A session at Horizons

Saturday 5th May, 2012

2:00pm to 3:00pm (GMT)

Matt shows how to recreate a pop song from scratch as a Spectrum chiptune, in one hour, using the 1991-era Soundtracker software.

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Matt Westcott

Rockstar ZX Spectrum coder (yes, actual rockstar). Lead dev of @WagtailCMS at @torchbox. Gasman in the demoscene. bio from Twitter

Matt Westcott got his first Spectrum in 1984 aged three and a half, spent his entire childhood wondering what the SIN, COS and TAN keywords did, and was too sentimental to give it up in the 90s when it stopped being cool. Since then he's been a leading figure in the demoscene - a community of programmers and artists creating digital artworks on old and not-so-old computers - and played Spectrum chip music concerts at events across Europe. He's written a Spectrum emulator in Javascript, and once played a single game of Manic Miner for 12 hours (because you can do that sort of thing when you're a student). In his other life he works as a developer for Oxfordshire-based web agency Torchbox. http://matt.west.co.tt/

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Time 2:00pm3:00pm GMT

Date Sat 5th May 2012

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