Our third Advent Calendar door in our celebration of the SID supremos

Back to yesterday’s clue:

A Dutch noise maniac.

For our third person, he hails from the Netherlands. The ‘noise maniac’ reference refers to a group he was involved in, the Maniacs of Noise. Therefore, today’s Sultan of SID is…

Jeroen Tel

Born in Helmond in 1972, he started composing music for the SID chip in his teens. Before going solo, he was involved in a group known as the Maniacs of Noise. They wrote music for C64 demos as well as published software titles.

His best known works include the theme music to Myth, Turbo Outrun, Cybernoid II: The Revenge, and Hawkeye. As a solo composer, his works include the music to Robocop 3, one of the Commodore 64’s last cartridge releases.

What makes his work so good? The fellow put himself in the shoes of a gamer (also with him being an avid video gamer too). He thought “if I was paying [the equivalent of £9.99] for a full price game, I would expect the music to be half decent.”

Essential Tunes

i. Cybernoid II: The Revenge

A lot of C64 devotees swear by the smooth graphics of Raff Cecco’s Cybernoid II. The real icing on the cake is the Maniacs of Noise’s in-game music. Every inch of the Commodore 64’s three channels is tested to the limits.

ii. Myth: History in the Making

Good old System 3. They always knew where to find a good musician, and the Tape Loader/Title Screen music is the work of legend. In this clip, there is also some disk loader music by Stefan Hartwig.

iii. Turbo Outrun

Turbo Outrun on the Commodore 64 was a great game, though one that should have had a cartridge release. The multiload on cassette was a real pain in the proverbial. The real joy was the Maniacs of Noise soundtrack, from the intro screens to the completion screen. Every single tune really added to the game.

This clip shows you the game in its entirety. With the multiload edited out.

Tomorrow’s Sultan of SID…

Under the tarpaulin, we shan’t tell you who our next SID legend is, but we can give you a clue. The clue is as follows:

Take the last two letters out of “Kenny”, change the “K” to “B”, then delete one of the letter Ls.

All will be revealed tomorrow.

S.V., 03 December 2016.

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