xSqueeker by Szuwarek & Factor 6
screenshot added by grey on 2011-11-16 22:13:16
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release date : november 2011
release party : Silly Venture 2011
compo : console demo
ranked : 4th
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popularity : 57%
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Interesting soundtrack :)
rulez added on the 2011-11-17 00:04:44 by BackSpace BackSpace
OK, this was a strange one. I can't make out what the speech synth is saying (polish?), so I won't comment on it. What that QR code is I have no idea.
Anyway, then main feature here is obviously the music, which is rather good. It uses a four-channel square wave synth with 16-bit frequency accuracy per channel. The amplitude of the channels are half of each other due to the way the carry bits are ROL:ed into $81, which is then fed into AUDV0. This means each channel corresponds to one bit in AUDV0 (I think). In other words, props are in order for a clever way of getting a decent and lean synth out of this thing.

Clever as the synth is, it doesn't make up for the lack of visuals and a number of technical problems. First off, the number of scanlines per frame is entirely inconsistent - first 260, then 239, then 292? This confuses Stella, making the music sound very choppy, but works fine in MESS. I haven't tested this on the real thing yet though. Is this done in order to get the correct tempo for the music perhaps?
Finally, it'd be nice if at least the waveform was visualized via GRP0/GRP1 or something.

Thumb up for the music but piggie overall.
added on the 2011-11-17 00:23:01 by Tjoppen Tjoppen
so i have to dowanload a 50MB emulator for this to test? >:|
added on the 2011-11-17 00:33:59 by Exin Exin
Hmm, Spectrum 1-bit music on the Atari 2600. Maybe you should have spared this song for some calculator demo, factor 6. :)
added on the 2011-11-17 00:50:49 by Exin Exin
Youtube for those who don't want to have to grab MESS
I hope what I said above didn't come out too negative :o
added on the 2011-11-17 11:11:00 by Tjoppen Tjoppen
They tried using stella during the showing, ended up using z26, which it was developed on. http://www.whimsey.com/z26/
should work.
added on the 2011-11-17 11:41:30 by oasiz oasiz
Cool tune and synth
rulez added on the 2011-11-17 12:04:06 by p01 p01
Oasiz: Sweet. Never heard of z26 before. 180kb exe + SDL is quite alright and it comes with the source code.
added on the 2011-11-17 12:08:59 by p01 p01
Cool music, somone really should try that QR code :p
rulez added on the 2011-11-17 14:32:08 by Queen_Luna Queen_Luna

QR Code is just plain text it says: "xSQUEEKER"
added on the 2011-11-17 21:24:07 by Gmitts Gmitts
great tune!
rulez added on the 2011-11-18 05:07:37 by Kojote Kojote
rulez added on the 2011-11-18 09:27:02 by Buckethead Buckethead
Interesting concept, I've thought about the possibility of getting the VCS to play music ignoring the out-of-tune restrictions by pumping data the the sound-regs. No need to ponder anymore, as this clearly shows that it is possible!

On my PAL machine the QR-part works, but the next is totally unsynced with rolling picture. Then music plays fine.
added on the 2011-11-18 23:43:42 by Sdw Sdw
thumb for the sound in the beginning
rulez added on the 2011-11-19 00:47:29 by vectory vectory
There's not much to see, but i do respect the effort invested in that replayer (and i find the idea with the QR code pretty funny).
rulez added on the 2011-11-23 18:29:37 by Paranoid Paranoid
z26 also works with this demo, and it's only a few hundred kb
rulez added on the 2011-11-29 19:53:46 by zws1922 zws1922
i am kinda missing some effects.
O.o I don't know szuwarek ever asked me for this musics.. The second track is unfinished, the slow pattern is a bug... hmm :/ Next time, ask me before using my tracks, ok? I don't want to call this a robbery, but he could ask before use, mainly because of that unfinished track :)
rulez added on the 2013-02-23 10:26:34 by aki aki
Fantastic music and that quality of it!

Can't make out the speech synth tho.
rulez added on the 2015-02-21 13:53:12 by TomoAlien TomoAlien
The music is done very clever, though I think it could be done with less distortions.
rulez added on the 2016-09-30 11:09:56 by JTZ JTZ

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