Thursday, 8 October 2015

Houston Tracker 2 - The TI calculator music tracker

Presumably named for the purported home of the hardware, not where this software originates from (it's German), Houston Tracker 2 is the complete music tracking solution for the TI 8x range of programmable calculators. If you're wondering what a music tracker is, well, it's a piece of software that let's you create music. Most classic systems have tracker programs, including some well known examples like LSDJ on the GameBoy and Soundtracker on the Amiga.
It's a pretty impressive achievement for the platform, especially considering that these calculators aren't supposed to have any sound output at all. Cleverly this software makes use of the calculators serial port for sound output and the results are pretty impressive as the above video demonstrates.

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