MOS 6581 SID - Making the Computer Sing - Commodore, CBM, 8-bit Music, Chiptune



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About this Artwork

This artwork is a mixed media display celebrating the MOS 6581. The 6581 Sound Interface Device (SID) chip was introduced in 1981 in support of the Commodore 64 home computer. The SID was the first multi-voice sound and music generator chip. It is considered one of the most important chips in history. The SID allowed home computers to evolve from making simple clicks, beeps, and melodies to complex symphonic harmonies. The SID chip is in part responsible for the revolutions in digital music, computer gaming, and computer art movements such as the demoscene. The SID was used in home computers, video game consoles, and musical instruments.

This artwork includes 3 elements. It has a large image of a MOS 6581 chip. On the back is a narrative describing the artwork and the 6581, and the artist’s signature. Also, included is a MOS 6581 chip in a black poly resin DIP (Dual Inline Package) package. The fully functional chip is mounted with threads and is surrounded by an enlarged diagram of the chip with the electrical signal designations for each of its leads.


    The artwork is framed in an 11"x14" black shadow box frame, with glass. All framing materials are acid-free. A narrative about the artwork that includes the artist’s signature is placed on the back of the artwork.

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