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Handle: Arcturus
Real Name: Mark Nathan Abersold
Lived in: USA
Ex.Handles: n/a
Was a member of: Mazurka, Nucleus, Quasar (QSR), Shattered Fixtures

Modules: 3  online
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    Handle: Arcturus

    Group: Mazurka

    Date of birth: 11 May 1980

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

  • I can't remember the year exactly, but it was when we first got our Tandy 1000
    back in the 1986 or so. I just liked playing games on it.

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

  • We had a 386 25 mhz machine, and then a Pentium 120. I currently have an AMD
    Athlon 1.2 ghz machine, which suits my needs quite nicely.

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

  • Actually, I do coding because I am a computer science major. I like writing
    music because it's a fun hobby for me - I've always enjoyed listening to music,
    and I've always wanted to write my own music as far as I can remember.

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

  • I started with Scream Tracker, and then graduated to Impulse Tracker. IT doesn't
    work too well with my current computer, so I now use Modplug Tracker.

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

  • That's hard to say. I've found I'm never quite able to fully put what I have
    playing in my head into digital form. I'm tempted to say my song "Pray for
    Rain" has had the best results, though - and it's certainly one of my most
    original songs as well.

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

  • Yes, all of my early tunes! Seriously, though, I've written a lot of songs
    where I tried too hard to emulate the styles of other trackers (such as Purple
    Motion, Necros, and so on), and as such I'm not too quick to share them with
    others. However, I've never willingly deleted a song of mine - I keep them all
    for posterity.

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

  • For demos, music is extremely vital. It's almost impossible to set a mood
    without music. In the case of games, it depends - there are some games I
    like to play without music on occasion, and other times I like to put in my
    own playlist instead of the game's music. Music has been a very important part
    of some of my favorite games, too (such as the Zelda games, Warcraft 2, and
    Final Fantasy 6).

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

  • Yes, but not at the rate I'm used to. I'm going to attempt to write a few
    songs this summer. Hopefully they'll turn out well.

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

  • MP3 is a beautiful format - it gives you optimal sound for a good file size.
    I like mod music a lot (obviously) but I've never cared much for midi.

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

  • The first tunes I heard that I really loved were Astraying Voyages by Purple
    Motion, Jupiter by Tr/\sh, and Infinity by Khyron and Necros. I like most songs
    by PM, Necros and Siren.

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

  • Probably not. Music's just a hobby of mine, I have no current plans to make
    money for writing music.

  • 12-What bands are you currently listenning to?

  • None in particular. I mostly listen to classical music (which isn't to say
    that's the only style of music I listen to, of course).

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

  • Nothing, I wasn't around in those days.

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

  • Not really. I'm surprised people know who I am, to tell the truth.

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

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