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Maniac 
Handle: Maniac
Real Name: Samuel Adolfsson
Lived in: Sweden
Ex.Handles: Shoebus
Was a member of: 2000AD (2K AD - 2KAD - 2K - 2000 AD), Crux (CRX), Dictators (DCT), Drakpak, Equinox (EQX)

Modules: 109  online
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Interview


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    Handle: Maniac (ex- Shoebus)

    Group: Dictators, Drak Pak, 2000 AD, Equinox, CRUX

    Date of birth: 1978


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

  • It all started in late 1985 when I played my first computer games (Rat Race,
    Amoeba Invaders and another one which I can't remember the name of) on my
    brother's friend's VIC-20. I have been stuck to computers ever since my
    brother bought a C-64 in early 1986!


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

  • C-64, only played games and tried to make programs in Basic (with no bigger
    achievements). I also played around with a demomaker! (1986-88).
    When my brother and I got the A-500 we started to get interested in demos
    for real. So except for trying to make my modules sound somewhat good I
    watched demos, played games and copied disks for swapping all day long (I
    actually skipped school quite alot just to be able to keep up with everything! :).
    (1988-92).

    In 1992 my brother bought an A-3000, around this time I also started some
    trading activities. I still used the A-500 quite much until I got my A-1200
    in 1994. I continued to use the A-1200 until 1998 when I bought a PC (P2-233)
    which I still use today.


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

  • I always had been astonished by the great music that people made, and the fact
    that I didn't understand shit about assembler at that time it was somehow quite
    natural for me to start learning Soundtracker. I also did some gfx in Deluxe
    Paint though, mainly small 8x8 fonts!


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

  • I've tried almost all trackers on Amiga.
    The ones I used most was Soundtracker, Noisetracker and Protracker (in that
    order). Others I tried were Bluetracker, Startracker etc. I made only one song
    with Future Composer. I made about 10 THX songs. On PC I've only used
    Fasttracker II except for one try with adlib.


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

  • Unlike many others I felt I reached a certain goal with my module Discoking.
    I surprisingly won the 4ch musiccompo on the Mekka/Symp party in 1998 which was
    something I never even had dreamt of. I guess that was the highlight of my
    career as a musician :)


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

  • None that I can think of right now.


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

  • Demos and games without music would be nothing. Music and sound helps the
    viewer/player to get into the right mood.


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

  • Sometimes I start FT2 just for the sake of tracking! But unfortunately I have
    a tendency to just start new modules and never finish anything, except for
    some small chiptunes once in a while.


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

  • Not much to say, evolution is the word to describe it.


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

  • Never Ending Love by Firefox
    Mega End by Firefox
    12:th Warrior by Dr.Awesome
    Boesendorfer pss by Romeo Knight
    Complications by Danko
    Horizon by Blaizer (FC tune)


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

  • Yeah, maybe as homeburned xmas gifts for my family :)


  • 12-What bands are you currently listenning to?

  • I listen to alot of different bands from musicstyles such as ska, rock and
    trance. Weird combination huh?


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

  • A lot of experience and friends! I also think it's the funniest period of
    my life (yet atleast!). Other than that, bad grades I guess :)


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

  • Yes, but nowadays I mostly code (PC/GBA/SOON PS2/SOON XBOX).
    And I are also involved with some other activities which shouldn't be
    mentioned here :)


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

  • I'll go with the classic one "greetings to everyone I know" ...


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