub. Dale over at dope.fish put the printable booklet PDF manual together with the help of numerous contributions (mine included!) making it a superb resource to pick up & print.
Many of these tunes exploit bugs (out of bounds parameters) to cause some glitch effects. Naturally, emulators/PC-playback routines didn’t anticipate this and summarily crashed to pieces when these were first released.
If you have a fairly up-to-date copy of XMPlay with the hivelytracker-ahx plugin, you should be golden to play the original source files, available here:
An updated version of AHX for high-end Amigas, supporting up to 16 channels of AHX synthesis- Hivelytracker. Compatible with AHX and has its own format (HVL) for advanced synthesis such as ring-modulation.
Releases made through the Demo subculture scene – the demoscene – for the fun, for the win, and in some of the cases, getting it done. Here’s a side of RedHeat you probably didn’t know existed. Please enjoy my dumb af. crowd pleasers: NSFW in quite a few. Listener caution advised.
I’ve always had a thing for rotating things that resemble the motion of cogs turning in the mind, windmills spinning in the breeze, space probes flying through space, gyrating for their time-delay integrated image systems…(like Juno).
So it took over 20 years to track down one of my favourire children’s TV series- eventually discovering some terrible quality rips from someone’s VHS on YouTube, excellent!
But where’s the official release? I did some research only to find out that the reason there had not been an official home VHS or DVD release was down to the copyrights “being stuck in litigation limbo” with NZTV for over 20 years!
So no VHS or DVD releases until the late 2000s.
One must understand: this TV program was aired ONCE in the UK in the 1980s- of those few Saturday mornings that I did get to watch TV, I accidentally stumbled upon the very first episode which was a blessing, and got immediately hooked. Sci-Fi kids TV was rare.
I’m no 3D designer, so I really have no idea what I am doing and that’s why I find it fun to do. Using a demo version of Shapr3D on my iPad Pro, I created a series of models.
Below are some of the stages of the model design as well as some clips of source material from which this device originates.
This isn’t my first replica built either- I did build a replica when I was a kid out of cardboard and electronics, but of course, no photographs and nothing survived!
Over the course of it’s airing, Saturday mornings were delightfully punctuated by this eerie and seemingly malevolent device’s wishes to draw enough energy by [no spoilers] to make contact with its home/owners- I highly recommend watching the mini-TV series “Children of the Dog Star”, just for the fact its great B-quality Sci-Fi. See what you come away with- try and understand what it would have been like for an impressionable 7 year old like me.
Visuals recorded, composited, drawn and rendered solely with the very finite resources of an iPhone 5s using a very early version of Luma Fusion.
The music itself fits into a 64k executable because its only 4.7k! Created in Renoise with Clinkster synthesizer and home brew synth patches. This would become my last track ever composed on a conventional PC. The iPhone itself had now become the most powerful device in my possession. RIP.
This demo came 2nd in the wildcard demo compo at The Ultimate Meeting, screened in Germany over the Christmas period of 2011. Behold it in all of its majesty. You won’t know what hit you until its all over. 👀
A NSFW Sweary Song about a collective only associated by length of their name.
The 3 letter nickname brigade presents:
Synthpop extravaganza, crafted in Renoise and coded in PHP by m0d aka RedHeat 👀 Yep 🤮