Author Topic: C64 Programs Extracted from Vinyl Record Tracks  (Read 282 times)

Offline load81

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C64 Programs Extracted from Vinyl Record Tracks
« on: April 01, 2020, 07:03:28 PM »
So there are two videos on YouTube regarding the same band. Apparently back in the 1980's they had three albums and in two out of three albums they embedded short BASIC programs in what amounts to "track -1" of the record.

The relevant videos are:

From those two videos come two files a BASIC program that is little more than a text spalsh-screen written by one of the band members and another one written by someone else. The latter is in German  -- which is a bit strange because the albums were released in the US where English dominates.

I have some questions about the naming but my best guess is something like this:

Code: [Select]
desc: Electric Eye (1984)(Boldman, Loyd - Prodigal)(US)(en)
rom: Electric Eye (1984)(Boldman, Loyd - Prodigal)(US)(en).prg
size: 426
crc: 4013640732
sha1: 9dd664a4699aaf8c44eab0a939591bd06d31e404
md5: ddf7dadf7ddfda2ce6b3a697e2bc1d93

And...

Code: [Select]
desc: Piggy (1986)(AS - Vielklang Musikproduktion)(US)(de)
rom: Piggy (1986)(AS - Vielklang Musikproduktion)(US)(de).prg
size: 4008
crc: 198605464
sha1: c07193a611f8feecea71839b604a5d9feaa815b9
md5: 3d6a8f46d7566ef0f8ae37e085946a53

Obvious questions are:

  • I'm not sure if the file type should be .tap or not, given that it's ultimately an audio file.
  • Given that it's just prints a splash screen should it be tagged as "BASIC" or "Easter egg" anywhere?
  • Should the media type be vinyl?
  • Does anyone have any idea who the heck "AS" is at Vielklang Musikproduktion?



Offline bhatia

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Re: C64 Programs Extracted from Vinyl Record Tracks
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2020, 11:13:37 AM »
Woow, I don't have any idea about your questions but I must admit that this looks quite impressive! I wonder if it's something about the political situation in Germany like they had to hide games like this to make it available to play for those who are living on the Eastern side of Berlin. The last time we've been there to buy an apartment in Germany I was shocked when I saw that people recorded music on discarded x-rays. It looks like one of the other ways to "smuggle" "capitalistic" stuff into Eastern Berlin.