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Fanta in Space   [2008]

Fanta in Space Released by :

Release Date :
25 October 2008

Type :
C64 Music

Website :

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Achievements :
C64 Music Competition at X'2008 :  #2

User rating:*********_  9.1/10 (29 votes)   See votestatistics
*********_  9.2/10 (14 votes) - Public votes only.

Credits :
Code .... SounDemoN of Church 64, Dekadence, Onslaught
  The Human Code Machine of Masters' Design Group
Music .... Fanta of Chorus, Oxyron, Plush, Viruz

SIDs used in this release :
Fanta in Space(/MUSICIANS/F/Fanta/Fanta_in_Space.sid)

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Submitted by DeMOSic on 30 October 2021
The earliest song using the THCM 8-Bit Digi driver but its still one of the best tunes using the THCM 8-Bit Digi driver! So fucking good!
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Submitted by GH on 11 February 2020
Still Fantabulous!

@Drax: Yeah, a bit Delta ala Stylish ;)
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Submitted by DivertigO on 23 May 2018
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Submitted by akaobi on 20 June 2017
I guess the telephone bell was quoted from MOD.phone by El Mobo aka Moby. Amigaaaaaaa.
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Submitted by The Phantom on 10 February 2015
I can't believe I'm just NOW hearing this!!!

This is 0615030b090e07 AMAZING :)

Just incredible.. Never heard ANYTHING like this on c64... Just amazing..
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Submitted by LMan on 10 February 2015
Pushing the c64's limits, doing impossible things with it, was always part of the fascination. And making the c64 sound like an Amiga with a nice italo disco summer flair is just awesome.
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Submitted by Linus on 17 November 2014
Wow, it took me six years to appreciate the tune for what it is. I hated those ugly ST-00 sounds and wasn't too fond of the rather simple composition either.

Anyways, the main melody is catchy as can be and I think even the sounds fit pretty darn well.

Finally, here's your 9/10 :D

.oO(How times change ...)
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Submitted by Rayne on 5 November 2010
Wouldn't it be possible to do a Softsynth then on the C64 where you can create a sound which is rendered as a sample and then play this sample at different notes :)
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Submitted by jailbird on 26 May 2009
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Submitted by daison on 23 February 2009
It now plays in SidPlay 2.5... yay! :)
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Submitted by MacGyver on 31 January 2009
I guess many people dislike any kind of digis. However, I do not belong to those disqualifying anything contaning samples :-) Especially not at such a true killer in both, technical and executive. My personal winner.
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Submitted by Conrad on 23 December 2008
Now that Vice 2.1 is out, make sure to select reSID floating point (FP) emulation and one of the SID models with fp signature to hear this new invention properly.
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Submitted by Stainless Steel on 13 November 2008
Reminds me of some early 90's amiga mod by virgil or the likes. Technically top notch. Still, not my thing.
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Submitted by dalezy on 6 November 2008
right, this is sid/coder-porn, and you did succeed at that. congrats for filtering samples and making it seems as if you sneaked a mod into the compo.
then again, without the filtering, this one was somehwat non-fanta-ish and beyond what i usually prefer and know from you on c64. musicially, you can do better, lots of better even, make that 400% better than this one. you could have beaten anyone out of their boots with a usual fanta-tune, i'm assured of that. and you know that as well. :)
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Submitted by Mace on 30 October 2008
Holy crap, filtered samples...!
On my C64...!

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Submitted by Radiant on 29 October 2008
I think Fanta has composed much better tunes than this, though it was interesting to hear the new sample playback technique in action.
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Submitted by booker on 29 October 2008
Quoting Mixer

My understading is that this one is supposedly amigaish to prove that c-64 and sid is superior to amiga :)

I am looking forward to all future stuff that will use synthesized digisound, wavetables and original samples. There is so much that can be done in this fashion.

Actually there's only one small criticism thingy for this tune - samples ^^

I mean, though great, I woudl personally avoid to use Amiga'ish '90 samples. But! I knew if Fanta used them, he wanted them there. =)

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Submitted by Mixer on 29 October 2008
My understading is that this one is supposedly amigaish to prove that c-64 and sid is superior to amiga :)

I am looking forward to all future stuff that will use synthesized digisound, wavetables and original samples. There is so much that can be done in this fashion.
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Submitted by Stan on 28 October 2008
Difficult question. This really sounds like an AMIGA Mod and no doubt, great stuff, but it has its trade-offs: I don't like the melody too much, that's why I personally saw JT ahead and still do now. De gustibus non est disputandum.
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Submitted by DRAX on 28 October 2008
Amazing tune... Somehow the arpeggio in the beginning reminds me of something that Laxity ones did... Just can't remember what... Very popish stuff ;)
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Submitted by psych on 27 October 2008
Fanta-stic:) Was great to listen to it live on the X.
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Submitted by Style on 27 October 2008
oh my god, this tune kicks JT's effort to the curb in every way possible. What the hell were the voters thinking?
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Submitted by Deev on 27 October 2008
Nice tune, really fantastic sounds. JT is a C64 legend and he did some fantastic SID music, but it seems he won this compo on past glories.
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Submitted by Burglar on 26 October 2008
wth? how come we didn't disqualify this amiga tune???

