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AMIcast: Amiga Podcast

Hi guys,

Recently a new podcast has been initiated. It is called AMIcast and aims to bring information, as well as interviews, from and about the Amiga community. :) Every month you’ll find a new episode with a special guest. The guest this time was Epsilon, an Amiga blogger living in Australia.

You can find the homepage of the podcast here: http://amicast.ppa.pl/

The Facebook page is here: https://www.facebook.com/amiga.podcast

The authors blog: http://radzikpl.blogspot.no/search/label/English

AMIcast - New Amiga podcast!

I think it looks (and sounds) very promising, so definitely going to follow this. Some of you might remember the Amiga Roundtable podcast, but as far as I know they haven’t been active for a couple of years now. It is therefore excellent that others fill the void.

Good luck to the authors behind the project and looking forward to more podcasts from you guys.

The Hyperion Bankruptcy: Hearing Next Week

Hyperion Entertainment LogoHi everyone,

Just a quick update from Bert Dehandschutter concerning the bankruptcy of Hyperion Entertainment, the makers of AmigaOS 4.x. I sent him an e-mail asking about the current status of the case, since we are all eager to hear the verdict, and this is the reply he sent me:

The hearing will take place next week on Tuesday and one week later the decision of the Court.

Bert DEHANDSCHUTTER

This means we still have some time to wait and that we will know what will happen with Hyperion Entertainment in April 2015.

Thanks to Mr. Dehandschutter for replying so quickly to my query. :)

Thanks for reading and have a good evening!

Dreamnesia: Music Album Inspired by Old-school Games

Album cover of Dreamnesia

Album cover of Dreamnesia

Hi everyone,

If you like music inspired by those tunes and melodies from old video games, please look no further than to the album Dreamnesia from Gonzalo Varela From Montevideo in Uruguay. He started working on this project last year when he was asked to write music for an upcoming game. After he had finished making five songs, the development of the game itself stopped. Varela then decided to go all in and compose the rest of the songs to create a full album.

Please click here to go to the album on Bandcamp: https://gvarela.bandcamp.com/releases

Each song has been made for one part of the game, so there is music for levels, boss fights, cut-scenes and so forth. Everything is, when I think about it, actually read to be included in a game. So to all developers out there, here’s your chance! ;) That goes for Amiga developers too needing music for some project! :)

 

I contacted Mr. Varela to hear some more about his work and his aspirations for the future:

I can say that since I was a kid I was very interested in “making things”, but making music is something that I actually started quite late (I started learning music at 16 -that is 8 years ago-, studying guitar). Soon I realized that while I could spend whole days practicing an instrument, I felt a lot more interest in actually composing music, so composing has been my priority for a long time. I also found out that one could learn a lot from playing very different kinds of music, so despite I started playing in rock bands now I try to keep myself busy playing and composing in very different genres. This album, “Dreamnesia”, started last year when I was asked to write music for a videogame. When I had done 5 songs the videogame’s development was suspended, and that’s why I decided to make other 8 songs to make an album. While doing it I was not only inspired by the classic videogame chip-tune music in terms of style, but I also tried to make an album that would work as a full soundtrack; in the album each piece was composed for a part of the game (even if the game itself doesn’t exist), so there’s music for stages, boss fights, and cutscenes (being the songs in order, that is, the first song is the opening, track 12 is the song for the last boss fight, and track 13 is the ending music, for example). Videogames have been a huge part of my life, so the idea of writing music for games is really inspiring for me (and not necessarily chip-tunes only), and I really hope I get the chance of doing it a lot more in the near future!

I wish him the best of luck with his music and hope that someone will use his music in a game in the near future. :)

Did you guys like the Dreamnesia album? What sort of game do you think it would be best for?

Thanks for visiting and have a nice weekend!

Giving Away 2 Free Zelda Link T-Shirts from Merchbro

Awesome Link for President t-shirt from Merchro

Awesome Link for President t-shirt from Merchro

Hello everyone,

I was recently approached by a company called Merchbro. They print custom t-shirts and were looking for a partner to team up with on a shirt giveaway. They asked if I’d be interested in hooking up my readers with some free stuff. And not just any free stuff. That cool Link For President t-shirt you see above. :)

My reaction? Of course! Why not hook up a couple of my Internet friends?

If you want to enter to win the shirt, fill out the form here. Use the contest code oldschoolgameblog. Sometime in the next week or so I’ll announce the winners and Merchbro will ship out the shirts. All free and with no strings attached.

Good luck, all! :)

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