I see another year has gone by since I last blogged. What have I done this past year? Let’s see…
One of my bands, Ziklag Offramp, released an album which can be streamed free or purchased (download or real CD) here: ZiklagOfframp.bandcamp.com. We started recording it in early 2012, and we finally wrapped up the whole project and released it in April 2013. I mixed 8 of the 11 tracks, and learned a lot through the process. I co-wrote three of the songs (with my friend Tim Lappala), sang vocals on those three, and played bass on the whole thing. My daughter Rianna plays keyboards on a few tracks too.
I started another band with my daughter, called Bedford Level Experiment. It’s kind of geeky folk rock. Rianna plays drums and keyboards, and I play guitars, bass, and sing. We released a number of songs on Youtube over the last year: Bullet the Blue Sky (U2 Cover), October Breeze (original), Old Man (Neil Young cover), And Your Bird Can Sing (Beatles cover), There’s a World (Neil Young cover), and Barfight With Myself (original).
We also worked with Debs & Errol on a Commodore 64-related song for their soon-to-be-released EP. I’ll blog about that once it’s released.
Work continues on RPG Quest – Minimae II, and we hope it’ll be done by US Thanksgiving this year.
I did a port of Minima Reloaded to the Commodore PET 4032 computer, unofficially called “PETima” and showed it off at the Chicago Commodore computer show, ECCC. I also made a quick utility to load images into a real Commodore REU: REU Image Loader. It’s especially useful for playing otherwise-unplayable Infocom games on the C64 with the very-cool Zeugma.
My side-project game label ROM12 once again took first place in the 2013 Christian Speedgame Competition, with our game SG13.
I always feel disappointed that I don’t get nearly as much finished as I’d like to, but when I sum it all up a year at a time, it doesn’t seem SO bad.