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Date of birth: 26.10.1978
My dad soldered together a machine back in 1977-1978 out of a D-I-Y kit,
something with the name 'telmac' on it. I was born 1978. my earliest memories
are playing games on old machines with 4kb of memory or some such idiocy. there
was also a speaker that let me hear the data on the tape while loading it,
something I havent ever really thought about, before this.
i've been using computers, literally, all my life.
My dad had telmac (something). telmac 600. salora fellow(x2). atari 800xl(x4-5).
atari 320xe(x3). c64 for a month, c128 for a day, then a c128d.
amiga 500 (1986). ibm ps/2 286/10mhz (1992). 486/33. atari mega st.
486dx2/66. 486dx4/100. p333. k700 (2000). then I bought 1.4ghz desktop
(2001). sony vaio 2ghz laptop (2003).
I used almost every single one for games, but also tried to get sounds out
of the old atari 8bits (this would be loading the composer and clicking randomly
without any sense and then returnin back to playing games), the amiga500
(protracker, to look at modules and hit the keyboard randomly to change patterns.
to date i've done 1 pattern with protracker which would've been around
the time 'revolutions' (jmjarre) came out, to try and replicate a melody of
his to ask my friend if he knew which track it was off of the album, needless to
say, he refused to identify it)) and 486/33 onwards . I only got to tracking
with the pc (ft1->ft2->st3->it2->buzz).
Ran a bbs (cloudcity) from the ps/2 onwards (1992), shut it down middle of
2000 due to moving to being unable to get share.exe working with the k700, a
newer version of windows, therefore being unable to have qfront+pcboard running
properly while doing stuff. Unfortunately, 16/05/2000 was the deathknell of
cloudcity. ohwell, it got to 7,5 years or so of life.
I did go thru the phase of typing in games from magazines for the atari and
the c128d, and did do very humble and simple basic programming to get into very
limited multiple-choice games. I did try to cheat in textadventures by switching
the code around, but apart from all that basic learning from various books and
typing something simple out, I never really progressed in that. then later on
i'd have a hand quickly with pascal around middle-to-late nineties, but that
lasted maybe 3-4 weeks.
I did comprehend it. in a way. I tried my hand at pixeling on deluxepaint 2
+ 3 and later dp2e, but again didn't really have the patience nor the palette
setting skills. thru all of this I was still very fond of the music in demos
and games, I taped my favourites and used to listen to them obsessively.
i started paying attention to soundtracker and music made with it around I
dont know when, and I ended up collecting enormosu amounts of modules and
listening to them, and maybe looking at them sometimes. using dual module
player or capamod or the trackers themselves. Around 93 or 94 i'd be doing
something on fasttracker1, but it was mostly to create ghastly noise..
This would be kind of a situation where doing some noise would be the aural
equivalent of hitting a visiting friend with a plank, or taking photos of me
eating a computermagazine, to get the setting/ intent right. completely
just fooling around. I still have everything. I absolutely hated the 'press
space to start editing' aspect of ft1, come to think of it, every single
tracker that has it. I could never comprehend about where drums should
be placed for a simple tempo. I mean, obviously I could have, but the way
ft1/pressing space were set up, I just couldnt concentrate on it enough.
almost everything I did on ft1 was rather fluctuating in tempo and mostly the
length of a pattern.. it would take hours and a very intent frame of mind to
get a steady beat, but eventually I did handle it. then ft2 came around, and
I tried it for a while, but just couldn't do anything with it. I did work out
some sort of tracks with startings and endings, but this would have been with
samples ripped from only one module at a time. then I tried st3 and
immediately realized that this was the editingsystem for me.
That really caught my attention. st3 was just so, incredibly, quick. spent
most of my time doing chiptunes for the 20 minute chipcompos, and arsing about.
I did do a whole lot of tracks but mostly I just arsed about with the
compotracks, maybe doing 3-4 completely senseless tracks for a competition. I
remember using at least 'puatti' as an alias to get away with murder. I kind of
hid behind a few handles but never really put them anywhere. slowly (quickly,
compared to what getting better with ft1/ft2 was like) I got to really pay
attention and focus. I never really believed in my music or thought it was
anything other than just mess. I got to music and sysoping because those were
the things I wanted to do, the things I enjoyed doing. both were simpler
than pixeling or coding.
fasttracker 1, 2, screamtracker 3, impulsetracker 2, buzz tracker, reason,
audiomulch, renoise, logic audio platinum.. mostly logic nowadays.
