Proudly presents


1st November 2014!
Submissions and Voting have now CLOSED. Results are out :)



     

Do you remember the good old days, where you used to visit the newsagents and at a cheap cost, you bought a C64 tape or a magazine cover tape and loaded your program and the tape loader has music playing during the process of loading the data? Do you think you can compose something quite similar? If the answer is YES, then welcome to the TAPE LOADER TUNE COMPO 2014, where we go one step further into tape loading in the 21st Century..... DIGITALLY :)

The aim of the music competition is simply to compose a tune which would be suitable to listen to when loading a game from tape or disk. The music can be composed in any editor (Goat Tracker, DMC, VoiceTracker, Future Composer, Music Assembler, Music Mixer, SYNC, etc...)  Here come the simple rules:

- Music must be your own work and may be composed with any C64 music editor (Or Goat Tracker)  of your choice (or programmed if you are really up for the challenge). You may use your existing presets / instruments if you want to.

- NO COVERS/REMIXES of existing loader tunes or other tunes.
We had to disqualify one of the entries from the compo, as the tune wasn't necessarily a loading tune, but turned out to be a cover of an existing artist. T

- The playing time of the tune should be at the most 2 minutes, we will accept any tunes that are slightly over 2 minutes, but must not be over 3 minutes. The ocean loader 5 is approx 3 minutes :)


- The maximum of entries for this compo allowed are up to three per entrant.


- Since the tune is a loading tune, after finishing, it should loop.

- You are WELCOME to use your tunes on your own programs during the competition AFTER it appears as an entriy

- Tune size must be 4K.   ... Rule, ruled out. Some existing tape  loader tunes do actually exceed 4K. 

- Multiple speed players for tunes are welcome

- Tunes will be recorded from VICE in MP3 format exclusively for this Compo page.

- As well as PRG, please also submit SID and declare which SID version was used.

- Closing for entries date is 26th September 2014 Thursday 2nd October 2014 and voting will be done via vote sheet, like with the SEUCK Compo 2014.

- There's no prizes, and who knows, maybe there might be a music collection built up :)


- Submissions can either be E-Mailed to me at my usual EMAIL address

Good luck. Happy composing!

OUTSIDE COMPETITION, BUT TO GIVE YOU A GENERAL IDEA ...

Here's an example of a loader tune for you. Composed by me.

Name of song: Hello Ocean
Duration: 1:41
SID Version: 8580 (Commodore 64C)
Composed with: Goat Tracker

Comments: Has an 'Ocean Software' sort of feel to it. Do you remember Midnight Resistance? ;)

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DISQUALIFIED ENTRIES

Name of song: Tapeloader 8580
Composer: Fredrik/Avatar
Duration: 1Min
SID Version: 8580 (Commodore 64C) PAL
Composed with Sid Duzz It V2.1

Comments from Author: N/A ...

Richard's comments:  The music is very peacful and melodic and sure would suit a tape loader for a fantasy adventure game. Quite nice piece.

I had a PM regarding this tune, being a cover tune to This Strange Effect by Dave Berry, 1965 and after further investigation this turns out to be true. This entry has been automatically disqualified from the competition.

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ENTRIES
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Entries will added to this compo frequently, until 26th September 2nd October 2014 :)


ENTRY #1
Name of song: Harvest
Composer: Linus/Viruz
Duration: 2:03
SID Version: 8580 (Commodore 64C) PAL
Composed with Goat Tracker

Author Comments: (as stated on CSDB)
Three young men seek entry to one of the strongholds of extraterrestrial masters who have conquered the earth. Two are successful, and they strive to learn as much as possible about the enemy so that they may report back to the last existing colony of free humans.

Richard's comments: You'd certainly know what to expect from Linus. Really powerful piece of music that is just under 2 minutes.

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WARNING: This entry consists of use of swear words, and may be unsuitable for younger / sensitive viewers. If you don't like this kind of language, then it is not recommended that you download the .SID/.PRG, and just listen to the MP3 instead.

ENTRY #2
Name of song: Star Patrol 2049 (loader)
Composer: Pepsi/Sentenced To Death
Duration: 1:42
SID Version: 6580/8580 (NTSC)
Composed with Goat Tracker V2

Author's Comments: (As on CSDB)
Please play at 60Hz (NTSC) if you can as it sounds a little wierd and is too slow on PAL! :)

Richard's Comments: Never heard this composer's piece of music. Sounds very spacey, orchestral  and atmospheric. 

