C64 Christmas

Christmas Special Editorial: 20 years of RKO (The charts revisited)

Published: 24/12/2020 by Neil Carr

 

In the year 2000 Jan Lund Thomsen's RKO (remix.kwed.org) was born. Finally, a resource that enabled remixers to uploaded their remixes for the world to enjoy. Before that time the remixing scene were made up of several websites spread around the internet. Finding these sites and jumping around from one to another was a painful and a somewhat chaotic experience. Over the years RKO would establish itself to be the one stop shop to get your c64 remix fix. In this Christmas editorial special we go back through the years and present the top 3 remixes voted by our readers from each year to the current day. So grab a cuppa sit back and enjoy whilst we take you on a nostalgia trip. Oh! and if you haven't voted yet on these remixes here's a chance to do so. Happy Christmas everyone.

 

*Ratings are correct at the time of publish. Ratings subject to varience should votes be cast.

 



YEAR: 2000

Nemesis The Warlock

o2 - Nemesis the Warlock


cinemaniac: Perhaps the best remix of this, the best C64 theme out there ever!

prq: Excellent tune

das.Mordschaf: Its just GREAT <3


Active period:
2000 - 2014
2000 charts position:
2
Score:
92%
Microprose Soccer

FeekZoid - Something Stranger


LaLa: Almost two decades later still a powerful, emotional remix, a must-have classic!

Nebdar: This tune has sole and purpose... Similar to the Twin peaks Tv series tune

nonick: Excellent! But I'd like to know which Galway tunes have been recycled here.


Active period:
2000 - 2015
2000 charts position:
1
Score:
93%
Zoids

o2 - Zoids


countzorg: Shimmering

Melaure: Excellent, I have found Jarre's fealings in this tune :D

Nebdar: How such a small tune can be so much beautiful


Active period:
2000 - 2014
2000 charts position:
3
Score:
92%

Year 2001

Giana Sisters Title

machinae supremacy - Great Giana Sisters


Ansoe: ... What can I say? Awesome...

Waz: Still a classic. Rock, rock and rock!

kokakoda: The best guitar rendition of a SID tune, ever. Period.


Active period:
2001 - 2013
2001 charts position:
1
Score:
96%
Last Ninja

Tonka - Last Ninja - Palace Gardens (Loader)


Tpmccusker: OOOF, good start! It's so fun and wild, it reflects the original so well!

Dr Hambone: Absolutely perfect from start to finish apart from the snare build up at 1. 15 which I find a bit over the top. Well done. This is my favourite remix I've heard!!!

sebuko: I love this version since over years. It´s the best last ninja version i´ve ever heard. Please rmx some more last ninja tunes. You´re really great!!!!


Active period:
1999 - 2020
2001 charts position:
2
Score:
93%
Max Headroom

DHS - Max Headroom (Orbital 3241 Elevator Mix)


legus: Gooood!!!

chairmankaga: One of my favourite SID remixes.

NecroPolo: I think it's the best tune pack of Whittaker. The first section doesn't really cut through for me as much as the following parts - but that's just a subjective footnote, the remix is very cool all the way.


Active period:
2000 - 2022
2001 charts position:
4
Score:
91%

Year 2002

Firelord Title

Glyn R Brown - Firelord - Symphonic


Hutch75: Brilliant!

xerex: Great emotional tune

Dan: HOLY FUCK!


Active period:
2001 - 2023
2002 charts position:
1
Score:
96%
Armageddon Man Title

Mahoney - Armageddon Man (Vocal Jazz feat. Karin Öjehagen)


prq: This is an excellent tune and Karin's voice is outstanding

redhot: Supreme

omoroca: Rocks! Go Karin go!


Active period:
2001 - 2007
2002 charts position:
2
Score:
95%
GordianTombTitle

Glyn R Brown - Gordian Tomb Adventures


Grigul: My personal all-time favourite. One of the oldest tracks I heared at SlayRadio, and still love and enjoy it. Glyn R. Brown is a Master of c-64-remixes.

ricky: !

brix: WTF? !! This is great!


