If you’re a fan on the international chip music and demoscene, you’ll be pleased to know that earlier this month saw the release of “The Blossoming Years” album by Russian demo artist Sergey “MmcM” Kosov. Composed entirely on the ZX-Spectrum computer using a Yamaha YM2149F sound chip in ProTracker 3, the album features music from the height of Kosov’s career composing between 1999 and 2001. This is his first release since his 2012 eletronica album “Detuned”, and further expands his repertoire of demo and chip music, which has gained him a long-standing following.
The 18-track album has been released by our friends at Ubiktune and is currently available on Bandcamp, Loudr and Amazon for around $5.
Where did all these awesome pixel art pictures come from? From Bitfellas.org, that’s where! I stumbled across this site and it’s one of those places on the internet that after you find it, you have to spend like an hour just clicking around and exploring all the insanely cool and eccentric content lying deep within it’s pages.
If you don’t know what Demoscene is, well you’re probably on the wrong website, but just in case, Wiki defines it as ” The demoscene is an international computer art subculture that specializes in producing demos: small, self-contained computer programs that produce audio-visual presentations. The main goal of a demo is to show off programming, artistic, and musical skills.”
The Demoscene was quite big especially in the early 90s in the Amiga Computer heyday. You can still find hundreds of thousands of demos online. It’s not just confined to Amiga either, Bit Fellas feature Demoscene data from all platforms. They also have a huge art library, online radio, and a podcast. This is just a really really cool place. Check it out and explore for a while. You can tune in to the radio with this link. You’ll have to right click and save as then open it in VLC or iTunes or whatever media player you have installed.