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Music database / Richard Joseph Player
March 11, 2011, 09:38:54
As I write, a 37MB zip archive is uploading to the AMP FTP... very slowly.

It's called rjp_conv/zip, and, as I promised, ooh, quite a while ago now, it contains conversions to S3M of all files I could find on UnExoticA of the RJP format.

Some brief notes, because I don't have much time:

Some subsongs may be junk.  I've just blindly ripped everything I could find and decided to leave the weeding to people who know what they're talking about.

Games included: Brutal/Crazy Football, Cannon Fodder/2, Chaos Engine/2/Demo, Diggers/Extractors, Flight of the Amazon Queen, James Pond 2/3/Aquatic Games, Mr Blobby, Rome AD 92, Ruff'n'Tumble, Sensible Golf, Sensible World of Soccer/95/96/Euro.

Some may be duplicates - see above.

I haven't tested as thoroughly as I should have done, so if it seems wrong, it probably is.  Please let me know about any mistakes!

I'll upload it to Modland as well when I get time.
Announcements / Re: 2011
January 01, 2011, 16:27:34
And a very happy new year to you too.  Have you uploaded the Jason Page trackers yet? ;)
Support / Feedback / Random logos in forum
December 28, 2010, 22:58:24
A minor complaint, but...

We have all those logos displayed randomly in every other part of the site, but why not in the forum?

I assume it's just PHP code, so could you paste it into the space at the top to match all the other pages?

Sorry, the same image on every page just gets boring after coming from the composer pages...
Requests / Re: Jason Page
December 24, 2010, 20:59:17
Merry Christmas!  Have a present. ;D

95KB and over 14,000 words... are you man enough? ;)

Enjoy a bit of not-so-festive reading from me! 8)
Requests / Re: Jason Page
December 23, 2010, 16:34:27
Quote from: Asle on December 23, 2010, 10:59:32
A converter ? hum ... why not, however, I must confess I didn't follow every step. While this topic is interesting, I still lack the usual spare time. Anyway, if you've done a converter yourself, maybe I could stick to the rip part ? In any event, I still would like to see the doc :)
It would be brilliant if you could find any more examples of this format out there, but I just downloaded everything I've got off the JPN format section of Modland.

If you're in a ripping mood, I'd still like to know what happened to Virocop tune 10 - Modland doesn't have it for some reason!
Quote from: Asle on December 23, 2010, 10:59:32
Quote from: swirlythingy on December 21, 2010, 23:31:49
If there's demand, and now that it's working again, I could upload the up-to-date zip file of all the tunes to the FTP.
I'm interested, yes. If it's not too much trouble for you, please, upload what you have ;)
Consider it uploaded!  It's in incoming/  Usual caveats about exceeding S3M 64000 byte sample limit apply, but my player managed them all right.  As long as you don't actually try to load them into ScreamTracker, you should be fine.
Requests / Re: Jason Page
December 22, 2010, 23:17:39
Oh, it wasn't very interesting, or at least not to this forum.  If you really want to know, it was called Terramex, and I believe it was a conversion from a previous game for the BBC Micro.  I don't think it was ever ported to the Amiga.

In my rip, I utilised a lot of the techniques I'd learnt when writing my Jason Page converter, which was probably part of the reason why the actual conversion process was so brief when I got down to it (the other being that there was no other known example of that format, which meant I could be extremely selective about what features I chose to implement).  The bit which took all the time was preparing the initial documentation and commenting the assembler in order to reverse-engineer the format - and then I procrastinated for weeks while trying not to have to go and write any actual code.  (My Jason Page project suffered a similarly protracted work cycle, only worse.)

Anyway, this isn't the place (you can download the result - Digital Symphony format only - here if you're really interested).  As for Jason Page, I didn't manage to get any work done today for several reasons, such as having had to actually leave the house at one point, but hopefully tomorrow will be brisker.
Requests / Re: Jason Page
December 21, 2010, 23:31:49
OK, I've been really lethargic about this, I know.  But it looks as if things are finally moving again.  Managing to successfully rip the music from an old Archimedes game which I'd been coveting for ages helped a lot with my motivation!  Jason Page documentation has once again moved to the top of my list.

