Welcome dear friends to the world's first all Apple II music based album ever! This collection of timeless classics is not related to a game or as a demo shipped with software, that's another reason why this album unique. Yes, all sounds, even the drums are generated directly from motherboard of the Apple II personal computer!
Listen here: https://8bitweapon.bandcamp.com/album/class-apples
Thanks to a breakthrough in Apple II audio technology from legendary coder Mr. Michael
we are able to push 8 bit instrument samples though the Apple II's 1 bit audio output! Another amazing technology boost was Charles Mangin's incredible midi hardware allowing us to control the Apple II like a midi module!
The Apple II was created in the late 1970's and popularized throughout the 1980's! Each track has been painstakingly engineered and recorded for your listening pleasure. Some eq, filtering, and other effects have been added to enhance your listening pleasure.
This is amazing!! I’ve always wondered why there weren’t any Apple II specific music compilations, and just assumed that it was because of the click’ing nature of the hardware. But this is stunning. I’d love to learn more about how this was made. There’s a mention for Charles Mangin’s MIDI hardware, but a quick search on Retroconnector didn’t reveal the hardware as a clue for the process. I’m also wondering if multiple II’s were used and then composited to achieve the final tracks?
P.S. looks like there’s a formatting issue in the blog post with MJ Mahon’s name
Read this interview for more details: https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/d38mez/listen-to-chiptune-music-made-with-an-orchestra-of-1-bit-apple-ii-computers
Okay! It’s 16 Apple II’s 🙂
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