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Releases

Wonderfull

Single / 2 Tracks

July 26, 2019

Technobee

Maxi Single / 4 Tracks

June 14, 2019

Arisan

Single / 2 Tracks

March 22, 2019

DX-Ball 2 Sound Selection

EP / 4 Tracks

December 14, 2018

Releases

Single

2 Tracks

July 26, 2019

Maxi Single

4 Tracks

June 14, 2019

Single

2 Tracks

March 22, 2019

EP

4 Tracks

December 14, 2018

Releases

Single

2 Tracks

July 26, 2019

Maxi Single

4 Tracks

June 14, 2019

Single

2 Tracks

March 22, 2019

EP

4 Tracks

December 14, 2018

What's New

Wonderfull is Out Now!

26/07/19

We bring you the news that
Sidewinder’s summer anthem…

Presenting: Wonderfull

19/07/19

Sidewinder is ready to enrich your
life with some sweet…

Technobee flies out!

14/06/19

We’re buzzed to announce that
Sidewinder’s new single…

Presenting: Technobee

07/06/19

As warmer days finally embrace
the northern hemisphere…

What's New

We bring you the news that
Sidewinder’s summer anthem…

July 26, 2019

Sidewinder is ready to enrich your life with some sweet…

July 19, 2019

We’re buzzed to announce that Sidewinder’s new single…

June 14, 2019

As warmer days finally embrace the northern hemisphere…

June 7, 2019

What's New

26/07/19

We bring you the news that
Sidewinder’s summer anthem…

19/07/19

Sidewinder is ready to enrich
your life with some sweet…

14/06/19

We’re buzzed to announce that
Sidewinder’s new single…

07/06/19

As warmer days finally embrace
the northern hemisphere…

Who are we?

Sheep Hour Records is an independent record label representing veteran musician Eric “Sidewinder” Gieseke. If you ever heard of Scorched Tanks or DX-Ball 2, or you were into the Amiga demo scene, you may already be familiar with Sidewinder. And if not, we encourage you to look up the songs Beatwave and Insatia for an experience.

An avid composer of tracker modules on the Commodore Amiga between 1991 and 1995, Sidewinder’s mod archive lists well over 100 songs, with thousands of downloads. Sidewinder also hit big in the Amiga community in 1994 with his self-published debut album, Future Shock 2, being featured in rave reviews by magazines like CU Amiga, Amiga Computing, and Amiga Report.

After making the switch to the PC in 1996, moving on with the evolution of home computer technology, his musical endeavour proceeded by the use of MIDI equipment, soundfonts and more expansive audio software, giving life to a new and richer sound of Sidewinder. The accumulation of his successive pieces eventually resulted in Sidewinder’s second album in 1999, 2BadSheep, also featuring a selection of some late tracker modules. We haven’t heard much from Sidewinder since then…until now.

Although Sidewinder technically retired from doing music back in 2005, we have come into existence in response to the artist’s desire to leave the legacy of his works in a more noteworthy way. Behind the label itself is the producer, Zephyrean, who is also a long-time Sidewinder fan since the early days of DX-Ball 2. With the aid of Zephyrean and his delicate passion for Sidewinder’s music, we are working towards the goal of being able to present a selection of Sidewinder’s older music in renovated studio quality.

Much of Sidewinder’s music originally started out on a digital synthesizer, the Ensoniq SQ-2, but was then sampled and compressed to pieces of 8-bit audio, that could be used to compose so-called “tracker modules” on the Commodore Amiga, which is a limited computer music format from the 80s. Amiga computers only supported playback of monophonic 8-bit samples, with a maximum of 4 voices playing simultaneously. Although it was a milestone for home computer technology at its time, the audio quality was a far cry from professional audio reproduction.

In prospect, Zephyrean is working on reconstructing the old tracker music in a modern digital audio environment, using the very same synthesizer from 1991. This allows us to revive many of these songs back to an unrestricted 16-bit format, which means they will sound amazing in comparison to the original tracker module versions.

We kicked things off by the end of 2018 with the release of DX-Ball 2 Sound Selection, which is a good pinpointer to what we have in store for the future. We are currently working on the production of a new album, which will feature a bunch of killer tunes, both well-known classics and some hidden gems, all given new life. There may be some time before we have any news to share regarding this top secret Sidewinder album, but we are aiming to also deliver you a good handful of new remastered tunes in the meantime!

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