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Giana Sisters DS   [2017]

Giana Sisters DS Released by :

Release Date :
29 March 2017

Type :
C64 Music

Website :

User rating:**********  9.5/10 (25 votes)   See votestatistics
**********  9.9/10 (10 votes) - Public votes only.

Credits :
Code .... The Human Code Machine of Masters' Design Group, MultiStyle Labs, Oxyron, Performers
Music .... LMan of MultiStyle Labs, Oxyron, Performers, Remix64.com
Graphics .... LMan of MultiStyle Labs, Oxyron, Performers, Remix64.com
Help .... Rapture

SIDs used in this release :
Giana Sisters DS(/MUSICIANS/L/LMan/Giana_Sisters_DS.sid)

Download :
http://csdb.dk/getinternalfile.php/156623/Rapture & LMan - Giana Sisters DS.prg (downloads: 754)
http://markus-klein-artwork.de/services/files/sids/Rapture and LMan - Giana Sisters DS.sid (downloads: 414)
http://markus-klein-artwork.de/services/files/sids/Rapture and LMan - Giana Sisters DS.prg (downloads: 189)
http://csdb.dk/getinternalfile.php/156624/Rapture and LMan - Giana Sisters DS.sid (downloads: 163)

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User Comment
Submitted by DeMOSic on 5 October 2021
GOD! when i first heard this tune on youtube i thought this was made in daw but JEEZ THIS IS FUCKING NICE! Good lob LMan!
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Submitted by jailbird on 2 April 2017
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Submitted by Saphir on 1 April 2017
Just great :)
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Submitted by LMan on 31 March 2017
Hey GH, thanks for the elaborate and friendly feedback :)

Actually I'm working in that "blind" mode, since I build up SID and MOD part at the same time. So the only way to test if the current mod and sid patterns works well together is to compile the whole song and listen to it. :)
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Submitted by GH on 31 March 2017
Oh, yeah

One day I would like to know who gave this a (anonymous) 3 out of 10...

Thank you.
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Submitted by GH on 31 March 2017
As said before sound designing at it's finest.
Excellent pallet of sounds that seems to blend together nicely.
Don't mind the "somewhat off tuning" here and there. To me it just the right amount of detuning wich
fits the whole Lead song and Amiga feel all together :D

And I just 100%ove the little details spend in the Arps-down features and transposing patterns
towards the end of the song!

Great effort and very time assuming this little 2 minutes track as Mangar already stated.
Not "entirely" blind that is. You can edit along while playing a wav file of either a sid or mod but
I agree it's not what most composers would consider a second nature kinda worklflow :D

I'm still in testing mode... ;)
User Comment
Submitted by Mr. Mouse on 31 March 2017
Technically awesome. Tuning off here and there, makes it a bit meh.
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Submitted by LMan on 31 March 2017
Thanks for that, CreaMD :) The whole situation is a bit silly, really.
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Submitted by CreaMD on 31 March 2017
Added production notes to have Rapture mentioned at least "somewhere" ;-). I hope I didn't fckup anything. In case I did, I apologize. I think rapture should probably be in credits as help, because he provided the original data. His scene entry has been restored meanwhile.
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Submitted by LMan on 31 March 2017
Besides the overall feedback is fantastic, and I'm ever grateful for that, folks!! :-)
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Submitted by LMan on 31 March 2017
Well of course it's a subjective experience, so I blame noone. I've crammed so much stuff in there, we're hitting one or the other limit. I usually design the sounds in a way that they work well in this environment, however in the case of Giana it was about reproducing the sounds as close as possible.
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Submitted by Jammer on 31 March 2017
I guess you guys confuse proper quality with liking of very tune in DS game arrangement, I presume. Saying it lack in quality is almost a nonsense - at least in terms of porting that theme. And one commenter picks up the opinion from another knowing the shit or not. Damn ;) I don't want to be LMan's henchman here but that crowd psychology and following the whistleblower sometimes gets on my nerves ;)
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Submitted by Shine on 30 March 2017
Well, my first thought was "cool hires gfx" but the tune failed somehow to usual LMan quality standard. Now i know this is not your fault. I don't know exactly the technical details of it. The comments made clear, that this is more work than i believed. :D AWESOME !!! <3
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Submitted by Magnar on 30 March 2017
I Think many doesn't know how much work it is to make good "digi-sid"'s. Lman has really proven again that he is the master of this domain! It is extremely hard to make samples sounds good in 7kHz, but all samples here sounds very clear. Secondly, composing "blindly" as there is no editor that plays both the sid parts and the sample parts same time, is very hard. It takes time to puzzle this together and achieve this level of sound output! Markus, you did it again. And if you even start coding demos, I bet LFT will be in hard competition! ;)
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Submitted by BokanoiD on 30 March 2017
Are you a wizard?
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Submitted by Morpheus on 30 March 2017
Awesome work guys!!
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Submitted by Oswald on 30 March 2017
3 digi channels ? wow ! :)
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Submitted by celticdesign on 30 March 2017
Well done!
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Submitted by LMan on 30 March 2017
Thanks all for your kind feedback!

