If you want to listen to the music from the “Retrogathering 2010” cartridge here are some mp3 recordings. They are recorded from my Nintendo Entertainment System (European Version) using a PowerPak from retrousb.com.
Thanks to the following people that submitted songs for the cart:
In September I started a thread at vintagegames.se where I wanted people to submit songs made in FamiTracker. The songs was supposed to be on an exlusive cart only made in one copy. I was suprised to see so many good songs submitted and the cartridge was turning out really well. The cartrige was made and later sold at an auction that was held at Retrogathering in Stockholm October. All the money from the auction was donated to Retrogathering!
At the auction I also sold a special version of Project PAL. Cart number #31. It’s a “Limited Blue Wiklund Edition!”. Half of the money from that cart will be donated to jsr, the creator ofFamiTracker.
The “Retrogathering 2010” cart ended at 1000 SEK ($150)
The “Project PAL Limited Blue Wiklund Edition!” cart ended at 400 SEK ($60)
A couple of months ago I ordered a Pro Sound kit and a Backlight kit from Nonfinite Electronics. After installing this in my old Game Boy, it has become much more funny and alot easier to use. Finally I can sit in the dark composing tunes in LSDJ…
I realised how much better soundquality it is when using the Pro Sound modification. Then I decided to re-record my songs I have made in LSDJ through the years. I have only made four songs, but will hopefully try to compose some more in the near future.
Now it’s really time to listen to the entries and vote! I have one original song that is submitted to the compo. Which one it is, I will not tell until the voting has stopped. Otherwise it would feel like cheating. You only have until the 19th of September to decide which songs is your favourites, so hurry up!
Click on the Famicompo logo and go to to the Famicompo Mini homepage:
Finally this project is ready! The project started in early 2010. It all began when NO CARRIER released the source for VegaPlay. It made me really happy because with VegaPlay I could present my songs with a menu and with some grahics. On a real NES system, using my PowerPak, after compiling it to a .nes rom-file. I made some test songs in FamiTracker (made by jsr). Then I created a multi-song-nsf and experimented with the VegaPlay source. First I had to learn how to inlude graphics. Using a program called yy-chr made it quite easy. I even had to learn a little about coding, pallettes and stuff. But Don Miller (NO CARRIER) had documented the source really good, so it wasn’t to hard to get into it…
Now I wanted to go the whole way and do like Alex Mauer already have done, release a cartridge filled with music! Then I started thinking of the songs, and felt like it would be hard to make 8-10 songs myself. First I tried to gather 10 different composers to participate on the planned cart. After a while I realised that it was only me and two more composers, motivated enough to finish anything. So now we started composing. Me, Wiklund and zabutom…
Even though we where only three people included in the composing it took a bit longer then I first expected. Along with the coding I started to play a bit more with the graphics. I got the idea to include some pictures of us, the composers. I also wanted it to be quite colorful and NO CARRIER helped me with some pallette shifting when changing songs.
By this time I bought an eprom burner on eBay. Pinge80 a friend of mine had bought one a couple of months before. He had promised that he could help me and make some carts, but I felt like I wanted to learn the whole process myself. He supplied me with some donor carts, and some eproms. (Thanks mate!)
When the rom-file finally was ready I made a test burn in the eprom burner and after some struggling with “filling up the eproms” it worked! Seven donor carts, some soldering, label designing, label printing and the result looks like this:
The red cart is from an experiment with aceton + Rit Dye I have made earlier. It became cart #01. The rest are numbered #02 – #07. All these seven carts are sold/given away. I will make some more in the future if there is any demand for this PAL-B exclusive cart. The maximum of total carts I will release is 32. Thats how many labels I have printed. Probably I wont have the time and energy to make more than 16-20 carts. Later on I will release the rom-file, nsf-file and even some mp3-files for free downloading, but for now you can check out this preview on youtube:
Many many thanks to jsr for making FamiTracker, NO CARRIER for the VegaPlay source (and some additional help with the coding), Pinge80 for the help with eproms and other technical support. Thanks to Wiklund and zabutom for their great songs on the cart!