20 GOTO 10

By Steven Goodwin

Retro Computing by Numbers

Friday, 23 September 2022

While the manuscript is with the editors...

...here's a short musical interlude!

It's a remix I created of the BBC Micro classic "Cold Tea."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAXYZhbhMuc

Originally, it was an improvised piano piece performed on Hungarian TV by Andrew Robinson, but I first heard it in the computer room at school. It was on a disc of several tunes which got copied around everyone in the year. Imagine a room with 20 BBC micros, each playing a different tune!

This version was created by using BeebEm to capture the video (and audio) of the first part, which I then mixed into the remix section. Since I'm rather poor at playing by ear I hacked the original program (written in BASIC) to output the notes to the screen, which I duly redirected to the virtual printer. (i.e. a text file.) A quick piece of Javascript to convert this list of notes into a MIDI file, and I was ready to start work arranging the notes.

If you've never heard the original piano version it is, like everything else, available on YouTube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53HEFvFPLLY

The pinned comment is even from the composer himself!

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