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Song using ZX Spectrum tape loading noise

category: music [glöplog]

Not a demo or anything, but I thought I'd post this video I made for a song I also made based on the Spectrum loading noise to see if anyone liked it.


Now, I know what you see is not truly authentic, as a SCREEN$ doesn't normally load like that (and a song based around a long Speccy program loading might be a bit tough on the ears, and frankly the cat is not anatomically correct and the radiator is not plumbed in properly and TVs in the 80s didn't really have legs like that), but the video idea came to me after I made the song, and I am wondering if I can dust off the old Sinclair basic skills and create a sequence that does actually load like that. If I could, that might form the basis of a new mix!

In the meantime I hope you like this. I made it with a combination of Inkscape, Photoshop and Premiere. The ZX sounds are a mix of my original tapes (the "cyan and red" noise) and some from an emulator (the "yellow and blue" noise). I still own my original 1983 48k model :)
added on the 2013-01-24 21:49:19 by Zogue Zogue
I like it indeed. Sounds cute. Nice little vid. Cool work. :)
added on the 2013-01-25 00:32:20 by Korguiq Korguiq
hehe, you could've at least EQ'd a bit of the highs :D
added on the 2013-01-25 01:08:40 by Gargaj Gargaj
I first read the topic title as "Sony using ZX Spectrum tape loading noise." So I clicked on the thread anticipating another of "those" discussions. But alas, I was mistaken. (Which is both relieving and strangely disappointing at the same time...)
now this one's sweet! you could've released it as wild demo on a small party, then i could've given you this:
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added on the 2013-01-25 11:17:13 by v3nom v3nom
This is sweet, nice idea - and it has a cat :)

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added on the 2013-01-25 11:59:35 by mog mog
well, it was done before already. just look at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpEDBik0x9U
added on the 2013-01-25 12:06:58 by evills evills
Also neat, but misses the cat :)

And link for the lazy http://pouet.net/prod.php?which=30929
added on the 2013-01-25 16:30:20 by mog mog
Wow, many thanks to all for the kind words! That Tap Music demo is AMAZING, thanks for the link!
added on the 2013-01-25 20:39:26 by Zogue Zogue
I like this 'un! Dunno if it's speccy or what but may as well have been:
"Google Inc. doesn't want you to convert this video."

So, no new (secret) ringtone for my boss...
added on the 2013-01-25 23:12:34 by FunGas FunGas
repost, but obviously related James Houston - Big Ideas: Don't get any, THE best radiohead cover ever.
added on the 2013-01-26 04:02:23 by vectory vectory
Sounds great.I like it...
Glad you are all finding this groovy.

Just found this tonight and added it to my cassette archive on Flickr. Did anyone else do this in 1999 or was I the only one?

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scanner255 by Cassetter, on Flickr

There are some VERY raw punky musical experiments on there after the games.
added on the 2013-01-29 00:37:33 by Zogue Zogue
Hmm, seems I am not the only one to think of "the loading song"! Anyone ever see this one?

added on the 2013-01-31 23:54:03 by Zogue Zogue
I did a tape of (early) Atari ST magazine tunes, got it around here somewhere...
added on the 2013-06-04 02:18:22 by FunGas FunGas


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