Very sad news for all 8bit lovers , It is with great sadness that we can confirm that Jason Kelk from United Kingdom known as T.M.R/Cosine (stands for The Magic Roundabout) passed away after a long battle with Covid-19 . Leeds man Jason Kelk – who was thought to be the UK’s longest Covid-19 inpatient having spent the past 14-and-a-half months in hospital – has died on 18th of June. Jason was one of the most loved and known C64 Coder and 8 bit Pixel artist of the Commodore 64 , making enormous releases during the last 30 years , it is hard even to think that this person won’t make any more demos or games for the C64 , and won’t make any more cutting-edge and stunning C64 contributions of his very significant skills (coding and graphics) . T.M.R which stands for The Magic Roundabout was one of the best coders in the recent years
who not only made dozens of very creative and full of charm and nostalgic demos for the C64 scene, he was also upload C64 sources written on C64 compiler to Github source control so ppl could be able to download the files or view them through Github and learn from his many detailed works , nevertheless he was very active in the C64 Scene for a long time , making C64 demos , C64 Cracktros, C64 intros, Cracks , Music collections , C64 intros , music , disk- mags and almost every kind of releases which was possible to be made on the Commodore 64 , leaving a lot of friends, colleagues and group mates sad from the big loss. T.M.R was a member of those groups: Driven Staff ,Nostalgia , Carcass , Church 64, Commodore Zone, Onslaught but will be always remembered for his long duty for Cosine group. his handle took from the Name of a childrens television programme imported to the UK from France and re-dubbed by Eric “Emma’s dad” Thompson – who couldn’t speak French!
here is some of C64 demos (clips) made by T.M.R/Cosine capture and uploaded on Youtube , you might
as well watch the demo on a real hardware or you can use emulation like for example: Vice which you can d/l from here:
There is a report of Jason illness with details about his battle as being the longest in-patient with Covid-19 here:
You can visit T.M.R profile on CSDB with full list of his releases :
Sources for this tribute:
Rest In peace Jason