Some years ago I enjoyed making MIDI files, especially covers of old Commodore 64 tunes. I knew (and still know) the melodies of a lot of C64 tunes, but remembering the bass and drum parts are a lot harder, so I used to listen to small parts of the tunes repeatedly while trying to play them on my keyboard, in order to make the covers as accurate as possible.
I made most of these tunes while I had a Sound Blaster AWE32. I currently have a Sound Blaster Z, and while some of them sound better, others sound worse. Some day I'd like to revisit each of them, change the instruments to whatever sounds best, and then export them as mp3 so they'll sound the same for everyone. It'll probably be a while before I get around to it, though.
This is a cover of a Commodore 64 tune that Jesper Olsen made in 1989.
..and here's one that Jens-Christian Huus made in 1990.
- Colonization: Bonny Morn
Another cover, this time from Colonization. I made this in 3-4 hours during the night.
- Druid II: Enlightenment
I can hardly remember the game, but anyone who ever had a C64 will probably remember the music, particularly because the cracker group Fairlight used it in their intros. The original was made by David Hanlon in 1987.
Here's a little fanfare I made. It's not worth downloading. Don't do it!
This is a recording of me playing Greensleeves.
- Monty on the Run: Highscore
Monty on the Run was a pretty good Commodore 64 game with excellent music by Rob Hubbard. This is a cover of the high score music, originally made in 1985.
Here's a recording of me playing Nightswimming by R.E.M.
- Song 1
This is an original tune by me. It's not very good. Neither is the title.
- The Human Race (song 4)
This is a pretty cool tune, originally made by Rob Hubbard.
- The Lost Patrol
I believe this was one of the first Amiga games. As far as I remember it wasn't very good, but the music was very nice.
- The Turkish March
This is a recording of me playing The Turkish March by Mozart.
- Times of Lore (part 1)
The title music from this game is according to Martin Galway the first dynamic C64 tune. After the intro it plays a number of guitar solos in random order. I do find that part a bit boring, though, so I've only made the first part. The drums are not part of the original which was made in 1988.
This is a quite fast (188 bpm) and happy little tune from the best breakout game on the C64. The original was made by Jeroen Kimmel (Red) in 1988.
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