Computer Music

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Articles about computer music, especially focused on old music software.

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One of the most well-known composers for games on the Commodore 64 and Amiga, Chris Hűlsbeck, wrote his own music software for the Commodore 64. It was named 'Soundmonitor' and was released in October 1986. It had a raw programmer-style interface with 3 tracks and music listed as a series of commands. This type of music software would be known as 'trackers' and Soundmonitor would give rise to hundreds of different implementations of the same core idea, particularly on the Commodore Amiga and the PC.
SoundTracker and ST-01
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The earliest well-known music tracker software was Chris Hűlsbeck's Soundmonitor for the Commodore 64. Inspired by Soundmonitor, Karsten Obarski created 'The Ultimate Soundtracker' for the Commodore Amiga and released it in 1987. Combined with the digital sampled audio capabilities of the popular home computer, the Commodore Amiga, trackers became a phenomenon in home music production in the 1980-1990s.
Video Game Music
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