The VIC-20 was my first computer. You can imagine how close and personal I am with the thing. I do feel that its been unjustly historically overshadowed by the computer that followed it, especially in the audio/music scene.
Viznut and PwP's Robotic Liberation was a real blast and it probably revitalized the scene a bit.
But what we need is a musician friendly way to tackle the beast!
Three years or so ago I requested the help of François Leveillé (aka eslapion) on the Denial forum, a VERY nice electronics guru to help me construct a VIC MIDI Interface like the one HERE . So that I could concentrate on making the 6502 assembly code to read the input MIDI then drive the VIC-I chip. I got the prototype from eslapion, had the core MIDI read code done, but got side tracked by the VIC-I emu in chipsounds and figured I would pursue the project a bit later... that was two years ago.
Early this year Leif Bloomquist wanted to do a similar project, so I just lend him Francois's proto and my preliminary MIDI reading code and hes done VERY WELL with it See and hear it HERE
This is really a prototype, but I believe it is going to transform itself into something that any 8bit musician will not want to miss!
Congrats to Leif for pulling it off! I want serial #00001 ok?