Episode 042

Just when you thought it was safe to unsubscribe, the C64 Take-away is back to serve you another nutritious audio fry up. Once again I stumble my way through the English language, bringing you carefully selected Commodore 64 SID tunes and remixes, lovingly spiced with news on whats happening in the world of Commodore-related music.

Download or listen to the MP3 here (44:30 minutes, 41 Mb)

Music played:

  • Peter W – I Love My 64 (Feat. Slaygon)
  • Reyn Ouwehand – Cauldron II [live at The Church]
  • Makke – Forbidden Forest (Spider Surfin’)
  • Rob Hubbard – Master of Magic
  • Chronberg – Great Gurianos (CyberJungle remix)
  • PowerTrace – ACE 2 (feat. Kate Lesing)
  • Tron – Loading Green Beret (Takes Too F**king Long RMX)

Stuff mentioned:

Unless otherwise stated tunes played on todays show are available for download from Remix.Kwed.Org , and from the HVSC . Leave feedback either by using the comment section, or by e-mail to C64Takeaway [AT] gmail [DOT] com. You can also add your pushpin to the C64 Take-away frappr map (be sure to add a shout-out otherwise I won’t get notified) or even send me a voice message .

27 thoughts on “Episode 042”

  1. Great show, good to hear that you are through probation at the new job and had enough time to put together another show. Still my fav podcast 🙂

  2. Great intro to a great podcast, Jan, as I’ve come to expect! Thanks for the filled request — And you know, you’re right, Hubbard’s Master of Magic’s original SID is pretty hard to beat, eh?

    The last Green Beret tune went from Wendy Carlos to more of a Klaus Doldinger / Giorgio Moroder. Good stuff! Looking forward to the next podcast…(still have more to catch up on!)

  3. Jan,

    Another super show!

    I’ve missed the C64 Takeaway since the last show, but I’m glad to say that it’s good to have you back. I enjoyed the show while gardening (made it a little easier pulling weeds!)

    Keep up the great work!

  4. Jan,
    Thanks for making another great show! I was sitting here writing some documentation for work, and listening to your show or as I like to call it “rocking out with my (*.doc)s out”

    – leeand00

  5. Jan, couple of things –

    First, the audio feedback/message site comes up with an “Page Not Found Oops! Looks like you followed a bad link.”

    Second, I thought I’d tell you about the site I’m running now which was inspired by your site. Though the themes are completely different, and music is not the focus, I’d been wanting to do a sort of “gateway” to the Commodore 64 for newbies and old fans alike, a way to rediscover all of those old cool games, in addition to everything C64 related, new and old.

    May seem a bit ambitious, but a primary theme will be to keep the focus on people who are new to the C64 or new to emulating a C64, and happenings in the C64 scene (like music) that might interest people who are (re)discovering the Commodore 64.

    Anyway, your podcast inspired me to do a “blogcast” (although I’ve only posted one podcast on the old game Ultimate Wizard, and my regular blog posts outnumber it several times over).

    Anyway, I figured I’d try to “spread the Commodore love” in my own way, and since teaching used to be a big part of my life, I figured, why not teach people how to enjoy C64 gaming once again?

    The site is: c64.gotom.us (just using an old domain I’d bought some time back and have for many more years – haha)

    Meanwhile, I continue to listen to your old podcasts, and find something new to enjoy every time!

    I’m hooked on Chronberg’s remixes right now, and a little Hazel.

    -Robinson Mason

  6. @Robinson: It looks like Odeo aren’t providing the voicemail feature anymore, so I have removed the link for the sidebar. Thanks for noticing that it had gone stale.

    Also, nice site you’ve created there – I’m quite flattered to be cited as the inspiration for it. Listened to your podcast on Ultimate Wizard and I’ll have to give it a spin on the emulator one of these days to see how it compares to Jumpman. Mind you, Lode Runner was always my platformer of choice. 🙂

  7. Hi Jan,
    I’m a big fan of the Podcast, and it’s great to see a new episode out – I’ve been listening since it began when I was 12. The C64 Takeaway really got me into chiptune music from the old C64, Ataris, and Nintendos.

