[MSX.org] Monthly MSX news #01
 
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MSX Resource Center - Newsletter restyled and revived!

Hello there, MSX fans! It's been a long time since we sent out a regular newsletter. We felt it was high time to send pick up an old tradition and see if we can keep you informed about the most important MSX news on a monthly basis from now on. While we're at it, we improved the look and feel of our newsletter a lot. Hopefully you will appreciate it as much as we do. Please let us know what you think of it! 

Now then, on with the news....

Thirty Years MSX Event - Live footage

Because this our first newsletter in a long time we have quite a bit of catching up to do. But it is almost undoable and a bit pointless to bring you 'old' MSX news, so we'd better start with a clean slate. We would not want you to miss out on our personal highlight of 2013, however: the celebration of MSX's 30th anniversary with live performances of Carola Cortenbach and West Side Trio featuring Zanne.
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Carola Cortenbach - 1983

During the Thirty Years MSX Event 17 year old performer Carola Cortenbach took the stage and sang a hommage to the MSX Computer system, composed by MSX.org crewmember Wolf.

The 9 minute song is a melancholic show tune that contains themes from Nemesis 2, Dragon Slayer 6 and Xak - The Tower of Gazzel.

Relevant link: Carola Cortenbach - 1983 (live)
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West Side Trio ft. Zanne

Also on TYME, the Amsterdam violin/viola/cello ensemble West Side Trio performed their interpretation of 5 well known MSX Game songs, accompanied by mesmerizing visuals of Zanne

Listen to SD-Snatcher, Illusion City, L'Affaire, Metal Gear and Dragon Slayer VI - Legend of Heroes like you never heard before!

Relevant link: West SIde Trio plays MSX ft. Zanne
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SD-Snatcher retranslation released

First announced during MSX Resource Center launch party Event Eleven, the highly anticipated retranslation of Konami RPG SD-Snatcher is now available. Finally an accurate translation for this impressive Hideo Kojima game!

Relevant link: SD-Snatcher retranslation "Project Melancholia"

Tecnobytes announce new MSX with V9990 and OPL4

 Brazilian hardware developers Tecnobytes have announced they are about to unveil a brand new MSX computer, featuring a Yamaha OPL4 sound chip and two Video Display Processors, superimposed, combining the MSX2+/turboR V9958 and the higher spec V9990. We are highly anticipating further specs of this device - and will make sure to follow this project closely.

Relevant link: Tecnobytes announce new MSX with V9990 and OPL4
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TriloTracker 0.7.0

TriloTracker is an SCC/PSG music tracker inspired by Vortex Tracker II and Fast Tracker 2. After a year of closed beta releases, the developers deemed it time to release the current version to a broader audience. An MSX-MUSIC version of the tracker is to be expected in the near future as well.

Relevant link: TriloTracker 0.7.0

Glass Z80 assembler

Laurens Holst is back in action with a JAVA based Z80 assembler called Glass. Features include regular and repetition macros, block scopes and section directives.

Relevant link:
Glass Z80 assembler 0.3

js80 assembler

Another new flavor of cross-platform Z80 assemblers is js80 by samsaga2. Based on NodeJS and inspired by SjASM the first release supports macros, map, structs and pages.

Relevant link:
js80 assembler 0.21

SCC chips in FPGA

Korean hardware developers gomwing and Megaminx have created a pin-compatible FPGA implementation of Konami's SCC chip that sounds almost undistinguishable from an original SCC chip.

Relevant link: SCC chips in FPGA
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openMSX 0.10.0

Open-source MSX emulator openMSX has been updated to version 0.10.0, adding many new features including cycle accurate VDP command engine timing, an Android port, subdirectory support for dir-as-disk and Neos MA-20 support. 

Relevant link: openMSX 0.10.0
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Game Music Cover Challenge

Music Composers, pay attention! Time to show your (re)arrangement skills to the MSX scene by creating a cover of one or more songs originally used in commercial MSX games. Whether you use a bunch of synths, a symphony orchestra, use classic MSX soundchips or go a-capella is completely up to you!

So far we have received four entries: 

GMC #1 - Xak II - Opening Sequence by Meits
GMC #2 - The Treasure of Usas - Ending by TheMysteryStudios
GMC #3 - Space Manbow - Beyond the Battleship by Jorito
GMC #4 - F-1 Spirit - Hot Summer Riding by yzi

Relevant link: Game Music Cover challenge (deadline extended to February 28th!)

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Submit news when you release something for MSX or find something newsworthy that we have not yet reported about. Share your knowledge on our MSX Wiki or by engaging in discussions on our active MSX forum. You might even consider to translate news from English to other languages or even join our team.

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