Active period:
2001 - 2023
2002 charts position:
3
Score:
95%

Year 2003

Lagerfeldt - Dutch Breeze/Robocop 3 (Progressive Uplift)


nabuco: Amazing¡¡

LaLa: Totally awesome! Great punching beat, well-balanced mix, just one awesome piece of remix!

aricz: Haha, YEAH! One of the best remixes I've ever heard. The. Sid too, Jeroen tel rules!:))


Active period:
2003 - 2005
2003 charts position:
1
Score:
93%
Remix64.com

Thomas Detert - Supernova (the slow tune)


NecroPolo: This one is stunning. Damn! Quality is timeless.

soppa: Marvelous remix, the production is of course excellent but this is just so well thought out it's bound to stay on my playlist for a long long time.

LaLa: As a huge fan of Vangelis how could I vote anything but "outstanding" on this masterpiece? It sounds like something straight out of "1492 - Conquest of Paradise".


Active period:
2001 - 2020
2003 charts position:
2
Score:
93%
Flight Path 737

Tim Forsyth - Flight Path 737


exo: Simply a great song.

Chainsaw: Very great

bar: The art of Vangelis+The sound of Neuronium+The touch of Suzanne Ciani=one of the best tune on RKO


Active period:
2000 - 2024
2003 charts position:
3
Score:
91%

Year 2004

Glyn R Brown - Rastan


Hakk: Outstanding

Waz: Damn this is very very good. Lots of symphonic stuff that reminds me of the recent King Arthur movie, sensible use of vocals (very a la Enya for some reason) and thoroughly enjoyable.

infamous: Exactly


Active period:
2001 - 2023
2004 charts position:
1
Score:
97%
Remix64.com

Marcel Donné - Sweet


inqisit0r: Awesome, marcel got my attention after listening to "something stranger"

Dan: Cant fault this, another great mix of this tune and when that guitar kicks in it sounds just perfect.... Fantastic work by Marcel, always a joy to hear something by him

mstodge: I absolutely adore this tune and you have blown me away by your rendition of it.


Active period:
2000 - 2022
2004 charts position:
2
Score:
97%
Human Race Title

DHS - The Human Race (Bando alle Seghe)


liontamer: I agree, a true stunner of a mix. I liked it initially, but the texture really grows on you over time. Very hot work.

condor: You have started with Enigma like drums, Jarre's like voices, and style of Deep Forest. Awesome!!!

ms: Does remind me to my version made professional :-)


Active period:
2000 - 2022
2004 charts position:
3
Score:
94%

Year 2005

Artura

Makke - Artura(Dublin Delight Mix) feat. Andreas Wallström


vernest: ;) Quite original!

condor: I can't believe I didn't vote for this tarck :D

mfe: Clever, but just missing something that completes it...


Active period:
2000 - 2023
2005 charts position:
1
Score:
95%
Microprose Soccer

Marcel Donné - Something Stranger Remake


romeo_knight: Yes, I have to admit this is a little bit FANTASTIC! ;-) (though I wouldn't have done the double time drums in the end)

DHS: Standing ovation from me. This is spine chilling and procured some erections too :)

cat: Marcel "JARRE" Donné :o)


Active period:
2000 - 2022
2005 charts position:
2
Score:
93%
Remix64.com

Glyn R Brown - The Recovery


dafunk: Sooo beautiful! In places reminds me of enya and enigma...

prowler: Wonderful as always by Glyn. Mmm, "the Recovery" has been on my SID-playlist for 20 years now, which does not make things worse. Thanks Glyn!

Danceaway: I met Glen again on Saturday night at B. I. T, we had a chat and I asked him when he is doing more remixes and he said he had just uploaded this track and well, pure beauty and those choire vocals are perfect!!! THIS GUY IS THE NO. 1 remixer without doubt


Active period:
2001 - 2023
2005 charts position:
3
Score:
92%

Year 2006

Robocop Title

Andy Gilmour & LMan - Robocop Title


anaconda: So 80's that it would have surely been on the charts back in '85!

