AY music contest

AY music contest

by makinavaja on 05-09-2014, 21:36
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AAMSX, in collaboration with culturachip, has started a music contest focused on the AY soundchip. The AY soundchip is available in several 8 bit computers like the Spectrum 128, Amstrad computers, the Apple ][ and of course our beloved MSX computers. The contest is open to any platform, tool and format, with the only condition that it must be designed for the AY chip.

Here are the rules for the contest:

  • Any AY format is valid, but we strongly recommend the use of .pt3 files (Vortex tracker II or Protracker 3) because it's a file format easily playable by a lot of 8bit computers like the MSX, Amstrad or Spectrum;
  • There are no limits about the number of songs presented by each contestant;
  • Only original songs: no covers allowed;
  • Deadline: the 12th of November 2014

The final results will be announced during the next MSX users meetings in Barcelona, around next December.

Also, with the compo, there will be:

  • a music disk for several platforms with the songs of the contest. On which platforms it will be available will depend on if there is someone interested in creating it;
  • Audio CD DIY, with portrait and ISO file so everybody can create his own copy of the disk. It will be published under the CC-BY-NC-SA license, with the right of selling it so contestants can cover production costs of the CD.

AAMSX will create the music disk for MSX computers, which will include all the songs with formats playable on the MSX. If there is a song in a format that has no MSX replayer available, the song wont be included on the msx music disk. Also, the AAMSX will prepare a limited release of a real music disk to be used on real MSX computers, and this disk will be distributed on the next users meeting.

More information can be found on the Culturachip forum (in Spanish).

Relevant link: AY music contest

Comments (9)

By Grauw

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05-09-2014, 21:51

Nice! I’m looking forward to listening to the submissions!

p.s. Don’t forget the Atari ST, I assume the YM2149 counts too Smile.

By Marq

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05-09-2014, 22:35

I wonder about their love of the Vortex Tracker II. From what I've seen it's a big difficult mess and nowhere near Arkos Tracker which is equally multiplatform.

By yzi

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06-09-2014, 09:02

So, no limits as to how the sound is generated as long as it comes out from a YM chip of some kind? On the ST they do this "SID sound" thing and "digidrums", and I've been wanting to try something like that on the MSX. This contest could provide the necessary motivation to actually do something.

By MsxKun

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06-09-2014, 10:58

yzi wrote:

So, no limits as to how the sound is generated as long as it comes out from a YM chip of some kind?

Not any kind. Must be the AY-3-8910 or compatible.

By JohnHassink

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06-09-2014, 16:45

Marq wrote:

I wonder about their love of the Vortex Tracker II. From what I've seen it's a big difficult mess and nowhere near Arkos Tracker which is equally multiplatform.

It says right there on the page that you can also use Arkos Tracker or WYZTracker etc. And I never had any problems with using Vortex Tracker II, I think it's a great program and far from being a mess.

By hit9918

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06-09-2014, 22:13

what if one made new use of AY. i.e. the thing has no known player. it would be a diskette.

By MsxKun

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07-09-2014, 00:59

hit9918 wrote:

what if one made new use of AY. i.e. the thing has no known player. it would be a diskette.

Any AY format is ok. They prefer PT3 cause there is replayer for any platform and they want to make a diskette for every platform. If you use, for example Musica, we at the AAMSX can include some replayer (i think there was a MSX-DOS one), but that tune won't be included on the other systems' release. It will be fine for the contest, anyway. Same if you make your own replayer. If you provide us with it to use on the disk, we'll add it. If you don't want to provide it, that tune won't be on the disk, but again, it's still on the contest. Or you can even use Vortex and don't want to be on the disk Smile

By [WYZ]

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18-09-2014, 14:36

Really Nice!! PSG deserves this initiative. I'll not join the constest, anyway I would like to know:

- The points to qualify a work. (technicaly? vistusity? sound quality? composition? new/hidden PSG features?...)
- Who will qualify the submissions and the parameters to do it or following a subjective taste.

Trilotracker is a good choice too.I betatested it with a PSG arrangement and I found it very comfortable in edition and with a large list of features.

By r0lemusic

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18-09-2014, 17:19

WYZ is done on a anonymous voting survey, each contestant have to vote other tunes without knowing the composer, that make the results somehow equally balanced, as some people like to vote due to what they hear and other votes about the tech stuff too

music will remain anonymous until results are released on the RU

Btw the core of this is the compo witch are done for the sake of fun, the musicdisk and the CD are also made for fun but also to promotion and move the thing anywhere outside

in case someone wants to participate the submisions are sent to: rolemusic somesymbol gmail period com

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