This is A Mind Is Born, a demo of the Commodore 64 going haywire. It won first place at the Oldskool 4K Intro competition at this past week’s Revision 2017 event and it’s easy to see why.
The Commodore name still just about lives on, even though the original owners have long since left the factory. The latest product to carry the once-great computing name is the PC64—an all-in-one Atom PC in a C64 case.
While the majority Atari 2600 users stuck with the standard, stiff joysticks, the most militant opted for the Terminator Grenade controller.
The laptop houses original Commodore 64 hardware, including less convenient throwbacks like the cartridge reader and keyboard (though the keyboard has been chiseled down a bit). Upgrades include the new 80stastic case, a slew of LEDs, one Nokia LCD, two speakers and an SD slot to load game images.
What you see here was once a Commodore 64, but no longer. Now it's a MIDIboxSID, which translates roughly into, this thing looks killer in the dark and can lay down a serious series of beeps and pew pew's. Best thing is that, thanks to the C64's mod-friendly SID chips, this is a synthesizer that uses SID 6582 sound…