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Well, I hesitate to post this because it is so minimalist, but it was requested in another thread.

It was loosely inspired by Yoshed's track "We were elephants"

Thread here: http://composersforum.ning.com/forum/topics/we-were-elephants

I say loosely inspired, because the SID chip can only do a maximum of three notes at a time, and I had to use two of those three voices in order to get the bass line to sound somewhat full. I did this by using empty fifths, quite different from Yoshed's piece.

And so I had only one voice left to do the rest i.e. melody. But at least some of the anticipations in melodic lines should be similar, I hope, and the use of mostly a natural minor scale for note material.

Hope this is of any interest...

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The SID is a tricky instrument because it is so bloody limited. I don't know much about music or composing, but I have worked with SID quite a bit. One trick I learned is using voices to cover more than one line. In Anticowboy, the drum beat could have its sound changed and tossed up to become a fourth note. That takes a lot of work, and may not be possible with your program (In my own music processor, one could change the sound of each note on the fly. Tedious. Or - and probably easier - is to toss the bass voice up as a harmony for the melody when it is not doing its bass thing.

I am not a fan of long, slow SID music, but your Epic does highlight the tone variations possible.

The great SID dudes actually micro-manipulated each voice, creating very fast arpeggios as single notes. This took the music sequencers used in European demos.

Thanks for trying to make this archaic chaos do some real music. It is like writing Shakespeare in Haiku! Attached is a piece I wrote around 1987 which I now call Pilgrim's March - in SID and later transcribed with MuseScore.  

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Thank you for the interesting comments. I had sort of an epiphany about the "sustain" register and also possibly filter tables, and decided to re-edit the track accordingly. It is not perfect, but might be somewhat easier on you ears.

Thank you for the interesting comments. I had sort of an epiphany about the "sustain" register and also possibly filter tables, and decided to re-edit the track accordingly. It is not perfect, but might be somewhat easier on your ears.

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Better! The SID is a very strange beastie! Keep working on it.

I owned a Commodore 64 once. Can't remember how it sounded. It's that long ago :-) But as I recall the music was usually up tempo. The SID wasn't good enough for slow pieces.

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