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Paul van der Valk 
Handle: Paul van der Valk
Real Name: Paul van der Valk
Lived in: The Netherlands R.I.P.
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    Handle: Paul Van Der Valk

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    Date of birth: 24-04-1963

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

  • Somewhere around 1978 I saw a ZX-81 in a shop. I was thrilled by
    the idea of a pseudo thinking box. I got hooked on programming after
    learning machine code (there was no assembly at that time --
    everything was done in hex).

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

  • 1. ZX-81. Done some game and util programming (Z80).

    2. C-64. Mostly game playing and -programming. Some audio too.

    3. Amiga 500. Amiga 2000 later on. Mostly game playing and misc
    programming including audio.

    4. (currently) two PCs -- one for generic stuff and a dedicated
    one for audio (and WinUAE because it is the faster of the two :)).

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

  • 1. I'm a bad gfx artist.

    2. I was/am somewhat obsessed by audio synthesis :-)

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

  • Just my own routines. I've never really taken the time to dig into other

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

  • MsEd. It's the one that's used for the imploder 4 music. It was
    fairly complete and had a number of useful features like the ability
    to reuse objects (waves, instruments, tracks, ...) and a bunch of
    handy track statements like 'random switch', 'loop n times' and

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

  • No such thing :)

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

  • Music (and generally audio) can make or break a product. It's
    basicly the moodsetter. To some extent: visuals = intellectual and
    audio = emotional.

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

  • I enjoy playing with synth gear. Mostly leisure with an occasional
    project (background music for CD-ROM products for example). But the
    tracker days are over AFAIC.

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

  • Very useful media. The contents ofcourse vary. There are some good
    garage/semi-pro MP3s floating around the web (i.e. www.mp3.com).

    In a sense, the general midi spec and sampling possibilities
    have 'unpersonalized' music in the last 20 years. IMHO this also
    applies to the mainstream amiga mods. Most are basicly sample replay
    routines. Many tunes lacked the living character of a C64 SID tune
    with pulse modulated oscilators and a dirty resonant filter.
    It's good to see a retro trend now with stuff like the SID-Station
    and other (virtual) analogue synthesis.

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

  • Generally those from the C64 age. I love those pulse modulated
    sounds. My favorites are Rob Hubard and Martin Gallway. Not that I
    have a conservative taste, they just produced great quality.
    Best score: IK+. (or was it Yie Ar? - don't remember)

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

  • I might do a CD sooner or later, but I don't see remastered
    chiptunes happen.

  • 12-What bands are you currently listenning to?

  • I mostly prefer the old fusion stuff like Yes, ELP, Steve Hillage,
    UK etc. From the current age I enjoy jazzrock/fusion stuff (Mike Stern,
    Joe Zawinul, ...). House and other trends don't mean much to me.
    I do listen to techno every now and then, but mostly for the sound ;)

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

  • Good memories :-)

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

  • No.

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

  • Have fun! 8^)

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

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