jwills.co.uk website update

Have been updating this site a little bit. I launched jwills.co.uk a short while ago as a way to connect things I work on in one place, and act as a bit of a portfolio site. I also had an old Magento blog, and a small website for the O2 Joggler which I wanted to manage in a single place.

So what’s new? Well, I have now switched the theme (off the shelf WordPress theme with minor tweaks – sorry!), and have added the following sections to Projects:

These are all projects I work on, or have contributed to. I also automatically pull in the news feeds from XBMC4Xbox and ExoticA to this site.

In other news, I have been busy on RetroPie getting it ready for the final 3.0 release, which I hope will be ready v.soon – there is an issue with a single emulator I want to look at, and then I’m happy to push out a new image.

A Temporal Shift album by Uncle Art

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Just two weeks left to back this new Kickstarter funded album by Dave Lowe, which is to feature remakes of classic Amiga, Atari ST and C64 soundtracks. The highlight of the project will be a full orchestral performance of the Frontier soundtrack by the Chamber Orchestra Of London at the famous Abbey Road studios.


Insert Disk 2 album by Instant Remedy

Seven years in the making, the latest album Insert Disk 2 by Instant Remedy is now available to pre-order from Dutch label 010101 Music (of “Paula Agnus Denise” fame). The album features 12 remixes of Amiga game and demo music, expertly mastered by Holger Lagerfeldt and will premiere June 20th, 2015 at the Back in Time Brighton party.


ZX Spectrum: a visual compendium / The Spectrum Works album on Kickstarter

It’s the final week of this latest venture by Bitmap Books. This Kickstarter has several stretch goals, the highlight of which has to be The Spectrum Works album by veteran musician Allister Brimble. Tracks on the CD will include modern remixes of classic ZX Spectrum tracks such as Robocop (Jonathan Dunn), Agent X (Tim Follin) and Glider Rider (David Whittaker). This CD will only be available to Kickstarter backers and not available afterwards.

Links: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2146199819/zx-spectrum-a-visual-compendium-by-bitmap-books

Dave Lowe / Uncle Art on Kickstarter

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Dave Lowe aka Uncle Art and his daughter Holly Jazz Lowe have started a Kickstarter project to create a double album called “A Temporal Shift” – with originals and remakes of Dave Lowe’s Amiga, Atari and C64 Music – Link to project. Well worth backing in our opinion!

Apologies (again) for lack of news updates here. There have been some changes around the site though. Changes since the last update include:

Versions 61 & 62 of the High Voltage SID Collection were released by the HVSC Team. Our mirror and search interface has been updated with v62. The collection now contains more than 46,000 SIDs!

There has been some work on the wiki too – recently updated pages include List of games and demos with studio CD versions, and Lost In Translation/Shadow Of The Beast which now has platform screenshots and audio comparisons. The Shadow of the Beast page has also been updated with screenshots – thanks XtC.


Music Collection Updates

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

At the end of last year http://asma.atari.org/ released v3.7 of its Atari SAP Music Archive bringing the collection to a total of 5016 tunes! ExoticA provides a mirror of the archive as well as a web interface for searching and browsing. This has now been updated, and can be used to stream the music as ogg or mp3 without the need for a specialised player.

We also run a mirror of the Modland music collection. Our mirror is now up to date again after Modland moved home, and some changes have been made to the web interface we offer for it, including switching to XMP for playback of some of the multichannel module formats. With this change some additional (mostly PC) tracker formats can now be streamed as ogg/mp3 including – Digibooster Pro, Digitrakker, Epic Megagames MASI, Farandole Composer, Graoumf Tracker, Imago Orpheus, Liquid Tracker, Multitracker, Octalyser, Polytracker, TCB Tracker, Ultratracker and X-Tracker. Note the support and accuracy of this can vary between tracker – further information regarding XMP can be found at http://xmp.sourceforge.net/. These changes also affect the XBMC frontend – http://addons.xbmc.org/show/plugin.audio.modland/ – which allows streaming of tunes from Modland direct to your HTPC. The Modland addon for XBMC is available from the official XBMC Repository.

UnExoticA had a small update back in January with the addition of the music from two recent Amiga games – Solid Gold and Putty Squad. Thanks to Codetapper for providing these rips.

Finally I would like to thank Ronaldvd for his many contributions to the wiki over the past couple of years, including important corrections, structural cleanups and improvements. You have made a massive difference, and your help is always appreciated. Cheers :)


Putty Squad is released and HVSC Update

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

After 20 years, Putty Squad by System 3 is released for the Amiga and can be downloaded for free from their website. Huge thanks to them for making this possible, and to Galahad for his work in restoring the game from the original development files. Further information regarding the story can be found on Codetapper’s Amiga Retro Site.

The HVSC Team has released v60 of their C64 Music Collection. The collection now contains more than 44,000 SID tunes. You can download from our mirror as well as using the web based search interface to stream the music as mp3/ogg. Big thanks to the HVSC Team, and to the C64 scene for continuing to produce excellent C64 music.

Happy Xmas everyone :)


Turrican Soundtrack Anthology early download version

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Emails have gone out to backers of Chris Hülsbeck’s Turrican Soundtrack Anthology Kickstarter project, with download links for all 4 CD’s as FLAC, mp3 and other formats. The email contained the message:

“Surprise! Winners Save The Planet! :) Finally it is done – as promised, here’s your advance backer / supporter download of the entire Turrican Soundtrack Anthology! Even though this project has been a long and hard journey and it all took longer than anticipated, the entire team is very proud at what we have accomplished and we hope you’ll enjoy the result! :) And we’re again thanking you with all our hearts that you made this project possible! Also, we will have a shipping date for the physical goodies very soon too.”

Chris Hülsbeck

A lot of work has gone into this, and the music is excellent. Hopefully backers will also receive the hard copies soon, but it’s great to be able to listen to the music in the meantime. Thanks Chris :)

The Amiga Works is now shipping

Saturday, 12 October 2013

The Amiga Works (album cover)

Those that backed Allister Brimble’s Kickstarter campaign for his new Album “The Amiga Works” are now receiving their CD’s and USB Sticks. For those that missed the opportunity to back the project during the campaign, the album and USB stick as well as the poster (with artwork from Rico Holmes) will be available to purchase from the new official website http://www.amigaworks.com from the 21st October 2013. Received my copy in the post today, and have been listening to it non-stop. You can tell the massive amount of work that has gone into it – it is superb! Thanks Allister :)

/ BuZz