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Commodore 64: The Music

Dr Kenny McAlpine explores the musical legacy of the Commodore 64, and interviews the legendary Rob Hubbard to get a perspective on his workflow.

The SID chip was complex, and Commodore’s implementation of BASIC made it very difficult for new users to work with it.

Even seasoned developers needed time to explore all of its intricacies and it took time to unlock its full potential. In this video, we explore the practice of music-making on the C64, and hear from video game legend Rob Hubbard, who did more than anyone to create the C64 sound.

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Video Game Design and Development: A Bit-by-Bit History of Video Game Music: Video Game Sound and Music

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