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    Handle: Laxical

    Group: Scoopex (Amiga) and Acme (PC)

    Date of birth: 14/11/1975

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

  • All started back in 1989 with a fabulous CPC 6128 which I used to play
    some games on and later started coding some on my own and to do the
    first idea of some kind of demo. Later in 1990 I bought myself an
    A2000 and started as a swapper in a small group and later on left them
    again to gain more fame. With Odyssey by Alcatraz everything started in
    my composing time.

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

  • a CPC 6128 for playing games, an A2000 C to start composing, a CD32 with
    SX1 module (still owning it) and a PC133

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

  • Well, I was really impressed by the work done by Greg in the Odyssey demo by
    Alcatraz and also had two good friends with Moby and Chrylian who visited
    my former group just a few weeks before. Afterwards I started doing some
    work with soundtracker (yep, the very first one) and ended up sending my
    results to Greg, Moby and Chrylian for some critics. Greg was such a nice
    person to correct my failures in during my first compositions and finally
    I ended up a musician by myself

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

  • As I stated before, I started with soundtracker V1.0 , moved from SID
    and AON to Noisetracker and ended finally, on the Amiga side of the scene,
    in Protracker V2.3b (I personally like this one best). On the PC I am using
    Screamtracker and Fasttracker.

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

  • It was a cooperation between Chrylian and me using some old samples from
    a motorcylce game. The sound itself is called Iron Wheels and we ended up
    1st at the Doomsday party 1994 in Germany. Surely my biggest success. In
    nowadays I prefer looking back to that time. Another great success was the
    tune for ALIEN , a Scoopex demo that ended up 3rd in a democompetition.

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

  • That is a hard question. I personally do not like the techno things I did as
    it is not the style of music I prefer in my spare time. Even though some of
    them are quite nice. The lamest release I do not like to remember is the
    "New Style Intro" by Analog, there I did the music for. The samples and the
    tune itself really sucks and I think that this one is surely the worst tune
    I ever did.

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

  • It is as necessary as the code and finishes the design for it. If the music
    does not fit into the demo everything sucks as hell, so I think that the
    music is one of the main important things in a demo.

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

  • I do both. Demos and Professional as well. As you might know, I do some
    music for porn movies and also will have a bigger appearance in one of
    germanys biggest TV-Stations. Let us see what will happen. As well I do some
    music for some "scene" related things. Generation , Seenpoint as diskmags
    and also for an upcoming sounddisk by me that will be coded by Vention with
    Gfx by Zack/spaceballs. A demo with my music will be released and a wilddemo
    is planned as well.

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

  • Sometimes I like the wave and midi things as I use a PC as well and the time
    does not suck when you have enougth ram, but I prefer "real" music much more.

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

  • "Oh no a demossong" by 4-Mat, "Odyssey Part I" by Greg/Alcatraz,
    "Raging hard" by Moby, just to mention a few I really like. Of course there
    are some more, but it would let this file colide if I would name them all.

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

  • I do this as well, as porn music requires an audio CD, but I surely will
    not do one audio CD on my own. Rockbitch asked me to do an introduction tune
    for their new album and I will compete in a "Zillo" Darkwave sampler with
    one of my tunes as well which is still in the making.

  • 12-What bands are you currently listenning to?

  • I like EBM, Industrial, Gothic and Darkwave. My favourite groups at this
    point of time are Moonspell, Deine Lakaien, Die Form, London after Midnight,
    Rosenstolz, Project Pitchfork and Front Line Assembly

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

  • Well, I think it is the fame. Not that I am one of the best musicians or
    even just a real famous one, but I do my work and people listen to it.
    It makes you some kind of immortal to know that you will live forever as
    long as somebody has a disk or CD containing my music.

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

  • Yes , I am. Especially on the Amiga and PC scene. On the Amiga system I am
    a member of Scoopex and on the PC I am a member of ACME. Prepare yourself
    for a stunning sounddisk by me soon.. !

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

  • Well, I want to thank all of the persons who helped me to understand
    Protracker and Fasttracker (of course I also thank those persons who keep
    on improving that soundcomposing stuff). I would like to greet all those
    guys I consider as freinds in the scene (I think you know who you are !).
    All the best with your project, Crown !

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

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