Our twenty-third SID sultan of our Advent Calendar
From yesterday, our little clue was:
His nickname is the shared with either one of the Gremlins, one of Damon Grant’s mates in the early episodes of Brookside, and a guitar device created by Godley and Creme.
The nickname in question is Gizmo. The real name of our penultimate SID sultan is…
Newcastle-upon-Tyne-based musician Adam Gilmore gained the nickname Gizmo in his locality. As well as writing SID tunes, he has also worked on music for Atari’s 8-bit systems. Particularly the 65XE and 135XE systems – forerunners of the legendary Atari 400 and 800 machines. He wrote his music for the C64 first before porting the data statements on paper for use on the Atari.
Most of his work was released in the late 1980s to early 1990s, for North Eastern software houses Tynesoft and Zeppelin Games.
i. Blue Baron
In this clip by Polaventris, we see a session of the above game. The title music by Gizmo is very melodic though nothing too out of the ordinary for a 1992 budget game. On the other hand, it serves its purpose with the early 20th century ambience of this shooter.
This piece starts off in a fairly weedy fashion with glockenspiel and gamelan style tone. Then, moments later, it builds up into an ethereal, bombastic number. In comparison with the Atari’s POKEY chip, the SID’s bass is the real difference. It is meatier.
The same is true with the C64 version of the Zybex title music. Among Zeppelin Games’ titles, this was quite a popular shoot-em-up in the day. What else could we say other than the fact this tune got you pumped up for some arcade style action?
Tomorrow’s Sultan of SID…
For our twenty-fourth and final SID legend, we can’t tell you, but this fellow is one you would have expected to see in the Advent Calendar. Perhaps earlier, but we have decided to save the best one to the last. The clue is as follows:
Best known for the in-game music of Monty on the Run.
I think that clue says everything as to whom our next Sultan of SID will be. All will be revealed tomorrow.
S.V., 23 December 2016.