Chiphead by Altair
screenshot added by KK on 2016-11-14 16:56:16
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release date : november 2016
release party : Silly Venture 2016
compo : console demo
ranked : 1st
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popularity : 68%
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alltime top: #686
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added on the 2016-11-14 16:56:22 by KK KK
Also, all the cool guys at Fairlight & CNCD - I hope that you don't mind that I came with this demo as a little suprise for you. ;)
added on the 2016-11-14 17:10:00 by KK KK
Haha, this is mental! I love how true to the original it is! Good Shit!
rulez added on the 2016-11-14 17:15:58 by okkie okkie
rulez added on the 2016-11-14 17:18:19 by sensenstahl sensenstahl
Ha. This is amazing.
rulez added on the 2016-11-14 17:19:57 by dodke dodke
Amazing stuff for the 2600!!!
rulez added on the 2016-11-14 17:39:11 by ramon ramon
Haaahaa :) Made my day !!
rulez added on the 2016-11-14 17:50:50 by Virgill Virgill
KK you've done a stunning job translating the soundtrack, lots of little details I picked out. Was really curious how this would sound when I heard about it and was pleasntly suprised. Great work. The demo is also rather bloody good :D
rulez added on the 2016-11-14 17:51:42 by djh0ffman djh0ffman
AMAZING! Quite an applause at the party ...

KK you rule.
rulez added on the 2016-11-14 17:51:59 by Twardy Twardy
now THIS is a demake of my liking.
The platform difference is so huge it works fantastically as a tribute prod.
rulez added on the 2016-11-14 17:52:01 by wysiwtf wysiwtf
Yeah that's how it needs to be done.
rulez added on the 2016-11-14 17:57:22 by Preacher Preacher
rulez added on the 2016-11-14 18:02:21 by ferris ferris
the first 32k VCS prod I've been legitimately impressed by and really love. Great work!!!
added on the 2016-11-14 18:02:51 by ferris ferris
Amazing. Finally a good use for 32k.
rulez added on the 2016-11-14 18:03:29 by visy visy
KK, soon to be called: ultimate de-maker.
rulez added on the 2016-11-14 18:07:45 by V0yager V0yager
Next level shit.
rulez added on the 2016-11-14 18:14:07 by ___ ___
Vote. Repeat.
rulez added on the 2016-11-14 18:30:22 by ham ham
rulez added on the 2016-11-14 19:20:08 by Charlie Charlie
very well done. but it gets a bit repetitive in the end as the original had more lasery sync details and camera cuts to keep the visuals interesting ;)
rulez added on the 2016-11-14 19:29:14 by maali maali

(Is it my defficient ears or it sound like 3 channels audio (bass with continious sound + melody in same time + drums, round 0.44 for exemple) ??? How come ???)
rulez added on the 2016-11-14 19:35:18 by glafouk glafouk
Nice. =)
rulez added on the 2016-11-14 19:42:41 by imerso imerso
cool remake!
code. chip. party. repeat! :)
rulez added on the 2016-11-14 19:47:09 by VBI VBI
Nice work on the music, and especially the "tunnel"-like scene is really good looking!

Minor issue is that linecount seems to be off sometimes, my TV did some rolling at a couple of places.
rulez added on the 2016-11-14 19:52:25 by Sdw Sdw
Mindblowing. It's been long time I applaused something so hard @ the party.
rulez added on the 2016-11-14 19:55:53 by AceMan AceMan
This demo actually STARTED with a track.
I wondered how the intro "pings" on your track would sound on the VCS if the echo was done the standard tracker way (pack echo with Cxx's on single channel).
And then it occured that by some weird chance you play almost only the notes that can be played on the TIA chip (with errors within reasonable margins).
You can even mix it with the original track and it will sound quite right together (but the final version might have slightly different tempo).
Are you using VCS for your daily work, or what? :D

And having soundtrack port (at least the beginning) like this, I couldn't just resist to make a full demo. :)

I still wish I had more time for polishing the soundtrack, because in the end I still had 1kB of space for the audio and one free virtual channel (my VST/player has 4 of them) in the main part - quite an opportunity to add even more details. :)

@glafouk: My VST (and the replayer for that matter) has 4 virtual channels. Every time a primary channel plays at volume 0, the corresponding secondary channel kicks in. Carefully engineer your drums (3-frame kick, 1-frame hats, etc.) and it will sound just like a slight side-chaining.