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ENTRY #3
Name of song: Hitmen Loader
Composer: Peacemaker/Hitmen
Duration: 2:38
SID Version: 6580/8580 (NTSC)
Composed with Goat Tracker V2

Author's Comments: (As on CSDB)
Please play at 60Hz (NTSC) if you can as it sounds a little wierd and is too slow on PAL! :)

Richard's Comments: What can I say? Nice melodic atmospheric piece, great instruments and variation. This would certainly have suited a tape loader back in the Ocean / Imagine days. :)

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ENTRY #4
Name of song: Unloader
Composer: Stinsen/G*P
Duration: 2:03
SID Version: 8580 (PAL)
Composed with Goat Tracker V2

Author's Comments: N/A


Richard's Comments: A very hard hitting loader sountrack. That would be great as Ocean loader 7 heheheeh!. ;)

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ENTRY #5
Name of song: LoaderInjection
Composer: Celtic Design
Duration: 
SID Version: 8580 (PAL)
Composed with Cyberlogic Sound Studio
Author's Comments: N/A


Richard's Comments: Another very hard hitting loader sountrack. With a bit of Galway style implemented :)

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ENTRY #6
Name of song: TDK
Composer: Hein/Vision
Duration: Ongoing
SID Version: 8580 (PAL)
Composed with 
Own player...
Author's Comments: N/A

Richard's Comments: Feels Ocean like. Very good :)

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ENTRY #7
Name of song: Special Tape
Composer: Antti Hannula (Flex/Artline Designs)
Duration: 2:32
SID Version: 8580 (PAL)
Composed with Goat Tracker V2
Author's Comments: N/A


Richard's Comments: If I travelled back in time to the mid-late 1980's before the Jonathan Dunn Ocean loader. This would have been a great Ocean Loader tune. It reminds me of Martin Galway's wonderful SID style. Partially, Ocean Loader #2, which was used on games, like Donkey Kong, Yie Ar Kung Fu, Head Over Heels, etc.

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ENTRY #8
Name of song: Motherload (2XSpeed)
Composer: Celtic Design/Genesis Project
Duration: 2:12
SID Version: 8580 (PAL)
Composed with Cyberlogic Sound Studio
Author's Comments: N/A


Richard's Comments: Very original idea for a tape loader tune. Good use of filtered and gliding effects :)

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ENTRY #9
Name of song: Retro Load
Composer: Peacemaker / Hitmen
Duration: 1:40
SID Version: 8580 (PAL)
Composed with Goat Tracker V2
Author's Comments: N/A


Richard's Comments: Yet another wonderful Galway inspiring loader tune. ;)

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ENTRY #10
Name of song: Press Play
Composer: Jammer/Samar
Duration: 2:28
SID Version: 8580 (PAL)
Composed with Goat Tracker V2
Author's Comments: N/A


Richard's Comments: Nice intro at the start, and some real funky tunes.

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ENTRY #11
Name of song: Nautilus Descending (4xspeed player)
Composer: Jammer/Samar
Duration: 2:24
SID Version: 8580 (PAL)
Composed with Goat Tracker V2
Author's Comments: N/A


Richard's Comments: A great C64 mix and mash up style in which a loader tune would never have experienced. Very cool effects also. :)

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ENTRY #12
Name of song: Micro Loader
Composer: Psycho8580
/Multistyle
Duration: 1:12
SID Version: 8580 (PAL)
Composed with DMC V5.0
Author's Comments: N/A


Richard's Comments: Another funky tune.