As it stands, I'd estimate it's about two-thirds done (and about one-third of that happened in the last few days).  The core stuff is all in, but there's a load of appendices to write and lookup tables to calculate.  The good news is that I haven't found any more mistakes in my conversions (although I have learned a lot more about a certain feature I decided not to implement, which was satisfying, albeit in a way which helped me make a more informed decision about why I shouldn't implement it).

If all goes to schedule (trust me - it won't), I should have something to show by the end of the week.  Warning: the documentation is set to be huge!

Asle: Are you waiting on the documentation so you can write your own converter?  If so, I really wouldn't bother - it's a lot of effort, and I've done it all for you.

If there's demand, and now that it's working again, I could upload the up-to-date zip file of all the tunes to the FTP.
Happy birthday to AMP!  Please continue to dispense modules in quantities so stupefyingly huge that by the time I've listened to all of them most of western Europe will be underwater!
Music database / Re: obarski mega-mix
December 11, 2010, 00:38:14
OK then.  (It wasn't even a very good tune, anyway.)

Now to find out why large areas of his repertoire (e.g. 'rallyemaster', 'blueberry', Oil Imperium) produce a long string of unpleasant atonal chords when played, because I don't think he would have composed them that way.  And I need to work out why the pitch slides on 'sleepwalk' are totally messed up.  I don't think my replayer likes pre-ProTracker MODs at all (as evidenced by the earlier 8-channel StarTrekker incident).  Fun-fun-fun.
Music database / obarski mega-mix
December 09, 2010, 18:29:57
OK, what happened to this file?  I'm sure I downloaded it from AMP, and now I can't find it anywhere - not even with a deleted marker!

My copy is dated 18/10/2009.  Can anyone shed light on this mystery?  I'm pretty sure it came off Karsten Obarski's page, and its entry was named as its track name (I've renamed the attachment to avoid possible character translation problems).
Announcements / Re: Vote for the 100th logo
December 09, 2010, 18:15:35
Quote from: Crown on December 09, 2010, 11:36:22
We're happy to announce that Swirlythingy has won the 100th logo competition and as such as just been added to the long list of fabulous logos painted by AMP enthusiasts.
By three votes out of seven.  There's British democracy for you. 8)

So... when can we expect to see Asle's contribution appearing on the logo page? :)

I was rather disappointed that more people didn't vote in this competition (I know that seems hypocritical as I didn't vote, but as I was one of the entrants I felt it was counterproductive).  Still, I'd have liked a more well-defined result and one which seemed less like random noise caused by a too small sample size.

I'm afraid I'll probably join the massed ranks of artists in the gallery who drew one logo and then legged it - not having any particular artistic talent to call my own beyond once having had an idea for a gimmick which seemed cool and was relatively easy to draw.

Oh well, congratulations to me, and in the greatest British sporting traditions, yah-boo-sucks to all the rest of you. ;D
Announcements / Re: Vote for the 100th logo
November 07, 2010, 18:56:39
Don't worry, I didn't actually do it. ;D

I'm in the lead cos I'm just TOO DAMN FANTASTIC. ::)

(Incidentally, there are more than four people reading this forum, aren't there?)
Announcements / Re: Vote for the 100th logo
November 07, 2010, 13:52:19
Is it bad form to vote for oneself? ;)
Music database / Re: '(Premiere)intro' by Spaceman
October 12, 2010, 23:37:31
OK - I suppose it was decompressed but not converted, then?

And on the subject of Spaceman MODs, 'deja vu' appears to have been decompressed incorrectly, as the patterns degenerate into garbage about halfway through.

(Yes, I'm playing all his songs alphabetically... Digital Innovation 2 and counting!)
Music database / '(Premiere)intro' by Spaceman
October 12, 2010, 21:21:38
So I don't know why this is listed as a MOD.  I've never seen anything less a MOD file (mentioning no Jason Pages).

It looks like a database error, considering that ModInfo produces junk output.

Can anyone tell what format this is?  (It certainly isn't a compressed one.)

EDIT: Ooh, I'm a junior member now.