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Monotone by Hornet [web]
screenshot added by phoenix on 2008-04-16 13:26:50
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release date : april 2008
release party : Blockparty 2008
compo : wild demo
ranked : 2nd
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popularity : 66%
  • 0.92
alltime top: #1895
added on the 2008-04-16 13:26:50 by phoenix phoenix

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Rulez for the platform, but pc speaker's sound really sucks 8-)
rulez added on the 2008-04-16 13:31:20 by friol friol
The download link isn't straight to zip file, but it's still being worked on so it's subject to change.

For the (short) record, this is a tracker for the original IBM PC, using, yes, the PC speaker. It started out, like many projects, as a silly dare. Trixter is the one behind, I've merely added it here for your enjoyment. Also, Spinsane/cRO contributed a great title pic. More output devices are in the works, including the PCjr.

Of particular interest is the tune Virt made at the party (R???????.MON), without ever having seen the tracker before.
rulez added on the 2008-04-16 13:35:42 by phoenix phoenix
rulez added on the 2008-04-16 13:37:36 by Optimus Optimus
Here's some video of MONOTONE (it's in all caps, apparently) running at Blockparty.
added on the 2008-04-16 13:43:35 by phoenix phoenix
completely outdated and idiotic, and that's why it's fucking ace.
rulez added on the 2008-04-16 13:46:42 by Preacher Preacher
didnt we all do a tracker like this at some point? :)
rulez added on the 2008-04-16 13:48:26 by Gargaj Gargaj
rulez added on the 2008-04-16 14:05:53 by Claw Claw
Haha, Virt goes Rick Astley. Auto-thumbup for Virt.
rulez added on the 2008-04-16 14:08:32 by visy visy
uhm? wtf?
rulez added on the 2008-04-16 15:34:10 by toxie toxie
Great :)
rulez added on the 2008-04-16 18:13:24 by xeron xeron
back to basics
rulez added on the 2008-04-16 18:21:32 by FUCK NEWSK00L FUCK NEWSK00L
Yeah! Loved the video
rulez added on the 2008-04-16 20:07:56 by parcelshit parcelshit
rulez added on the 2008-04-16 22:26:06 by micksam7 micksam7
Haha, rulez!
And an extra thumb for Virt for the rickroll (chiproll?) :D
rulez added on the 2008-04-16 22:50:20 by Alpha C Alpha C
Ruled hard.
It was crazy when the projector wouldn't synch with the machine and Trixter was trying to blindly grope his way through the menus.
rulez added on the 2008-04-16 23:08:53 by GbND GbND
One channel power, from the guy with the mop!
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Yeah, that is actually Trixter! :)
rulez added on the 2008-04-17 06:48:07 by rc55 rc55
Trixter sure looks happy to be holding those three McDonald's milkshakes.
rulez added on the 2008-04-17 10:03:56 by radman1 radman1
yeah! =)
rulez added on the 2008-04-17 11:21:27 by starbuck starbuck
rulez added on the 2008-04-17 17:31:33 by coda coda
The rickroll by virt ftw :D
rulez added on the 2008-04-17 17:38:52 by Queen_Luna Queen_Luna
oh lord :)
rulez added on the 2008-04-17 19:27:52 by tempest tempest
trixter turns a dare into an actual product = thumbs up

microsoft turning a dare into windows vista = thumbs down
rulez added on the 2008-04-17 20:22:02 by Alkivar Alkivar
I added a link to the very enjoyable show-off video. :) (If you think it's unnecessary, we can kill it again).

