we are moving again to another location, so expect modmancer to be down for a few days. Sorry for that, but we need to recompile everything and move the data over, which under current circumstances can take a lot of time, especially when you are working some 16hrs a day But we won’t let you down.. we’ll be back.
Just a short update regarding our comeback – our player has been experiencing memory leaks last night but thanks to Akiko’s devoted geeking it’s been fixed now. We’re are almost done testing and our station will be streaming in full capacity very soon. Expect new lists, new music, new content…
It’s been a while since we were able to broadcast. We’ve had some serious issues with streaming software(Icecast) which we weren’t able to resolve up to now. It is pointless to explain how frustrated we’ve felt because of that.
Now we have some great news for you – MODMancer is getting back online. Thanks to two days of intense hacking done by Akiko and myself we’ve been able to resolve all technical isses and Akiko is working on last pieces of MODMancer engine while I’m typing these line. We’re both very excited and happy to see our radio sending tunes into the air again.
We expect to have the system fully operational during the coming weekend. You should be expecting new music, new lists and much more. You may start listening right away but a friendly warning – we’re still working on it so it may have ups and downs quite often in the next two days.
Anyway, we’re back!!
We moved to a new system, migration went fine, all data, players, etc transferred as expected, it’s a genuine linux distro, no funky shit…. BUT for some reason icecast doesn’t work any more. We tried different versions, manual recompiles, synaptic version, etc. Nothing works, always ending up with a coredump. We are stuck. At the moment. Until we figure out how to make this thing work, or move to another broadcaster, we are dead-ended.
Don’t erase us from your memory though, one day, hopefully soon enough, we’ll manage to boot this thing up. Again.
I am pissed off. And I am sorry. So much time and effort put into the project, and yet it fails on a simplest of all things.
Lets see what we can do..
Don’t go, come back!
Between 19-10-2011 and 26-10-2011 we expect to have downtimes, due to server migration. After that, the radio will be online again.
thank you for being with us,
In 2006 we started this mission, in 2011 we are still doing it. All this time MODMancer has been a monument to us, one of many indeed, that served to help us remember if not all but many of the great days that we’ve left far behind. Happy birthday to you MODMancer Radio! And at the same time here is the list of novelties. I’ve been busy last 3 months collecting, actually hand-picking mods, going through thousands of archived music pieces in all possible formats and sorting out those which I found most pleasure in listening to. I know it’s a subjective thing, and my personal selection, but who cares – here it is. If you don’t like it, listen to something else.
Another change is the player. I’ve rewritten the modmancer player from scratch (and I’ll be releasing its source code soon) and made it server side app completely. No more downtime (ok, if server goes down, we all go down, but that’s vis maior). It’s using mikmod lib to decode mods, they all should be sounding decently, a bit of stereo expansion and smooth interpolation, couldn’t hurt.
Also, the mod that’s currently being played is cleanly updated in the icecast’s meta data, and you should see it’s title in your winamp, audacious or whatever you like using. Next, I’ve decided to extract the data buried within each of the mods, the sample names and channel/pattern count, and render those on the right side panel, directly under the ‘Click to Listen’ image.
And maybe the most obvious change is the fact that there are no more mp3′s. Only mods. And probably 80% are Amiga mods. I realized I couldn’t care less about being politically correct. I love my Amiga, I code on my Amiga, I listen to my Amiga mods and play Amiga games ) smoke if you got’em.
Enjoy the fresh new MODMancer radio environment!
Yours, Akiko / Almagest.
You certainly remember Virgill – another Amiga and later PC demoscene hero, I coincidentally bumped into his home page today : http://sites.romkids.org/cgi-bin/virgill/mp3framework.pl?page=home
You can listen to his music online, there is a careful, but great selection of tracks, thematically sorted by Virgill himself. He deserves your attention, trust me.
4 Years after its launch MODMancer v1 is going to be shut down. The playlist agent has been written in php, running on a winXP machine, streaming data through Winamp + Icecast plugin, and yes, occasionally crashing . I was *always* annoyed whenever I had to go away for a few days, to a place without internet connection, intuitively knowing that as soon as the door slams behind me, the malicious player was going to suck out all remaining RAM, or end up in a dead silent loop of some overseen corrupt mod file.
But the time has come to say farewell to the old MODMancer, and introduce a new, better one, which will aim for 100% up-time, better playlists, frequent updates (this part was especially bothering me – the way MODmancer v1 was constructed, it required some mentionable effort each time you wanted to change or update playlists).
To sum it up: in about 2 weeks, MODMancer will go v2! Here are some of the changes to expect:
- Improved up-time (hopefully 100%)
- New playlists (We are dropping Modern games section, focusing primarily on old school and demo music).. call it – removing illegal content
- Better stream quality due to better network organisation, self written player & icecast client
- .. and a few more
Currently we are streaming our test channel instead of the previous playlist segments, and we’ll keep doing so until MODMancer v2′s launch in march 2010. However, temporary or not – it’s a good selection, I am sure you will enjoy it!