Fdi: Just excellent! I listen it again and again! GREAT!!!

Mordi: I had to listen to it a few times to grasp its outstandingness. =P


Active period:
2000 - 2006
2006 charts position:
1
Score:
96%
Tristess

moog (Sebastian Bachliñski) - Tristess


leoni: Wow, this is an excellent track. Gives me the chill!

LMan: The strings... Goosebump alert!!!

Zilog: Superb!


Active period:
2006 - 2013
2006 charts position:
3
Score:
93%
Remix64.com

machinae supremacy - Sidology 2 Trinity


Kelsaurian: Absolute ballar!

.doC: An epic masterpiece

DMC: Pheeew. What can I say? This one is dope! 8:17 - 10:22 kicks ass!!! Mixing is sometimes a bit messy but nothing I can´t live with. Outstanding vote for outstanding work!!!


Active period:
2001 - 2013
2006 charts position:
4
Score:
93%

YEAR 2007

Green Beret Title

Reyn Ouwehand - Green Beret (live at The Church)


vurtx: As a remix its a masterpiece anyway, but for it to be live is just a true genius at work

BAM: Couldn't stop listening to the Live SundayService version - this redone studio version is beyone belief, simply the definition of perfection

nodabble: Love it to bits! Feel compelled to play the air drums whilst driving along to this tune!


Active period:
2000 - 2023
2007 charts position:
1
Score:
97%
Remix64.com

Dafunk - Destruction - The New Beginning (rmx)


Waz: Now this is lovely. Not only does it really have that flow and feeling of the original but it develops on it without being too obtrusive. Another winner from DaFunk.

NecroPolo: Not my style but it's perfectly done.

LaLa: Great arrangement, great sounds, great mastering, great, great, great.


Active period:
2004 - 2011
2007 charts position:
3
Score:
93%
Remix64.com

Dafunk - For Paradize (exp.)


Nada: This is professional stuff. Depeche Mode sound like Michael Bolton next to this!!! Dafunk, you rule!

sardjent: Very nice tune, you wouldn't happen to be a Skinny Puppy fan concidering the samples at the end?:)

gol: Amazing sound


Active period:
2004 - 2011
2007 charts position:
6
Score:
93%

YEAR 2008

Remix64.com

Mordi - Plastic Pop (I Miss You mix)


Ziphoid: Really neatly done for sure! ... And dang, this dude is only 18... A new Dafunk in the making? I'll have to listen up to the rest of his tracks. Me likes!

bartonfink: Awesome and cute at the same time!

Unreal: Its very lovely, I like it very much!!! +++ Max points


Active period:
2008 - 2023
2008 charts position:
1
Score:
93%
Remix64.com

Dafunk - Hardcore Power (We Believe In Goa - Remix)


chilli_uk: Its great and as always clear, concise and well mixed - would make a great track for a dj to mix to and with - great work

jailbird: Dafunk for teh win! /me dances

plokolp: Hey Dafunk, this tune makes me want to go out and buy the biggest, baddest speakers I can afford. Awesome.


Active period:
2004 - 2011
2008 charts position:
2
Score:
93%
Remix64.com

Peter W - Stargate (Not As Trancelucent As)


Makke: All I can say is: Propper job, Peter! Very well done.

condor: Bravo! Althought I hate hats, Ilove sound selection.

Nebdar: It is so nice to listen to it. The time pass so quickly


Active period:
2007 - 2013
2008 charts position:
7
Score:
92%

YEAR 2009

Commando Title

Firestorm - Commando (Sound of SceneSat Edit)


Lewrax: Fascinating......

schlicky: Just friggin awesome!

Xenox.AFL: Excellent....!


Active period:
2008 - 2009
2009 charts position:
1
Score:
96%
Final Synth Sample

Jogeir Liljedahl - Synth Sample - The Stationary Ark


Melaure: Masterpiece

C64ever: I'm not familiar with the original sid, but this is a nice soothing track to listen to.