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ENTRY #13
Name of song: BASF
Composer: Hein/Vision

Duration: 1:20
SID Version: 8580 (PAL)
Composed with ... Own player...
Author's Comments: N/A


Richard's Comments: Another great short repetitive tune, which reminds me of Maniacs of Noise :)

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ENTRY #14
Name of song: Space Adventurer Danger
Composer: Linus/Viruz

Duration: 1:13
SID Version: 8580 (PAL)
Composed with Goat Tracker V2
Author's Comments: N/A


Richard's Comments: Very weird and fun to listen to. Not too sure whether it would have suited a tape loader ... Aw go, on let's make a loader out of this one :) (Hope I got the player right in the PRG + MP3, as no PRG was provided with the SID for this compo, so I just added it using PSID64)

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ENTRY #15
Name of song: One Riff Loader
Composer: SpiderJerusalem/Mayday

Duration: 2:11
SID Version: 8580 (PAL)
Composed with ... Sid Wizard V1.7
Author's Comments: N/A


Richard's Comments: Suitable for programs that were mastered with Cyberload, due to its repetitive riffs. I remember various game titles that were mastered with Cyberload in the past, and kept repeating after a short period of time. Mainly the games by Imageworks and Activision :)

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ENTRY #16
Name of song: John MF Rambo 
Composer: Jammer/Samar

Duration: 2:30
SID Version: 8580 (PAL)
Composed with ... Goat Tracker V2 
Author's Comments: N/A


Richard's Comments: Awesome tune, which would have fitted a tape loader nicely.

WARNING: This entry consists of use of swear words, and may be unsuitable for younger / sensitive viewers. If you don't like this kind of language, then it is not recommended that you download the .SID/.PRG, and just listen to the MP3 instead.

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ENTRY #17
Name of song: 000-036 The Game of Life
Composer: Randall/MSL/Arise

Duration: 3:00
SID Version: 8580 (PAL)
Composed with ... Goat Tracker V2 
Author's Comments: N/A


Richard's Comments: The introduction of this tune reminds me a bit of the first in game tune of the C64 conversion of Total Recall by Ocean. The tune then starts to get funky and more fun :)

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ENTRY #18
Name of song: Dark Ocean Loader
Composer: Celtic Design / G*P

Duration: 3:20
SID Version: 8580 (PAL)
Composed with ... Cyberlogic Sound Studio
Author's Comments: N/A


Richard's Comments: A very dark Galway style Ocean Loader tune

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ENTRY #19
Name of song: BossaNovaLoad
Composer: Stein Pedersen / Offence / Prosonix

Duration: 2:00
SID Version: 8580 (PAL)
Composed with ... Own player
Author's Comments: 


Richard's Comments: Nice loading tune. It would have suited Novaload much better. Nice Flimbo's Quest style cheery tune. :)

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ENTRY #20
Name of song: SpeedLockLoader
Composer: Xiny6581

Duration: 2:58
SID Version: 8580 (PAL)
Composed with ... Goattracker V3 with own player
Author's Comments: 


Richard's Comments: Very tape loader like. Great tune.

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ENTRY #21
Name of song: Mist Shrouded Heart
Composer: ALD / Atlantis

Duration: 2:28
SID Version: 8580 (PAL)
Composed with ... GoatTracker V2
Author's Comments: 


Richard's Comments: Nice oldschool Voicetracker feeling to the music.

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ENTRY #22
Name of song: Anticipation
Composer: Toggle 

Duration: 2:31
SID Version: 8580 (PAL)
Composed with ... SID Wizard
Author's Comments: 


Richard's Comments: Nice and melodic tune, with a small bit of Dubstep added to it.

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ENTRY #23
Name of song: Bag Eggs (Loader)
Composer: Mermaid/G*P

Duration: 1:47
SID Version: 6581 (PAL)
Composed with ... Goat Tracker V2
Author's Comments: 


Richard's Comments: Funky cartoon capers. I like this one very much ;)

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ENTRY #24
Name of song: Excenter
Composer: musikdusche

Duration: 1:54
SID Version: 8580 (PAL)
Composed with ... Goat Tracker V2
Author's Comments: 


Richard's Comments: Very 90's C64 oldschool(ish) like. Would have fitted Cyberload great.

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ENTRY #25
Name of song: Stubdep
Composer: musikdusche

Duration: 1:24
SID Version: 8580 (PAL)
Composed with ... Goat Tracker V2
Author's Comments: 


Richard's Comments: Dark SID Dubstep. 

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ENTRY #26
Name of song: History of Headaches
Composer: Gaetano Chiummo

Duration: 2:48
SID Version: 8580 (PAL)
Composed with ... Goat Tracker V2
Author's Comments: 


Richard's Comments: Feels Martin Galway Ocean like. Nice melody.