Hooray for "stupid little projects". :)
rulez added on the 2008-04-18 16:02:10 by tomaes tomaes
nice idea. Sound "quality" (of the video) reminds me of PalmTracker for Palm OS [which can quite useful if you have some written notes in front of you and want to know how they sound]. Does anyone want to port the PalmTracker demo tune to Monotone? :)
added on the 2008-04-18 20:18:52 by mihi mihi
absolutely crazy idea. will try it out as soon as i have time.

perhaps one should organize a pc speaker music compo? =)
rulez added on the 2008-04-18 21:20:09 by dipswitch dipswitch
also it's very cool to see spinsane still in action. hey mate!
added on the 2008-04-18 21:21:06 by dipswitch dipswitch
rulez added on the 2008-04-19 00:21:16 by raer raer
Great prod!
Reminds me... I did this back in the day with 10 computers over IPX.. was fun..!
rulez added on the 2008-04-21 00:53:20 by jaw jaw
oh yeah, i can see the palmtracker likeness here :)

OOP development for that old dinosaur must be like giving birth through your nose... while having a cold!
rulez added on the 2008-04-21 17:11:57 by linde linde
"OOP development for that old dinosaur must be like giving birth through your nose... while having a cold!"

It was more like a different orifice, actually...

I got around most of my issues with methods like TSong.GiveMeAPointerToTheRowDammit()
Not really, but you get the idea (there were times when the triple-pointer-loading in loops was unacceptable so I did my own caching).
added on the 2008-04-21 20:24:24 by trixter trixter
rulez added on the 2008-04-30 21:10:21 by rhino rhino
great fun, thanks =)
rulez added on the 2008-05-04 09:41:48 by nula nula
Internal pc speaker ftw.
rulez added on the 2008-05-15 19:55:18 by wullon wullon
rulez added on the 2008-06-17 06:50:48 by luna486 luna486
Nice and funny prod :)

The first PC-Speaker tracker!
rulez added on the 2009-03-22 18:02:08 by SoDa7 SoDa7
The first PC-Speaker tracker!

added on the 2009-03-22 18:43:10 by SoDa7 SoDa7
I have done a PC-Speaker tracker in 2004, and so has a friend of mine, Eagle. And I bet there have been more PC-Speaker trackers in the early 90s. Many "normal trackers" also had PC-Speaker output using a 6bit hack, as it can be heard in Pinball Dreams/Fantasies/Illusions.
Nice. Then I should see it when I'll have time :)
added on the 2009-03-22 23:07:03 by SoDa7 SoDa7
Stuff rocks.
rulez added on the 2009-09-13 12:45:21 by Jakim Jakim
rulez added on the 2009-12-24 14:02:50 by PulkoMandy PulkoMandy
oh yeah!
rulez added on the 2010-01-21 12:03:21 by z-nexx z-nexx
rulez added on the 2010-02-07 07:37:06 by Bp103 Bp103
Good idea.
I'm still surprised though, that 3,5Mhz CPU from ZX Spectrum can 1000% better operate with beeper, than old PC.
rulez added on the 2010-02-08 10:01:00 by johny johny

Is anyone else using this software? :)
added on the 2010-09-19 07:41:25 by Jakim Jakim
as oldschool as an tracker can get!!
rulez added on the 2011-02-11 23:37:39 by rudi rudi
splendid but i would also add at least basic instruments with frequency, volume and pwm width tables per instrument (i suppose nothing more can be added there).
rulez added on the 2011-03-05 12:52:39 by jammer jammer
This tracker is nice ! Quite easy and it's funny to track on PC Speaker !
rulez added on the 2011-11-30 07:26:47 by XyNo88 XyNo88
after 1995, 13 years passed till this Hornet release!
rulez added on the 2012-05-17 21:30:26 by magic magic
oh wait.. ah well.. :)
added on the 2012-05-17 21:40:02 by magic magic
rulez added on the 2012-08-10 21:40:17 by 4mat 4mat
I'm honored :-)
added on the 2012-11-17 06:39:50 by trixter trixter
I've made a couple of tunes with it too.

They're here
frickin awesome :)
rulez added on the 2013-11-09 03:59:37 by arvo arvo
FYI, I moved MONOTONE to github as I'm adding a few features. Tufty, I added your tunes to the distribution ;) Couldn't add 4mat's since the link is broken.
added on the 2014-11-04 18:33:30 by trixter trixter
Thumb to go with the star :)
rulez added on the 2017-10-19 15:07:08 by cxw cxw

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