Banda sonora para el Amiga One X1000

Wellington, 11 de febrero 2012

Homenaje musical

Para celebrar el lanzamiento del AmigaOne X1000 “Primer Contacto”, se encargó a la compositora de música free-lance Rachel Dickinson (también conocida como Rayne Leafe) para crear dos bandas sonoras originales, como un homenaje al pionero equipo Amiga 1000. Le pedimos que compusiera un nuevo sonido de inicio para el X1000 AmigaOne que se basó en la prueba y diagnostico de audio original del Amiga.También se le pidió crear una obra más larga que capture el espíritu del  X1000 AmigaOne. El resultado es A-EON Starlight una banda sonora atmosférica y evocadora que evolucionó a partir de su boot tema.

De acuerdo con el venerado desarrollador de AmigaOS Olaf Barthel, “el audio de diagnóstico y test de del Amiga 1000 (aka boot sound) se basa en el motivo de Siegfried Horn, tal como se utiliza en el Ciclo del Anillo de Richard Wagner. El código de la ROM de arranque del Amiga 1000 no contiene sólo el fragmento de Wagner, también algo más:.. el tono cinco “es el tema de la nave nodriza” de John Williams, que se utiliza en” Encuentros en la tercera fase” Barthel agregó: “el autor del audio código de diagnóstico parece ser Siegfried W.Bleher. El tema interpretado por el Amiga 1000 parece ser una versión editada, que se reproduce más rápido que el original de Wagner, y no está exactamente en consonacia con ella tampoco.

Las notas que se tocan son las siguientes: c, g (nota larga), e (nota1/128th), c, d, e, f, e, d, d. Las frecuencias y velocidad del playback están codificadas de forma “hard coded” para una máquina NTSC, lo que podría explicar por qué suena como lo hace.  El código de generación de sonido individual utiliza una onda senoidal y emula una envolvente ADSR con un “attack time” breve y un tiempo de salida un poco más largo. Por tanto puedo decir, el código de diagnóstico y la música tal como la conocemos hoy finalmente se reunieron el 13 de mayo de 1985. También (he probado el código cuando lo descubrí), el tema del tono cinco de John Williams no suena tan bien como en la película. En la anotación del film, da pié al tono cinco que contiene el tema “wild signals”. Quizá sea adecuado que los Amiga’s “Close Encounter” se convirtiera en Amiga ONE x1000’s “First Contact”.

Rachel comentó: “Pasé mi infancia utilizando un ordenador Amiga, y es un privilegio especial para mí poder contribuir a su continuo éxito. Cuando me pidieron que escribiera el sonido de inicio para el nuevo AmigaOne X1000 he querido rendir homenaje tanto al tema de inicio simple del original Amiga y el sonido mejorado de inicio creado para AmigaOS 4 por el artista japonés electro-pop, compositor y usuario de Amiga Susumu Hirasawa.

He tratado ser fiel al tono referencia del sonido inicio original añadiendo una interpretación moderna. El tema A-EON Starlight es una expansión y exploración del “boot theme”. Espero que les guste mi música homenaje Amiga. 

Por otro lado Trevor informa de que han ordenado un nuevo lote de fabricación de Amigas Ones X1000 a distribuir por Amigakit, también ha publicado una nueva reseña a la información que dimos sobre la placa prototipo de expansion para Xena.

Dejo la información original en inglés:

Movie trivia and “First Contact links”

Wellington, 11th February 2012

Musical Tribute

To mark the release of the AmigaONE X1000 “First Contact” system we commissioned free-lance music composer Rachel Dickinson (aka Rayne Leafe) to create two original soundtracks as a tribute to the ground-breaking Amiga 1000 computer. We asked her to compose a new start-up boot sound for the AmigaONE X1000 which built on the Amigas’ original diagnostic audio test. We also asked her to create a longer piece which captures the spirit of the AmigaONE X1000. The result is A-EON Starlight an atmospheric and evocative music score which evolved from her new boot theme.

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According to venerable AmigaOS developer Olaf Barthel, “the Amiga 1000 audio diagnostic test (aka boot sound) is based upon the Siegfried horn motif, as used in Richard Wagner’s Ring cycle. The code for the Amiga 1000 boot ROM does not contain just the Wagner snippet, but also something else: the five tone “theme of the mothership” by John Williams as used in “Close encounters of the third kind”. Barthel added “The author of the audio diagnostic code appears to be Siegfried W. Bleher. The theme played by the Amiga 1000 appears to be an edited version, which plays faster than Wagner’s original, and is not exactly in tune with it either. The notes played are as follows: c, g (long note), e (1/128th note), c, d, e, f, e, d, d. The playback frequencies and speed are hard-coded for an NTSC machine, which might explain why it sounds like it does. The individual sound generation code uses a sine wave and emulates an ADSR envelope with short attack time and a slightly longer release time. From what I can tell, the diagnostic code and the music as we know it today finally came together on 13 May 1985. Also (I tested the code when I discovered it), John William’s five tone theme did not sound quite as good as in the film. In the film score, the cue that contains the five tone theme is called “wild signals”. It is perhaps fitting that the Amiga’s 1985 “Close Encounter” developed into the AmigaONE X1000’s “First Contact”.

Rachel commented, “I spent my childhood using an Amiga computer and it’s a special privilege for me to be able to contribute to its continuing success. When I was asked to write the boot sound for the new AmigaONE X1000 I wanted to pay homage to both the simple boot theme of the original Amiga and the enhanced start-up sound created for AmigaOS 4 by Japanese electro-pop artist, composer and Amiga user Susumu Hirasawa. I’ve tried to remain true to the tone row of the original boot sound while adding a modern interpretation. The A-EON Starlight theme is an expansion and exploration of the new boot theme. I hope you enjoy my musical Amiga tribute. “

Links:
AmigaONE X1000 boot theme
A-EON Starlight

The Mark of Xorro!

As part of our ongoing commitment to the AmigaONE X1000, we commissioned Varisys to design a special Xorro plug-in board to take advantage of the A1-1000’s onboard Xena “co-processor”. The Xorro board is intended for the consummate Amiga hacker and is a practical XMOS veroboard which allows access to the Xena slot IOs and power rails. It has the added advantage of being able to be cut in half via an added dotted line, allowing it to be used in small form factor cases. To demonstrate it’s use on the AmigaONE X1000, Varisys created a simple circuit with a buffer and some LEDs. A video is attached of the Xorro board performing an XMOS “walking 1″ test on the Xena pins. The Xorro plug-in board will be stocked by AmigaKit and information will be posted on their website in the near future.

Link:
Xorro in action on the AmigaONE X1000 (YouTube link)

“First Contact” Update

If you missed out on an AmigaONE X1000 “First Contact” system and still want to join the party we have some good news for you. Following the overwhelming success of the “First Contact” initiative, we are pleased to announce that we have authorised another production run. As before, these systems will be supplied with AmigaOS 4 Update 1.5 pre-installed and a fully paid-up license for the supply of AmigaOS 4.2 when it is commercially released by Hyperion Entertainment. Please check out the AmigaKit website for pre-order details which will be posted in the near future.

Link:
AmigaKit AmigaONE X1000 pre-order news

Trevor Dickinson

AmigaOneX1000 boot theme

A-EON Starlight

fuente Trevor Dickinson A-Eon Technology