S4:E7: A Joyous Noise: Adventures With The Pokey Audio Chip

In the 80’s we sold all of our Atari 800 discs and lost all of our youthful programs BASIC programs and creative output forever.  Or so we thought. A few weeks ago we discovered a lost “treasure”:   an audio tape from 1984 that we never remembered recording of us using one of our programs.  With the help of musician Tony Longworth, we embarked on quest to plumbs the depths of this computer audio ephemera, the Pokey audio chip and how it was the cornerstone of much of the Atari “Into The Vertical Blank” experience. Features a remix by Tony Longworth.

Written, edited, produced by Steve Fulton, Jeff Fulton

Branding by Daryl Litts

Music “Pokey Remix” by Tony Longworth . Find Tony on Bandcamp Here:
Tony Longworth (bandcamp.com)

Theme by Brian Travis
Title: Into The Vertical Blank theme Words & music by Brian Travis (c)(p)2021 Taste This Moment Music ASCAP


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PokeyONE – Atari POKEY Chip Replacement for Atari Arcade Games

Starting Line: A sound introduction (atarimagazines.com)

Atarimania.com Mule Page

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Atari Books and References noted:
Atari Graphics and Arcade Game Design-Chapter 8 (atariarchives.org)

Atari Program Exchange: Sound Editor (atariarchives.org)

Mapping The Atari Appendix 6 – Sound And Music (atariarchives.org)

Sound (atari archives.org)

De Re Atari – Chapter 7 (atari archives.org)

Atari Player-Missile Graphics in BASIC – Chapter 7 (atariarchives.org)

Compute!’s First Book of Atari (atariarchives.org)

Atari Basic – A Self-Teaching Guide: Chapter Ten – Color Graphics and Sound (atariarchives.org)

pokey.pdf (visual6502.org)

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