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Memories of the Commodore Amiga

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By Bitstream Podcast
Showcasing the best retro gaming and demoscene audio.
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The Summer Parties - Part 2
We've made it to Episode 10!  The last episode made me realise just how much incredible music is released at demoparties but then not given the audience it deserves.  This inspired me to create another Summer Party show and may even determine the future direction of this podcast. So open a beer, join the party and enjoy another extended episode.  Featuring tracks from AROK, Edison, The Lost Party, Nordlicht and Sommarhack plus artists Wayfinder, LiSI, Saga Musix, CONS, Harvey, mAZE, PG, Gasman, Boogeyman, Alpha, Zantac, K-Line, Znurre, Danko, TFX, Graphite 3.6 and NecroPolo.
59:02
August 29, 2019
The Summer Party Edition
This episode covers my favourite music entries at the Summer Nordic parties; Assembly and Datastorm.  Included are streaming and tracked entries plus a C64 SID tune. There were so many great entries at both parties, the tracks included here are only a selection, balancing styles and compo categories all whilst needing to working within the context of this show.  If you like what you hear in this episode - please do check demozoo.org where all tracks - and much more - can be freely downloaded. This episode features artists including Notorious, Ephmerix, HBR, Roz and Yzi, Florida Man, Jumankeissi, Buzzer, Jon Tardis, Chipremacy, Downgone, Rapture and Serpent, Mygg, Amiga Junglism, Vedder and Nightbeat. Streaming and free download link for my track Poetic Destruction (2019 Remastered):  https://soundcloud.com/steve_netting/poetic-destruction-2019-remaster 
50:57
August 15, 2019
The Amstrad CPC
The Amstrad CPC 464 was my first computer so very special to me.  Here I present some of the best Amstrad CPC tunes from classic and new games, plus the CPC demoscene.  Featured composers include Tom Follin, Olivier Maver, Targhan, Dave Rogers, David Whittaker, Rob Hubbard, Tom and Jerry, McKlain and BSC.
34:30
August 1, 2019
The Amiga Remixed
Featuring the best remixes of Amiga game and demoscene tracks. Despite using modern instruments, many remixes still sound like poor substitutes for the originals.  Here, I present what are in my opinion, the better remixes; bringing modern production values to the old classics. Featuring remixes of Gods, Cannon Fodder, R Type, Jaguar XJ220 and demoscene tracks including Space Debris, Hyperbased and more.
43:22
July 18, 2019
The Self Indulgent Episode
In this episode I recall some memories of the the Amiga demo scene in the 1990s, specifically related to my involvement with Slipstream and The Foul Critters.  All music featured in this episode is my own.
20:33
June 27, 2019
FM Synthesis With The Adlib OPL3
In this episode I focus on the often neglected PC Adlib soundcard,  specifically the 18 channel OPL3 chip.  This episode features tracks predominantly created in Adlib Tracker II by artists NAB622/Xaxxon, Nula, Roger Ojala, Loudness Sound System, Encore, Kvee, Cyberholix, Diode Millampere, Peter Szabo/Zlatavlas and Konakonaa.
28:33
June 13, 2019
At The Arcade
A selection of the best soundtracks from the most memorable arcade machines.  This episode features the themes to X-Men, R Type Leo, Street Fighter, Fatal Fury, After Burner, Hang on and more.
31:52
May 30, 2019
The SID and Paula Show
With special guest, the Yamaha YM.  Comparing the soundtracks from games and demos that exist on both the C64 and Amiga.  Featuring R-Type, Turrican 2, Shadow of the Beast, Supremacy, Speedball and more.  Due to the limited number of games released across both 8 and 16 bit platforms, some of these tunes have been featured in previous episodes of Bitstream - but never in this format. Bitstream - now with added XCopy Boing!
28:35
May 16, 2019
Memories of the Commodore Amiga
Covering my first impressions of the Commodore Amiga as a 14 year old; the single experience that sealed the fate of my poor Atari ST.  In this episode I cover the best game and demo soundtracks that were not only impressive back then, but sound as good today as they did some 25+ years ago.  Featuring tracks from Red Sector, Phenomena, Budbrain and more. 
27:36
May 2, 2019
Memories of the Atari ST
In this first episode I re-live my first impressions of the Atari ST as an impressionable 13 year old, having migrated from the Amstrad CPC; experiencing the Atari ST for the first time. Whilst both machines contained a near-identical sound chip, the combination of 16-bit graphics and the brutal YM sound chip left a lasting impression. Featuring tracks by Rob Hubbard, Martin Galway, Jeroen Tel and conversions by Jochen Hippel.
30:00
April 20, 2019
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