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Handle: JOE
Real Name: Peter Baustädter
Lived in: Austria New Zealand
Ex.Handles: J.O.E., Jacksnipe Of Evil, Jodel von Brodel, Peter Baustadter
Was a member of: Hans & JOE, Red Sector Inc. (RSI), Scoopex (SCX), Surprise!Productions (S!P), The Invisibles c64, The Professionals, The Softkiller Crew (TSK Crew - TSK), Tristar & Red Sector Inc. (TRSI), World of Wonders (WOW)

Modules: 82  online
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    Handle: J.o.e. (old scenehandle) F6 (projectname)

    Group: (ex?) TRSI now F6 (haha)

    Date of birth: 19/07/71

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

  • Oh boy, that was in 1984. I got a VIC-20 as a christmas present. My parents
    had no choice - if I wouldn't have gotten that thing I sure would've gone
    c r a z y. But there it was, all new, with a Datasette tape drive! Oh boy,
    all that high-tech.

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

  • Over the course of my 'career' I had the following machines: VIC-20, C-64,
    Amiga 1000, Amiga 500, Amiga 2000, a crappy 286, a Mac Centris, a Pentium 120
    and now a Mac G3.

    At the beginning I did lots of gfx with the C64 and then the Amigas. I did
    three(?) slideshows on the Amiga, hundreds of logos and three games that were
    asctually released. Later, I felt the urge to make music, til one day, I sat
    down loaded up soundtracker and made my first tune. I released one music-disk,
    called "Drums & Pipes" under the banner of TRSI.

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

  • I got tired of making gfx, and really wanted to do music in my sparetime.
    Since I started to work as a digital artist professionally, first in Austria,
    then in the US, I didn't feel the urge to do visual stuff for fun. I'm still
    having fun in my job of course, I love it, but music has become my
    counterweight to the job.
    Oh, and I never tried coding anyway. I got in the scene right when everything
    split up, meaning, there was a coder, a musician, a gfx-artist, swapper, etc. ...
    Shit, I can't believe that's more than 10 years ago!

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

  • Noisetracker, Protracker ... a little bit of Huelsbeck's TFMX, but that one
    turned out to be a little bit too timeconsuming. It took a while til you had
    everything set up correctly.

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

  • Oh, jeez, I really liked making chip-tunes, because I missed the old SID
    flavour, and back then the whole retro-wave hadn't kicked in yet. Listening to
    my old mods makes me smile, because I remembered what I tried to achieve and
    the attempts were quite often clumsy, but I like them.
    Can't really give you a favourite though ...

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

  • No, not really. I did and still do it all for fun and nothing else. No

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

  • Like music in a movie: extremly important. It sets the whole flavour. I mean,
    the Cebit 90 demo by RSI was great, but Romeo Knights kickass tune propelled
    it even further, same with some Rebels demos where Static did the music. Just

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

  • Yeah, I'm still making music. More than ever I've got to say. I've got a
    pretty nifty setup at home and do it still just for fun. I'm totally into
    electronica of course, Drum&Bass/Jungle, Goa and Ambient. But I don't restrict
    myself doing a specific style. I do whatever feels cool at the moment. The
    next morning I might listen to it and decide it's crap. That's ok too. Most
    importantly, I don't have to do music, because somebody pays me to do it, like
    in my job. That keeps the fun alive!

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

  • Well, the mod-standard has survived for a long time, which is amazing. The
    biggest revolution in my opinion though, is the MP3 format. It already became
    a standard in some way and will become more so. The advantage it has is that
    it's not tied to any programs, platforms, etc. Since the audioquality nowadays
    is 44.1Khz/16-bit, it's the ideal format to swap stuff around. No matter if
    someone does guitar-music, electronice or a capella. And the increasing
    throughput of the Internet supports that. It's no biggy anymore to send 5MB
    files around.

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

  • Hmm. I don't know the actual names of their tunes, but these were my heroes:
    Romeo Knight, Static and Uncle Tom ...

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

  • We'll see. If I run into the right person who wants to release it. I'm already
    trying to have a high standard in my recordings - but I still have to learn a
    lot ...

  • 12-What bands are you currently listenning to?

  • All electronica across the board.

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

  • Cool memories and my career too. If I hadn't started painting so much on the
    Amiga, I would've never ended up in Hollywood.

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

  • No. Kinda miss it, but I don't have the time and the contacts. That time's over.

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

  • Oh boy. Whatever you want to do, music, gfx, etc. - DO IT! Without any
    regrets. Go for it! Have fun. It might get you to places you would never
    have imagined (like Hawaii).

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

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