Amok: ! Loves


Active period:
1999 - 2023
2009 charts position:
2
Score:
96%
Remix64.com

Mordi - Ocean Loader 2


chilli_uk: I think this is awesome and mellow - I think one day one person will use a guitar on this as well - its perfect for it - but wow amazing work!

balloonhead: Fantastic Remix, plz more of it in here

Ryrynz: A perfect remix of this classic tune, who ever gave this an average face, SHAME ON YOU! I wish it was a bit more open (less dynamic compression? ) and a higher bitrate would have been nice.


Active period:
2008 - 2023
2009 charts position:
4
Score:
94%

YEAR 2010

 


Remix64.com

Mordi - Sweet (feat Gibs)


p2: One off JB's better songs even gets better every time it's remixed!! F*cking great gituar solo & sound!! We want more, we want more.. Di!! This version together with Marcel Donne's and Lagerfeldt's version is my top 3 of Sweetness! -p2/h3@tw@v3

k_rostoen: What Mayhem shouted

Melaure: Great job!


Active period:
2008 - 2023
2010 charts position:
1
Score:
95%
Remix64.com

Chabee - Baboon (Skydive ReMix)


Metal_VIB: Pure porn! A tad too mellow for my taste though, but a really good arrangement of the track.

TheZee: A beautiful blend of sounds! You've got real talent mate, keep up the good work!:-)

TNT: This is for sure one of the best remixes I've ever heard! Absolutely magnificent!


Active period:
2006 - 2021
2010 charts position:
9
Score:
92%
Remix64.com

SIDrip Alliance - From First to Last (AROK12 tribute mix)


Makke: Standing ovations from me. Only one complaint: The drums sound way too flat, static and thin for this heavy track.

maindrian: Makes me want to dry hump my speakers. It's THAT filthy. The lead does feel a little flimsy over the top of all that crunchy guitar, but boy, oh boy, does that guitar crunch.

catcher40: Amazing is all I can say. Took me back to the good old days of playing LN, loved every minute.


Active period:
2006 - 2020
2010 charts position:
8
Score:
92%

YEAR 2011

Remix64.com

moog (Sebastian Bachliñski) - Jazzcat (007)


chabee: The sax plays amazing! Nice work!

Dees Productions: Are you serious? Really, man this made me want to pack that pipe with thart jazzy stuff and sit that lounge all night in'. Wow what a jazzmeister! Lovin' this!

nettuno: Excellent, melody, arrangement and a style unique. WOW!


Active period:
2006 - 2013
2011 charts position:
4
Score:
93%
Remix64.com

Mordi - Resolution


Dees Productions: The perfect mix of a perfect song. Like to drizzle honey all over the floor and just roll around!

hillsman: An absolute screamer!

LaLa: Per-fect. Soft to the ear, smooth to the brain.


Active period:
2008 - 2023
2011 charts position:
3
Score:
94%
Remix64.com

Peter Clarke - Ocean Loader 3 (Cinematic remix)


Pandarific: I absolutely LOVE THIS!

Musoman: This was MY favourite Ocean Loader, brilliant

_steve_: Fantasitc. Like the slower pace of this one


Active period:
2011 - 2024
2011 charts position:
5
Score:
93%

YEAR 2012

Remix64.com

Mordi - Tristesse


Comajim: Aah, nice composition and melody!

winc: The sound in this the way it just mixes together, and the harmony just made this the best song of 2015!!

Ryrynz: Pro job. I would like to hear it however with a softer and smoother more expressive lead. This rings near the edges of perfection, It could've been one of the best.


Active period:
2008 - 2023
2012 charts position:
1
Score:
94%
DMC Demo Iv

Andreas Wallström and NecroPolo - DMC demo IV 2 (Celtic Mission mix)


Ryrynz: Epic.