Must visit! Taken from the A.D.A. webpage:
“On this site, you will find some of the best demos and intros ever released on the fabulous Amiga computer. All the demos listed here, are of high quality.”
I usually hang around A.D.A. and Amiga Lemon Games, spending endless hours reading game reviews, demo reviews, coding technique rants, discussions about go’s and nogo’s. It’s a great way to stay in touch with the scene. And the everlasting Amiga.
Dear friends, dear listeners, dear bearers of the memories of the old times,
the New Year has begun, bringing us one step away from the past we carry in our hearts all these years, and our sweet burden becomes blurrier, dimmer, more vague as we walk with today. For us 2009 was a relatively poor year, bad in almost every aspect. It has thrown us from places to places, detaching us from our friends and families, putting us under growing pressure and nearly breaking us into pieces of unfulfilled ambitions, hopes, wishes, and words unspoken. MODMancer has had very few updates, very few improvements, and we feel bad. If the reality grows easier on us, if we manage to shape and change it, the situation will change – MODMancer will flourish.
Wish us luck, we are trying hard. But sometimes the tide is against us. We wish you the purest dreams in the forthcoming year.
Check out this link, guys have done a great job porting legendary Sierra titles online! Playable within your browser, it’s an ideal way to workaround your boring time in the office )
Hey I stumbled upon this graveyard link a while ago thought it would be nice to share it with you!
there are apparently some titles, that unfortunately never made it to the market, due to lack of interest, which is kinda natural, considering the fact that Amiga has been quite dead for some time. But nevertheless huge respect to the guys for their enthusiasm!
I have cleaned up a bit Supreme Selection #1 list, and added new contingent of utterly cool mods . I will be focusing on making Supreme Selection #1 really shiny in the next few weeks; yesterday I recalled some very cool mods from the 90′s, mostly from the Amiga demo’s, but now it’s a bit of a trouble to find out which demo’s those were exactley.. I just have flashbacks of images & sounds. But I am not alone in this – there is my A1200 in the corner, and a box full of diskettes Let’s hope some of them survived now almost two decades in garage….
Also, the Modern games list has been extended by additional 3 hours of material.
Welcome to the MODMancer Internet Radio!
MODMancer is a free, 24/7 Internet radio broadcasting Games & Demo scene music.Â Most of the time we are focused on Amiga Game Music and Demo Scene Mods, but we also gladly cover PC Game Soundtracks, console games, Remixes and much more!
main link [http://www.modmancer.com:8000/modmancer.ogg.m3u]
.. and yes! We play NO advertisments whatsoever, we are completely non commercial, self maintained and 100% dedicated
I know it has been quite a while since my last post, and also quite a while since the last playlist update, but things have been just too edgy on the work, so all the hobby plans got postponed, including the new modmancer webpage design and banners and all the other stuff that was planed a while ago. But, today I’ve decided to come back and continue in small steps (Yes it’s saturday, and I am still working.. and yes it will be sunday, and I will still be coding.. and yes the monday is the shittiest day of them all, but what the.. I won’t notice the difference). Small steps, I said, and courtesy of some of my friends on the work another 4-5 hours of music have landed in the modern games area! some of the titles included are Hitman, Hitman 2 Beyond good and evil, Sacrifice, Divine Divinity, Gothic, Mafia .. and still a whole bunch of them incoming!
But why that Perihelion picture in this post, you ask? Well, it’s one of the merrier days in the past few weeks! The reason is – I finally after 2 years of hunting, found Perihelion the Prophecy for Amiga, in the original box, with the original manual! Wonderful – it’s another beautiful trophey on my shelf of legends, beside my A1200.
I wish you a nice evening.. enjoy it with the beautiful flow of the MODMancer radio station.
I just returned from Breakpoint 2008 / GE. It was amazing.
I can’t remember attending such an interesting event for years now. The hall was crowded, each and every power slot has been exhausted, xillions of TFT’s and CRT’s were glowing and blinking, and hundreds of sleepless people with those digital wet eyes, crawling around, swarming the place, carrying curry wurst, beer or both, stumbling to reach the warmth of their bunkers and continue whatever they were doing previously – be it coding, watching Patricia Arquette Medium, or playing C64 games – yes c64 games, but not on the emulator..
Continue reading ‘Breakpoint 2008 – last day’s review’
Tip of the lifetime: in case you didn’t listen to DUNE soundtrack ‘Spice Opera’ Exxos (Stephane Picq, Virgin records), you should definitely tune in during supreme selection #1, as we occasionally spin Exxos. In the old games playlists we also have the original amiga soundtrack, but as far as i could get there are only about 3 mods not more. The remastered Exxos is a full length masterpiece cd, which unfortunately can’t be obtained from Amazon or any other online shop any longer.. for years now actually.. but the downloads are hidden somewhere on internet
With the 2008 starting i have decided to pump in as much new music as possible! The promised New Years Eve update brought tens of hours of music mostly Old Games and Remixes! And today i’ve added another update of 6 hours to the Mods Mancer! playlist.
Last but not least – we’ve entered the new year with new contributors which will be introduced soon on the webpage. They are pumping gigabytes of new stuff all across the daily program.