    Oh, and there is a way to play SIDs on your Nintendo DS! 🙂 It’s a homebrew program called DSOrganise (http://www.dragonminded.com/?loc=ndsdev/DSOrganize). I’m not sure if the author ported SIDPlay or made his own SID player, but it’s a way of playing SIDs on the go using your DS. I can’t vouch for the quality of sound compared to a real C64, since I haven’t owned or seen one myself 🙁

    Keep up the good work!

  8. Thanks for the pointer, Charlie. I installed DSOrganise and the HVSC collection onto my homebrew card – and voila, portable SID playback. The emulation doesn’t seem to be entirely accurate – but, hey, it’s better than nothing. 🙂

  9. That sounds great – I’ve been on the fence about getting a DS, and that might well push me over!

    Do the SIDs play one after another, or do you need to manually move it forward (one thing I hate about many SID players is the lack of a “playlist” feature that takes multiple tracks into account, or songs in multi-track SIDs that are cut short).


  10. Rob, it’s got three playback modes: “Single file”, “Sequential” and “Random”. I’ve had it play the Commando theme in random mode for ten minutes before writing this, and it just keeps looping it. So it looks like both sequential and random mode require the user to switch SIDs using the shoulder buttons.

    The manual is a bit sparse, but DSOrganise seems to built as a generic tool that just happens to support SID playback. But since this application has proven the DS’ ability to play SIDs so I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of someone developing a ‘proper’ SID-player for the console sometime in the future.

    In fact, if anyone reading this knows anyone in the DS homebrew community, start pestering them to make it happen. 🙂

  11. Thanks for the reply Jan, if using the shoulder buttons is all it takes, then that’s not so bad. Maybe more C64 fans will pressure the DS community to make the DS even more retro music (and game) friendly. 🙂

  12. Better late than never, Andrew. Kraftwerk’s been around for a few years. 🙂

    There’s also a number of Kraftwerk references in C64 remixing. The booklet for Press Play On Tape’s “Run/Stop Restore” album includes an alternative cover, done in the style of Kraftwerks 1978 album “Man-Machine”. Also, PPOT have performed live dressed in red shirts and black ties.

    Also, Makke did a Crazy Comets cover named “Komet Non-Stop” – after Kraftwerks “Musique Non-Stop”.

  13. Hej Steen, længe siden. Og det var da så lidt med kommentaren på Karins blog. Jeg skal forsøge at holde dampen kørende med podcasten – selvom der undertiden kan være ret længe mellem de nye episoder. 🙂

    (And in case you’re one of those foreign types who couldn’t understand any of the above – Steen asked me to keep up the podcast, and I replied that I’d certainly try my best to keep up the irregular schedule.)

  14. Yes, Jan, I feared the fatal “blogfading” virus might have infected the Takeaway, but good to hear you will keep it going, even if it is very irregular. 🙂

    I’ve had bouts of extreme obsession with things in the past only to find my interest wane over time. But I usually come back to these obsessions of mine in due time.

    Maybe a little injection of retro C64 gaming at my blog will revive the spirit of a weary (or overworked in “real life”) previously prolific podcaster? 😉


  15. Unfortunately the only virus that’s infected the Take-away is a case of the common flu that I managed to catch on the last day of my vacation. Been more or less knocked out for the past three days.

  16. This is f*cking awesome stuff! I’m just about to order a C64 on eBay because you have reminded me of the good old times! Thanks a lot!
    Please keep on going!

    Is there a chance I can get the intro tune and the “Cyber Jungle” remix as MP3s somewhere?


  17. @Rob: Nice little interview there. Make sure you check out BeeZerks work as well. The overall feel of his stuff is somewhat similar to Chronbergs.

    @Brian: Glad you like the show. Stick around for more – I’m not quite dead yet. 🙂

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