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Handle: El Loco
Real Name: Harald Venes
Lived in: Norway
Ex.Handles: n/a
Was a member of: Bohemians, Paragon, Talent (TLN - TLT - TAL)

Modules: 27  online
Interview: Read!
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    Handle: El Loco

    Group: Talent

    Date of birth: 24/1/1975

  • 1-How did your interest for computers start? Which year was that?

  • I was young, and I loved computer-games. It started when my father came
    home with a Sharp MZ700 in the year of 1983 (I was 8.)

  • 2-What machines did you previously have? What did you do with them?

  • 1983-86: Sharp MZ700 (Games and Basic-programming)
    1986-93: Amiga 500 (Mostly music-composing, demo-making, diskmag-making
    and a little machine-language coding.)
    1993- : Amiga 1200 (Music, demos)
    1998 : Compaq PII 233 PC (Work-related and studies)

  • 3-For what specific reason did you end up making music rather than gfx, coding?

  • Coding didn't quite suit me, and graphics was out of the question. I think
    it started because I played the guitar, and just decided it was fun to
    create some music. Then I teamed up with Joern (Sundance), and things
    started to sound a lot better.

  • 4-Which composing programs have you been using? Which one in particular?

  • I started with Soundtracker, tried out a little with the Noisetracker and
    ended up on the Protracker like everyone else. :)

  • 5-With which module did you feel you had reached your goal?

  • *grin* I don't think I've ever felt that, but making it to the 10th place
    with Decibel Overload at the Gathering'94 was ok. My personal favourite is
    "Chica Bonita" though, which is a guitar-ballade.

  • 6-Is there a tune you would like not to remember? For What reason?

  • I believe there was a heavy-metal track called "Nation of Rock" that I
    would clearly not like to hear again, and as a matter of fact, I don't
    think it exists anymore. :)

  • 7-In your opinion, what's the value of a music in a demo, game?

  • If we compare it to music-videos, it's the most important part. ;) But
    since there are other features in a demo and a game, it is an important
    part, but not any more important than the other parts. To succeed in most
    cases today you need good programming, graphics, design and music to be
    In the old times, you could get away with one of the parts.

  • 8-At present, are you still composing? For professional or leisure purposes?

  • Neither one. :) It's been a few years since I actually sat down and made
    music on the Amiga. I've made some small tracks for some other things
    than "the scene", but that's about it. I know Sundance still wants to
    compose music, and at any rate he is much more talented than me, so he
    should get down and compose something for professional use.

  • 9-What do you think of today's pieces of music such as mpeg,wave,midi,etc...?

  • Well, it sounds good. It is after all a major advantage not to be able to
    only use 4 channels, so how could it not sound better? :) But when that's
    said, I still like a lot of the old classic modules!

  • 10-Could you tell us some of your all times favourite tunes?

  • Since I've more or less been around since the dawning of the "Amiga-age",
    I've heard quite a few tracks. But if I were to mention a few tunes I
    still listen to, they would be "klisje paa klisje"/Walkman of
    Cryptoburners in the "Hunt for the 7th October"-demo, "Garbage
    Collection"/Peter of Pure Metal Coders in the "Alpha Omega"-demo and "Now
    What I+II" by Bjorn Lynne/Dr.Awesome from Crusaders. I also like a few of
    the tunes Dizzy/CnCd (?) made, along with our own Brainbug/Talent. There
    are so many good musicians out there, it is hard to pin-point old
    classics. But those I mentioned I still like a lot.

  • 11-Are you planning to make an audio cd with some of your music remastered?

  • Hehe, that would be fun, but I can't say I have any plans as of yet. We
    have some unreleased tracks as well, so who knows. We'll see what time
    brings. :)

  • 12-What bands are you currently listenning to?

  • I listen to all kinds of music, but Prodigy, Beastie-Boys, and Chemical
    Brothers are frequently played. Rap goes as well, alongside anything that
    I find "pleasant" listening to.

  • 13-What does/did the amiga/c64 scene give you?

  • A lot of friends, a lot of fun, and some good memories. Looking back I
    think I spent a little too much time in front of the computer, but that's
    what I wanted at that time. :) It also forced me to be creative,
    especially when it comes to music, and creativeness is a "skill" I feel
    you can float along with.

  • 14-Are you still active in the scene these days?

  • That would be a definite "negative". I still listen to some music, watch a
    demo and keep a little in touch with old Amiga-friends, but life at
    University alongside work and "student-life" takes most of my time.

  • 15-Anyone to greet? Anything left to say? Feel free...

  • Greetinglists flooded in front of my eyes for years, so I don't think I
    will take up that old trend. However; hello to all Talent-members
    worldwide! I've met up with coders Black Panther, Noname and Torkild some
    since they all live(d) in Trondheim. Stripe The Gremlin was also a friend
    even before I joined Talent and could witness his superb coding at
    "close-up". :) A special greeting to Boo/Talent for
    being a very active and creative fellow, good look in all your endeavours!
    I've had quite a few mail-trader friends as well, and Fish/LSD comes
    especially to mind. Also a hello to Lord Helmet/PMC or Spaceballs, who I
    remember as a friendly and humorous fellow, whom I worked a lot with when
    it came to diskmagazine(s). Respect due to all other contacts, and
    hand-shakes to all my friends world-wide. High-5 to Sundance goes
    without saying, along with Sindre, Nimrod and Lord Stradh.

    And finally a hello to Crown/CRB who knocked on a door I even forgot
    existed. Thanks!

    please note: this interview is ©opyrighted in 2001 by crown of cryptoburners

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