@Sdw: Yes, the demo drops proper sync from time to time, but I didn't have time to fix that at the party.
added on the 2016-11-14 19:55:54 by KK KK
Funny! A bit of work must've gone into this. Well done. :-)
rulez added on the 2016-11-14 19:58:28 by Radiant Radiant
rulez added on the 2016-11-14 19:59:09 by Saga Musix Saga Musix
Now that's some hardcore demaking right there!
rulez added on the 2016-11-14 20:00:06 by TomoAlien TomoAlien
Really surprised me at the party. Props for doing a "demake" that was actually entertaining, it's more miss than a hit with that. While a lot of similar fx has been done over the years, to me this felt like a true next milestone since 2012/13 when it comes to design/music/fx.

I think that there has been tons of cool stuff over the years of course.
While this easily lands in personal top3, I still have to point out that the design is not original so I guess there is still something to aim for :)
rulez added on the 2016-11-14 20:20:55 by oasiz oasiz
The code doesn't push any boundaries but is solid, and the music is a great remix. What's outstanding however is that the demo inherits the dynamic pace and flow of the original, and as a result we have a "modern" demo style on an 8-bit machine - which is just lovely. :)

Nice usage of VCS capabilities to emulate original effects, like the lasers.
rulez added on the 2016-11-14 20:21:24 by Kylearan Kylearan
Ridiculous! :D
And a great conversion of the tune!
rulez added on the 2016-11-14 20:23:54 by Korvkiosken Korvkiosken
Completely enjoyed it. :) And what Slummy said regarding the tune, just great!
rulez added on the 2016-11-14 20:32:04 by StingRay StingRay
Awesome ! Really nice result !
rulez added on the 2016-11-14 20:37:23 by g012 g012
Great stuff.
rulez added on the 2016-11-14 20:45:21 by yzi yzi
Looks like YouTube will downconvert to 30 FPS anything that's not at least 720p, which mostly destroyed the laser effect (I animate two sets separately and switch them really fast).
Here is a link to the more proper capture.
added on the 2016-11-14 20:50:04 by KK KK
rulez added on the 2016-11-14 21:09:48 by argasek argasek
so so good, great work realising this on this platform. very enjoyable. :)
rulez added on the 2016-11-14 21:12:44 by keito keito
wooooow....dance, bitches !!!
rulez added on the 2016-11-14 21:23:50 by Kuemmel Kuemmel
rulez added on the 2016-11-14 21:25:44 by sachy sachy
this is ace
rulez added on the 2016-11-14 21:29:14 by Ramon B5 Ramon B5
rulez added on the 2016-11-14 21:36:45 by HellMood HellMood
^_______^ Zip!
rulez added on the 2016-11-14 21:46:53 by p01 p01
I wouldn't dare to run in on my own atari vcs, too scared to see the chipset exploding into peaces !!!!! Awesome jewel we have here thanks to you :)
rulez added on the 2016-11-14 21:50:42 by p0ke p0ke
Would have love to have the TTT file !!!!! (but I guess there's none right ? )
added on the 2016-11-14 22:05:07 by p0ke p0ke
@p0ke: Well, but what is an TTT file? (google doesn't help here without any additional context)
added on the 2016-11-14 22:26:04 by KK KK
KK: I guess he means the Tiatracker file.
added on the 2016-11-14 22:44:48 by StingRay StingRay
hehehe this is great
rulez added on the 2016-11-14 22:48:21 by EviL EviL
Hahaha, awesome. =D
rulez added on the 2016-11-14 22:51:59 by fizzer fizzer
@StingRay, @p0ke: That could be a bit challenging considering that... oh well... ;)

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added on the 2016-11-14 22:53:36 by KK KK
I have to admit that when I saw DMA in greetings I thought for a moment that this is not KK production. But it was played as last entry...
rulez added on the 2016-11-14 23:09:40 by hrw hrw
Amazing VCS prod ! I probably wouldn't have done better on a PC ; )
rulez added on the 2016-11-14 23:09:41 by flewww flewww
lol, brilliant :D
effectwise the tunnel is the most interesting. the rest is pretty normal playfield stuff. intro logo is nice too
rulez added on the 2016-11-14 23:19:02 by Tjoppen Tjoppen
KK: Is that some new fancy VCS tracker under development?!?
added on the 2016-11-14 23:33:43 by Sdw Sdw
@hrw: I'm in both Altair and DMA now, so releasing as Altair I can safely greet the folks back at DMA. ;)

