The Commodore 64 was an outstanding machine, its abilities were pretty amazing for the time and whilst its graphical abilities were good, they were matched by other 8-bit machines of the time. Its sound though? Well that’s another story altogether.
The Commodore 64 was home to one of the most powerful sound processors of the time; the SID.
The SID, or Sound Interface Device, was the sound controller that was used in the Commodore 64, essentially it was an analogue synth on a chip and the range of sounds it could produce were streets ahead of anything else at the time.
Whoa! I’ve just listened to Ayo Technology by 50 Cent. Nothing remarkable about that in itself, however the one thing that is remarkable is that if I’m not very mistaken there’s a SID involved in that tune.
For those not in the know the SID is a chip that was used in the Commodore 64 to produce its music, it’s got a very distinctive sound that hardcore gamers or those into the retro scene would instantly recognise. It is almost certainly a SID making those noises, listen to the instrumental version yourself.
Now if I’m not mistaken Timbaland produced Ayo Technology in conjunction with Danja, so presumably one of them’s either ripped the music from a C64 game or has got a SidStation on the go.
So if it is the case that there is a SID behind the sounds on that song, which I’m certain there is, I’m not sure how I feel about it. On one hand it vindicates my feelings on the whole SID music scene, in as much as that the mainstream can accept the sounds as part of popular music. On the other though it feels that I no longer belong to a secret little club!
Anyway I’m fairly certain the majority of the people that listen to it won’t even notice!