1. The EMU SP-12 used in hip hop tracks since the 80s sounds a lot better than it's 12-bit spec would suggest. More at http://www.facebook.com/scififunk

    The EMU SP-12 was the forerunner of the now famous EMU SP-1200. It is the same machine apart from it has half the memory (I have a Turbo SP-12). In some respects it can produce a better sound due to the built-in filtering on the individual outputs.

    I'll leave that judgement to your own experience, but I hope you enjoy the demo.

    Download the track and EMU SP-12 samples (nb same samples as EMU SP-1200) at

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  2. In London 2064ad, some make it into the city, some fail "The Interview".

    This is a silent test animation to demonstrate my 132 simultaneous walking characters.

    In order to achieve this I had to strip out the poser character shell leaving the model only, then save it (with clothes) as an object file. I took out the UVmapping and decimated it to reduce the file size.

    I imported back in and applied simple colour only shaders. The result is low poly people with (hopefully) enough folds and detail in the clothes to make them respectable for distance animation.

    Of course there are several close ups here, but this is a demo to show the detail on these low poly models. For more info just comment.

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  3. Low Poly Houses. 3D models that look good from medium to long range distances with such low memory usage that you can literally fit thousands of them into a single scene. More at http://www.facebook.com/scififunk

    Here is my demo reel for my low poly houses as used in Episode 7 and Episode 8 of Sci Fi Funk - the animated series.

    The models range from just 20k each up to 90k each. The largest and most complex looking are only 48k each.

    These 3D Models were made in Carrara. I built them up from components such as Windows and Doors. The houses themselves are empty inside and the vast majority of the detail is reserved for the front of the house.

    This is to save on space which is paramount if you are trying to re-create the East End of London as I have in this animation.


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  4. The Roland SVC-350 is a fine Vocoder from the early 80s. Used with classic analogue synths this thing sings! like http://www.facebook.com/scififunk for more.

    The beauty of combining Analogue synths with the voice through a vocoder is that phrases and bits of speech that would otherwise sound stupid, become powerful percussive tools with a vocoder.

    In a forthcoming tutorial series I plan to explain how to get the most out of this electronic instrument. In the meantime please enjoy a demo of an old tune of mine.

    "Missing You" Copyright Steve Payne 1993.

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  5. Sci fi Funk is an animated sci fi adventure set in London 2064ad. More info and screenshots / music at


    In episode 8 we fly into "the new city". This is the new London, designed to house multi-millions of people in

    giant "people farms".

    This episode along with 5-7 has taken nearly 3 years of my life. Most of the work went into the modelling. The

    lighting also took time. Funnily enough the 3d animation was the easiest bit! It is a fly through after all.

    Not so much the rendering or even the animating, but the modeling and planning.

    This episode takes us from the abandoned sector of the east end of London in 2064ad, to the outskirts of the new

    city, a place where the outcasts of society scratch a living. We are scanned and arrive at the entrance of one a

    people farm "Gansill Towers".

    For more info please like and follow progress on my facebook page.

    Steve Payne
    Sci Fi Funk

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