Press Play On Tape

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Press Play On Tape (PPOT) is a Danish band that uses Commodore 64 tunes. The band formed in 1999 and has six members.[1] The band classifies itself as a rock and bitpop band.[2] The band's name originates from the console's tape drive starting command.[3]

Members[edit]

All of the members are alumni of the computer science programme at the University of Copenhagen.[4] Theo Engell-Nielsen serves as the keyboardist.[1] Jesper Holm Olsen is a guitarist in the band.[5] The other members are Martin Koch, Uffe Friis Lichtenberg, Søren Trautner Madsen, and André Glasius Tischer.[6]

Music and style[edit]

The band takes music tracks from Commodore 64 games and converts them into rock music.[1] The bass, drums, and distorted guitars are used to add to the music of the Commodore 64.[5] Engell-Nielsen said that when playing Commodore 64 games he and the other band members heard rock music orchestra-like tunes while his parents heard "blip-blip".[1]

CD releases and performances[edit]

In 2000 the band released the CD "Loading Ready Run" and in 2004 it released the CD "Run/Stop Restore".[2] By 2007 the band's performances has been posted to Myspace and YouTube, and at K.B. Hallen the band performed an opening act for the Danish band Mew.[1] By 2009 the band had performed throughout Europe.[7] In 2008,[6] the band had a performance at the Roskilde Festival. Martin Galway, Jon Hare, and Rob Hubbard had performed with PPOT.[7]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Stensdal, Kim. "Commodore 64-melodier hitter på YouTube." (Archive) Computerworld. 10 September 2007. Retrieved on 24 May 2013. "I stedet omsætter bandet melodien til regulær rockmusik, og det koncept har de seks medlemmer arbejdet med siden 1999, hvor bandet blev dannet." And "Mens vores forældre hørte melodierne som noget frygteligt blip-blip, hørte vi det som store orkestre og rockmusik, og derfor forsøger vi at lave vores egne fortolkninger af musikken," fortæller keyboardspiller Theo Engell-Nielsen." and "Det er ikke kun på YouTube og MySpace, at Press Play On Tape skaber opmærksomhed. Bandet har også været opvarmningsband for det danske rockband Mew i KB Hallen."
  2. ^ a b Langhoff, Rune. "Commodore 64 - nu som band." (Archive) Berlingske. 2 October 2007. Retrieved on 24 May 2013. "Dannet i 1999 Har udgivet to cder, LOADING READY RUN (2000) og RUN/STOP RESTORE (2004) Genremæssigt betegner de sig selv som rock og bitpop(!) PPOT har varmet op for den danske verdenssucces Mew, men også givet koncerter i eget navn i mange lande. Næste album kommer formentlig til jul næste år. Drømmen er at spille i Musikbutikken med Keld Heick eller i Ungdomshuset - eller på Roskilde Festival."
  3. ^ Suominen, p. 5
  4. ^ "What can you do with a Commodore 64?" CNN. 9 December 2007. Retrieved on 24 May 2013.
  5. ^ a b David Crookes (2013-02-20). "Their deaths were greatly exaggerated: The decrepit devices with unlikely afterlives - Features - Gadgets & Tech". The Independent. Retrieved 2013-05-25. 
  6. ^ a b "Press material." (Archive) Press Play on Tape Official Website. Retrieved on 28 May 2013.
  7. ^ a b Rosland, Thomas. "Press Play on Tape Retrorockerne med stor suksess." (Archive) TV2. 16 April 2009. Retrieved on 24 May 2013. "PPOT har hatt konserter over store deler av Europa og ikke minst på Roskilde festivalen og The Gathering 2004. Under noen av konsertene har PPOT fått med seg tidligere storheter som Jon Hare, Rob Hubbard og Martin Galway."

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