Ode to the Amiga time, I invite you to discover the OST I’ve written for Powerglove (by Lazycow). The game from Matthias Bock will be soon available on the mythic 90s computer !
During you’re playing with the Hero and his powerglove to save our earth, i’ve choose to adapt my original C64 theme searching inspiration from the best musical of that early 90s period : Thomas Petersen ‘Laxity’ & Kim Christensen (DNA Warrior), Stéphane Picq (Dune), Tim & Lee Wright (Shadow of the Beast 2), Olof Gustafsson (Pinball Fantasies), Allister Brimble (Project X), Chris Huelsbeck (Grand Monster Slam), Robert A. Allen (Jazz Jack Rabbit), Koji Kondo (Super Mario Bros.), Martin Galway (Comic Bakery) or Yuzo Koshiro (Street of Rage).
It’s time to celebrate the 20 years anniversary of Divagation, the first CD album of Cyborg Jeff. You should go back to year 1997 ! That years received an incredible influence of big sounds coming from Faithless, Sash!, DJ MD or B.B.E. and for sure this album pick up a lot of mood from that DJs.
I had just 19 years old and in april my best friend Vivien had just received a brand new CD writer for his computer. (Wooow). At that time burning his own CD was something completly new and incredible ! Anyway the 20 selected songs in WAV can’t fit inside a 650mo hard drive, that mean i should have only kept 15 tracks for this first album !
Just remember at that time, i’m creating soundtracker music with Impulse Tracker running under MS-DOS, a software coming from the Amiga scene. Compare to MAO solution from that period, this software will not just only record the note but include samples from the instrument, that mean the .IT file format will be render exactly the same on each compure and will not be dependent from a MIDI Keyboard soundbank.
Anyway, we can’t compare the quality of this album with big DJ productions. It was composed with our brand new Pentium 120mhz with a big 8mo memory. Anyway the computer will not able to manage such kind of memory in MS-DOS, and our audio card will not support Stereo output.
So if this original album was not using Stereo effect, this anniversary version will include all tracks with some stereo enhancement and polish mastering adjustement.
Divagation is not just and only a technical story, but also stories about teenage time with all my friends, girls and school time…
Well, just a short album, but a new album ! Storytelling was a project settled in 2014 when i decide to write a little song that will fit for my elearning video production. I’ll grab back Open Modplug Tracker and the lovely sounds of 4Klang VSTi plugin that i’ve discovered in 2011 with the demoscene project D-Four with the song Love Potion Level 4.
Then i created a special ambient that fit each years for those new projects and I finally have a intersting mood of songs oriented to movie score, with similar minimalist sounds, demoscene influence but touching different electronic style.
This album for instance include the small song « Gimme a MOOC », the jingle of the 3 first massive open online courses from the Universtiy of Liège. That means for now, this song have allready been heard by 15.000 people around the world… and i hope they like it !
Thanks for support and inspirations : Jean-François Van de Poël, Dominique Verpoorten, Julien Guertault, Laurent Lebrun, Charly Martin, Samuel Harcq, Thibault Crepin, Vincianne D’anna, Bjorn Olaf Dozzo, Daniel Delbrassine, Valérie Centi, Alkama, Rose Martin, Jessica Thirion, Sylvain Martin, Harry Morneaux, Yoan Sirenne, Patrick Schaffer
Illustration de la couverture par Charly Martin, photo Olivier Borsu.
Back to year 2000, just few weeks after have written the well known song « New Millenium » i had worked on this song « Passage en ville basse ».
Here is two videos (and other will soon arrive) realised by Spaneo to learn you how to mix and masterise such an electro-trance song to sound like a modern track !
Those project will also announced some special news.. stay tunes : )
Wow, working on a real .MOD file to include in an Amiga 500 games was not so easy that what i though. I should leave the OpenModplug environnement to switch to ProTracker and does finetuning. I also should fit in the memory that Matt reserved for the song… Anyway, i realy like how sounds the new funky version of the introduction !
Do u remember PowerGlove video games from LazyCow on the C64 ? Yep, you’ve right that’s a kwel game for the one i’ve written the audio part in 2013. Matthias Bock is for now working hard on the Amiga version and have presented some great GIF animated version last days.
So by my side i’m also working around the audio track for the game till around 1 years now. Here is some samples of the evolution of that project.
Well, i though i approach of how this Amiga version should sounds. Many references and inspirations : Dune, Shadow of the Beast, Pinball Dreams, Project X,… Great Job Matt for this great game in developpement !
Well many of my CD Album were still available around the Web, but a great one of them like this « And What’s About the Love ? » were never released… Few days before the 20th anniversary of Cyborg Jeff, i’ve just push it on Bandcamp…
So, Go back to 1999. I was 20 years old, i believe i was a man, but i still just a teenager. I thought one day i’ll a be a star like the DJ i loved. Every friday nights i join my friend V and we go to the Metropolis Club listening to DJ Jurgen, Wamdue Project, Mr. Oizo, DJ Sakin & Friends and some other stuffs like this…
Then i meet a girl. I felt in love, I would like to let her heard my heart beating like a techno vibes, I dream of a live with her, with just the feeling a teenager like me could have but I would like she takes my hand, jump with me and put her head on my shoulder… the days passed, things was not so easy, she’s too far, i was sad alone in my bedroom with my new Yamaha DJX keyboard and my computer, i need to see her back, i wanna scream my heart once again for her… but this over, this day off, next life will be without her.
Well, there more than 10 years now that i used LastFM to scroble the song i listen to, but also to share my music album. In 2005, LastFM was the first place i could upload a complete album let it share to you freely.
Bought to CBS in 2007, LastFM have tryed some dark streaming pay version but kept the free solution till augutst 2015. At that date, a BETA version have been released with many options deleted.
One of them is the possibility to upload music as a independant artist or label. But LastFM have also unlinked all the music freely available till ten years. That means many of my Cyborg Jeff’s album was now unvailable.
Once again the world of music have made a step in the darkness.
For sure, years passed and music is sometimes far from today’s life. I’ve so many works with the children, movies, weddings, photos, gardening,… anyway, i’m still there.
Sometimes you’ve just on a crossroad in your life. both left and right road seems to be a good way. Once with flowers and and another with cute far village. Once seems to be long and the other one with some hills to climb. None of them was worst, you just need to choose your way and can’t go forward.
At that moment, you’ve been dropped in a temp crash, that let you stay in both life. Your mind was connected to Open Mogplug Tracker with the minimalist 4KLange VSTi and you hands let play some notes between to movie rendering. A song was borned. That tune have not a one way direction, there are many hypothesis, no schemes but surprises, aproximations, imperfections… just like the life.
What a chance, i realy need a new generic theme for IFRES season 2015. For sure i should also try to use this song in a 4K Demo or 64ko project, but i need to share it now. It’s still in the same mod than Love Potion Level 4 as it use the same synths.
Musically, i was proud of this bass sound that balance the track. It sounds minimalist but have something modern too. The bass theme is for sure a poke to New Beat generation.
About the quite intro note sequence, it remember scenemusic ambient (maybe 2L from Alkama ?)