awesome track fanta! \o/
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Submitted by CreaMD on 26 October 2008
I'm really sorry for not joining X-compos this year because I would be glad to shake Fanta's hand being beaten by this interesting tune. (I've promised him that I'll kick his butt in X-compo, unfortunatelly I will have to do it next time ;-) Should have won over JT's one. Although JT maybe deserves a honrable first place for just returning back to scene compos with new tune ;-), we can't blame him for being so easily recognisable ;-). As for the Fanta's tune itself. It's a nice proof of concept demonstration but I don't fall from chair hearing just that. Playing with filter sounds just inspirative and promising, but with some different samples it could cause even more massive demolition ;-) let's hope we'll have chance to hear one or two more of this kind in future ;-).
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Submitted by The Human Code Machine on 26 October 2008
@Jammer I wrote my own custom player for the 4 voice 8 bit digi part and we used Goattracker for the first two sid voices. Everything was composed using Open ModPlug Tracker and converted with my Protracker Converter.
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Submitted by warp8 on 26 October 2008
Alex...mit'm Taschenrechner in der Hand, I guess...congrats on this übernice one.
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Submitted by booker on 26 October 2008
Hi Alex

Great composition. Congratulations of being the first who used SD's and THCM's codes, and you actually managed to not fuck it up! ^.^


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Submitted by Jammer on 26 October 2008
not a perfection as a tune, but something that our grandkids should definitely remember. filtered samples really draw ma jaw down. what player? :P
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Submitted by DeeKay on 26 October 2008
AMIIIGAA!!! I loved this in the compo, I wasn't too surprised to find out afterwards it's by Fanta! ;-D

This is the perfect compliment to the new standard in what's possible in c64 gfx, which some people might have seen at my table! ;-D Yup, there's a new gfxmode in town, MUIFLI is here, delivering awesome details and extremely smooth colors while hardly flickering at all! WE NEED TCH! 8)

So Fanta/Soundemon raised the bar in c64 sound, we raised in in c64 gfx (unfortunately no release, since I won't participate in the compo with just some converted picture, no matter how nice it looks! <:-) and Booze raised it in Demomaking. So X sounded the beginning of a new era in all 3 areas, great! ;-D
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Submitted by Stainless Steel on 26 October 2008
Sorry, but this sounds too much like a sampled amiga mod to me.

Too much digis, too little sid.

Drax, Randall, Jammer .. they all had much stronger entries in the compo.

People were blinded by the digi effect show.

Sorry Fanta, nothing personal.

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Submitted by SIDWAVE on 26 October 2008
good sid tune, impressive sample player, but sounds shit = fail!

please use the sid in the best sounding way. technique and perfection cannot impress me, if the feelings are lacking or the samples destroy the midtones.

That said; i also wanna say that Fantas tune in the oxyron demo is pure orgasm for me! and thats what i like!
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Submitted by Hate Bush on 26 October 2008
forget the technique - there's a great composition lurking behind it. i'm sure it was intentional that alex was wearing a kraftwerk t-shirt.
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Submitted by tempest on 26 October 2008
Fanta goes Megahawks Inc :)

Impressive new technique.
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Submitted by iAN CooG on 25 October 2008
Sounds correct in vice 2.05 (sources from Sourceforge) setting reSID-fp and any alankila patch.
Making a .sid file from this is hard, without some recode, no space left for the sidplay routines in memory.
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Submitted by Frantic on 25 October 2008
Hehe.. damn.. I was also planning to do a player precisely like this, built on SounDemoN's 8bit-sample playing idea, but... congratulations to Fanta for beating me to it! ...and for doing a nice tune with it too! :)
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Submitted by Tao on 25 October 2008
This is not a SID. This is an eargasm! JTs song was good, this is mindblowing.
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Submitted by assiduous on 25 October 2008
i agree,it blows away anything else,this is the way the Sid music should follow,fantastic.

btw,it sounds broken in Resid(Vice,Sidplay2),Hoxs64 using the resample sounds the same as the C64 recording.
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Submitted by Steppe on 25 October 2008
Fanta just raised the bar of what is possible on a plain 64 by MILES! (Edit, actually Soundemon and THCM are the fathers of the technology behind it)
Technically amazing (4 channel digis mixed at 8 bits with 2 sidvoices, digis and sidvoices can be filtered!) but also musically a very strong and energetic piece of music. Without wanting to start the old discussion again - but this tune should have won the music compo. 11/10!
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