@Sdw: I wish. If that was true, I'd be Image-Line developing FL Studio and making tons of money from it. ;)
Nah, only the VST is mine - the black box on the right looking like it was coded to be used, but not to be watched. :)
added on the 2016-11-14 23:52:29 by KK KK
Surprising !! VCS ?!!! Waouah !! So cool !
rulez added on the 2016-11-15 00:05:50 by hylst hylst
Good, good.
However! I would cut one minute out between 2:07 to 3:07, it's getting pretty repetitive at this point. But to be fair, even this extended minute is kind of true to original, as it was also a little bit repetitive/boring ;)
rulez added on the 2016-11-15 00:21:06 by tomkh tomkh

Now Chiphorse plz kthx ;)
rulez added on the 2016-11-15 08:50:04 by SiR SiR
rulez added on the 2016-11-15 10:25:33 by JTZ JTZ
What a remix! bringing modern style to an oldschool platform.
rulez added on the 2016-11-15 11:21:43 by Overflow Overflow
Now Chiphorse plz kthx ;)

Ahaahahha, yesssss!!!!!!
added on the 2016-11-15 11:42:09 by okkie okkie
@Sir, @okkie: Well, how about "no"? ;)
But if you really, really want one, generously spray dirt over your cart connector and play Stampede. ;)
added on the 2016-11-15 13:23:18 by KK KK
"pack echo with Cxx's on single channel"

Can you please elaborate this sentence a bit?
added on the 2016-11-15 13:29:41 by JTZ JTZ
"pack echo with Cxx's on single channel"

Can you please elaborate this sentence a bit?

C-2 01 C40
--- -- ----
C-2 01 C20
--- -- ----
C-2 01 C10
--- -- ----
C-2 01 C08
--- -- ----
C-2 01 C04
--- -- ----
C-2 01 C02
added on the 2016-11-15 13:42:50 by djh0ffman djh0ffman
Haha.. awesome :)
rulez added on the 2016-11-15 13:50:15 by evilpaul evilpaul
@JTZ: Cxx is a ProTracker command for setting the note volume (where xx = 00..40, hexadecimal).
You start writing the pattern just with main notes as in example <A>. C40 means note here plays at full volume.
Then you simulate the first echo by placing quiter notes (example <B>) at fixed offset (2 steps, in this case), wherever possible.
Note at step 06 didn't get the echo, because a new note is masking it, but it's OK.
Remember to carry your echo onto the next pattern.
Then you repeat that again by adding the third echo bounce (as in example <C>), wherever possible.
If the echo delay & note sequence doesn't mask too much each other, you'll get a nice sounding echo effect that doesn't consume any extra channels. :)

