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Freespin   [2021]

Freespin Released by :
Reflex [web]

Release Date :
3 July 2021

Type :
C64 Misc.

Website :

Released At :
Gubbdata 2021

Achievements :
WiLD Demo Competition at Gubbdata 2021 :  #1

User rating:**********  9.9/10 (119 votes)   See votestatistics
**********  10/10 (50 votes) - Public votes only.

Credits :
Code .... Quiss of Reflex
Music .... kb of Farbrausch, Reflex, Smash Designs, The Obsessed Maniacs
  PVCF of Reflex
Graphics .... Felidae of Reflex
Disk Cover .... Felidae of Reflex

Download :
http://www.quiss.org/freespin/freespin.d64 (downloads: 305)
http://csdb.dk/getinternalfile.php/215254/freespin.d64 (downloads: 147)
http://csdb.dk/getinternalfile.php/215328/freespin - original compo version (with track-change bug).d64 (downloads: 59)

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User Comment
Submitted by Norvax on 14 June 2022
I realized I haven't wrote a comment on this masterpiece. I remember sitting in from of my computer asking questions like why? how? Whatttt? while watching this one of a kind demo. It left me in awe and nothing but respect. This idea would have never crossed my mind even if I thought a million years. Huge respect to Reflex and especially Quiss. The effort behind it must have been colossal. What an idea and what an execution! Even the music, man!
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Submitted by Jak T Rip on 2 October 2021
If you need a ready-made Freespin cable, we offer one in the Protovision shop now.
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Submitted by Frantic on 2 October 2021
@Chico: Well.. I see what you mean, but I'm still not sure if I could bend myself to the point where I see a score of 9.9/10.0 as sad.
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Submitted by hedning on 2 October 2021
Really cool disk cover for this demo: Freespin (Disk Cover).
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Submitted by Chico on 21 August 2021
Sad to see that this demo disappeared from the Top lists here. :(
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Submitted by LKP on 18 July 2021
Look mum, NO COMPUTER !! I hope that one day this demo can be replicated with computer still attached to the drive. But than again it’ll not be the same. How the hell did you find this out !! Just amazing ❤️
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Submitted by tlr on 18 July 2021
@quiss: Ah, that's fully driveside then, good!

With the utility loader you could start it with just a single "&" command. i.e OPEN15,8,15,"&" or even @& if you have a cart that supports it.

Not sure which manual I saw it in first but it's described here: http://www.zimmers.net/anonftp/pub/cbm/documents/disk-drives/15..
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Submitted by DKT on 16 July 2021
The dream team comeback with such abnormal demo <3
Great idea. Some effects would be even hard to code on real C64 :)
Impressing music from the drive!
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Submitted by Quiss on 16 July 2021
tlr: Not sure about the utility loader, but you can also start the demo with OPEN 2,8,2,"#0": OPEN 1,8,15,"B-E 2 0 18 17".
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Submitted by Groepaz on 16 July 2021
Please dont update entries with new version - create a new entry if you release a bugfix (this entry is for the compo version) :)
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Submitted by tlr on 14 July 2021
Very impressive, and on top of that you managed to have music too!

Have you considered making a version that boots up using just the using the utility loader (&) ? That could be even be made to autoboot on early 1541's.
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Submitted by JAC on 9 July 2021
This is what I'll present when the next newschool kid thinks bitbanging VGA with a PI is cool!
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Submitted by Pararaum on 7 July 2021
On a more serious note this demo can not be part of the CSDB as the C64 has been removed in the video we saw... :-)
Just kidding! Well done!
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Submitted by zenda on 7 July 2021
WTF!? He... Woooow :-D

This is insane. I love it!
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Submitted by Trap on 6 July 2021
What a crazy demo. I love it.
But the c64 demo categorization is wrong - it should be 1541 demo category :)
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Submitted by Jak T Rip on 6 July 2021
OK. A few days have passed. Let's give it a try and give a more critical feedback.
First of all, please help liberate the 1541 from the #8 dictatorship! $ba is your friend.

The demo itself: While the idea to generate video output through serial is cool, it is something that I can imagine working. And we all know that the 41 can produce sounds, but what I hear here is beyond anything I would expect to hear from my 41 pal.. arpeggios from a drive monitor? You gotta be kidding me...!!! For that alone it is a 10. Damn. I wanted to be critical, but I must admit I am just another atomic fanboy.
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Submitted by Compyx on 6 July 2021
Absolutely ridiculous!
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Submitted by Toggle on 6 July 2021
You gotta be fuckin' kidding! Being a declared Reflex fan since the mid-nineties I've been secretly hoping for a comeback for many years. This one completely blew me out of the water!
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Submitted by celticdesign on 6 July 2021
°W~T~F°-- Simply mind-blowing!!!
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Submitted by chancer on 6 July 2021
good stuff, clever use of the hardware.. is it more a knowledge of electronics also + normal dev ? :) . am a bit conflicted about it being a "c64 demo" though.
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Submitted by Scrap on 5 July 2021
f...kin’ unbelievable... Now do a 1530 demo using a MPS 801 as a display... ;-)
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Submitted by 4gentE on 5 July 2021
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Submitted by Laxity on 5 July 2021
This doesn’t even compute for me. Amazing does not on it own cover what I think of this. Biggest thumbs up imaginable.
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Submitted by MCM on 5 July 2021
Just WOOOOOW , WTF ..... a new area like opening the borders ! what comes next ?
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Submitted by katon on 5 July 2021
Reflex ! A new era, it is so shocking that I have no words to describe what I feel.
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Submitted by Raistlin on 5 July 2021
This is soooo awesome. Amazing. Complete magic. My jaw completely dropped seeing this.
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Submitted by Mibri on 5 July 2021
Earth-shattering on a technical level, I'm certain, but... the demo itself also rocks!!
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Submitted by Aomeba on 5 July 2021
Not much more to say left. It's incredible and I applaude you guys for doing this!