Firebolt: Excellent work. I also agree the drums should be a bit louder, more crushy.

truck: \m/ [insert worthy comment I'm just not coming up with right now here]


Active period:
2009 - 2018
2012 charts position:
3
Score:
94%
Remix64.com

NecroPolo - Electric Jesus


Zilog: Powerful & Sweet as always, a masterpiece!

mfe: I'm not a metal fan per se, but I know when it is well done. This is well done.

chabee: Great as it is!


Active period:
2002 - 2023
2012 charts position:
2
Score:
94%

YEAR 2013

Remix64.com

Peacemaker - Fawn of Creation


Nebdar: You hit my soft spot witthis remix too great job

mfe: Rich soundscapes that whilst emulating Jarre's work also rivals it and surpasses it in a couple of ways. Great!

bastard: Wonderful!


Active period:
2000 - 2013
2013 charts position:
1
Score:
94%
Supremacy

LukHash - Supremacy (youtube vid)


JustPhreak: Solid and powerful remix! Thumbs up, LukHash!

celina w: !!!!!

p2: Love it! Just like all the other work of LukHash!


Active period:
2009 - 2021
2013 charts position:
3
Score:
93%
Remix64.com

BeeZerk - BeeZerk - Blasphemy (Feat. Pallaso & Kage)


gol: Had to search for my password to login, because this is dope and it had to be said

weasel: Yeah!!! What LMAN said!!! :-DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

Danceaway: TOP track and agree with above... This is nice and I can play in the car with Summer time by will smith....


Active period:
2006 - 2024
2013 charts position:
2
Score:
93%

YEAR 2014

Platoon (Inexperti belli)

Slaygon - Platoon (Inexperti belli)


L0rd3vyL: Best platoon remix I've ever heard

Worped: Absolutely epic!

druu: Outstanding indeed! From the very first version to this piece of gold, it just keeps getting better! Chills well deserved.


Active period:
2008 - 2024
2014 charts position:
1
Score:
95%
Last Ninja
Active period:
2010 - 2014
2014 charts position:
3
Score:
93%
Druid II Title

Markus Schneider - Enlightenment - Druid II


LaLa: Cinematic! Epic! Orchestral! Welcome back, Markus!!!

L0rd3vyL: Really nice take on a C64 Classic. Reminds me of something Glyn R. Brown would do. Just Incredible!

The SIE: Well, what more can I say when everything is already said. OUTSTANDING.


Active period:
2002 - 2022
2014 charts position:
2
Score:
93%

Year 2015

Remix64.com

Slaygon - Never Die (Skitz lives forever)


GlenBenton: Brilliant!

Ziphoid: Nice twist compared to the original SID which still can be recognized in this very enhanced state. Too bad it's a bit short, but I think this requires a play in a Cozy Corner in the future. :) Well done!

Jojje70: Incredible. Touching. Inspiring. Simply beautiful...


Active period:
2008 - 2024
2015 charts position:
1
Score:
96%
Fist II Title

Dr Future - Fist II - The Legend Continues


Joe Mc Lutz: One word: MAGIC!

chosc: Hello! Well Done man, your tune is so wonderful and sometimes it remembers me of the old kung fu movies.

Rapture: Class! The melody at 0:38 reminded me of Joe Hisaishi Princess Mononoke or Spirited Away!


Active period:
2001 - 2024
2015 charts position:
2
Score:
95%
Remix64.com

MRT - Eagles (Easy Flight mix)


Ryrynz: Wow, that's quite the remix.

Pepe Pinapple: Two Steps ahead!

mfe: Takes a few too many liberties with the melody for my liking, but it's well mixed.


Active period:
2004 - 2019
2015 charts position:
3
Score:
94%

YEAR 2016

Cybernoid 2 Title

MRT - Cybernoid II


Sokratekk: Would fit in any Italo Disco set.. Great!

Blackstar: For me this is a just as a perfect remix of a C64 tune should sound like.

Mordi: Cool! Very original take on the source. I like the mood.


Active period:
2004 - 2019
2016 charts position:
1
Score:
96%
Outrun Title

Johan Andersson - Out Run - Splash Wave (surf mix)


Aule: The Beach Boys would have done it exactly that way!

finnr: Awesome. Has been on repeat for more than an hour now :)

Blackstar: Love it!


Active period:
2009 - 2024
2016 charts position:
5
Score:
94%
Remix64.com

MRT - Phat Frog


hillsman: Catchy! Quality!!

NecroPolo: Despite that I hate dancing and dreamy stuff to quite a high degree I'd be a fool not to see the values of this quality track. Great work and a floor filler contender on a demoscene party.

JustPhreak: Just great!!


Active period:
2004 - 2019
2016 charts position:
2
Score:
95%

YEAR 2017

Supremacy

SIDNIFY - Supremacy (Overprime mix)


XxDUSTYxX: That's so dope! |m|

Tomsk: These guys can do no wrong. Sensational remix

teo: What a great first remix! Igy tovább!


Active period:
2017 - 2021
2017 charts position:
1
Score:
97%
Remix64.com

MRT - Plastic Pop


Castor: Awesome!

nummer2: The whole idea of this remix is just genuis and fresh I wish it was 1-2 minutes longer and it would have been perfect

Shargo: MRT and Danko o/ O/ o/


Active period:
2004 - 2019
2017 charts position:
5
Score:
94%
Tune

MRT - Albedo


RETR-O-MAT: Wonderfull work!

Mordi: Cool!

L0rd3vyL: Another great one from MRT


Active period:
2004 - 2019
2017 charts position:
2
Score:
96%

YEAR 2018

Commando Title

FastLoaders - Commando High Score


Ryrynz: Sounds a bit too crisp at the start in comparison to the rest.. But I'll let it pass.

The Breaker: This is some one Awesome Top Gun, Commando Retro Remix for sure. :-D

lubber: Perfect cover! Thanks for those 3, 5 minutes!


Active period:
2005 - 2023
2018 charts position:
1
Score:
96%
Lightforce Intro

Markus Schneider - Lightforce


kwed: "Epic" is the only word that can describe this one.

Tas: WOW! Love the angry yet calm feel. Markus, this is sooo good. Thank you for sharing this.:)

Erestor: Perfect!


Active period:
2002 - 2022
2018 charts position:
2
Score:
96%
Ghouls And Ghosts Title

FastLoaders - Ghouls and Ghosts


hillsman: Unbelievable. Please do a Ghouls 'n' Ghosts album!!

LMan: Perfect.

Ryrynz: Professional. Excellent.


Active period:
2005 - 2023
2018 charts position:
3
Score:
94%

YEAR 2019

Firelord Title

Peter Clarke - Firelord - Symphonic (a nod to Glyn)


Poppykuk: Great arrangement. Keeps the atmosphere of the original but sounds huge.

Marcus: I still love Glyn's version after all these years(2002)! It's almost impossible to improve his fantastic version or his Times of Lore. Your choir Peter fits perfectly your remix and I got goose bumps. Very Well Done! Both versions are just great for me.

_steve_: Love Glyn's original - this re-imagining of that is very well put together and is a great addition to it. Not sure omoroca is hearing the same tune as eveyone else.


Active period:
2011 - 2024
2019 charts position:
2
Score:
97%
Firelord Title

Glyn R Brown - Firelord (from 8Bit Symphony)


SID-Spieler: Epic Tune

grin: I really love these interpretations, very effective ear libricators!

kwed: Turns out the only way to top Glyn R Browns 16-year old symphonic remix was to have Glyn himself come back and update it. Amazing stuff and instant classic if I ever heard one!


Active period:
2001 - 2023
2019 charts position:
1
Score:
98%
Remix64.com

Jogeir Liljedahl - Chronicles


Mordi: Dane meets Liljedahl! Highly enjoyable!

omoroca: After 20 seconds I knew I have to vote "Outstanding". Because... It is. Great job!

aix: I don't comment very often, but when I do... Whoa.


