When I was younger ( about 13 ) I bought a Sinclair Spectrum 48K 'Personal Computer', that's what it says on the back. I had many games & other programming software for it. On one of my many adventures with my Spectrum I made 'music'. This was no mean feat. The Sinclair Spectrum was only able to make a single monotone beep ! But luckily a software company called 'Melbourne House' had recently produced a program called 'WHAM! The Music Box' ( the WHAM! part was later dropped ) which allowed 2 channel sound. With a little manipulation this could, at a stretch, be made to be almost 4 channels. That is through the clever program & interesting input, 4 channels, 4 notes played together. With this in mind a challenge to see what the Spectrum could do with a little help.

After a discussion with my Dad, he produced the music score for 'Toccata & Fuge in d minor'. It was in a booklet & had quite a few pages in it. We decided that we needed to make several sections, as some of the music was more complex than others. Making the tempo twice as fast allowed for another sub-channel in the complicated bits.


 Spectrum 48K


Wham The Music Box


I have finally tracked down the tape that I recorded it on. The beginning is a little flaky, but recovers fairly quickly & there is a fair amount of tape hiss too. The 'original' ( direct from the computer ) that this recording came from was made on a Sony 'open reel' tape recorder. On this I fed back one channel into the other to give a stereo echo. So as I say previously, with a little help my Spectrum has produced 'music'. > Click to download < 7.54MB




In August 1987, Sinclair User magazine ( issue 65 ) ran a feature on music.

To save retyping what is already available I've copied & pasted text from worldofspectrum.org .

In August 1987, a UK ZX Spectrum magazine called Sinclair User (issue 65) printed a feature about Spectrum music. Within the article a coupon was printed, which offered readers to send off for a limited edition tape entitled 'The Mega Tape'. This tape contained a compilation of some of David Whittakers music, studio-remixed. The promotional text printed in the article was as follows:


The Quicksilva Tube/Glider Rider mega-mix was created with many hours of toil in the studio of Fluffy Banana Music.
The original music was transferred directly from the Spectrum 128K to one track of a Tascam 38 eight-track recorder, with a little digital reverb and delay added for depth. Parts of the computer music, including the end themes of both games, were also sampled for later use.

The overdubs were then played by hand (since it wasn't possible to synchronise a sequencer with the original music!) using a Yamaha DX100 FM synth, Korg DW 8000 analogue/digital synth, Akai S900 sampler, Sequential Circuits Drumstraks digital drum machine and ART 1500 and Alesis Midiverb effects units.

The sampled sounds, manipulated with the S900, included trumpets, heavy-metal guitars and snare drums from chart records, and Spitfires from WW2 - the explosion at the end is a mixture of a bomb, a clap of thunder and a crashing aircraft!

The whole shebang was mixed down in genuine stereo on an RAM 10-8-2 mixer, and is presented for your delight by Fluffy Banana Music - the coolest and cuddliest music outfit in the entire galaxy.

There is a link for a download on the above link to 'World of Spectrum' & I've made a copy from my original tape >> here << 5.96MB


 My Original Megatape


The coloured lines on the cassette tape label aren't original, I've added those quite a number of years ago to add the Spectrum logo to the label.

Thanks for your interest in my retro computing.



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