But please people, don't cut on cables that are connected from the other end.
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Submitted by Madhead on 5 July 2021
Is there a similarity between this and how retro Atari consoles generate video on screen?
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Submitted by Trap on 5 July 2021
I love the insanity in this. Thank you for continuing to blow our minds. Just WOW!
... technically speaking not a c64 demo though. As you correctly state - it's a 1541 demo :P
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Submitted by morphfrog on 4 July 2021
Simply amazeing! I just saw wow.
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Submitted by Beast on 4 July 2021
Wow... Just wow...
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Submitted by xAD on 4 July 2021
Absolutely amazing & fantastic!
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Submitted by Oswald on 4 July 2021
jesus crhist. I am sitting here with a weird grin on my face, this is what the scene is about for me, doing something 'impossible'. holy shit ! :D
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Submitted by aeeben on 4 July 2021
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Submitted by Viscid on 4 July 2021
What a wonderful masterpiece of engineering. Who is the one from 59 who only gave 9/10....? :)
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Submitted by Raf on 4 July 2021
Now go for 1581: 2MHz, 8K RAM, no software GCR decoding and 800k space should ashame many C64 demos ;)
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Submitted by Nightlord on 4 July 2021
WHAT DA MOTHERF**KER!!!!! :D You have just created a new market for a weird switching pcb that has 2 din5 + 2 din6 connectors :D
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Submitted by Conrad on 4 July 2021
Absolutely lost for words here ...
... Best comeback ever! Wow!
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Submitted by Steppe on 4 July 2021
Fuck yeah!
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Submitted by Stan on 4 July 2021
I am just following everybody else's lead here. This is mind blowing.
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Submitted by Groepaz on 4 July 2021
This is the right kind of insanity
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Submitted by Zyron on 4 July 2021
Mind blown.
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Submitted by Style on 4 July 2021

I....... what?
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Submitted by Chico on 4 July 2021
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Submitted by lft on 4 July 2021
Truly wild! Great idea and execution. All thumbs up!
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Submitted by Lubber on 4 July 2021
WTF??? This is just....INSANE.... That's what i call a WILD Demo. Awesome work!
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Submitted by Joe on 4 July 2021
Unpossible? Incredible work! Seen drives doing music before (BlackMail?) but never quite like this!
Wonderful visuals! I wonder if VICE-team will be able to emulate this one ;D
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Submitted by psych858o on 4 July 2021
Jaw-dropping comeback!
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Submitted by ChristopherJam on 4 July 2021
An incredible achievement, and beautifully assembled.
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Submitted by theK on 4 July 2021
Amazing! This is the true definition of a hack!
Love it!
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Submitted by JAYCE - THE MiNiSTRY on 4 July 2021
INSANE. I don't even know what to say!?
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Submitted by Tucker on 4 July 2021
Mind blown! Just brilliant.
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Submitted by anonym on 4 July 2021
What a comeback.

I guess we now need a new demo category for 1541 demos? Amazing stuff and the music was very impressive too, reminded me of the device orchestra. Just wow.
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Submitted by Madhead on 4 July 2021
I guess we have a new scene. Congratulations.
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Submitted by Zibri on 4 July 2021
I had a theoretical idea about this some time ago.. but I am SPEECHLESS!!! I would have never been able to implement it so nicely. And I love to code for the 1541!
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Submitted by Krill on 4 July 2021
The video bit is great, but what really amazed me was the music. =)
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Submitted by Deev on 4 July 2021
Pretty amazing!
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Submitted by Skate on 4 July 2021
You are crazy dude. I'm speechless.
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Submitted by MWR on 4 July 2021
This is next level of "wild". Jaw dropped.
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Submitted by Count Zero on 4 July 2021
WOW - what everybody says ++
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Submitted by KAL_123 on 4 July 2021
Great demo and very interesting idea too. Now i'm curious, how long it will take, until new versions of the emulators come out, that can somehow play the demo. :)
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Submitted by CreaMD on 4 July 2021
Mindblowing. Thumbs up!
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Submitted by Copyfault on 4 July 2021
Don't know what's more insane: this release, teaching the 1541 to create a video out signal, or to have Quiss back in the realm of demomaking on c64.

Absolutely fantastic release!
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Submitted by Digger on 4 July 2021
Blew my mind! Arpeggiated chords with 1541?!
Now let’s make pong with paddle control via serial cable.
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Submitted by Flex on 4 July 2021
Someone should have told me 1985 that the central unit is unnecessary.. You can deal with the 1541 only.. :-D
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Submitted by Dan Gillgrass on 3 July 2021
Completey out of the box ! outstanding work
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Submitted by Isildur on 3 July 2021
Absolutely crazy stuff!
Can we expect some more demos from Quiss? ;)
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Submitted by Walt on 3 July 2021
Excellent idea and execution. We really do need a new category for this ;)
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Submitted by Cobra/Samar on 3 July 2021
Fantastic. Thank you.
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Submitted by rime on 3 July 2021
So smooth. I guess a new category is born, "External hardware demo" ? =) What's next, a datasette producing video output with it's op amp ?
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Submitted by Jammer on 3 July 2021
That's INSANE! :O
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Submitted by Mixer on 3 July 2021
Just started reviewing gubbdata entries and this one is just crazy. My immediate thought was: "now find a way to hook 1541 to SID input and play music." Someone plz :)
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Submitted by Smasher on 3 July 2021
amazing stuff!
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Submitted by Ghost on 3 July 2021
WTF?!?!?! That's incredible!
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