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ßÜ °   Main Info                                            ° Üß
   ±  ____________________________________________________  ±
   ²                                                        ²
   Û   "The Blossoming Years" is a new album by MmcM, who   Û
   Û   is one of the most prominent musicians to come out   Û
   Û   of the Russian ZX Spectrum demoscene. A compilation  Û
   Û   of 18 tracks from 1999-2001 shows the musician at    Û
   Û   the peak of his creative powers and easily explains  Û
   Û   the cult following that he enjoys in the homeland.   Û
   Û                                                        Û
   Û   The executable version of the album is made for      Û
   Û   an ultimate listening experience on a 48K ZX         Û
   Û   Spectrum with an AY8912 add-on or on any classic     Û
   Û   model with 128K of RAM. Some popular Russian-made    Û
   Û   clones are also supported.                           Û
   Û                                                        Û
   Û   Hardware requirements:                               Û
   Û                                                        Û
   Û   (*) ZX Spectrum 48K/128K/+2/+2a/+2b/+3, or           Û
   Û   (*) Pentagon / Pentagon-compatible clones, or        Û
   Û   (*) ZS Scorpion 256 Turbo+.                          Û
   Û                                                        Û
   Û   Duration: 1 hour approx.                             Û
   Û                                                        Û
   Û   HD recording of the full album is available at       Û
   Û             http://youtu.be/2eJNCm6bWww                Û
   Û                                                        Û
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Üßß                                                          ßßÜ
ßÜ °   Tracklist                                            ° Üß
   ±  ____________________________________________________  ±
   ²                                                        ²
   Û   01. Assured                                3:43      Û
   Û   02. Jungle Bit Popsacid                    2:10      Û
   Û   03. Melancholy                             2:01      Û
   Û   04. Mentbi                                 3:35      Û
   Û   05. Bit Of Fantasy                         3:00      Û
   Û   06. Cybernation                            3:05      Û
   Û   07. Al-ya Trance                           2:45      Û
   Û   08. Mad Men                                2:34      Û
   Û   19. Bugs In My Mind                        2:40      Û
   Û   10. Changeability                          4:22      Û
   Û   11. Dance With Me Death                    3:42      Û
   Û   12. Hopeful                                5:11      Û
   Û   13. Laxity                                 2:29      Û
   Û   14. Nostalgia In My Soul                   4:08      Û
   Û   15. Seeing                                 2:00      Û
   Û   16. Offence                                3:58      Û
   Û   17. Rescue Me                              3:14      Û
   Û   18. Suggestive                             5:02      Û
   Û                                                        Û
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Üßß                                                          ßßÜ
ßÜ °   The "Hype Allstars" Crew for ZX Spectrum version     ° Üß
   ±  ____________________________________________________  ±
   ²                                                        ²
   Û   (in alphabetic order)                                Û
   Û                                                        Û
   Û   diver^4d (Graphics, Design)                          Û
   Û   dman^pcb^b7 (Ascii Art)                              Û
   Û   hacker vbi (Scroller Coding)                         Û
   Û   hun7er^cc (Party Spirit Support)                     Û
   Û   introspec^lom (Design, Main Code)                    Û
   Û   mmcm^sa9e (Music, All 18 Tracks)                     Û
   Û   nodeus^lf (Video Montage)                            Û
   Û   nq^skrju (Jingles for Hype and Album Intros)         Û
   Û   sq^skrju (Bug Hunting)                               Û
   Û   trefi^debris (Hype Intro Coding)                     Û
   Û   unbeliever (Nothing, but Ideas)                      Û
   Û                                                        Û
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Üßß                                                          ßßÜ
ßÜ °   Linear Notes by introspec                            ° Üß
   ±  ____________________________________________________  ±
   ²                                                        ²
   Û   The ZX Spectrum version of the music disc was made   Û
   Û   in a little over 2 weeks. Although I immediately     Û
   Û   jumped at the opportunity to make a music disc with  Û
   Û   some of the MmcM's classic tracks, the restrictions  Û
   Û   that we posed upon ourselves (we wanted the album    Û
   Û   in the form of a single-load 48K demo) meant that    Û
   Û   we had to resolve some pretty severe challenges.     Û
   Û                                                        Û
   Û   One hour of pt3 music selected for the album         Û
   Û   originally occupied 97697 bytes, with the longest    Û
   Û   track measuring at 9705 bytes. We did not have time  Û
   Û   to design a player of compressed music (this would   Û
   Û   not be particularly pt3-friendly anyway), so we had  Û
   Û   to improvise. Using few tricks and the wonders of    Û
   Û   the amazing Aplib by Joergen Ibsen we managed to     Û
   Û   compress the music data down to 29440 bytes.         Û
   Û   Together with buffer for the longest track, this     Û
   Û   occupied 29440+9705=39145 of the memory normally     Û
   Û   available on the 48K machine, leaving us about       Û
   Û   49152-39145-6912(screen) ~ 3095 bytes to play with,  Û
   Û   which is pretty tight given that over half of this   Û
   Û   space would be taken by a pt3 player and unpacker.   Û
