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RAF 
Handle: RAF
Real Name: Rafaî Wiosna
Lived in: Poland
Ex.Handles: Rafal Wiosna
Was a member of: Katharsis (KTS), The Cult (CLT - Cult - Cultural Productions)

Modules: 34  online
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Interview


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    Handle: Raf

    Group: Katharsis

    Date of birth: 11-02-1974


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

  • 1983, I just had to have a computer. My first one was ol' good rubber
    Spectrum 48k.

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

  • Apart from Spectrum, A500, A1200, ACDTV and lots of PCs. On Spectrum I was
    coding stuff in Z80 assembly [I belive one music-compilation is available
    from http://www.worldofspectrum.com]. On Amiga I was coding and making music
    [still have almos 40 unifinished pieces.]. L8r I got into Linux on PC.


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

  • I always admired music on C64 -- that's the main reason I went for Amiga. On
    Speccy I used modified WHAM routine to add rythm section to those emulated
  • 2-channel muzaks. When I got Amiga I instantly was making music [and also
  • coding in MC680x0 assembly]. Also, my perception of music is beyond the
    average person so it's no wonder I always were into this.


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

  • Starting with Karsten Obarski's original Soundtracker with the ST-01 and
    ST-02 I always stayed with the pattern world of *tracker. M&K's Noisetracker
    was nice, later I stayed with Protracker 2.3d with some patches for AGA &
    stuff. No PT 3.x nor 8-channel programs [with one exception]. I did couple
    of songs on Oktalyzer [but mainly 4 channel] and occasionally on Future
    Composer [I loved synth tracks] only until I learned how to handle synth
    sounds on PT with perfect timing & stuff [so one note 037 arpeggio would
    produce 6 notes with exactly the same length].


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

  • mod.request is nice [and very short in memory usage and it was really a
    request...]. I nearly lost all my modules along the years but I remember
    some of them were very good [IMHO]. I did couple of remixes on MIDI but
    never released them. And mod.headbang [headbanger] is nice althou it was
    very low on ideas, it was made to imnpress people who like heavier side of
    sound.


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

  • Early stuff [good thing the were never released]. Those ST-01 and ST-02
    hihats were so disguisting you know...


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

  • Have you ever seen Matrix without the soundtrack? I did [some pirate copy 6
    months before the movie was released on the big screen in my country]. You
    don't want to expirence this. The sound changes moods and perception of
    action on the screen. It's as essential as good taste in gfx.


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

  • Neither. We have only 24 hours a day and there's not much time left for
    leisure for me anymore [even on weekends].


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

  • I enjoy the remixes of old C64 tunes very much on MP3s. Nowdays the composers
    are not tied by the technical limitations we had with 4 channels and 8 bits
    per sample. On one side it's great but on the other learning to handle things
    the hard way makes you a better creator. We were able to squeeze 5 or 6 tracks
    into 4 channels while today people have forgotten how it is to be limited by
    technical reasons [not talking about money...]. Regarding MIDI, I personally
    find the format untransferable between diffrent types of hardware [even GM
    soundset differs in sould -- the author will never know how his work will
    sound]. The MP3 is the best format for exchanging music [not talking 'bout
    the CD rips]. [And kids, remember to use the proper plugin for Winamp when
    listening to Amiga modules, the one that handles the quantisation noises --
    without them the pieces sould weird.]


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

  • Almost anything by Martin Galway on C64. He is/was REALLY a god of synth
    these days. I also appreciate Romeo Knight's work on Amiga -- he's the one
    who showed me and my friends the A0F effect. And good guitar modules on
    Amiga -- they were very hard to make.


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

  • Not really.


  • 12-What bands are you currently listenning to?

  • To tell you the truth I don't enjoy a single band/artist. It's the tune that
    hits me -- whenever I think "wow, this tune is like I would have done it"
    it's great. Like "Erase+Rewind" by Cardigans and "Stars" by Roxette and
    recenlty Tityo's "Come Along". I also enjoy 70's disco music like "Yes
    Sir I Can Boogie" and "Sugar Baby Love".


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

  • Great memories. Friends.


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

  • Nope.


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

  • It's nice somebody has time and will to preserve this niche in music
    -- computer tunes. Maybe in a 100 years the music historians will write a
    book about it... The computers gave the power of creating the music to the
    people who do not know the musical notation yet they think sound and they
    make great tunes. It should be remembered in some way.


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