i made most of "the" tunes with impulsetracker.. the ones that some might
there are so many.. but none are very long, none of them would ever be the
one pinnacle. I did a load of short cutesy things, mostly chiptunes, that i'm
still very fond of, but i've never done that ONE module that says it all.
maybe i've never really reached for that, or given myself lee-way to aspire to
surpass my limitations, and reach for gold.
there are so many.. I think 'ripping pain' is probably the worst released
thing, but there are so many more that will hopefully never be heard. I think
certain old impulsetrackermodules such as 'another chappie' 'gummy' 'gummy2'
'flow' are very scattered or very loopy.. or both.
demo 90% buildingblock of the whole mood
game 30% background mood-setting
I am always composing, even if I might not be doing it that often .i've come
to view life as composing. I will continue on doing tracks for as long as I can
still hear and feel.
I've been commissioned to create soundeffects and backgroundmusic for a
corporate website (2002).
I've been commissioned to create musical accompaniment to a modern dance
I've been commissioned to create remixes for scene and (mostly) non-scene
musicians, which have been released on various formats.
im sure theres loads more I could do when the need arises, but I just havent
doing a whole lot of tracks and getting them released is still a leisure
what can I think of fileformats or standards?
if there's good music, its good completely independent of the fileformat.
I've moved to using midi gear sometimes, and its sweet. no cpu overloads,
etc. wavefiles take shitloads of space,i always keep running outa space, but
thats my own problem. mp3s are nifty. I cant dj .oggs under native instruments
traktor, so not too keen on that format. I dont really understand this question
they're all fileformats.
I think modules have a sound of their own, however. I think there is probably
more editing and more actual handiwork involved in doing a very good module.
i've also noticed that old modules are much more musical and diverse than most
of what is currently being produced with laptops etc. it is a bit of a shame,
that the adventurous side of modules has kind of vanished..
there are so many. I think the sleeker tunes by strobo, heatbeat, spaceman,
ukulele, groo,dizzy etc.. Really changed my life. there are far too many to
be listed. all in all, I miss those times when people could come up with rather
diverse material on any given day, instead of being stuck using certain
sequencers or softsynths or wotever. My alltime favourite format is the
4channel module, however. so many good tunes made with that. especially by
members of cncd.
How do I answer this question?
I have released a load of 'my music' 'remastered' on cds and vinyl.
the first album, container (2000), was released on deFocus, and consisted of
only impulsetracker modules. The second album, wrapping (2002/deFocus),
contained impulsetracker/audiomulch/buzztracker/gear.improv.trax, showcase
(2003/merck) was more of an ode towards buzztracker. between these 3 there
have been some vinyls which have had modules on them, a few impulsetracker
ones, but mostly buzztracker stuff. I am currently sorting out a release for a
12" with 1995-2000 modules, st3/it2, mastered. there seems to be something that
'container' and 'cdr#2' era material "did right", that I do differently now,
in a more populistic and watered down way, not that thats my choice but that
is that seems to be happening. I think the last time I used impulsetracker
properly was in 2000-2001 when i'd (on top of merely tracking) be running
left / right channels thru different outboard effects+eq and then recording the
output. i've been meaning to get back to tracking, as IT2 is STILL the quickest
editing interface i've ever come across. I dont think a single midisequencer is
ever going to be as fast. unfortunately I cannot get impulsetracker working
(the old DOS non-laggy way) on this laptop and I sorely miss the quickness of
loading samples into IT, the cut'n'pasting methods, the transposes, the
jump-x-rows, the effects, the NNA's, the absolutely ridiculous polyphonic
capabilities, the crappy crappy filters (maybe I dont actually miss those)..
its a damn shame, incompatible software/hardware. ridiculous.
I dont really listen to other people's stuff, and ever since I developed
tinnitus in 2003 i've been cutting down on listening to anything by anyone
else. I spend most of my time listening to unfinished tracks trying to convince
myself they need, or dont need, any finishing touches. I value the virtuosity
of jamie lidell and tom jenkinson. i like the diversity of matthew herbert and
scott prefuse73/savath+savalas/delarosa+asora. I admire, and appreciate the
otherworldliness of boards of canada. I find marvin gaye to be one voice
that should not have been silenced. there is so much nice/decent music out
there.. but there are very few absolutely gifted artists. if you must start
forming different cliques and scenes, i'd have a lot of records released on
warp. to start listing any music that i've been listening to this year would
be completely ridiculous. if I say I might listen to luke vibert, doesnt mean
that im going to be putting his stuff on the rest of the year.
the c64/amiga/pc scene gave me an endless inferiority complex. or maybe I
just came in with one. all of the scenes gave me touching demos, some
magnificent music, and a lot of modules to collect. in other words, thrills.
if I visit a person whose taste I trust and who has a proper displaycard, I
will ask if there have been any good demos/intros/etc lately.
