The C65 explained for C64 lovers
– Seminar by SvOlli

1280px-C65Let’s take a dive down into home computer history.

In my opinion the era of 6502 compatible based 8-bit computing has two holy grails: one from the beginning of that era, the other one is from the end. The first one is the Apple I, which is expensive, but boring from the coder’s point of view. Much more interesting is the machine that only existed as a few hundred prototypes, the Commodore C65.

I had access to the original system specification of the prototypes lately. So I decided to pick out a few gems and roll them up into a nice little talk that will make most C64 coders drool when thinking of the possibilities: expanded VIC, two SIDs for stereo, faster CPU with a larger instruction set and a DMA controller with blitter-like capabilities are just the core highlights of this beast. So let me introduce you to the machine that would have been a worthy completion of the line of 8-bit home computers.


Cables hands-on: WebGL audio-reactive visuals
– Workshop by pandur & powder

Cables is a visual WebGL editor currently in development which makes it possible to create beautiful interactive content for the web via a node based user interface. Within the workshop you will get an early glimpse what’s possible and create an audio-reactive visual which can be experienced in any modern browser.

Cables is being developed by demosceners, but also used to realize commercial projects.

The first serious cables project was luxe by holon, the winning demo of last years deadline demoparty. another demoscene related project is the bigscreen system of evoke.

Check out the online version of luxe / watch it below:

(!) To participate, please bring a Computer with Chrome Browser, a mouse and headphones.


How To 1-bit / How to HoustonTracker
– Two short talks by utz / irrlichtproject

How To 1-bit: A short introduction to writing music drivers for systems without sound hardware, with practical code examples.
How to HoustonTracker: A quick tutorial on making music with Texas Instruments graphing calculators using HoustonTracker 2.

Houston Tracker was released at Deadline 2015, check the website / watch a video of it below: