Karl Hörnell

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Karl Hörnell
Karl Hörnell - 02.jpg
Born 1970-04-26
Birth Place Uppsala, Sweden
Nationality Swedish   Sweden.svg
Aliases Frogsoft
K.H£rnell
K.Hörnell
K. Hörnell
Eweguo
Website eweguo.ownit.nu

Karl Hörnell is a Swedish programmer and cartoonist.

His father bought him a Commodore 64 in March 1983.

Hörnell does not actively listen to music, but acknowledges it as a part of video games.

Audio Development

Hörnell felt unable to compose a coherent tune and instead searched books for fitting catchy royalty-free songs. This is probably still true on his retro games, except that the Internet has replaced the books.

Atari ST

In 1986, Richard Jones of Interceptor gave Hörnell an Atari ST, but Hörnell did not get to learn it until autumn 2018. He ported Iceblox Plus (C64) to m68k-atari-mint and the YM2149F sound chip.

Commodore 64

In the 1980s, Hörnell created several simple drivers, first in BASIC, then in 6502 machine language, all tuned at 434 Hz. For Melonmania (C64), he typed The Companion to the Commodore 64 in. When Hörnell found it hard to find songs, he persuaded Johan Vessby to compose all-new songs and programmed him an editor called JV Music.

In 2018, Hörnell programmed a new driver in DUST, tuned at unusual 438 Hz.

All arrangements sound the same on every SID chip.

ZX Spectrum

In January 2018, Hörnell got curious about the Commodore 64's contemporary competitor, "the eraser". He programmed in Z80 for the ZX Spectrum 48K, but arranged only for the AY-3-8912 in the ZX Spectrum 128K.

Gameography

Released Title Sample Notes
1985-??-?? Pig Runner (C64)
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1986-??-?? Ronald Rubberduck (C64)
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1986-??-?? Velocipede (C64)
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1986-??-?? Cleanup Time (C64)
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1986-??-?? Velocipede II (C64)
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1986-??-?? Fungus (C64)
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One song.
1987-0?-?? Melonmania (C64)
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1987-0?-?? Toadforce (C64)
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Music driver.
1987-09-?? Cleanup Service (C64)
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Music driver.
2006-02-05 Fungus II (C64)
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Music driver.
2018-01-07 Iceblox Plus (C64)
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Composed by Maarten Smit.
2018-02-26 Scuttlebutt (ZXS)
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2018-08-2? Scuttlebutt 64 (C64)
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2018-12-31 Iceblox Plus (AST)
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Composed by Maarten Smit.

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