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Handle: Prodigy
Real Name: Emiel Leenders
Lived in: The Netherlands
Ex.Handles: Ace
Was a member of: Amigos, Oops (OPS)

Modules: 119  online
Interview: Read!
Pictures: 2  online


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    Handle: Prodigy

    Group: Oops!

    Date of birth: 29 august 1974

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

  • I got my first computer somewhere in 1986.
    It was a SHARP with tapes and stuff.
    A friend wanted to sell it, and as a 11 year old boy you just
    got to have a computer. 8)
    After a while i sold this computer and bought an atari.
    That had to be around 1987.
    A few months i had pleasure from this computer but then i couldn't
    get any games anymore (think it died with the coming of the c=64).
    So again i sold a computer and bought a c=64 (like all my other friends did)
    I loved this computer, enough games, but especially demo's & music
    started to attract me.
    I think it was the year 1989 when a friend of mine told me about the
    That was the start of my musical/amiga experience. 8)

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

  • Sharp. Sold to buy an atari
    Atari. Sold to buy a C=64
    C=64. Sold to buy an Amiga

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

  • No idea.
    I just started making music in 1989, and i got a lot of comments on
    my music from friends who also had amiga's.
    And they all pushed me to make more music.

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

  • When i got my first amiga 500 years ago, soundtracker was THE music program.
    Later on names changed, noisetracker, startracker and finally PROtracker.
    And PROtracker 2.3b still is the music program i use mostly.
    (Sorry no digibooster, Octamed for me!)
    But the last year i also got to know THX soundsystem by Abyss.
    Which gave me the creeps again 8-)
    The C=64 sound returned (never tried Future composer, SID etc)

    So the main 2 programs i use nowadays are PROtracker & THX.

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

  • I think i reached my goal years ago.
    Just making some modules and spread them, so the whole wide
    world would hear my tunes.

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

  • I think i improved with making music from 1994 untill now.
    So my 1989-1993 period was just to get into it.
    Didn't control PROtracker yet, didn't know what all the cmd's where

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

  • Very important.
    It has to be in the correct way.
    Combining a happy demo with a techno tune isn't really right.
    Also a 'Today's demo' with a chiptune doesn't really do it.
    So it all has to fit, with gfx, with effects, with design.

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

  • Sure am.
    Only for leisure purpose.
    In real life i am a cook. (Probably the only cook in whole amigascene) 8)
    I enjoy making music, never got any lessons, never learned to play a guitar,
    or play the keyboard, i can not even read notes..
    Now that is strange eh? 8)
    But i come from a musical family.
    So thats probably why i got interested in music.

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

  • I don't really care about that.
    As i don't own a pc, mp3 doesn't really hit me.
    (mp3 is also too slow on my amiga 030/28mhz)

    Midi is fun.
    I have about 800 midi files on my amiga, but only listen them
    once in a while.
    Never tried to make midi myself, bars&pipes looked way to difficult. 8)

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

  • I can't really tell you names of modules.
    I think every composer i know have made some good modules.

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

  • I have been thinking of that yes.
    Maybe not with keyboards and stuff but with some echo equipment &
    an equalizer i could get the output just right.
    It's a very nice way to keep your music in your life, if you are too old
    for the scene.

  • 12-What bands are you currently listenning to?

  • I have a very large taste.
    That goes from level42 (funk), Brand New Heavies (Acidjazz), Adam-F/Roni
    size (jungle) to The Prodigy, Chemical Bros, Bjork etc..
    I seem to like all styles, but my main style on amiga still is
    funk/jazz tunes.

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

  • It gave me the first scene vibes.
    I really hate it that i sold my C=64 years ago because at
    parties the C=64 is coming back.
    We maybe could have been an C=64 group too.

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

  • Still am.
    Check diskmags for my tunes.
    Also with my group we are working on several projects.
    And for tunes from me check Aminet: mods/pdy
    (Mods will soon be there or are already. check it out.)

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

  • I would just like to say to all amiga musicians to keep on
    working on those tunes.
    Amiga might be dead on commercial ground but scene CAN'T die
    if you continue making music/demo's & other productions.

    Keeping it alive.

    Keeping it our amiga scene.

    Amiga scene CAN'T die unless YOU want it to.

    And as we say here in holland


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

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