Active period:
1999 - 2023
2019 charts position:
3
Score:
96%

YEAR 2020

Space Harrier

Peter Clarke - Space Harrier


Ryrynz: Oh my lord. Is anyone else basically after a version of this but with a bit more of a drawn out emotional vibe to it?

archon: I listened to the original arcade and mainly the C64 version million times. This is a gigantic interpretation Sega should pay for and I'm sure everyone who knows the original would appreciate. So much effort in this, deserves alot of love :) Thank you!

hillsman: A worthy best remix winner IMHO - very special indeed.


Active period:
2011 - 2024
2020 charts position:
1
Score:
96%
Tales Of Boon 1

Peter Clarke, ziona & Slaygon - Tales of Boon (The Collaboration Mix)


Marcus: I can't remember the game but wow what a score! . If this great track is 3rd place what is 2nd and 1st in the remix competition.

Glyn R. Brown: The more I listen to this track, it just gets Better & Better :) Great work Guys...

NecroPolo: Welcome to the movie :)


Active period:
2008 - 2020
2020 charts position:
3
Score:
95%
Last Ninja

SIDNIFY - The Last Ninja - The Wilderness


Ahriakin: Great remix, lots of energy while respecting the source.

XxDUSTYxX: Thank you for your powerful and catchy hi-quality remix, SIDNIFY! Ben Daglish will never be forgotten!

Mordi: SIDNIFY = Quality. Punchy track!


Active period:
2017 - 2021
2020 charts position:
2
Score:
95%

Comments

LMan
25/12/2020 09:07
Awesome work on putting this together, mate! A trip down memory lane indeed!

slaygon
27/12/2020 00:11
What a trip, indeed! Very nice! Thanks Neil!

kwed
27/12/2020 09:53
Huge shout-out to Linus "Kingfisher" Walleij who ran the Triad MP3z site for approximately two years before RKO was launched. Triad MP3z also accepted remix submissions from the public, so rather than split the scene in two sites, I showed him an early version of RKO and he generously supported my efforts to launch a replacement rather than a competitor. Also, we must not forget that C64Audio.com predates both Triad MP3z and RKO. Even though Chris' site didn't take submissions from remixers, it still provided plenty of free remixes for people to enjoy. As such it was an instrumental part of the remix scene. I can safely say that without Chris and Linus we wouldn't have RKO today.

Tomsk
27/12/2020 13:08
Still many favs from the early days get plenty of airplay in my car. Nice to look back to a simpler and less commercial time for C64 remixes.

kwed
27/12/2020 14:34
“Less commercial”? There’s hardly ANY commercial releases these days - and during recent years those have mostly been crowdfunded, since the overlap between C64 fans and people who don’t mind supporting the arts has become even smaller.

People, we should considder ourselves lucky to be part of a community diverse enough to cover everything from the solitary hobbyist with a copy of Fruityloops to an 80-piece symphonic orchestra. The solitary remixer can afford to be out of pocket on a remix since the music isn’t his/her day job - the professional musician doesn’t have that luxury. Dismissing one over the other isn’t a way to take the hobby in new directions. If you prefer the freely available renditions, that’s fine by me - but don’t knock commercial efforts simply for having a cost. No one is in this to get rich.

Poke16384
27/12/2020 16:40
A mammoth effort to put this together, no doubt.. So, thank you for doing this, Neil!! Speaking AS "A professional musician"; of course some people are in this to get rich.. or at the very least, to make money from it. To think or say otherwise is naive & simple-minded. Swallowing a little less of the 'poor' promoter's propaganda and paying more attention to what's actually going on, might result in a slightly more insightful viewpoint and a few less 'snarky' and undeserved comments. Misdirection is the greatest gift an illusionist possesses and if you're too busy watching the lips move, you're not seeing what the hands are doing...

Dumper
30/12/2020 09:49
Great to remember all those tunes again, thanks Neil.

Makke
07/01/2021 09:57
Great retrospective, Neil! Cheers!

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