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Lunatico was my entry in the prestigious X'2016 demo compo. To my surprise and joy it ended up on 2nd place, beating such titans as Censor Design and Offence/Prosonix.

In fact, the overall quality of the entries was exceptionally high in this competition, and the results of the vote were very close, with only a 10% difference between winner and 10th place.

Thanks to Lemming for the video capture!


The release zip contains:

  • Disk images for Side 1 and Side 2.
  • A disk sleeve that you can print out, cut, fold and glue together.
  • SID tunes for various parts of the soundtrack.

I intend to write a couple of in-depth articles describing some of the effects used in this demo. But it will take some time. Meanwhile, the demo note on Side 1 contains a brief technical introduction.

You can also find information and opinions about Lunatico on pouët and csdb.

Posted Tuesday 1-Nov-2016 00:29

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Tue 1-Nov-2016 07:12
Very nice work.
Fri 4-Nov-2016 02:32
Two years...and this is the result? Downright amazing! Always look forward to a new LFT demo, however rarely they come out. Can't wait for the technical explanation!

Random question: about when did you write the music for the demo? I'd imagine it would be really hard to stick to writing a single tune over the course of two years. My guess: you wrote the music at the beginning/early-middle period of development and tweaked it as needed to fit the rest of the demo.

Oh, and one other thing: there's a tiny typo in the VSP tool/demo notes where "Lunatica" is written instead of "Lunatico." Not a big deal-just wanted to let you know. =)

As always, thanks for sharing your incredible technical and musical wizardry with us. Hope to see more soon!
Sat 14-Jan-2017 23:53
To your surprise? Oh, please... Hands down, your demo was the absolute winner.

Fri 24-Mar-2017 23:19
Congratulations, it's a great demo!
I have noticed that the 6581 "old SID" detection code works about 50% of the runs, I've tried it on two different "breadbins" (two different board revisions) and on a very early SX-64. I'm curious about how you try detecting the SID type.
Running the demo from the "note & vsp tool" almost always worked on all the 2 breadbins (failed only once actually) and on the SX-64 but it never worked on my only C64C (this one with 8580 SID), it just hang the C64C solidly. Loading the demo directly however worked fine and the demo ran until the end. I've always used the same 1541 (but of course on the SX-64) and the same floppy disk.
None of these machines ever showed any VSP memory crash on any channel (using your tool).