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Handle: Basehead
Real Name: Daniel Grandpre
Lived in: USA
Ex.Handles: Dan Grandpre, Butterloaf, Personal, Daniel Gardopée
Was a member of: ANSI Creators in Demand (ACiD), BAD, Cute, Five Musicians (FM), Gluecrew, GOTHIC, iCE, Impcda, Imphobia (IMP), Kosmic Free Music Foundation (KFMF), Kosmic Loader Foundation (KLF), Mental Design, Monotonik (MONO - No' Mo' - MT - MTK), Straylight Productions (Straylight), The Dennis Courtney 5 (DC5), Tncs

Modules: 142  online
Interview: Read!
Pictures: 3  online


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    Handle: Basehead

    Group: Five Musicians (well, not anymore!)

    Date of birth:

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

  • 1984, my parents bought a commodore 64... 1987 saw my first demos (from a teenage babysitter!)

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

  • C-64/C-64C, i mainly played games. didn't really use computers from 1989-1992, then had my first PC, an old 8088
    mainly for BBSing. 1993 I got a 486 and sometime around then a friend gave me his old Amiga 500 as well.
    On the 486 is when i made all my modules (sbpro and later GUS).

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

  • I have no artistic talent and though i program some now it didn't "stick" at the time... plus i was a musician
    before i really used a computer much (piano).

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

  • In the old old days (1993) i used KingMod.. it was a "staff and notes" tracker, the only one ever made I think.
    It was bad but since i knew sheet music it helped me get into it. I used that until early '94 when ST3 came out.
    Then switched to Impulse Tracker for more channels eventually (1996?). Nowadays i use Nuendo.

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

  • None.. I guess the one bit of pride I do feel is that if i go back and listen to some of those songs made in
    1995-1997, no one was doing things in those genres really at the time in tracker music.. things influenced by
    Ninja Tune and Coldcut, etc. I think those mods have much more in common with music made today, so I guess maybe
    they were a bit forward-thinking. But in general its hard to listen to them because of the 8bit/22khz samples.
    Some music sounds good with that quality but not mine! Since I was ripping from CDs and what-not..

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

  • My first 20 or 25 songs are painfully bad.. and they ended up on the internet somehow! Not sure how since I
    didn't release them..

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

  • In a demo I think it's 50% of the impact of it. In a game it's just wallpaper I think. The reality is most
    people don't even listen to game music while playing a game anymore.

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

  • I haven't done anything for a couple years. I used to do production music (tv/radio) for my job but not
    anymore. I still keep up a 'studio' but never get to use it.. sadly..

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

  • I don't follow netlabels and such.. i do listen to music though of course.

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

  • sure.. off the top of my head here's the ones that affected me most.. not necessarily my favorite from
    these artists, but the ones that 'shaped' my enjoyment of mods.. i don't want to write a book so i won't say
    what they mean to me individually but.. they mean a LOT.

    audiomonster - nebulos
    dizzy - pathway
    bit arts - wasteland
    greg - odyssey-part2
    nhp&bkh - ethnomagic
    codex - undersea
    delorean - starfields
    groo - biomechanoid
    heatbeat - annika
    dr. awesome - godzilla
    jester - my glamorous life
    lizardking - varanen
    purple motion - darkness
    nuke - menumusic.3
    radix - sunjammer
    SLL - dragon jive
    sidewinder - advent
    travolta - condom corruption
    vinnie - bangin' cindy
    c.c.catch - amnesia demo

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

  • nope..

  • 12-What bands are you currently listenning to?

  • wolf parade, sunset rubdown, tough alliance, joanna newsom, jermaine stewart, yellow magic orchestra,
    prefuse 73, gang gang dance, yo la tengo, destroyer

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

  • my musical inspiration for years..

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

  • somewhat recently (3-4 years ago) doing some demo tracks but not other than that

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

  • sorry to all the people i lost touch with.. don't want to greet cuz there'd be too many.. mostly want to say
    that i miss the old days because of how exciting it was to be on the forefront of technology as the internet
    was becoming a big thing.. we take it all for granted nowadays! but i remember when talking live to someone
    in another country about MODs, seemed like a miracle...

    please note: this interview was kindly sent by Basehead in 2009 to Asle.

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