Original Rags

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Original Rags
Composer Scott Joplin
Released 1899-03-15
Title Origin Official

Original Rags is Scott Joplin's first printed ragtime.

Composition

The song is in F major and 2/4.

Games

Schizofrenia (C64)

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Schizofrenia (C64)
Arranger Unknown
Released 1985-??-??
Format SID


Impossible Mission II (C64)

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Impossible Mission II (C64)
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Output - SID.svg
Output - SID.svg
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Arranger Tamás Révbíró, Gábor Pongyor
Programmer Tamás Révbíró, Gábor Pongyor
Released 1988-0?-??
Length 0:21.40 (NTSC), 0:25.54 (PAL)
BPM 179 (NTSC), 150 (PAL)
Format SID
Loops No

In Impossible Mission II, you have to collect 6 unique musical sequences. On the way, you may find two duplicates and have to erase them. On the C64, the 6 sequences have the same melody, but different instruments. In an apparent pre-release for the C64, the melody is Original Rags. In the final game, it's the much shorter Sequence 4.

Although the SID chip could do better, some of the instruments are so similar that the duplicates may be hard to find for some ears. In the pre-release, two instruments even sound exactly the same, but can be distinguished by a wave on the bottom.

Unlike the theme in the final game, the driver is custom, tuned to NTSC and synchronized to the screen refresh. For historical reasons, all settings are recorded, but what the respective arrangers used is unknown. People who worked at Novotrade could be asked for confirmation. Sadly, Gábor Pongyor passed away.

  1. VICE 3.2 with the model C64C NTSC.
  2. A real C64C PAL with an 8580 R5 4091.

The sequences are all 5 tracks in the rip labelled pre-release.

Alf the First Adventure (C64)

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Alf the First Adventure (C64)
Output - SID.svg
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Arranger Unknown
Released 1988-05-??
Length 0:11.60
BPM 75
Format SID
Loops Yes

In-game, the highest notes on bars 17 to 24 play on one triangle wave.

The eighth rest in bar 20 and the second half of bar 24 got cut, putting these bars out of sync. The last note in bar 21 and the first in bar 22 changed from B to D.

The song was recorded from VICE 3.2 with C64C (NTSC), but sounds the same on every SID chip.

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