Ode To Claire / Snakebite

A couple of fast-made Spectrum releases for last month’s most excellent Outline demo party. Ode To Claire is a curious little 128 byte intro, using a trick I’ve been wanting to try out for ages. It’s not exactly a fast-paced action extravaganza, but it does fit 150-odd characters of avant-garde poetry, the printing routine, and a demo effect into 128 bytes of code. Working out how is an exercise for the reader (and I’m quite interested to know whether the secret is immediately obvious to anyone who’s at all familiar with the Spectrum…)

On the musical front, Snakebite is a chiptune with a middle-eastern vibe, modelled after every Turkish Eurovision entry ever. It got third place in the competition, and originally they weren’t going to give out a third prize, but they had some spare food left over on the Saturday night, so I won a jar of sausages. Best. Prize. Ever.

Download gasman_-_snakebite.mp3

4 Responses to “Ode To Claire / Snakebite”

  1. Eq says:

    My comment apparently didn’t post properly. I explained some of the word sources (“statement lost, out of memory”) and pointed out that on a 128 machine it’s about (Ams)”trad” rather than (Sin)”clair”.

  2. matt says:

    Oops. Well, just think of all those songs and poems that that “Trad.” person has written… it’s only fair that someone should write a poem about them for once.

  3. Daz says:

    Love the Music, what tracker did you use?

  4. matt says:

    The old faithful – the original Soundtracker from 1991 :-)

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