Code: <A> <B> <C> 00 C40 C40 C40 01 --- --- --- 02 --- C18 C18 03 C40 C40 C40 04 --- --- C0C 05 --- C18 C18 06 C40 C40 C40 07 --- --- C0C 08 C40 C40 C40 09 --- --- --- 0A --- C18 C18 0B C40 C40 C40 0C --- --- C0C 0D --- C18 C18 0E C40 C40 C40 0F --- --- C0C
added on the 2016-11-15 13:50:24 by KK KK
@djh0ffman: Well, you were faster. :)
added on the 2016-11-15 14:08:28 by KK KK
um, wut. i was expecting an atari xl remake, but not 2600/vcs. holy crap. great use of rom.
rulez added on the 2016-11-15 18:08:27 by phoenix phoenix
Quite an achievement
rulez added on the 2016-11-15 18:56:58 by Serpent Serpent
Ooooh, I love that tunnel... :)
rulez added on the 2016-11-15 19:57:32 by svoy svoy
Yeah, yeah.
There's not too much good quality prods for VCS. KK you're the man!
rulez added on the 2016-11-15 20:46:47 by miker miker
Very very entertaining!
rulez added on the 2016-11-15 21:45:39 by Dascon Dascon
rulez added on the 2016-11-15 22:42:09 by Alpha C Alpha C
Wow! I didn't expect to see this demo remixed in that platform
rulez added on the 2016-11-15 22:43:26 by Optimus Optimus
@KK: thanks!
added on the 2016-11-15 22:56:25 by JTZ JTZ
Definitely misses a lot of low end in the sound department, but I don't have too much negative to say other than that. Probably the most interesting 2600 demo after the wamma/trilobit stuff, though the ROM on this is almost an order of magnitude larger. Still while it's remake instead of codeporn this at least actually carries a solid concept. Far too rarely seen on the VCS, despite being shown possible about ten years ago already.
rulez added on the 2016-11-15 22:58:16 by noby noby
rulez added on the 2016-11-15 23:00:45 by rp rp
Amazing, I like you made it loop so I can watch and rewatch on my VCS.
rulez added on the 2016-11-15 23:01:28 by Buckethead Buckethead
Stunning! KK is the best !
rulez added on the 2016-11-16 13:58:14 by piter_jnf af piter_jnf af
VCS scene rulez
rulez added on the 2016-11-16 19:04:26 by andr00 andr00
KK's "usual brutefroce tool attack" to conquer the VCS. Great to have to you on board with your new approaches!
@allothers: Don't be shocked and keep on exploring your skills on VCS!
rulez added on the 2016-11-16 19:19:44 by JAC! JAC!
Party destroyer :D rules!
rulez added on the 2016-11-17 15:15:08 by unity1 unity1
Very nice
rulez added on the 2016-11-17 16:55:01 by nollkolltroll nollkolltroll
Someone shared a video cap of it on social media and when I saw it I was thinking: "Cool, a new intro for my Atari 800 to try out" - Then I went to pouet and whoaah! Awesome demake on the VCS!
added on the 2016-11-18 08:42:04 by v3nom v3nom
This put a big grin on my face!
It´s 5 mins later now and i still wear the joker-face! ;)
Awesome, awesome, awesome!
pure ♥
rulez added on the 2016-11-18 18:53:57 by ɧ4ɾɗվ. ɧ4ɾɗվ.
added on the 2016-11-18 22:18:09 by SiR SiR
Not bad. :)
added on the 2016-11-19 04:55:54 by AntDude AntDude
rulez added on the 2016-11-19 06:14:11 by norecess norecess
And here is my missing thumb:
rulez added on the 2016-11-19 09:15:11 by v3nom v3nom
Now that was awesome :D
rulez added on the 2016-11-19 14:36:17 by Sapphire Sapphire
Impressive style on VCS, lots of animation. Love the smoothness of it, especially the horizontal scrolling parts. Music is very nicely done.
rulez added on the 2016-11-20 16:14:09 by Claw Claw
Haha! This is the demo of the year!
rulez added on the 2016-11-20 19:30:58 by Daniel Daniel
Cool effects. TIA big room. Smallest ATARI rulez!
rulez added on the 2016-11-22 16:38:55 by elan elan
Kick ass prod!
rulez added on the 2016-11-23 13:04:05 by Emod Emod
rulez added on the 2016-11-26 16:26:02 by jok jok
rulez added on the 2016-11-27 18:39:23 by gentleman gentleman
Very impressive!
rulez added on the 2016-11-30 00:40:36 by Templeton Templeton
rulez added on the 2016-12-01 23:12:15 by cce cce
Taking a demo for the most high-end demo machines and porting it to one of the most low-end demo machines, and porting it well -- that's impressive.
rulez added on the 2016-12-01 23:39:35 by dojoe dojoe
this production cannot exist, wtf!
rulez added on the 2016-12-02 18:39:31 by toxie toxie
that was pretty nice, would have been better if it was a remix of ziphorse ofcourse :)
rulez added on the 2016-12-04 18:18:28 by psenough psenough
rulez added on the 2016-12-06 01:26:19 by Frequent Frequent
Really nice!
rulez added on the 2016-12-08 22:30:36 by xeron xeron
Amazing :)
KK for president..

Now do something amazing on the c64 next please ;)

Buzka ;)
rulez added on the 2016-12-08 23:10:48 by magic magic
The demo frequently looses sync on real hardware. First time when "EAT" gets displayed (minimal timer overflow for one frame). Enable TV Effect "Jitter/Roll" with 20 to see in Stella.