.. modmance with us on MySpace??
No, we are not there to get a date, nor to be attention whor*s! We just want to spread the net and catch as many as possible Good Old Games fans and geeks. Myspace has been proven to work as a good communication platform, so why hesitate. MODMancer crew has uncounted hours of beautiful music and memories to share and revoke, just tune in!
And never forget: we are not doing this for money, nor we charge anything, nor want any donations. We are just doing it because we love it. And if you want to share something with us, if you want to contribute to our huge and growing music archive, please you are just two clicks away from contacting us!
A small reminder for you:
tomorrow night, 31.12.2007. on the last day of this spiraling year, we will switch on another HUGE Old Games playlist update! So.. the fun has just started. There is a plenty of memory just waiting to be brought into life. And we have just started.
It is now for the second time that the Modmancer Crew is wishing you one hell of a merry Christmas!! Thanks to one of the nerds around me, i was able to upload the Donkey Kong (SNES) soundtrack today, which is a must hear for every one, who hasn’t heard it before
Save for that, there isÂ a New Year MOD Pack on its way to be uploaded in the night between 31.12.2007. and 1.1.2008. This time we’ve focused on the old school games, and made a careful selection of titles that we didn’t cover so far.
Once again, we wish you a good, peaceful night, and give you a sad bed time story to read – Prologue – the last day
Amiga Music Preservation
this is just one of all the wonderful places that i gladly visit nowadays. My favorit part is its huge library of interviews with famous demo scene composers.
The link is added to our hall of fame section, on the right.
enjoy the Fall, the winter is coming.
5 more hours of various remixes added to the remix mania playlist.
Dear, dear friends, I can not express the feelings I’m having right now. I’m searching for the right words alas I can not find them. It’s been a year of MODMancing asÂ I speak.Â One year of data flowing and sound sharing accross the Network. One year od ups and downs but mostly ups.:) One year of pure passion and dedication. One year of you being loyal to what we do. For that we thank you. We thank you andÂ we make a promise that 365 days that are to come will be filled with even more enchanted tunes from the time before and the time to come. My feelings are mixed as I type yet I remain speachles. I suppose our music tells all the things I’d like to tell you. Thank you for the support and for listening to MODMancer radio.
We carry on our march into the days to come aware that what we do in present echoes in eternity…
.. it went MAD! another 3 hoursÂ of carefully selected music deployed to the SS#2 playlist. I have restrained myself from adding some more of the modern highly produced mp3 remixes, and instead i opted this time for mods only, mostly targeting the good old 90′ sound. might sound a bit synth-poppy though 0:)
Old Games playlist extended for additional 5 hours of music including collection of aliester brimble’s mods, lemmings, iron lord, pinball dreams, terminal velocity, turrican 2 etc..
hey hey join us on myspace http://www.myspace.com/modmancing
The picture above says it all – additional 7 hours of old games music added to the nostalgic playlist (another world, dreamweb, outrun, zak mckrake, inca and a dozen more)
Modern Games & Remix Mania lists updated!
we are also very proud to announce that we got ourselves a new contributor, lady Killy!
devil seldom comes alone. We have put MODMancer on myspace to get to more people than we could have done by other means of shouting. we are happy to invite you to befriend MODMancer on myspace!!
i was very sad when i found out that the wikipedia editorial has deleted the link to modmancer radiostation website after two months on the Video Games Topic. if it’s bad to share joy with people ..
Almost a decade ago, Henry Lowood at Stanford University started an initiative to preserve video games from slowly sliding into oblivion. I am free to assume that everyone visiting this site or any other site about the “retro” aspect of computer gaming will agree to this being a great idea. No need for justification there. The “Why?” page of this site offers a great explanation of the reasons for keeping those old acoustic sensations alive (that’s what this page is about, after all), the same reasons of course apply for the games as a whole.
Mr. Lowood even managed to get The Library of Congress to take hosting a canon of games into consideration. Ten games hosted by the guardian of the spiritual heritage of the United States.
Wait a second, only 10 games? Well, that’s what a canon is about, isn’t it? It has to rule out stuff according to specific criteria. There are already candidates: Spacewar! (1962), Star Raiders (1979), Zork (1980), Tetris (1985), SimCity (1989), Super Mario Bros. 3 (1990), Civilization I/II (1991), Doom (1993), the Warcraft series (beginning 1994) and Sensible World of Soccer (1994).
Continue reading ‘Does the computer games world need a canon?’
Our dearest sir_commonwelt will be leaving us in less that 24h. He’ll be away for a while yet with us all the time through the digital signal of the Internet. Our old MODMancer will be missed dearly…I wish him pleasant and safe journey, lots of geeking, new playlists and tons of beer! May the Great MOD guide your ways, sir.:)
miss Hellsing has contributed us a new playlist of modern game soundtracks, and this time it’s strictly crossover/industrial!
stay tuned from 12:00 to 14:00 every day!!
enjoy the antiutopia.
i thought you could find it interesting as well
“i wish i was a girly just like my dear papa”