International Vodka Party, raucous Spectrum demo scene gathering in Poland
Archive for April, 2006
This was my entry for the Oldschool Executable Music compo at Breakpoint 2006, which placed 6th out of 12 entries. This was a cross-platform competition to produce a piece of music on any sub-32-bit computer (the Spectrum in this case) in under 32K.
As the saying goes, never work with children, animals or 1980s-era speech synthesisers.
It is a well established fact that to win a music compo at a large party, you need a gimmick, and speech is as good a gimmick as any. This led me to start experimenting with a Cheetah Sweet Talker interface I picked up on eBay – a worthy project, I thought, as to the best of my knowledge nobody has ever done anything creative with speech synthesis on the Spectrum beyond using it to robotically swear at friends and family. My master plan was to write a jazz piece with semi-spoken lyrics (because the synthesiser can only “sing” in monotone) about marmosets. Yes, marmosets. It was meant to be in keeping with the party theme of “Rumble In The Jungle”, you see.
This is a side project of mine that’s barely started, but I’ve dropped mentions of it in enough places (picking up interested feedback along the way) that it badly needs to get released before it becomes vapourware. Pasting from the readme file:
OpenZXrom is a ROM image for the Sinclair ZX Spectrum computer, created with the aim of being as compatible as possible with Sinclair’s original 16/48K ROM while containing none of the original copyrighted code. It is released under the GNU General Public License.
Update 2006-05-17: New version out. Now emulates enough to play Egghead 4!