Any chance of a fix?
added on the 2016-12-10 13:45:32 by JTZ JTZ
rulez added on the 2016-12-13 22:17:49 by numtek numtek
rulez added on the 2016-12-13 22:23:52 by cruzer cruzer
Incredible rendition of Ziphead by CNCD and Fairlight! I wish i could upvote this 100 times.
rulez added on the 2016-12-19 13:58:26 by bytemaniak bytemaniak
Great to watch !!! Impressive what could be done on a console that saw the light 1977. And the Atari-VCS2600 also has many good games so everyone should have one. :)
rulez added on the 2016-12-29 20:29:08 by AW87 AW87
normally vcs is too oldschoolish for me but this one was cool. impressed!
rulez added on the 2016-12-31 01:04:19 by neoman neoman
Oh my!!
rulez added on the 2017-01-03 17:22:17 by BackSpace BackSpace
covering this demo for VCS this way to be still interesting to watch is a big thing :) Congrats and thx for great fun on the party :)
rulez added on the 2017-01-08 19:06:36 by sheriff sheriff
Well done!
rulez added on the 2017-01-20 19:47:14 by sebbersund2 sebbersund2
Great remake!
rulez added on the 2017-01-31 18:50:54 by Blueberry Blueberry
rulez added on the 2017-03-17 02:02:37 by T$ T$
Immensely amusing and impressive! I'm one hundred percent convinced this demo would've stood on its own legs just fine even if it wasn't a remake.
rulez added on the 2017-04-21 17:31:49 by moozooh moozooh
KK, is there some interactivity hidden in the demo? I noticed that you sometimes read SWCHA before the dancing silhouette animation.
added on the 2017-05-05 13:15:38 by JTZ JTZ
@JTZ: Not really. It's just a leftover from a development version, which initializes variable holding current joy state to later test when it's moved. But it's the only leftover (just checked) and doesn't affect anything later on. In the development version I used joys (actually keys on emulator) to edit 2 byte values controlling the effect variation. Naturally, in final version they are controlled by playing of the demo.

But I'm really amused by "I noticed" on your part! Nice find, and I'm really curious how you noticed that. :)
added on the 2017-06-27 20:50:33 by KK KK
I am always interested into the code, and while looking for the occasional sync loss, I stumbled over the SWCHA access.
added on the 2017-07-27 09:33:39 by JTZ JTZ
Truly amazing considering VCS specs!
rulez added on the 2017-08-01 21:47:02 by venex venex
Deserves a statue!
rulez added on the 2017-08-04 03:29:04 by cxw cxw
Hahaha, this is so much fun. Must have made the compo quite memorable. :D
I agree with Maali it gets somewhat repetitive after a while.
rulez added on the 2017-08-13 05:56:56 by Zavie Zavie
actually good demake
rulez added on the 2017-08-13 06:03:59 by Flashira Flashira
Effects and music are outstanding. Not a big fan of that remake hype, but congrats, its awesome as a standalone prod anyway.
rulez added on the 2017-08-18 23:54:51 by fiveofive fiveofive
Don't care about re/de/makes, but this is just wonderful for the machine under consideration.
rulez added on the 2017-09-01 22:09:54 by lvd lvd
impressive actually
rulez added on the 2017-11-25 20:42:29 by nagz nagz
Ziphead on an Atari 2600 seems i have forgotten to thumb up this one even if i have seen it a bunch of times and like the music and demo
rulez added on the 2019-01-03 22:55:54 by Queen_Luna Queen_Luna
same here. this is insane!
rulez added on the 2019-01-13 18:04:30 by ref ref
rulez added on the 2019-11-16 17:21:26 by chlumpie chlumpie
Impressive, and probably the first 2600 music that I like! Thanks!
rulez added on the 2019-11-16 19:52:54 by baah baah
rulez added on the 2019-12-20 19:44:45 by Blast! Blast!
Atari 2600 !! Unbelievable...
rulez added on the 2020-04-08 15:38:54 by faraday faraday
Amazing VCS demo! Completes the Fairlight/Poobrain/Altair ziphead trilogy nicely
rulez added on the 2020-05-28 22:24:02 by superogue superogue
rulez added on the 2020-12-11 12:54:13 by ilmenit ilmenit
Really cool!
rulez added on the 2021-08-28 19:04:11 by stijn stijn
totally great
Incredible in every aspect.
rulez added on the 2023-05-31 09:43:58 by nula nula
rulez added on the 2023-05-31 10:29:21 by emoon emoon
This is still so incredibly good. One of the best examples of a fully complete downport that does not skimp on the aesthetic of the original.

One of my absolute favorite productions ever.
added on the 2023-05-31 11:37:31 by okkie okkie

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