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Handle: Jiva
Real Name: Benjamin Robert Saylor
Lived in: USA
Ex.Handles: Sleepy, Drop-D, Ben Saylor, Ben Robert Saylor, Ben R. Saylor, Benjamin R. Saylor, Benjamin Saylor
Was a member of: Mono211 (M211), Monotonik (MONO - No' Mo' - MT - MTK), Theralite

Modules: 5  online
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    Handle: Jiva, Sleepy

    Group: Theralite, Monotonik

    Date of birth: 7/15/80

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

  • My dad had an Apple IIe on which I played games and fiddled with BASIC.
    Can't remember the year.

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

  • Other than the IIe, had a Commodor Colt (CPU was an 8088, I think) which I
    didn't use for anything but playing a handful of games. Then a 486 on which I
    played Doom and started tracking with Impulse Tracker. I bought a ViperMAX
    (GUS) for that one. Then a Dell 350 mhz Pentium II on which I continued
    tracking and playing games. That changed over time as I gradually replaced
    nearly all its parts until I had an Athlon XP 1800+ -based system, which I am
    currently trying to sell because I've replaced it with a new Dell laptop.

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

  • I do all three. But mostly music because I like music.

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

  • I'm not doing much tracking anymore, mostly using Pure Data (Pd).

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

  • Not sure.. I guess the one I've been the most content with is 'tiny' from
    Tipchunes EP.

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

  • Nope.

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

  • It's like the value of oil when frying (keeps things from sticking to the pan)

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

  • Yes. Neither.

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

  • You mean music file formats? Most of them are useful for some purpose.

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

  • modules: Necros + Basehead - Search for the Lost Riff
    Elwood - Dead Lock
    Dune - arsa bamk
    Dune - waypoint
    Distance - tilt
    Distance - thor's magic bathtub
    Ceniq - coan3
    ... many others

    non-modules: Brian Eno - The Lost Day
    Aphex Twin - Flim
    Biosphere - Substrata (the whole thing)
    Global Communication - 12 18
    Smashing Pumpkins - Today
    Steve Reich - Pulses
    Orbital - Halcyon + On + On
    ... many others

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

  • Possibly.

  • 12-What bands are you currently listenning to?

  • Biosphere, Pete Namlook, Aphex Twin, Steve Reich, The Roots, many others

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

  • Never had any exposure to that scene.

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

  • Not currently.

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

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