30 years old: game music of the Commodore 64

usic of Commodore 64 games 

The C-64 is 30 years old in 2012. A prototype was shown at the January 1982 CES in Las Vegas. It began shipping in August, 1982.

According to the Guinness Book of Records, the Commodore 64 was the best-selling home computer system of all time, selling over thirty million units in its production years from 1982 to 1993. [1] There were approximately ten thousand games released for the C64 over its decade-long reign, and many still remain popular with “retro gamers.” One of the attractions to Commodore’s games over those of its competitors was their unique musical aesthetic. With screaming guitar-like square wave solos, full-length songs, attempts to re-create traditional “rock band” line-ups in its use of tone channels, and its increased use of percussion, Commodore music was like rock to Nintendo’s heavily looped disco aesthetic.

via “Loops and bloops” – Music of the Commodore 64 games

Note that the C64 used a special (SID) chip to make music. Tens of thousands of music files for the C64 are available online, but you’ll need some kind of special “C64 emulator” software with a to listen to them on your computer. They’re pretty easy to find.

150 C64 Games in 10 minutes

 All-Time Top C64 Game Tunes (.sid files)

WAVs and MIDIs !!!!

SID tune information list