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ENTRY #27
Name of song: Home Trip
Composer: Scarzix/Offence

Duration: 1:00
SID Version: 8580 (PAL)
Composed with ... Cheesecutter
Author's Comments: 


Richard's Comments: Very Galway(esque) and atmospheric

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ENTRY #28
Name of song: Ancients
Composer: Scarzix/Offence

Duration: 1:48
SID Version: 8580 (PAL)
Composed with ... Cheesecutter
Author's Comments: 


Richard's Comments: Nice melodic track, becomes uptempo afterwards. 

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ENTRY #29
Name of song: 8-Bit Seas of Love
Composer: Scarzix/Offence

Duration: 2:47
SID Version: 8580 (PAL)
Composed with ... Cheesecutter
Author's Comments: 


Richard's Comments: Nice waltz style tune with a Galway beginning.

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ENTRY #30
Name of song: Freeloader
Composer: Stinsen/G*P

Duration: 1:48
SID Version: 8580 (PAL)
Composed with ... Goat Tracker V2
Author's Comments: 


Richard's Comments: Tune has a nice Galway / Ocean loading feeling to it.

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ENTRY #31
Name of song: Tape Me
Composer: Psycho8580

Duration: 1:48
SID Version: 8580 (PAL)
Composed with ... DMC V4.0
Author's Comments: 


Richard's Comments: Pretty funky bass, and sounds perfect for a lopping tape loader tune.

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ENTRY #32
Name of song: Disastrous Load Error
Composer: Randall/MSL/Arise

Duration: 2:06
SID Version: 8580 (PAL)
Composed with ... GoatTracker V2
Author's Comments: 


Richard's Comments: Funky loader tune :)

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RESULTS

RANK Name of entry TOTAL CSDB Votes
2 22. Anticipation / Toggle 73 9.7
2 12.Press Play / Jammer 73 8.4
3 30 – Freeloader – Stinsen G*P 73 8.2
4 11 – Nautilus Descending – Jammer/ 72 8
5 4-Unloader – Stinsen/G*P 71 8.2
6 28 – Ancients – Scarzix/Offence 69 8.3
7 17. 000-036 Game of Life by Randall/MSL 67 8.4
8 7-Special Tape – Flex/Artline Design 66 8.4
9 6. TDK – Hein Design 65 8.4
10 13 BASF – Hein Design 64 8.5
11 1-Harvest – Linus/Viruz 64 8.3
12 26. History of Headaches – by Gaetano Chiummo 64 8.2
13 16. John MF Rambo by Jammer 63 8.1
14 23. Bad Eggs Loader – Mermaid 62 8.2
15 27 – Hometrip – Scarzix/Offence 61 8.1
16 9-Retro Load – Peacemaker 61 8
17 19. BossaNovaload – Stein Pederson/Offence 60 8.8
18 29 – 8-bit Seas of Love – Scarzix 60 8.6
19 18. Dark Ocean Loader – Celtic Design 60 8
20 20. Speedlock X7 – XINY6581 60 7.9
21 3-Hitmen Loader – Peacemaker/Hiten 60 7.8
22 15. One Riff Loader – Spider Jeruselem 57 7.5
23 5-Loader Injection – Celtic Design 55 8.6
24 21. Mist Shrouded Heart – ALD/Atlantis 55 8.1
25 8-Motherload – Celtic Design 55 7.4
26 32. Disaterous Load Error – Randall/MSL 54 8.1
27 14. Space Adventurer Danger – Linus 52 7.3
28 25. Stubdep – Musicdusche 49 7.7
29 12-Micro loader – Psycho/Multistyle 49 7.2
30 24. Excenter – Musikdusche 48 7.2
31 31. Tape Me – Psycho8580 47 7.7
32 2-Star Patrol Loader – Pepsi/STD 45 5.6

Results are based on the online vote sheets which was then recorded on to a spreadsheet, and also the CSDB member votes.

Congratulationss goes to Toggle with his winning entry 'Anticipation' which had made 1st place. Also to Jammer, who was very close to winning with 'Press Play'. Third place belongs to Stinsen/G*P.

As for the rest of you. Commiserations, and thank you for entering this year's Tape Loade music compo. 


















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