I might sometimes check out a diskmag if I see one advertised. havent really
gone to parties for ages, asm01/asm03 were the latest ones.
i dont get asked to do a track for a intro or for a demo, or for diskmags,
or anything, mostly probably cos I never really did multipart demosongs
and maybe also because the active people are there and im just an outsider.
greetings to mikko havukainen, a.k.a., weasel/amour, who sadly isnt among us
anymore (he died 2001-2002). your chips+code+attitudes are missed.
i have a list somewhere of people I always wanted to greet, but it might be
rather out-of-date nowadays. so im not goin to look for it, instead
i'm just goin to try and remember. not goin to bother with groups.
greets to: 99, hoplite, derpiipo, postmanpat, bakedfred, dune, sulphur, haplo,
zeb, unreal, zden, akira, melwyn, lemming, virne, visualice, saffron, acen,
tarot, scorpik, vim, daze, prymer, jate, sivu, mov, duke, bca, mellow-d,
feather, croaker, multiplex, ps, leia, jaws, nogsf, stevie, primon, recc, wrec,
mirror, gimle, warp, reanimator, sparr, gandalf, viinikala, brainpower,
firehawk, moody, radix, balrog(sushibrother), frankbolero, hoffman, dharma1,
prob.(dice), tonic, nitro, sol, dr.snuggles(arto), greaser, barti, 4t_thieves,
strala(vae), diskreet, sliver(lenzi), apollo(kuuba), entropy(otto_hj), thor,
kraku, weed, frank(eetu), damaq, draft, tonic, h0l, krav, camel, cybe, d-fens,
basse, baloo, whisker, riot, tjm, twoinone, subi, grave, thug(tim koch),
spermwhale, maxim, zeus, phobia, wizard, krii, i think im all greeted out.
if you feel like you should've been greeted, then maybe you should've
featured in my memories of the parties i've been to, the people i've
anything left to say? try to see thru the status quo, take your eyes and
look in, from the outside, and see what is normal and what isn't.
see what is right and what isn't. look. seek. search for information, weigh
it by your intuition, try to see beyond these wholly artificial
man-made systems, -isms, movements. we're human beings locked in a multitude
of systems, trapped by money, our own consumer-ism and man-made laws.
there is no reason for fear or hatred, it is only created for profit, adn
ask yourself, who really profits from hatred and strife? if an increase
is detected in computer sales, computer companies will be happy. they will
advertise and market their products to us, and convince us to buy them.
weapons manufacturers act in the same way. every company is interested in
profit. we, as mankind, are going to hell in a handbasket, on so many
levels it is sickening to try to grasp the whole picture. ecologically, we
are in for a complete catastrophy, in fact, it is happening, right now,
but not being reported by the mainstream medias. not properly. not
meaningfully. humanity.. are there any humane people left? where is the
not here. once information leaks thru, apathy commences. there is no hope.
nothing can be done. I just want my kicks. why should I care about anything?
there is nothing I can do. defeat-ism. man-made -isms. again. try to see
beyond the trivial into the true way things are. use your intuition. what is
right, anymore? it is 2004. where is the future? we're depending on non-renewing
resources to keep this system alive, while no-one is really interested in
developing and inventing new powersources, less destructive ways of farming,
no-one wants to move away from oil/gasoline, solar power and wind turbines
are in their babyshoes, no real progress is being made, while huge
corporations are only too happy to make the profits while being (like
completely guilty of wrecking our planet. everything we as a group of people
do, damages planet earth and we should be wiser than to leave a lasting
footprint. everything is completely upside down. one can buy death from a
shop and be happy. death for oneself, death for the planet, death to joy and
completely artificial systems, guided by greed for money and lust for power.
whole governments based on hypocrisy, moneygrabbing and politics. how
long do you really think this is going to go on until the oceanline starts
threatening us all, until most of us are dying from cancer, until there
is no non-polluted water, until we run out of oil, until we cannot breathe
the air due to no trees and too much smog, until hypocrisy and hatred
engulf us all and no-one wants to do anything about it? no-one wants to even
hear about it? what a shame. none of us are right. I dont want this future,
can I have another one?
please note: this interview is ©opyrighted in 2005 by crown of cryptoburners
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