   Û                                                        Û
   Û   Thus, we had a choice to make. We could have tried   Û
   Û   to make an extremely minimalistic player in 1K, but  Û
   Û   we knew that it would be lacking. Hence, we decided  Û
   Û   to design for the situation. Specifically, we        Û
   Û   placed 4K of compressed music data into the screen   Û
   Û   and then worked on the design to hide the resulting  Û
   Û   limitatons as much as we possibly could.             Û
   Û                                                        Û
   Û   Specifically, the spectrum visualizer in the upper   Û
   Û   third of the screen may appear to be a trivial       Û
   Û   attribute effect, done countless number of times     Û
   Û   before. However, since the bitmap data for the       Û
   Û   screen there stores data, we are only allowed to     Û
   Û   use attributes with the same INK and PAPER colours.  Û
   Û   We resolved this limitation by a specially designed  Û
   Û   raster effect (we call it "multicolour" here on      Û
   Û   Spectrum). The middle third is fully available for   Û
   Û   drawing, but since lower and upper thirds are        Û
   Û   distinctly low-rez, we felt that we needed to use    Û
   Û   lower resolution in the middle too. Hence, we        Û
   Û   designed a colour chunk display with a bit of        Û
   Û   subtle "gigascreen" to double the effective          Û
   Û   horizontal colour resolution.                        Û
   Û                                                        Û
   Û   The bulk of code for this music disc was written     Û
   Û   afresh, although multicolor and hardware detection   Û
   Û   modules come from my other projects. In addition to  Û
   Û   these, we used Aplib unpackers by dwedit, optimized  Û
   Û   by utopian and Metalbrain, as well an integrated     Û
   Û   RCS+ZX7 decoder by Einar Saukas. The music is        Û
   Û   played using a modded version of Sergey Bulba's      Û
   Û   "ptxplay.asm". A use is also made of the arbitrary   Û
   Û   delay routine by Jan Bobrowski.                      Û
   Û                                                        Û
   Û   The fact that I write so many words does not mean    Û
   Û   that I made the demo alone. This project was a       Û
   Û   truly collaborative project, with tangible,          Û
   Û   explicit contributions coming from at least 8        Û
   Û   different people. I do not know the situation for    Û
   Û   other scenes, but this scale, for ZX Spectrum        Û
   Û   scene, was unthinkable, in my mind, even half a      Û
   Û   year ago. To a large extent, this became possible    Û
   Û   because of the creation of "Hype", a new website,    Û
   Û   a combination of a mag and a board for Spectrum      Û
   Û   scene obsessives and their friends.                  Û
   Û                                                        Û
   Û   It is extremely late and therefore I am a little     Û
   Û   scared to write greets, in a fear of surely          Û
   Û   forgetting some people. Hence, I'll just write       Û
   Û   few short greets for my co-authors.                  Û
   Û                                                        Û
   Û   diver^4d:                                            Û
   Û      it is great to have a friend I can always         Û
   Û      rely on in a moment of need. Love the art you     Û
   Û      made here and hope that I did not cause you too   Û
   Û      much stress with all this mess and all those      Û
   Û      out-of-the-blue graphic design sessions.          Û
   Û                                                        Û
   Û   dman^pcb^b7:                                         Û
   Û      many thanks for the ASCII, man, sorry if          Û
   Û      butchered some of it with my clumsy editing.      Û
   Û                                                        Û
   Û   hacker vbi:                                          Û
   Û      Vova, thank you very much for being the shining   Û
   Û      beakon of sanity :)  You helped me a lot.         Û
   Û                                                        Û
   Û   mmcm^sa9e:                                           Û
   Û      I hope you enjoy what you find here.              Û
   Û                                                        Û
   Û   nodeus^lf                                            Û
   Û      thank you for stepping in the moment of great     Û
   Û      need! I am looking forward to seeing your work.   Û
   Û                                                        Û
   Û   nq^skrju:                                            Û
   Û      many thanks for your help, mate. Both your        Û
   Û      jingles are absolutely delicious. Note to other   Û
   Û      demomakers: the PSG for the second part of the    Û
   Û      intro packs into measly 741 bytes. Much amaze!    Û
   Û                                                        Û
   Û   sq^skrju:                                            Û
   Û      I do not know what you did to find that bug,      Û
   Û      but it great not to have it anymore!              Û
   Û                                                        Û
   Û   trefi^debris:                                        Û
   Û      what an absolutely lovely intro and written on    Û
   Û      an extremely short notice too! Mate, you know     Û
   Û      where to find me when you need help.              Û
   Û                                                        Û
   Û   unbeliever:                                          Û
   Û      you inspired and irritated, in equal measure,     Û
   Û      pretty much all of us. This was definitely a      Û
   Û      very interesting experience!                      Û
   Û                                                        Û
   Û   Greetings to everyone who cares about ZX scene.      Û
   Û                                                        Û
   Û   Be cool.                                             Û
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