More background:

With the musical content already in place, porting it over to the SID was of course mostly a technical challenge rather than a musical one: fit the original 12 into 3 digi channels, fit 800kb samples into 35kb. 90% of the musical content plays within the sample part. Uwe's engine combines the 3 Sample channels on the SID's voice 3, with the remaining 2 voices providing hand made subharmonics and high frequency noises to return some of the clarity that is lost due to the heavy downsampling.

So to make it fit at all and have it still sound decent, I used a lot of different psychoacoustic tricks. And THCM tickled every little cycle out of the code so I could have the graphics in there.
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Submitted by PAL on 30 March 2017
my head exploded with the original one.

And also love this one ;-)
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Submitted by CreaMD on 30 March 2017
I love the pic. It's awesomely cute. The song is too sampleish, everything sounds separated and scattered as it is with most of C64 musics that rely heavily on samples. This or that, one of the better examples of samples usage on C64 and I'm sure some heads would explode if this sound was available back in original Giana Sisters era ;-)
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Submitted by Yogibear on 29 March 2017
Fantastic release! More to come soon? :)
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Submitted by Motion on 29 March 2017
Sterling work, LMan! Sweet picture, ...always a pleasure. : )
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Submitted by PAL on 29 March 2017
The original music on the c64 is ofcourse insane much better to me... but that highres image... wooohooooo.... Love it!
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Submitted by Xiny6581 on 29 March 2017
Rock solid cover of one of the greatest C-64 tunes ever composed!
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Submitted by Dr.j on 29 March 2017
The title picture and so is the music are very nice to me . lovely job Markus! good to see you are also pixeling and not only making music :)
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Submitted by Mr.Ammo on 29 March 2017
This tune doesn't do much for me, but it has a great title screen picture! ;-)
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Submitted by Oswald on 29 March 2017
not my cup of tea, maybe the original Huelsbeck piece stuck too much in my ears and I also dont know the DS one. Also the digi part this time feels too dirty. The picture is lovely, first time I see Giana imagined in "real life" in a way that I like it.
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Submitted by Jammer on 29 March 2017
What's so funny about hires music? That suits Markus perfectly, I'd say xD
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Submitted by TheRyk on 29 March 2017
Category "HiRes music"? Really?! 8D

And I thought I've seen everything!

Anyway, nice one, especially gfx. Don't know DS, so can't judge if digis were worth the effort, but sounds alright.
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Submitted by Carrion on 29 March 2017
what Jammer said, but some lead parts sound to quiet to my taste.
Amazing job anyway

oh, and welcome to the pixelers gang ;)
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Submitted by G-Force on 29 March 2017
Top notch.(:-)
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Submitted by null on 29 March 2017
The picture is awesome. Very cute ^-^

Music doesn't really do it for me, sorry.
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Submitted by Jammer on 29 March 2017
Finally :) Quality blows me out of socks and synth/digi blend is simply the ultimate \o/
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Submitted by E$G on 29 March 2017
It sounds perfect!
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Submitted by LMan on 29 March 2017
Thanks Unkle K :)
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Submitted by Unkle K on 29 March 2017
Tune sounds amazing!! I haven't heard the DS 'original' but the C64 version is sweet.. Lovely pic too. Great release!
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Submitted by LMan on 29 March 2017
This is a remake of the beautiful title tune from Giana Sisters for the Nintendo DS, released 2009. The tune was composed and arranged by Fabian del Priore aka Rapture, and is itself a cover of Chris Hülsbeck's original Giana Sisters Title Theme.

I contacted Rapture about my intent to recreate the tune on a stock c64. He liked the idea and kindly provided the original audio source files. My challenge was to port every little detail from the original and make it fit the limits given by the c64's hardware.

To have some pretty visuals to go with the sound, I hand-pixelled this screen in Gimp and Pixcen, based on Alex "Pikomi" Pierschel's original artwork. The graphics mode is regular hires.

The music engine was coded by THCM, with the SID part done in CheeseCutter, and the sample part in OpenMPT.

Black Forest Games, who are the subsequent operators of Armin Gessert's legacy, kindly gave permission to release this tune. Thank you for that!! All rights to Giana Sisters are reserved by Black Forest Games.

Hope you enjoy it! 😊
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